Light The Olympic Betting Flame: NJ Sportsbooks Offering Variety Of Odds And Props, Some With Garden State Ties

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo presents a golden opportunity for NJ online sports bettors to enjoy some widespread wagering.

Assemble national pride with a breakthrough betting platform and what results in the next couple of weeks. The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (delayed until now as a result of the global pandemic), offering widespread wagering for the first time ever.

The Olympic Games run until Aug 8. New Jersey online bettors observe numerous options.

Team USA heavy favorite for most Olympic medals

Taking a broad concept, they can slam a wager at lopsided prices for the United States to win the most medals. Not many will opt for -1000 across the major NJ sportsbooks, but some with large bankrolls will take a small return on a near-certain sure thing.

Gamblers can also stab at the U.S. total medal count of 111.5 over-under at William Hill, for example, with odds of -115 either way.

The projected medals total across the sportsbook spectrum is slightly less than in 2016 when the USA earned 121 medals. It included 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronzes.

That nearly doubled the 70 earned by second-place China (26 gold, 18 silver, and 26 bronzes).

Major advancement is expected here from China, with DraftKings Sportsbook putting the medal total at over-under 85.5 for that country.

Besides the medal count, gamblers can direct individual bets on swimming and track and field props, as they become available. Some have a Garden State connection, more on that below.

Either way, the Olympic betting realm has arrived.

DraftKings Sportsbook ‘loaded for the Olympics’

NJGamblingSites.com caught up with Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings. He summed up the Olympic wagering menu with the words “We are loaded for the Olympics.”

“I think basketball is going to be the No. 1 sport, but soccer is also going to do pretty well. Tennis is going to do well. Golf is going to be good too,” said Avello.

“As a surprise, table-tennis is going to do business too. It did well during the pandemic and then afterward,” he said of a sport that, in the initial stages of COVID-19, was all that people could wager upon.

Avello also revealed a concept bettors will savor. Books have no information edge on a circuit that plays out once every four years.

“We have a ton of sports up there,” he noted. “Surfing, rowing, volleyball, cycling. There is no way you are able to research all of them and have a great feel for it.

“If there is something soft on that board, it’s a guarantee that a sophisticated player will find it and play it.  Gamblers will peruse everything, looking for some hidden value and they are going to find some.

“For us, the idea is to put up a lot of content and see what people like.”

Setting the 2020 Summer Olympic scene

Bettors can take over-under medal counts on numerous countries.

A New Jersey resident emigrating from overseas, especially Europe, may have a sense of the athletic level of his/her native country. Witness the passionate betting on England and Italy by New Jersey gamblers in the recent Euro 2020.

The 2020 Summer Olympics feature five new sports:

  • Surfing
  • Sport climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • 3×3 basketball
  • Karate

Plus, baseball and softball are back as medal sports for the first time since 2008.

While the Rio de Janeiro 2016 games saw 28 sports with 306 medal events, these games advance to 41 sports and 339 events.

DraftKings has introduced a promo for first-time users. Bet $1 on any Olympic event and win $100 in free bets if the U.S.A. wins any medal in any event.

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Olympic odds for high-profile sports at DraftKings

The United States is -320 to win the basketball gold medal, with Australia second at +750.

The first team for the U.S. is Sunday, July 25, as a relatively modest -12 against France.

Here is a betting angle: Watch a particular sport and handicap it, round by round, as if it’s a professional league here. Eventually, some patterns will emerge.

LPGA Rediscovered

We haven’t seen the LPGA Tour, for the most part, because of COVID-19. But it moved to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Nelly Korda, the 2019 money-winner, is in the Olympics, at +600 to win the women’s golf gold medal.

So is Inbee Park, at +600

Jin Young Ko, another LPGA stalwart, is +900

At +1800 is Lexi Thompson. New Jersey golf fans know her. She captured the LPGA ShopRite Classic at Seaview Country Club in Galloway in 2019.

Thompson, a Florida native, is a transplanted New Jersey favorite.

Olympic betting fun: the Springsteen thread

New Jersey has a stellar group of athletes in Tokyo. Many cannot be represented in bets, but some props emerged just before the Games and can align with tunes from a famed Garden State native.

Imagine a betting-world foray for rock legend Bruce Springsteen, skipping the worn Born to Run parody.

How about: “Sha-La-La-La, I bet chalk with a Jer-sey girl …”

Even if that can’t be done with his own family.

You can’t bet Jessica Springsteen’s equestrian event, but the 29-year-old daughter of Springsteen and wife Pattie Scialfa did make the United States Olympic team. The Colts Neck native competes in a sport that hasn’t developed a full betting platform.

More Jersey-girl chalk

Gamblers can wager collectively on Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath, two stalwarts on the U.S. women’s soccer team.  Lloyd, from Delran, also plays for Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. Heath is from Morristown.

The U.S. Women’s soccer team is the +120 favorite to win the gold.

Yes, they were just stunned 3-0 by Sweden in an opening-round game that wasn’t even that close. But gamblers can watch the women try and rebound.

And if you think they can’t?  Sweden is +350 at DraftKings.

Blinded by the Olympic light

Sydney McLaughlin of Dunellen does have blinding speed.  She already has set a 400-meter world record for the hurdles and is the first woman to clock in under 52 seconds (51.9).

By the time McLaughlin graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains in 2017, she had already visited Rio as part of her first Team USA experience in 2016.

Now she’s an Olympian and major chalk.

She’s -250 at DraftKings for the 400-meter hurdles gold medal. McLaughlin is the class of this field.

You won’t like the odds, but a small bet to cash an Olympic ticket on another Jersey superstar?

