New York Yankees Have 28th World Series Championship In Sight

The New York Yankees are the favorite at New Jersey online sportsbooks to represent the American League in the 2021 World Series.

Opening Day expectations for the New York Yankees are high.

The Bronx Bombers start the 2021 season with one of the most complete rosters in Major League Baseball.

So, it’s no surprise that anything short of a 28th World Series championship would be considered a disappointment in The Bronx.
But, before we start thinking about October baseball, Opening Day is upon us. And, after a season shortened by COVID-19 in 2020, MLB is back to normal with a 162-game schedule.

The Yankees open their season at home Thursday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Retired Yankees center fielder and fan-favorite Bernie Williams will toss out the first pitch for the 119th home opener.

NJ online sportsbooks backing New York Yankees in AL

While not the outright favorite to win the 2021 Fall Classic, New Jersey sportsbooks clearly like the Yankees’ chances to make some noise in the playoffs.

BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel all list the Yanks’ chances at 11-to-2 (+550) to win the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best odds (+350) at FanDuel Sportsbook to repeat as champs.

The Yankees are the favorite at all NJ sportsbooks to represent the American League in the World Series. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel both posted odds of +230 for the Yankees to win the franchise’s 41st AL pennant.

Even with last year’s AL champ, the Tampa Bay Rays, in the same division, the Yankees are the odds-on favorite to win the AL East.
Most NJ online sportsbooks put the over/under for total regular-season wins at 95.5.

11 Years without a World Series ring is a lifetime in The Bronx

After coming up short last season (and every season since 2009, really), the New York Yankees front office put together a formidable team.
The Bronx Bombers have a Cy Young contender, MVP candidates, All-Stars at multiple positions, a bullpen loaded with guys who throw gas, and young players ready to prove themselves worthy of pinstripes.

The injury bug has plagued this team for the last couple of years. All three starting outfielders missed significant time in 2020 and two starting pitchers were out most of the year.

The Yanks retooled in the offseason, adding a few new arms to both the starting rotation and the bullpen.

The team is one of the older clubs in MLB, with an average age of 29. But, the Yanks will be banking on a core of younger players, dubbed the Baby Bombers, to carry them in 2021.

If all goes to plan, the Yankees and their fans will be enjoying another ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes this fall.

And if and when it does happen, NJ bettors who wager on New York to win it all will enjoy a double celebration.

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What Are The New Look New York Mets Odds Of Contending For World Series?

The New York Mets are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the fifth-best odds to win the World Series, but is it a winning bet?

Great betting expectations surround the New York Mets.

As they prepare for three season-opening road games against the Washington Nationals, the Mets have a high premium built into their wagering odds.

New Jersey online sports bettors might examine them even more closely when the Mets continue their road swing next week at the Philadelphia Phillies.

In stock-market terms, New York Mets bettors buy high.

Before the Mets take the field Thursday night (first pitch 7:09 p.m.), here is an NJ sports beting breakdown of Mets 2021 odds.

New York Mets vs. World Series Favorites

This team went 26-34, the equivalent of a 71-win full season last year. Now armed with some off-season pickups, they are expected to win 20 more. That’s a big ask.

Major sportsbooks nonetheless tout them for potential post-season honors.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, the Mets are +1000 to win the World Series, tied for fifth overall with the Atlanta Braves.

The defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way at +350.

Here are some of the other top contenders:

  • New York Yankees +550
  • San Diego Padres +800
  • Chicago White Sox+850
  • Minnesota Twins +2000

To win the National League pennant, the Mets are +525. The Dodgers are the +175 chalk

Credit this lofty forecast to playing in the nation’s biggest market. When the Mets are respectable, they are a “public team,” just as the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Lakers are to West Coast gamblers.

The World Series and pennant odds won’t change much in the near future. But some wagers must be made before the season’s first pitch.

New York Mets and total wins

This fun wager provides ramifications for every game of the season.

DraftKings has the Mets’ over-under season win totals at 90.5 with odds of -129 for the over and +103 for the under. Gamblers support the over, 75%-25%.

FanDuel Sportsbook puts the Mets number at 91 with both sides at -110. William Hill has the over-under at 90, with both sides -110.

In this wager, “over” bettors favor the William Hill prop and “under
bettors take the 91 at Fan Duel.

Mets created off-season excitement

So what changed for this team?

