DraftKings Announces 2020 March Madness Bracket Contest

It’s that time of year when college basketball takes center stage with the ultra-popular March Madness tournament. Whether you’re an NCAA basketball fan or not, you have most likely filled out a bracket in your lifetime.

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And once again, DraftKings Sportsbook is jumping on the bandwagon with their very own 2020 March Madness Bracket Contest.

Register at DraftKings to get into the action in 2020. There’s literally no reason not to try it.

Tourney Mania DraftKings Bracket

DraftKings will offer a number of different promotions for March Madness betting, but the easiest one to get into is their bracket contests.

Sure, your odds of getting the perfect bracket are only one in 9.2 quintillions, but you don’t have to be perfect here.

DraftKings March Madness Brackets

DraftKings March Madness Contest

Players in NJ will compete for a prize pool of $100,000!

  1. Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app for iOS or Android
  2. Register for an account using THIS EXCLUSIVE LINK
  3. And get ready for Selection Sunday
  • Once they know who the 68 teams in the field are, you’ll have until Thursday, March 23rd (the start of the Round of 64) to enter your bracket.
  • That means you’ll have to pick every single game all the way through to the final.

DraftKings will award prizes for the best overall bracket – even if it’s not perfect.

Free-to-Enter March Madness Contest

Anyone in the US can join the contest and compete for their share of $64,000.

  • Players across the country can access and fill out their brackets through iOS or Android devices.
  • Bracket access is also available using THIS EXCLUSIVE LINK.

Second Chance Bracket

Since nailing the March Madness bracket is as difficult as it gets, DraftKings Sportsbook will also be offering up contestants another free bracket contest called the Second Chance Bracket.

If you happen to get a few picks wrong for the Round of 64 games or there are some wild upsets that ruin your bracket, you’ll be able to re-join with a second chance entry.

This prize pool still offers up a $16,000 jackpot, so make sure you participate.


Other March Madness Contests & Promos

The fun doesn’t stop there as DraftKings Sportbook is going to offer a number of other ways to spice up the action.

Here’s a taste of the other options on the board for you:

Big Game Squares

For this contest, all you have to do is select a square and it’s yours for the game. It’s like the Super Bowl squares but for college basketball. There will be a $54,000 prize pool for this contest.

Big Game Props

For this promo, every time you bet $10 on the NCAA Tournament, you’ll be entered for your shot to win $200,000. Also, for every $50 in props that you bet on will earn you back $10 worth of free bets.

Odds Boosts

Keep an eye on the DraftKings promos sections as they’re sure to have all sorts of different March Madness odds boosts for the NCAA Tournament. That might include better betting odds for futures or game lines.

Betting Lines, Live Betting

DraftKings will feature spreads, moneylines, totals and props on every single game of the NCAA Tournament, including live betting on all of the contests too.

If you do your homework and sift through the lines, you’re bound to find some good value on the games.

NJ Sports Betting Hauls In $106 Million Handle From 2019 March Madness

All told, after three weeks of betting action on the NCAA Tournament in 2019, New Jersey sportsbooks won $10 million in revenue on $106 million in bets.

The anticipation of March Madness betting began months ago for sports betting in New Jersey.

After all, last month, for the first time outside of Nevada post-PASPA, legalized wagering on the ever-popular NCAA Tournament began in earnest.

Now, those rewards have come to light.

The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement released March Madness data at the Betting on Sports America conference.

According to the DGE, NJ sportsbooks took in more than $100 million in wagers during the tourney, resulting in more than $10 million in revenue.

Breaking down March Madness betting

For years, most college basketball fans had to settle for office pools or family bracket challenges.

In 2019, that began to change.

And New Jersey certainly reaped the benefits of legalized betting on the 2019 NCAA Tournament, despite prohibiting operators from accepting wagers on games involving state teams.

According to the DGE, land-based and online sportsbooks in the Garden State accepted some $106 million in wagers during March Madness, which spanned March and April.

Operators held about 10% of tournament bets, resulting in just a bit more than $10 million in revenue.

March Madness vs. other NJ sports betting seasons

The DGE also reported at the conference that bettors laid down $182 million during the 2018 college football season. That figure, to no surprise, was $130 million more than total handle during the college basketball regular season.

Certainly, football reigns supreme with sports betting. And the above overall handle for college football does not include the big stage of the final stretch of bowl games, including the national championship, which took place in January.

Regardless, the popularity of college basketball took off, as it should, during March Madness.

Consider, after all, that the public wagered more than $100 million across 67 games.

