Fox Bet Sports Betting App Launches In New Jersey, Replacing BetStars

Fox Bet sportsbook, the rebranded BetStars NJ sports betting app, is live with other states to follow. Fox Sports teamed up with Stars Group in May.

Fox Sports has made its first move into legal sports betting.

The media giant’s Fox Bet sportsbook product is available to New Jersey customers as of Aug. 30.

It’s not a new NJ sports betting app. It’s simply the rebranded BetStars NJ site, and it will continue to operate under the Resorts Digital license.

Talk about perfect timing. NJ sportsbooks have Week 1 odds posted.

And Fox NFL Sunday kicks off on Sept. 8 with the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Washington Redskins. The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants will be a big draw for the NJ betting crowd, too.

Same old NJ sports betting at Fox Bet

The biggest difference users will notice is a blue-and-white theme with a touch of yellow replacing the BetStars red and white.

The other big change will be the logo at top, which will switch from BetStars to Fox Bet.

The original BetStars NJ website will simply switch to the new Fox Bet format; users won’t need to do anything on that front but go to the BetStars site and start betting. On phones or tablets, users will need to update the app in the App Store or Google Play.

Otherwise, those wondering if the sports wagering process will be changing can sit back and relax. The app and website are mostly the same as are the different betting types available:

  • Point spread
  • Straight bets 
  • Total points
  • Futures 
  • In-Game
  • Parlays

As expected, Fox Bet sportsbook has all of the major sports covered, too:

  • Baseball/MLB 
  • Basketball/NBA 
  • Football/NFL 
  • Hockey/NHL  
  • Golf/PGA 

Plus, there are tennis, cycling, darts, cricket, and other sports for bettors who prefer the more exotic markets. 

As far as depositing goes, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, and PayNearMe are all accepted.

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Building the Fox Bet brand

The news of Fox Bet joining the Garden State market (and Pennsylvania next week) has been months in the making.

Back in May, The Stars Group (parent company of BetStars) and Fox Sports announced a media and sports wagering partnership.

The press release included comments from Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi explaining the change in branding:

“We believe this strategic partnership uniquely positions us to build a leading betting business in the U.S., which represents one of the most exciting long-term growth opportunities for our company.

“Leveraging our proven media partnership strategy with Sky Sports in the UK, we are excited to partner with FOX Sports to integrate wagering into sports media and drive customer acquisition and retention in the U.S.”

The announcement mentioned a targeted fall rollout of two products under the Fox Bet umbrella.

One will be a nationwide free-to-play game in which players can win cash prizes for correctly picking the outcome of sporting events.

Then there is the real money platform of Fox Bet sportsbook that will be available for sports betting in regulated states such as New Jersey.

As part of the 25-year agreement, Fox acquired shares in TSG.

Resorts adds another big name

BetStars was one of the early arrivals to the NJ betting market, launching on Sept. 13 of last year.

But the European-based operator failed to build a following on the level of market leaders FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, William Hill NJ, and PlaySugarHouse.

Now with the Fox Bet brand, Stars Group has a sports wagering product linked to a national US media network. And that following has an invested interest in the NFL and college football betting markets.

But at least in New Jersey, the big winner is likely to be Resorts Atlantic City.

The digital arm of Atlantic City’s oldest casino is already reaping the rewards from its partnership with DraftKings. Combined with Fox Bet and the Resorts-branded app, the combination sets things up nicely for the 2019 football season.

Resorts Digital reported $3,721,550 in sports betting revenue for July. The number was tops in Atlantic City and good enough for second best behind the Meadowlands Racetrack (FanDuel and PointsBet NJ). 

And Fox Bet has the marketing powerhouse of Fox Sports behind it.

That’s what we call a sports betting touchdown.

It’s Time To Check Out NFL Week 1 Odds At New Jersey Sportsbooks

NFL preseason wraps up this week giving you the chance to focus on NFL Week 1 odds at New Jersey sportsbooks including DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetStars.

The NFL preseason wraps up this week with the benchwarmers from all 32 NFL teams playing on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Sure, you can bet on these NFL games at NJ sportsbooks.

But for anyone planning to bet on the NFL this season, this final week of the preseason is the perfect time to lock in your bets for Week 1 of the regular season.

And, to make things even better, DraftKings Sportsbook is now offering separate no-vig point spreads for NFL Week 1. To find them, simply look for the “No-Vig NFL” tab.

NFL Week 1 odds

With the preseason just about over, teams will have locked in most of the roster. You’ll have a solid idea of who’s ready to start Week 1.