New owner Steve Cohen, a billionaire, spent a barrage of bucks and snared two impact players from the Cleveland Indians.

The Mets obtained Francisco Lindor, a terrific power-hitting shortstop, and their fans began salivating.  Lindor hit 103 home runs between 2017 and 2019.  Getting power numbers from a defense-first position is a monster grab.

DraftKings listed him as one of the top picks for league MVP. Lindor is +1200, while the leaders are Mookie Betts of the Dodgers and Juan Soto of the Nationals, both +750.

Who else is at +1200? Freddie Freeman of the Braves, who won the award last season.

Lindor joins a team that led the majors with a .272 average last season. The rich get richer.

Pitcher Carlos Carrasco was the other major pickup.

He has been a solid player for a decade, but does he have the stuff to be the No. 2 starter?

Before answering that question, there are some factors to consider.  He has never won 20 games nor posted an ERA below 3.00 when making 30 or more starts. Carrasco comes to the National League, which will help his numbers,  but he’s also 34 and recently hampered by a hamstring injury.

However, he seems o be heading in the right direction as the Mets get closer to opening day.

So will he boom or bust?

The answer will impact Mets wagers

Injury notes: Noah Syndergaard, another great pitcher, is expected back by the summer.  This will help.

Pistol Pete back on the board

Some additional props involve Mets mainstays.

Pete Alonso, who showed that his slugging ability was no fluke last year, is one of the favorites to lead the National League in homers. He has an attractive, price of +1100, shared with Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves and Millville Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. They are considered tri-favorites at DraftKings.

Alonso returns +1200 for the same prop at FanDuel.

Alonso was a surprise league home-run leader in 2019, with a whopping 53. He notched 16 in the 60-game season last year, equating to 44 in a full season.

DraftKings has an over-under prop for Alonso at 41.5 homers. The over pays +105 and the under is -130.

Jacob deGrom in a class by himself

Jacob deGrom is one of the elite arms in Major League Baseball.

DraftKings made him the +425 to win the Cy Young Award. Never mind that Trevor Bauer, now of the Dodgers, captured the crown last season.

Bauer is the second pick at +700.

It’s likely that Bauer’s performance against the weak NL Central, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds last season, influenced these odds.

Bauer now must face the loaded Padres, and others, as a member of the Dodgers. And he won’t begin as the staff ace, which could shave some starts.

Jacob deGrom has been lights out for the last three years.

In 2018 and 2019, he won the Cy Young Award. He posted electrifying numbers like a 1.70 ERA in 2018, 2.43 in 2019 and used 2020 to conclude three straight seasons with a WHIP (baserunners per nine innings) under 1. That’s Hall of Fame territory.

Strikeout totals from deGrom, 269 and 255 the last two seasons, leads to another prop.

And it’s a ding-dong battle of New York’s finest, at DraftKings.  deGrom and Gerrit Cole of the Yankees are +450, with Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians at +650, to lead the majors in strikeouts.

This looks like a season-long shootout between deGrom and Cole, who had an eye-popping 326 strikeouts in 2019 for the Houston Astros.

But the Yankees don’t like extending their starting pitchers past seven innings. That will impact this bet.

Here’s one more from DraftKings. If Cole leads the majors in wins, it’s +900. However, deGrom, the king of hard luck, is +1200. Good breaks are needed, but these are some nice payouts.

It’s going to be some season. It’s a betting bonanza. And besides individual props, major Mets improvement has been baked into the lines.

Will it happen?

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Will OpenSports Open Up The New Jersey Sports Betting Market For Golden Nugget?

Golden Nugget sportsbook is trying to get a bigger share of the New Jersey market by adding OpenSports to its platform.

Golden Nugget’s online casino is regularly the market leader in New Jersey in that category. The company hopes to achieve similar success with Golden Nugget Sportsbook with the integration of OpenSports.

The technology platform from Scientific Games is already in use by several operators in multiple markets. Will it alone mean a bigger market share in NJ for Golden Nugget, though?

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The Golden Nugget sportsbook revamp

You could look at the new collaboration between Golden Nugget and Scientific Games in NJ as the former making its sports betting experience in multiple markets more uniform. Earlier this year, Golden Nugget’s sports betting product with OpenSports intact went live in Michigan.

Perhaps the most important part of this news for NJ gamblers is that iOS device users will have access to all the Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG) products in one app. A press release from Scientific Games did not mention whether the same was forthcoming for Android devices.