March Madness betting boosts March revenue

The NJ sports betting industry has yet to hit its first anniversary. Still, no other month in the industry’s nine-month history even came close to March.

Retail and online sportsbooks in the state combined for a whopping $31.7 million in NJ sports betting revenue from $372.5 million in wagers.

That revenue total nearly doubled the state’s next-highest monthly total of $18.8 million in January. (The March handle ranks second to January.)

As the 2019 March Madness event tipped off, NJ operators already began seeing the effect of March Madness.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, for example, the opening weekend of the tourney included the property’s biggest Friday in terms of handle. And the weekend became FanDuel’s second-biggest ever, just behind the Super Bowl.

Additionally, PointsBet NJ needed little time to determine that “March Madness lived up to the hype,” according to Ron Shell, PointsBet’s vice president of customers and insights.

“In four days we turned over millions of dollars with thousands of unique customers and handle per game, only second to the Super Bowl.”

Virginia Opens As Small Favorite Over Texas Tech In NCAA Tournament Title Game

What are the odds for Virginia vs. Texas Tech at NJ online sportsbooks? Get the current odds for the 2019 NCAA final from DraftKings, BetStars and FanDuel.

The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers barely survived the No. 5 Auburn Tigers on Saturday night while the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders won easily over the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans.

Even so, it’s the Cavaliers who have opened as a small favorite in the championship game at NJ online sportsbooks.

Virginia opened as a 1.5-point favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook app.

But Texas Tech has been paying off as an underdog, so it’s not surprising to see that the action has been coming in on them.

NCAA National Championship odds 2019

Here’s a look at the current odds for college basketball’s national championship at New Jersey’s top online sports betting sites:

Virginia vs. Texas Tech current odds

 DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
SpreadVirginia -1.5Virginia -1.5Virginia -1.5
Total117.5118118
MoneylineVirginia -122, Texas Tech +107Virginia -125, Texas Tech +105Virginia -125, Texas Tech +105

Red Raiders have been money as the dog

Even as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Red Raiders have been overlooked by the oddsmakers consistently.

They have found themselves as the dog in three straight games and haven’t been favored since the opening weekend.

They cashed as a +145 underdog against No. 2 Michigan State, +215 versus No. 1 Gonzaga and +115 vs No. 2 Michigan on FanDuel Sportsbook app.

The Red Raiders have looked really dominant in the NCAA Tournament, winning four of their five games by double-digits. They really haven’t had to sweat much.

Their defense, which ranked first in the nation in the KenPom Adjust Defensive Efficiency rating, is holding opponents to just 55.8 points per outing.

Cavaliers lucky to survive?

The Cavaliers needed a miracle last-second basket to force overtime versus No. 3 Purdue in the Elite Eight. They got it, pushed the game to overtime, and survived.

In the Final Four, they were down by two points with less than 10 seconds remaining when the referees missed a double-dribble, which would have given No. 5 Auburn the ball and likely the win.

Instead, Virginia’s Kyle Guy was fouled on a three-point attempt and then he calmly hit all three free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to give Virginia the win.

There’s no question that this is a good Virginia team — especially on defense, where they rank fifth in that same KenPom defensive category that Texas Tech leads — but they have survived their last two games by the narrowest of margins.

Pro tip: Bet Texas Tech at the half

The Red Raiders have been an incredible bet at the half under current head coach Chris Beard.

They’ve now played nine NCAA Tournament games with him on the sidelines, and they’ve covered the spread every single time.

His impressive halftime adjustments haven’t been restricted to March Madness, though. The Red Raiders have covered the second half spread in 24 of their last 28 games on the road (or at a neutral site) and are 33-8-1 ATS in second halves versus non-conference opponents.

Title game could set a record for lowest over/under

The Virginia-Texas Tech over/under opened at 119 or 119.5, depending on which sportsbook you looked at. But it has since gone down to 118 at FanDuel and BetStars NJ.

However, with two stellar defensive teams playing for the championship, that number has dropped to 117.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook app.

If it were to hold, that would be the lowest total that we’ve seen since 2005 (123.5).

Most bettors will be expecting an under — even with a record-low of a total — not only because both defenses are strong but because both teams like to play at a very slow pace.

A free March Madness bet in NJ? You bet

The 2019 NCAA Tournament is down to just one game, and it’s expected to be a very close, competitive contest.

While it might be tough to predict who wins, you can take advantage of some great sportsbook promotions in New Jersey to have a free bet for the championship contests.

If you’re a first-time customer in the state of New Jersey and are looking for a safe, legal place to bet on the game, downloading one of the NJ sportsbook apps can get you a free bet to play with.