Plus, you’ll know who’s still holding out and who will start the season on injured reserve. That means New Jersey sportsbooks have the same information and will have already adjusted the Week 1 lines accordingly.

Now is the time to study those lines, do your homework, and focus in on games where obvious winners present themselves.

Here’s a look at the over/under and point spread lines for all 16 Week 1 NFL games at the top NJ sports betting apps (odds updated as of Sept. 3):

NFL Week 1DraftKingsFanDuel Fox Bet
Green Bay
NY Jets
Kansas City
LA Rams
LA Chargers
NY Giants

SF 49ers
Tampa Bay
New England
New Orleans

The three games involving local teams are among the week’s most interesting.

Giants @ Cowboys

First off, it appears the Dallas Cowboys will be a touchdown favorite over the Giants in Dallas. This despite the fact Dallas’ franchise running back Ezekiel Elliott is still holding out.

This is a division game as well, which usually means a tighter contest. The Giants don’t look like Super Bowl contenders this year, but seven points seem like a lot for a Week 1 game with the Cowboys’ star RB missing.

Bills @ Jets

Next up you’ve got the Jets giving up the standard three points at home versus the Buffalo Bills. This is another division game that may be too close to call.

That said, the Jets added running back Le’Veon Bell. Plus, Bills quarterback Josh Allen came into his own at the end of last season. In fact, both teams look to be a little more potent on offense than they have been in years.

Therefore, the over 39.5 (available at FanDuel and BetStars) might be your best bet.

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Redskins @ Eagles

Finally, the Washington Redskins will visit the Eagles in a game with one of the largest week one spreads.

The Eagles are clearly the more talented team on both sides of the ball. But it is Week 1, so there’s no guarantee they’ll be firing on all cylinders right out of the gate.

Giving away 8 to 8.5 points may seem like a lot. It’s really just a matter of how bad you think the Redskins might be.

Five NFL betting tips to get you started

You’re going to want to start the NFL betting season profitably and you’ll have a better shot at that if you:

  • Shop for better lines: The line is essentially the price you’re getting on a bet and prices are different at different sportsbooks. Smart consumers shop around for everything. Lines should be no different. Finding a better price on a bet can give you the chance to win more or lose less. That’s money in your pocket.
  • Look for line movement: Lines move as a game approaches for a variety of reasons, including key injuries and holdouts and bad weather reports. When a big bet or increased action moves a line artificially, you can take advantage. You’ll get more points, give away less, or get a better price on a bet, even when the matchup on the field doesn’t warrant it.
  • Do your homework: There’s no substitute for good research. Read everything you can about the NFL teams you’re thinking about betting on and you’ll be making informed picks instead of uneducated guesses.
  • Be selective: Just because there are 16 games on the schedule doesn’t mean you have to bet on all of them. Stick to a few picks that look like locks. Avoid the allure of the massive payday a 16-game parlay offers. These bets are almost impossible to win (unless you’re this guy with a six-team parlay).
  • Manage your bankroll: Think of betting on the NFL like investing. Never put all your eggs in one basket. That means always making sure you have enough cash in reserve to keep you betting through a losing streak. A winning streak will come around. Your goal is to still be in the game when it does.

The NFL starts playing for keeps on Sept. 5 bringing about the first of many opportunities to try to turn a profit betting on America’s most popular sport.

What NJ Sportsbooks May Be Missing When It Comes To The NFL Preseason

The NFL preseason gets into full swing on Thursday, and New Jersey online sportsbooks are ready and waiting. Here are a few tips for those football bets.

The NFL preseason gets into full swing this week with a slate of 11 games on Thursday, Aug. 8, representing an opportunity for anyone in New Jersey to begin a winning NFL betting season before it really even starts.

The regular season will not kick off until Sept. 5. However, NFL training camps are already underway and for most teams the preseason begins this Thursday night.

Of course, the NFL preseason is not the NFL regular season where winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. In the four-week preseason, most teams treat the games like practice scrimmages. Most don’t care about winning. They’re looking to evaluate the talent, not trying to win.

The starters get some early reps focused on execution over outcome. Most won’t risk injury by playing much past the first quarter.

Tough to pick winners, set lines

Unless you’ve watched hundreds of hours of college football film and done enough research to make an informed decision as to which players on a team’s practice squad-roster bubble are better than any other’s, it can be downright hard to pick NFL preseason winners.

Of course, that means it’s just as tough for oddsmakers at NJ gambling sites to set the lines.

In fact, most of the time NJ sportsbooks will trot out a standard three-point spread on either side.

For example, take a look at Thursday’s preseason lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook below. Most of the spreads are at or near three points.