What’s so special about OpenSports?

Well, that depends on where you sit. Scientific Games touts its features like a custom bet builder, daily enhanced odds, and same-game parlays. GNOG is high on the solution.

“Scientific Games’ OpenSports platform has a well-deserved reputation for being robust and scalable and our initial experience in Michigan, amid a very busy sporting period, has been positive,” said Thomas Winter, GNOG President.

However, several of GNOG’s competitors in NJ also offer those components in their sportsbooks. The move to OpenSports may represent a superior product as compared to what GNOG formerly had available for NJ bettors. It still has some work to do if it wants to become the dominant operator in this segment of the market, though.

Marketing just as crucial as technology

When it comes to sports betting revenue in NJ, GNOG is more of a pretender than a contender. For example, in February, it reported a loss of just over $37,000 in February 2021. BetAmerica Sportsbook also operates under the license, but the state Division of Gaming Enforcement does not break the results by operators.

In the same month, sportsbook market leader Meadowlands Racetrack –  the licensee for both FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet Sportsbook in NJ – reported $24.9 million in online revenue.

One crucial difference is the marketing spend for FanDuel and PointsBet. Both brands not only buy advertising time during live sporting events but also continue to add to their celebrity endorser ranks. Recently, PointsBet contracted with Paige Spiranac while FanDuel reeled in Dr DisRespect.

To increase its market share in sports betting, GNOG may have to spend as many resources on getting its name on NJ bettors’ minds. OpenSports has proven it is a viable platform in other markets. During the Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom last week, for example, pari-mutuel wagers on European racebooks were up 53% year-over-year.

GNOG’s NJ sportsbook is only as strong as its brand awareness, though. To maximize the benefits of OpenSports, GNOG may still have to open up its wallet to educate gamblers in the state about the sportsbook revamp.

Otherwise, it’s possible that few NJ bettors will even be aware of the new options.

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March Madness A Slam Dunk For Atlantic City Casinos, Sportsbooks

The return of March Madness was a welcome sight for Atlantic City casinos and sportsbooks that were packed for opening weekend.

For the first time in Atlantic City’s 42-year gambling history, every casino in town has a sportsbook to host March Madness.

And, after missing out on last year’s tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nine casino sportsbooks were ready for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Through the first two rounds of action, the tourney delivered for Atlantic City’s casinos and sportsbooks.

March Madness tipoff packs AC

Steve Callender, regional president of Caesars Entertainment Inc.’s three Atlantic City casinos and president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, said operators “were encouraged,” by the first four days of tournament play.

“We made revenue from it because people were buying seats. Our food and beverage numbers were huge. We were sold out at all of our books,” Callender said. “We were very happy with (the) volume of both people and non-sports revenue.”

Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, said the property’s “bars, lounges, and casino were full all weekend.”

“We had an extremely busy weekend and the property was filled with a lot of NCAA Tournament fans who were ready to get out,” Lupo said. “Between the weather, COVID, and the tournament coming back after a year off, there was a lot of excitement (and) a lot of buzz.”

Breaking news: people like betting on sports

The pent-up demand for tournament action is only heightened by the Tri-State area’s love of sports. With “local” teams, such as Villanova, Rutgers,  and Syracuse, in the tournament, the weekend’s big turnout was no surprise.

“Sports are big, especially in this area,” Callender said. “People love their sports and they love betting on it. It feels real good and brings back some normalcy.”

‘Nice to be back,’ for March Madness

The casino sportsbooks were, in fact, packed all weekend.
Even with a state-imposed 50% indoor capacity limit and pandemic restrictions, Atlantic City sportsbooks were energized.

“The constant refrain you heard from people was, ‘It’s so nice to be back,’ because they really missed it last year and they missed having that traditional March Madness experience,” said Thomas Gable, director of race and sports betting at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “It was certainly a good weekend for us.”

Gable said the BetMGM Sportsbook at Borgata wrote more tickets Friday than it did over the first two days of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

“We’ve already eclipsed what we did through the Elite Eight in 2019,” he said Monday morning.

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New kids on the (Boardwalk) block

The FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s Atlantic City is the ninth, and final, retail shop in town. The book opened last week, debuting just in time for the Big Dance.

Andrew Kleiman, senior director of operations for FanDuel, said opening the doors for March Madness was always the goal.

“It was perfect to be opening on March Madness, just because we wanted to get as many people as possible to see what we were able to do (in Atlantic City) in creating that immersive environment,” Kleiman said. “It was a great weekend.”

