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Like Birds’ fans, the Sixers draw from both sides of the Walt Whitman Bridge. With Fox Bet operating in Pennsylvania, too, there is a bigger pool of potential players.
Adam Davis, the chief commercial officer for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, elaborated on the deal:
“Fox Bet has masterfully honed its unique brand positioning in the US; an experienced, longstanding European sportsbook, a savvy media company, and now an affiliation with the 76ers that further endears its brand and product to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey market and sports community.
Recognizing the passionate 76ers fan base, Fox Bet and our team look forward to amplifying a multi-tiered activation approach by creating dynamic, digital content and continuing to drive engagement with our brand, team and league.”
Plus, in celebration of the agreement, Fox Bet customers in PA and NJ will have access to special offers and promotions.
Here’s a weekly look at the best NFL bets and lines available at a selection of NJ online sports betting sites: DraftKings Sportsbook, Fox Bet, and Bet365.
Are you ready for some football?
The NFL season kicks off this Thursday in Chicago and college football season approaches its second full week of action.
That’s a lot of football, so you better be ready.
With 10 retail sportsbooks and now 15 apps firing on all cylinders, there is a lot to keep up with. Two weeks ago, Bet365NJ “soft-launched” its mobile app.
And last week, Fox Bet NJ began rolling out what is its rebranding of the existing BetStars app.
In this weekly column, I will focus on up to three New Jersey sportsbooks and take a deeper dive at the promos, props, and specials that you should be aware of heading into the weekend’s action.
For the opening NFL weekend, I’m looking at what’s on offer from DraftKings Sportsbook, Bet365, and Fox Bet.
What’s what at DraftKings Sportsbook
With a full season of NFL sports betting under their belts, DraftKings comes out of the gate with a strong lineup of offers and promotions.
In addition to a full menu of lines for NFL Week 1, here are some promotions to be aware of on DraftKings.
There is a different “odds boost” each day this week, ending with the full kickoff on Sunday, Sept 8:
It’s still surprising to me how so few books in New Jersey take a localized approach. It’s very straightforward. NFL fans in the Garden State are likely to be fans of the Jets, Giants or Eagles, so why not give them a hook to pique their interest on the weekend? It’s not that hard.
DraftKings does a nice job of tailoring their promotions with a local “angle.”
In DraftKings’ week 1 “no brainer” promotion, a bettor either needs the Jets, Giants or Eagles to score a touchdown.
Easy money, right? Of course, but note that this offer is capped at a maximum $10 wager (to win $10):
DraftKings also is offering “NO VIG” NFL lines for week 1.
As a frame of reference, below is the current “VIG” lines in which a straight $25 point spread bet on the Eagles at -114 would win $22:
With “NO VIG” lines, the same $25 on the Eagles at +100 will pay $25:
One note, currently these “NO VIG” lines cannot be included as part of parlay bets.
Fox Bet has now rebranded the BetStars skin. The old BetStars NJ black-and-red color palette has been replaced with the blue-and-gold theme of Fox Bet.
Additionally, Fox Sports on-air personalities now adorn most of the promotional lineup on Fox Bet.
For the NFL, there are promotions tied to Fox Sports personalities Colin Cowherd and Clarissa Thompson:
While there aren’t any “local” promotions on offer, Fox Bet does have some unique game prop wagering opportunities.
Below are the prop lines for quarterback pass completions and running back rushing attempts for Green Bay vs Chicago:
Fox Bet also offers an extensive menu of “Custom Bets.”
These bets will vary game by game and week to week. If a bettor wants to suggest a prop that isn’t currently listed on the app, a tweet to Fox Bet using the hashtag #CustomBet will get their attention and a response.
Here are some of the custom bets in place for the Bears-Packers opening game on Thursday night:
Don’t ignore the newbie Bet365
Bet365 is new to New Jersey. The British bookmaker launched in mid-August, just in time for the NFL season.
However, the current offers on Bet365 are more skewed to European football (i.e. soccer) than the NFL. The lone NFL bonus relates to an Early Payout offer, in which an early payout will be made if a team gains a 17-point lead:
Bet365 does offer American football action and tons of it, covering the NFL, NCAA football, and the Canadian Football League (CFL):
If you’re an NFL bettor that likes to look beyond the standard spreads, lines, and totals, Bet365 NJ is worth checking out.
There is no shortage of “action” on offer within the NJ sportsbook app. The Thursday night opener features 130+ “markets” from which to choose from. It’s an extensive betting menu that would rival any New Jersey diner in terms of scale and variety.
Here’s a quick overview of the main props and score props featured for the Thursday NFL Bears-Packers opener:
Taking a closer look, there are some unique props to be found on Bet365. Here is the longest TD scored and total number of field goals:
Bet365 also has several props related to scoring frequency for each team and each half:
In a nutshell, there is something for everyone playing via the Bet365 app. Check it out and take the time to dig a little deeper in this new site to find a prop or price that might be playable for you.
I will be tracking both Bet365 and the rebranded FoxBet to observe how they evolve with other promotions and offers over the course of the season.
Looking ahead to Sunday
At the end of each weekly column, I will make three football selections that I will track over the course of the season.
A couple of years ago, I would have used the disclaimer “for entertainment purposes only.” Since I live in New Jersey, in addition to the “entertainment” part, I will also now be betting the games.
For this week, here are my picks:
REDSKINS +10 over Eagles
My heart is with the Eagles and, yes, the Eagles have won the last four head-to-head meetings vs the ‘Skins. But 10 points is still too much to lay on opening week vs a division rival.
VIKINGS -4 over Falcons
After going to the NFC title game in 2017, Minnesota took a step backward last year.
With a full year of Vikings offensive system under his belt, I expect Kirk Cousins to be better in 2019. Along with a healthy Dalvin Cook, I think the Vikes will come out firing on Sunday.
RAVENS -6.5 over Dolphins
This is more of a play against the Dolphins than for the Ravens.
The Dolphins are currently listed at DraftKings Sportsbook with a season win total of 4.5. The Ravens are fresh off an undefeated preseason, but more importantly, have an emerging star in year two QB Lamar Jackson.
It could be a long season in South Florida for the Fins.
Best of luck to everyone out there. Here’s to a profitable 2019 football season in NJ sports betting.
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 Betsportsbook product is available to New Jersey customers as of Aug. 30.
It’s not a newNJ 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:
As expected, Fox Bet sportsbook has all of the major sports covered, too:
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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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 wageringpartnership.
The press releaseincluded 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.
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.