Take advantage of what NJ sportsbooks are missing

If you pay attention and do a little research, you just might be able to take advantage of what sportsbooks don’t take into account when setting these NFL preseason lines.

What you want to do is identify coaches who believe football should always be played to win. Plus, look for new coaches in their first season with a team. They may try to win preseason games to start building a winning culture there.

It’s also a good idea to look at top free-agent signings or players traded to a team. These players may be looking to build continuity with new teammates right out of the preseason gate. Just by playing a few more preseason minutes than most these players can give their teams an edge.

Plus, a quick look at who is holding out or injured can give you an idea of teams you might want to avoid in the preseason. Some teams might not be able to put their best units on the field even for just the first quarter.

The Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns game on Thursday may be the perfect example of all this.

In fact, it may present an opportunity to bet on something NJ sportsbooks are missing in the first week.

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Washington-Cleveland NFL preseason line

Here’s a look at the spread at the top three NJ sports betting apps heading into the Washington-Cleveland game:

NFL Preseason Week 1FanDuel Sportsbook BetStars NJDraftKings Sportsbook
Washington Redskins-1 (-130) -2.5 (-118) -2.5 (-110)
Cleveland Browns+1 (+110)+2.5 (+100) +2.5 (-110)

The Browns promoted Offensive Coordinator Freddie Kitchens to Rookie Head Coach this season. That makes him the perfect candidate to want to start the preseason and his career with a win.

Plus, this will be second-year Cleveland Quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s first game with three-time Pro Bowl recever Odell Beckham Jr., who the Browns traded for in the offseason. The pair may only play limited minutes. However, they are going to want to try to make the most of them.

Last year’s Redskins starting QB Alex Smith is also out with an injury. Colt McCoy, Case Keenum, and Dwayne Haskins will be sharing the preseason minutes to see who can replace him. Add that to the equation and it’s a real head-scratcher as to why the Browns are the ones getting the points.

But stop scratching your head for a minute. Grab those points while you can. This seems like a bonafide opportunity to bet on something NJ sportsbooks appear to be missing.

It’s also worth noting the difference in the spread and prices at the different sportsbooks. That highlights the need to shop around for the best price on this bet and any other.

That’s another thing you can do throughout the NFL preseason to give yourself a betting edge.

Boosting your NFL betting bankroll

In summary, take a close look at all the matchups throughout the four-week NFL preseason. Try and find what NJ sportsbooks may be missing.

There may be more opportunities to boost your bankroll heading into the NFL regular season if you can:

  • Find players who might have a reason to play a little more, or holdouts and injured players whose absence may affect a team’s ability to win.
  • Find NJ sportsbooks posting standard point spreads when there are reasons to think otherwise.
  • Shop around for the best price on any bet.

Odds Are You’ve Never Bet On Darts But You Can At New Jersey Sportsbooks

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay competition features the top 32 darts players in the world and that means it’s your opportunity to bet on darts in NJ.

There’s a whole lot more to New Jersey sports betting than just the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. There are a variety of unique betting markets available that allow you to wager on a selection of other games, sports, and events as well.

The annual World Matchplay darts championship in the UK is one such event.

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay competition features the top 32 darts players in the world. And when the darts start flying at the famous Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 20 to 28, you can bet on it right here in New Jersey.

In fact, the outrights and first-round match markets are already open at a selection of the top sportsbooks in the state.

Two-time PDC World Champion Gary Anderson will return to defend the title he won in 2018. Last year he beat Mensur Suljović 21–19 in the longest final in the World Matchplay history.

However, the 32 players who qualify for the event come from a list of the top 16 darts players in the PDC Order of Merit and 16 PDC ProTour Qualifiers.

Since The Netherlands’ Michael van Gerwen is the top-ranked player in the PDC Order of Merit, most NJ sportsbooks have him as the favorite to win it all.

2019 Betfred World Matchplay odds

Here’s a look at the odds on Van Gerwen, Anderson, and the other favorites to win the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay tournament at two of the top NJ online gambling sitesBetStarsNJ and FanDuel Sportsbook.

2019 Betfred World MatchplayBetStars NJFanDuel Sportsbook
Michael Van Gerwen+120 +130
Gary Anderson+800 +1100
Rob Cross+700+800
Gerwyn Price+1600+2200
Peter Wright+2000+1400
James Wade+2000 +3100
Daryl Gurney+2000+2200
Nathan Aspinall+2500+2200

NJ sportsbooks should have odds posted for all 32 participants. Plus, they will adjust those odds as the tournament continues.