‘Electric atmosphere,’ in Atlantic City

The FanDuel and Bally’s AC teams benefitted by seeing what worked at other books in town and listening to customers, Kleiman said. The result is a prime location, an inviting environment, and an overall experience that the New Jersey sportsbook market leader is proud of, he said.

“You’re still part of the casino, but you feel like you’re in the sports bar where you can just sit and watch the games all day like you’re in your living room. And that’s what we are trying to achieve. I think that was recognized by all the customers,” Kleiman said. “There was an electric atmosphere in (Atlantic City) this weekend … we’re so excited to be there.”

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NJ Bettors Can Still Wager On Carson Wentz Even Though He Is Playing For The Colts

Following his trade to the Indianapolis Colts, Carson Wentz is one of the biggest movers on the NFL MVP board at New Jersey sportsbooks.

Smile, Philadelphia Eagles fans. Carson Wentz is gone from the team but he is not forgotten in financial circles.

Here are some ways to stay linked with him.

You could bid on his $1.7 million home for sale in Woodstown.

Of course, even though he left town, there are still several NJ sports betting angles in play, including Wentz futures.

DraftKings Sportsbook recently posted team futures and individual MVP odds for the 2021 season, tossing some excitement into the period between now and the April 29  NFL Draft.

After the trade that brought him from the Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts, Wentz was one of the biggest movers on the MVP board. He went from +4000 to +3300 at DraftKings, a significant change.

Oddsmakers expect him to enjoy the new scenery. Numbers predict Wentz and the Colts will outperform Jalen Hurts, whom he was benched for late in the Eagles’ 4-11-1 campaign, at a reasonable price.

Wentz lands with an 11-5 team that made the playoffs last season and lost quarterback Phillip Rivers to retirement.

Here is a closer look at ways to wager on Wentz.

Team futures: Colts odds to win AFC South

FanDuel Sportsbook has an attractive price on the Colts, at +110, to win the AFC South.

This is really a bet on Indianapolis versus the Tennessee Titans (+115), at fair odds. The Jacksonville Jaguars (+1000) and Houston Texans (+1300) will likely just fill out the division field.

Indy being the early favorite confirms the oddsmakers’ faith in Wentz.

While the Colts are expected to win their division, the Eagles are not. They’re projected +500, last place in the NFC East, according to FanDuel.

The Colts are also +2300 to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles are +8000, the same number as the New York Jets.

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Looking at Carson Wentz MVP odds

Wentz’ +3300 at DraftKings is not bad. Wentz has a good team around him now. While he threw an NFL worst 15 picks last season (along with Drew Lock of the Denver Broncos) that’s apparently water under the sports betting bridge.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs is tops on the DraftKings’ board at +600. And Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 winner,  from the Green Bay Packers, is a close second at +800.

Here are some of the second-tier names:

  • Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills at +1300
  • Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, +1600
  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, +1600
  • Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, +1600
  • Matthew Stafford,  Los Angeles Rams, +1600.

Keep in mind that Prescott will be returning from a serious ankle injury.

And Stafford has issues staying healthy, too.

Carson Wentz vs. Baker Mayfield

Sure, Wentz is further down the list, but also consider that he is ahead of some quarterbacks coming off much better seasons.

Baker Mayfield is coming off an excellent season with the Cleveland Browns. He led them to the playoffs and within a heartbeat of the AFC title game.

Mayfield (+4000) threw 26 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. His numbers would be higher, but Cleveland had the league’s best rushing tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Wentz finished the season on the bench, yet he has a higher MVP chance than Mayfield, on a playoff team.

This is an excellent value if nothing else.

What about these quarterbacks?

So who else is behind Wentz?

Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders, who is brittle and getting long in the tooth, is +5000.

Same odds for Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings. He could be classified as a  perennial underachiever.

Then there is Joe Burrow (also +5000). The Cincinnati Bengals rookie phenom and 2020 No. 1 overall pick missed the final six games of last season.

And how unusual is the Wentz-Jalen Hurts symmetry?

Wentz was traded because the Eagles believe Hurts has more value. But the oddsmakers have not seen that memo. They list Hurts at +6600, exactly double the odds of Wentz winning an MVP.

Much of it has to do with the supporting cast, of course.  However,  the player the Eagles benched and traded has higher 2021 expectations than the quarterback who stayed.