For example, if you sign up with FanDuel Sportsbook, they’ll hook you up with a free bet of up to $500. That’ll be nice to have to bet on either Texas Tech or Virginia (or the over/under). And if it happens to lose, you’ll get your money back.

Another option is to bet at BetStars sportsbook app in NJ, one of the most reputable brands in New Jersey. They’ll also hook you up with a similar offer, giving you a $500 match bet.

And special for the final weekend of March Madness, BetStars is giving new players $20 free for a limited time.

Lastly, if you’re looking for another promo, DraftKings NJ app offers up a $25 free bet for first-time customers. It comes to you in five $5 bets, which gives you five bets to use for the title game or anything else.

It’s good to open up accounts at multiple sportsbooks so that you can get the best price for each line, so consider taking advantage of each promo.

And most importantly, tune into the NCAA 2019 National Championship game on Monday night when the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

BetStars NJ Gifts NCAA Basketball Fans With $20 Free For The Final Four

New players who sign up for a BetStars NJ sportsbook app account from April 4-8 can get a $20 free bet on top of the $500 match bet bonus.

The 2019 NCAA Tournament is down to the Final Four.

As we all await the start of the climax of March Madness, BetStars NJ has released a no deposit bonus to amp up the action.

Starting today and lasting until April 8, new customers who open up an account at BetStars will get an extra $20 free bet in their account.

That will come in handy when you’re making your decision on who to bet on this weekend.

How to get the $20 free bet from BetStars

The promotion will only be valid to new real-money verified customers. That means, if you sign up for a new account between April 4-8, you’ll automatically get a $20 free bet.

And you can use that free bet for your March Madness betting up through the NCAA championship game Monday night.

However, existing customers who haven’t made their initial deposit yet will also be credited the $20. They’ll just have to fill in the real money form (a deposit isn’t required) and place their bet.

And lest you think that’s all you get, BetStars is adding this limited-time offer on top of the current $500 match bet deposit bonus already available.

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BetStars odds: Auburn vs. Virginia

Final Four MatchupMoneylineTotalSpread
#1 Virginia vs.-250131-5.5
#5 Auburn+205131+5.5

The NCAA Tournament has been unpredictable, so having some of the house’s money to play with is always a good thing.

There’s just one No. 1 seed in the Final Four as Duke, North Carolina, and Gonzaga were all upset before reaching the semifinals.

Saturday’s action will start with the last of the No. 1 seeds as Virginia will host No. 5 Auburn. The Cavaliers is a 5.5-point favorite to beat the Tigers with the over/under set at 131 points on BetStars NJ sportsbook.

Both teams are coming off of narrow wins in the Elite Eight as both needed overtime to survive.

This will be an intriguing matchup as Auburn is a team built around an offense that thrives from the three-point line. The Tigers had just seven three-pointers in the Elite Eight but prior to that, were averaging 14.0 threes per game in the NCAA Tournament this season.

The Cavaliers, who are one of the best defensive teams in the country, are second in opponent three-point field goal percentage, so they do a great job of protecting the arc.

BetStars odds: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech

Final Four MatchupMoneylineTotalSpread
#2 Michigan St. vs.-162132.5-2.5
#3 Texas Tech+135132.5+2.5

In the late game, we’ll see No. 3 Texas Tech take on No. 2 Michigan State, who knocked Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils out of the NCAA Tournament in the Elite Eight.

The Spartans are a 2.5-point favorite in this game with a total of 132.5 at BetStars.

The Red Raiders continue to be overlooked but they had the most comfortable win of any team in the Elite Eight.

While two teams needed overtime and Michigan State barely advanced by just one point, the Red Raiders handled No. 1 Gonzaga 75-69. The Red Raiders’ elite defense has kept their opponents under wraps as they’ve won their four games by an average of 15.0 points per game.

March Madness betting with BetStars

Time is ticking on this BetStars Sportsbook promotion as it’s only valid until Monday, April 8.

Open your BetStars account today to take advantage of the free bet before tipoff!

Final Four Rundown: A Closer Look At March Madness Betting Odds At NJ Online Sportsbooks

Auburn vs. Virginia. Texas Tech vs. Michigan St. Who will head to the NCAA title game? Here are the odds for the Final Four at New Jersey sportsbooks.

DukeGonzaga, and North Carolina are out of the Final Four. It means there are office trash cans filled with busted brackets.

But the great thing about March Madness betting in New Jersey is the game is far from finished.

There are 10 retail and 13 mobile sportsbooks still offering odds on the remaining three games.