Anderson will open his title defense as the No. 4 seed against unseeded Danny Nopert on opening night June 20. He is a -300 favorite to win that match on both BetStars NJ and FanDuel.

Van Gerwen won’t play his first match until the next day. He is a -950 favorite to beat unseeded Steve Beaton on FanDuel Sportsbook, and -800 on BetStars NJ.

2019 Betfred World Matchplay

OK. That’s all great and good, but if you’ve never bet on darts, what are you getting into with this tournament?

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay tournament is a single-elimination event. PDC Order of Merit qualifiers are ranked 1 through 16. Each plays against unseeded PDC ProTour Qualifiers in the first round.

The first round matches are the best of 19 legs, or games. Winners move on to the second round matches on July 23 and 24. The second round matches are the best of 21 legs.

The winners play in the quarterfinals July 25 and 26. Quarterfinal matches are the best of 31 legs.

The best of 33 leg semifinals play July 27 and the best of 35 legs final is set for July 28.

There is £700,000 in prize money up for grabs. The winner will earn £150,000 and the runner-up £70,000.

Darts basics: what to know before you bet

If you’re going to bet on darts, you should at least understand the basics.

A dartboard is cut up like a pie into 20 numbered sections. When a player lands a dart he is awarded the points for that section. There’s also an outer ring of thin strips worth double the point values and an inner ring worth three times the point values.

There’s also a bullseye (50) with an outer ring around it (25). If this all sounds familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen these dartboards at sports bars and sportsbooks. But the rules of play may not be what you expect.

Each player starts a game with 501 points and throws three darts per turn. Players alternate turns.

They add the total score of the three darts and deduct that from the 501 total.

The object is to get down to exactly zero first. Although, players must hit a double on their final dart to win a game.

The World Matchplay tournament is a best-of format where players must win the best of an increasing number of legs, or games, in each round.

What Are The Odds You’ll Want To Bet On The 2019 Rugby World Cup?

The Rugby World Cup is only held once every four years, but it’s happening this year. Here’s how you can bet on the 2019 Rugby World Cup at NJ sportsbooks.

There’s more to New Jersey sports betting than just the big four.

Most of the betting markets at NJ sportsbooks surround major US sports leagues like the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. However, there are a variety of unique alternative betting markets available as well.

The Rugby World Cup is only held once every four years. And 2019 is one of those years.

2019 Rugby World CupBetStarsFanDuel
New Zealand+110+105
South Africa+900+750
Canada +250000+20000

This year, Japan is hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2. Right now, NJ sports betting operators are already taking bets on which country will take home the Webb Ellis Cup, awarded to the international squad that wins the tournament.

Plus, a variety of NJ sportsbooks are also taking bets on the 2019 Rugby World Cup first-round matches.

2019 Rugby World Cup odds

Here’s a look at the 2019 Rugby World Cup futures markets at two of the top NJ online gambling sites: BetStarsNJ and FanDuel Sportsbook:

As defending World Cup champions, New Zealand is the clear betting favorite. In fact, New Zealand has won three of the eight Rugby World Cup tournaments and are perennial favorites.

There are 20 teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But as you can see, oddsmakers give half the teams, including host nation Japan, very little chance of winning.

Reasonable odds are only posted for traditional rugby powerhouse countries such as New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, South Africa, and Australia.

Plus, only upstarts such as France, Scotland, and Argentina join the previous group with odds posted at less than +20000.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will start with the pool stage, where the 20 teams are divided into four pools. Every team in each pool plays one another.

Teams earn four points for a win and two for a draw. Plus, any team that scores four tries in a match or loses by less than eight points earns a bonus point.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals where the knockout stage begins. There is a Bronze Final match between the losers of the two semifinals to determine the third-place finisher.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup final will be held Nov. 2 at International Stadium Yokohama.

Understanding rugby betting

Of course, it might prove difficult to bet on a sport you know very little about. After all, rugby is not a top sport in the US.

However, the following Rugby rules refresher should provide you with a basic understanding of the game.

Legend has it that rugby was invented when one player picked up the ball and ran with it during a soccer game. It plays very much like a combination of soccer and football here in the US.

A rugby pitch looks a lot like a football field. There’s a large playing field with a goal area at either end, much like an end zone. Plus, H-shaped goalposts stand at either end.

Rugby teams are 15 players per side and much like most other sports, the object is to score more points than your opponent.

Rugby matches are 80 minutes long with two 40 minute halves. Like the NFL, the teams attempt to move the ball up the field to score. However, unlike the NFL, the ball cannot be passed forward.