Toward the bottom of the pack is Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, +8000.

Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Roethlisberger, the subject of retirement rumors, is +10000. So is Jimmy Garoppolo, the QB of the San Francisco 49ers, and Daniel Jones, the quarterback for the New York Giants team that finished ahead of the Eagles last year.

Drew Brees has retired.

All told, there are some pretty good quarterbacks with longer betting odds than Wentz.

You can’t expect him to win this, but the odds project optimism on some other Wentz bets.

More Carson Wentz odds to come

Later on, the books will post Indianapolis’ projected total and passing statistics for Wentz.

Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich worked magic with the interception-prone Phillip Rivers last year. Given a solid running game and good protection, Rivers threw for 4,169 yards and hurled 24 touchdowns versus only 11 interceptions.

Wentz can hit those numbers and maybe more.  But his yardage prop, slightly more than 3,600 yards last year, could settle at less than Rivers’ total because Wentz had a statistically down year.

If Wentz throws two touchdown passes a game, he’s at 32 for the season.  But that prop might be listed in the mid-20s, given what Rivers did. See if that edge materializes when odds get posted.

Of course, there is an intangible to consider here as Wentz is reuniting with Reich, the head coach of the Colts.

Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Wentz enjoyed his best season, 2017. But an injury late in the year curtailed his budding MVP season. His mobility took a big hit but Wentz can scramble a little better than Rivers now.

Reich reiterated this week that Wentz retains top-level tools. He also cites 2019, in which Wentz led the Eagles to four-straight wins and a playoff berth, as proof of the quarterback’s leadership skills.

The Colts will help by asking him to manage games, not try to win them himself.

It’s not easy for many Eagles fans to see Wentz in a new place.

But bettors don’t have to say goodbye. They can simply say “Hello” to the next wager.

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Bally’s Corp., MLB Strike Sports Betting Deal

Bally’s Corp., has sports betting deals in place with three of the four major North American leagues after reaching an agreement with MLB.

Bally’s Corp., is swinging for the fences with its latest play to join the sports betting big leagues.

Bally’s and Major League Baseball have reached a multi-year deal, according to a news release. As an authorized gaming operator, Bally’s gains access to official MLB league and team marks, logos, and data.

More on the MLB deal

The Rhode Island-based gaming operator will use the league information and team logos across its portfolio of sports betting products. Bally’s Corp., plans to integrate additional content into live games across Sinclair Broadcast Group’s 19 regional sports networks covering more than half of the U.S. MLB teams.

And those networks will soon be rebranded Bally Sports.

“The agreement between Bally’s and MLB offers exciting benefits for baseball fans nationwide,” said George Papanier, president and CEO of Bally’s. “We are honored to have the opportunity to put the Bally’s stamp on America’s national pastime and look forward to providing an innovative and engaging sports betting experience.”

Bally’s Corp. ready to play ball

As part of the agreement, Bally’s and MLB will collaborate on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of league games., according to the news release.

“As we prepare for the start of the 2021 season, working with Bally’s will present our fans with yet another unique avenue to engage with baseball,” said Kenny Gersh, MLB executive VP of gaming and new business ventures. “Bally’s knows how to provide added entertainment for sports fans across the country, so we look forward to collaborating on new ways of engaging fans around our games.”

MLB Opening Day is April 1 with all 30 teams scheduled to play.
“We can’t wait for the season to begin,” Papanier added.

Three out of four ain’t bad

By adding MLB to its roster, Bally’s now has deals in place with three of the big four North American sports leagues.
The company announced deals with the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League earlier this year.

Another day, another deal for Bally’s Corp.

The MLB deal is the latest move by the company formerly known as Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

The company purchased Bally’s Atlantic City for $25 million last year. Shortly after, it purchased the iconic Bally’s name and will soon operate 15 casinos in 11 states.

But, like most gaming operators, Bally’s Corp., is looking to capitalize on the growth of online gambling and sports betting.

The FanDuel Sportsbook is now open at Bally’s Atlantic City casino.
Bally Bets is expected to be available later this year. Bally’s also inked the previously mentioned media partnership with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a national leader in regional sports media.

Other deals include:

  • Bet.Works, sports betting platform provider
  • Monkey Knife Fight, daily fantasy sports operator
  • SportsCaller, a free-to-play sports game provider

So it should come as no surprise that Bally’s stepped up to the plate with MLB.

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