Two Final Four games are taking place on Saturday, April 6 in Minneapolis:

  • No. 5 Auburn vs. No. 1 Virginia, 6:09 p.m.
  • No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Michigan State, 8:49 p.m.

The two winners will advance to Monday night’s (April 8) National Championship Game. All three games will be on CBS or showing at your retail sportsbook of choice.

This includes the new sportsbook addition at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Call it the added bonus to NJ sports betting.

Final Four odds at NJ sportsbooks

Here’s how the lines on the two Final Four games opened at BetStars, DraftKings Sportsbook app, and FanDuel Sportsbook:

Team #5 Auburn vs. # 1 Virginia #3 Texas Tech vs.#2 Michigan State
BS (S)+5.5-5.5+2.5-2.5
BS (M)+195-250+135-162
BS (T)130.5130.5132.5132.5
DK (S)+5.5-5.5+3-3
DK (M)
+195-245+133-162
DK (T)130.5130.5132.5132.5
FD (S)+5.5-5.5+2.5-2.5
FD (M)+195-245+135-160
FD (T)130.5130.5 132.5132.5

Note: BS= BetStars; DK= DraftKings; FD= FanDuel; S= Spread; M= Moneyline; T= Total

Combo bets are available, too. Parlay the point spread with the moneyline, and there is a chance to increase your winnings.

And with three more games to go, the futures market is still open. Unlike this time last week, the field of 16 is down to four.

Virginia is the odds-on favorite

Virginia is the lone remaining N0. 1 seed left in the dance. Talk about a complete reversal of fortune from last year. The Cavaliers made NCAA Tournament history in 2018, and not in a good way.

We all know the story by now: They were eliminated by a No. 16 seed in the first round. Now they are two wins shy of winning it all.

And based on the odds, Virginia heads into Final Four weekend as the heavy betting favorite to cut down the nets. Here are the futures at three NJ sportsbooks:

  • BetStars NJ: +120
  • DraftKings: +130
  • FanDuel: +125

Heading into the tournament, FanDuel had Virginia listed at +700 to win it all. The odds shifted to +420 heading into the Sweet 16.

But backing the favorite is not a lock, especially during March Madness. Duke entered the tournament at +220. They ended up losing to Michigan State, 68-67, in the Elite Eight.

For those keeping tabs, Virginia is making its first Final Four appearance in 35 years (1984 was the last time).

A Cinderella story in the mix with Auburn

Underdogs are a huge part of the March Madness betting story. Oregon, a No. 12 seed, had the Cinderella spotlight heading into last weekend.

This week it belongs to the Auburn Tigers.

It’s not because they are a No. 5 seed — the lowest remaining seed. This is the story of a program making its first-ever Final Four appearance. The excitement surrounding the team is evident by the welcome home reception the team received.

These celebrations are merited after upsetting No. 2 Kentucky, 77-71, in overtime.

And as a result, bettors may be attracted to taking a shot on Auburn winning it all. While they’re considered the longshot, the potential payout outweighs the risk.

Here are the futures odds on Auburn from three NJ online sportsbooks:

  • BetStars NJ: +800
  • DraftKings: +650
  • FanDuel: +750

Michigan State vs. Texas Tech

For the Texas Tech Red Raiders, this is the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance, tooBut making it to Minneapolis does not come as a surprise.

The team is 30-6 overall. And their NCAA Tournament body of work includes victories over No. 2 Michigan, 63-44, and No. 1 Gonzaga, 75-69.

Of the four remaining schools, Michigan State is the only team to have won it all. This is the 10th time the Big Ten school is playing in the final weekend of March Madness.

While the program last advanced this far in 2015, the Spartans last national championships came in 2000. The other came in 1979. You may have heard of some player named Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Head coach Tom Izzo, now in his 24th season with the Spartans, was on the sidelines for the more recent championship.

Do you go with the storied program with rich March Madness history? Or do you pick a Texas Tech team that many may still have alive in a bracket?

This one is a tough one to call. But going the futures route may be worth the risk.

Odds to win it all:

  • BetStarsNJ: Michigan State +170 / Texas Tech +450
  • DraftKings: Michigan State +190 / Texas Tech +400
  • FanDuel: Michigan State +180 / Texas Tech +500

Risk-free Final Four betting in NJ? You bet

Deciding on a team or bet type can be a challenging process. Going with the point spread, aka the equalizer, is not just about picking a team. But will they be able to cover? Duke is the perfect example.

But there are advantages to betting via NJ sportsbook apps, especially for first-time customers.