Rugby play and scoring

Instead, players run with the ball, lateral it back to teammates in an attempt to advance further, or kick it forward and run it down.

On the defensive side, players attempt to tackle the ball carrier or rip the ball away.

There are four ways to score:

  • Teams earn a try (5 points) when a player places the ball down in the goal area.
  • Teams earn a conversion (2 points) when they kick the ball through the upper goalposts following a try.
  • Referees award a penalty kick for various infractions. Teams earn three points when they kick the ball through the upper goal posts on penalty kicks.
  • Teams earn a drop goal (3 points) when the kick the ball through the upper goal posts during play. The kicking player must bounce the ball before kicking it.

When the ball goes out of bounds there is a throw-in. Both teams line up as many as seven players. Then, one player throws the ball in on a straight line from where it went out of bounds and the teams compete for it. Players can even lift one another up to get to the ball.

Referees award penalty kicks for major infractions like tackling above the shoulder line. However, the referees call for a scrum when a minor infraction occurs. Minor infractions include things like passing the ball forward.

Each team sends up to eight players into a scrum. The pile of players interlock, the ball is fed into the small gap between the two teams, and they compete for possession.

Raptors Soar High, Flip NBA Finals Odds In Their Favor At NJ Sportsbooks

The Toronto Raptors have managed to turn the 2019 NBA Finals odds at NJ sportsbooks completely around by taking a 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors.

The Toronto Raptors have taken a commanding 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.

The NBA’s lone Canadian team is just one win away from the franchise’s first NBA Championship. Plus, it has managed to flip the 2019 NBA Finals odds completely around.

The defending champion Warriors are making their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. Obviously, that made the Warriors heavy favorites to win when the series started.

Not much changed when the teams split the first two games in the best-of-seven series in Toronto. However, the Raptors won Game 3 in Oakland and woke up the next morning as favorites to win the title for the first time.

Raptors suddenly massive favorites

Then, the Raptors won Game 4 in Oakland on Friday night to take a 3-1 lead. Toronto suddenly became massive favorites to win it all at New Jersey’s top sports betting apps.

Here’s how the 2019 NBA Finals odds look now at DraftKings SportsBookFanDuel Sportsbook, and BetStars NJ:

NBA FinalsDraftKingsBetStars FanDuel
Golden State Warriors +425 (Opened at -315)+450 (Opened at -333)+400 (Opened at -330)
Toronto Raptors-590 (Opened at +250)-550 (Opened at +235)-530 (Opened at +270)

It’s certainly not over yet. However, anyone who bet the Raptors to win the 2019 NBA Finals at the opening odds must be feeling pretty good.

In fact, the odds on the Warriors to win have gone up so high, anyone who bet on the Raptors can now guarantee themselves a profit by hedging their bet.

In other words, they can now lock in the long odds available on the Warriors to win. That way, they’ll make money no matter what happens.

Game 5 NBA Finals odds

Of course, they can also bet on Game 5 of the series at these and other NJ gambling sites. Game 5 will play out in Toronto on Monday night beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Injured Warriors star Kevin Durant had his status upgraded to questionable for Game 5. Durant has not played in more than a month.

However, the Raptors are still home moneyline favorites.

Here’s how moneyline odds looked for Game 5 on Monday morning:

NBA Finals Game 5DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Golden State Warriors+104+105+102
Toronto Raptors-124-125-120

NBA Finals MVP odds

The Warriors are hopeful Durant will return and help turn the tide in the series.

So far, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard has been the difference maker for the Raptors. The updated NBA Finals MVP odds definitely reflect that.

When the series opened, two-time NBA Finals MVP Durant was on the sideline. As a result, Warriors guard Stephen Curry was the moneyline favorite to win the award.

Since Leonard has the Raptors one win away from a championship, he’s now the heavy favorite to be named MVP.

He’s also averaging 30.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game in the series.

Here’s how the updated NBA Finals MVP odds looked on Monday morning heading into Game 5:

NBA Finals MVPFanDuelDraftKingsBetStars
Stephen Curry+450 +450 -150
Kawhi Leonard-650 -500 -550
Kevin Durant+3300+2500 +3300
Draymond Green+3300+5000+5000
Klay Thompson+6300 +8000 +5000
Kyle Lowry+7000 +5000 +2200
Pascal Siakam+3300 +2000 +3300

If the Warriors can win Game 5, the teams will head back to Oakland for Game 6 on Wednesday, June 13. Golden State would also have to win Game 6 to force a seventh and deciding game. It will go off in Toronto on Sunday, June 16 if it is necessary.