The biggest is risk-free wagering. FanDuel Sportsbook will cover your first bet up to $500. It means if you make a futures bet on Auburn to win it all, but end up losing to Virginia, you’ll be refunded with site credit.

To make the process easier, click this exclusive FanDuel Sportsbook link. Follow the simple registration instructions, and the offer is yours for the taking.

BetStars also comes packed with a big welcome bonus of a $500 match bet. But it also boasts a consistent slate of deals and bonus bets almost daily. You can bet BetStars won’t forget a Final Four odds boost or two.

DraftKings NJ app has its own $25 free bet available for first-time users. It comes to you in five $5 bets, which means you have five free bets for the final weekend of March Madness.

In other words, it’s worth taking a chance with Final Four betting.

Play Ball: FanDuel Sportsbook Is Ready For Baseball, Basketball, And Betting

FanDuel Sportsbook is coming off a historic opening weekend of March Madness betting. MLB opening day and the Sweet 16 likely will add to the big score.

Today is one of those days where the best of two NJ sports betting worlds collide.

Opening day of the 2019 MLB season is here. So is the second weekend of March Madness betting.

The NCAA Tournament resumes tonight with four Sweet 16 games.

FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack is expected to once again be buzzing with fans. Mike Raffensperger, chief marketing officer at FanDuel, expects the place to be hopping with customers from New Jersey and New York City.

“I think we are expecting to be very busy. Opening day should be a holiday.”

The sports betting deck is stacked with several enticing betting opportunities. Here are the latest lines posted on the FanDuel Sportsbook NJ app:

  • Florida State vs. Gonzaga (Gonzaga -8)
  • Purdue vs. Tennessee (Tennessee -2)
  • Texas Tech vs. Michigan (Michigan -2)
  • Oregon vs. Virginia (Virginia -8.5)
  • Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners (Boston -1.5)

FanDuel Sportsbook + baseball + college basketball

March Madness is now sharing the spotlight with baseball betting.

Unlike the NCAA Tournament, this is the second season in which New Jersey residents can wager on baseball.

Like March Madness, users of the FanDuel Sportsbook app will find promotions specifically targeting the baseball audience.

The Local Locks offer rewards customers who place winning moneyline wagers on the Phillies, Yankees or Mets through March 31. It comes in the form of a $5 bonus for every run the selected teams wins by.

For example, the Yankees defeated the Orioles 7-2 today, which means the customer would receive a $25 bonus if the bettor went with the New York club.

The other is the Opening Day Live Bet Bonus, which is only good for today (March 28). This one applies to all MLB teams. Make a live bet of $50 or more and you will earn $20 in site credit.

March Madness betting at FanDuel a hit

Based on last weekend’s standing-room-only crowds at the Meadowlands, March Madness betting is a hit.

The FanDuel Sportsbook is equipped with 64 screens. (It was not intentionally designed that way.) Grabbing a seat may have been a challenge, but finding a screen was not.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement will not be releasing the official handle and revenue numbers until next month. That means FanDuel is not talking yet on the specific numbers tied to the first weekend of March Madness betting.

But Raffensperger did say FanDuel did hit two impressive marks last weekend:

  • March 22 was FanDuel’s biggest Friday ever in terms of bet and handle.
  • Last weekend was the second-best sports betting weekend ever (Super Bowl was the first).

Adding to the overall NJ sports betting experience are the 14 recently installed IGT PlayDigital’s PlayShot QuickBet kiosks.

FanDuel customers can now place wagers at the betting windows or self-service betting machines.

Reduced wait times equals convenience. And yes, wagers via the FanDuel Sportsbook app are accepted there, too.

Speaking of mobile sports betting, FanDuel is running a free Props Pick’Em contest through Monday, April 8 (night of the National Championship Game).

The rules are simple: Come up with the correct answers to earn a share of the $10,000 prize pool. 

New York’s delay is FanDuel’s gain

New York’s sports betting legislation remains a work in progress.

As a result, customers on the other side of the George Washington Bridge or Lincoln Tunnel are coming to FanDuel to place legal bets.

FanDuel, at least in terms of retail, is the only operator based in North Jersey. More importantly, the company claimed the top spot in the most recent NJ sports betting revenue figures released by the DGE.

Thank you, New York.

“We think it’s a huge advantage,” Raffensperger said of FanDuel being located just outside of NYC.

“We are confident we have the biggest sportsbook on the East Coast. Being 10 minutes outside of New York City is a big deal.”

And New Yorkers will likely be wagering on Yankees and Mets games this weekend.

Combine it with March Madness betting, and the FanDuel NJ sports betting experience is only getting sweeter.