Why not?

At the very least, a must-watch if you can find the telecast.

Glory Days, the male side

Toms River native Todd Frazier finds himself in the Olympic fervor. The former New York Mets and Yankees star is part of the American team that’s a live dog at +350 in the baseball competition.

Japan is +160 followed by South Korea at +310.

Team USA is comprised of many former MLB players, who may want one crack at their glory days.

For bettors, the Olympics have a new purpose. And for television networks concerned about the odd hours some events are shown, there’s at least one more reason for people to watch.

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How The Eagles, Giants, And Jets Props Look Heading Into NFL Training Camps

As teams report to NFL training camps, here is a look at the Eagles, Giants, and Jets, all likely to attract NJ spots betting attention.

Bring out the spreadsheet. Summon the hunches. NFL training camps opened this week, prompting NJ sports betting customers to seize some futures values and move the lines.

Here’s a brief look at the league-wide betting picture. We are putting a heavier focus on the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and New York Jets – New Jersey’s most heavily wagered-upon teams

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Eagles are a long shot in BetMGM totals

Kansas City, here they come.

The Chiefs are the Super Bowl favorites. BetMGM has the Andy Reid-coached team down to +450 from +600, despite being drubbed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last February.

The Bucs also made a strong move, from +1200 to +700.

The Cleveland Browns jumped from +2500 to +1400.

These three teams earned the bulk of the early money. The Eagles garnered less than 1% of the handle, but one bettor put $4,000 on them to win $500,000 at + 12500 (125-1).

How deep is that wagering hoist?

It’s Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick deep, for NJ gamblers recalling that 99-yard scoring strike, longest in Eagles history. Of if you prefer, Randall Cunningham to Fred Barnett, 95 yards and a truly deep throw.

It’s a long shot, but a wager like this hits every year, at some book.

Long odds as NFL training camps open

DraftKings Sportsbook, meanwhile, reflects the notion that Rodney Dangerfield got more respect than the Eagles, Giants, and Jets. Combined, the teams are +33000 (330-1):

  • Jets at +15000
  • Eagles at +10000
  • Giants representing the “chalk” of this group at + 8000 (80-1)

But money can be made on all three teams. Let’s examine them through the lens of a significant prop that could impact their chances.

DraftKings capsule on the Eagles

The Eagles’ odds to win the NFC East are +550 (currently trailing their other three division rivals).

Win total over-under of 6.5.  Over is -130, Under is +110

Remember, this team finished 4-11-1 last season.

What are the Birds’ chances of doing a dramatic 360, as in making the playoffs?

Yes  is+275, No is-350

The key props involve Heisman trophy winner DeVonta Smith, their top draft pick, and Jalen Hurts, set to open at quarterback.

Smith is considered an immediate impact player.

DraftKings has the yardage prop at 777 yards, with the over and under both at -115.

Based on last year’s numbers, Smith would lead the Eagles with this total.  Travis Fulgham had the most, 539 last season. That projects to 572 over the full season. Fulgham was a head-scratcher, going from stud to dud throughout the campaign.

Will Smith step up?

Smith would need 45.1 yards a game to reach this prop. Reasonable.

Some success will be determined by Hurts, who has a low prop bar. This could inspire serious thoughts of betting the over on his season totals.

The DraftKings prop has Hurts at 3,650 yards. That’s below Zach Wilson’s 3,800.5 yards, and Wilson hasn’t even played a down for the Jets.

Hurts is a scrambler, which could reduce his passing total. But he also had two 300-yard plus games for the Eagles last year. The sample size of four games is small, although he produced 896 yards, good for 224 per game and one was in January.

Project that total onto 17 games and he comes out at 3,808. You’ve got some desirable weather in September and October to consider.

But if we break the prop down by NFL weeks, Hurts would only need 215 yards per game to clear this over. So this looks reachable.

He’s also slated for 20.5 over-under for passing touchdowns. His rushing scores could diminish this total, but it’s still less than two per game.

If Hurts and Smith both hit their “overs.” it could enable the Eagles to surpass their modest expectations

A closer look at the New York Giants odds

DraftKings has the Giants’ odds of winning the NFC East at +450 (third behind Dallas and Washington).

New York is coming off a 6-10 season.

Their win total over-under is 7. Over is -130, under is +110

William Hill sportsbook has boosted the Giants from +250 to make the playoffs to +300. Do you believe a second-place team in this division can make the postseason?

It may take 10 wins. But if you think the G-Men have 10 in them, this bet has been boosted.

This could be the year of decision regarding quarterback Daniel Jones and star running back Saquon Barkley.

Jones has a low-bar prop of 3,800.5 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Can “Danny Dimes” rise beyond the stature of wooden nickels for the Giants? The prop requirement, 223  passing yards per game, is not steep. But there’s no perceived edge.

Jones averaged 210 yards per game in 2020 and 232 in 2019.

This projection is part crap-shoot, part anticipation of improvement. Jones has a good arm for a deep ball and has nice new receivers in Kenny Golladay, Kelvin Benjamin, and Kyle Rudolph. If he stops holding the ball too long and spreads the ball well, he hits the over.

A major success factor lies in the next piece of the puzzle: Saquon Barkley.

Glass half-full perspective on Barkley

Barkley returns after missing the last 15 games last season. After Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys (+210), he’s   +700 at DraftKings for Comeback Player of the Year along with Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Remember Barkley’s 2,028 passing and receiving yards in 2018 and 1,441 in 2019? He was sorely missed.

The Giants were 6-10 without him last year and almost made the postseason. He could get them over the top.

Glass half-empty perspective on Barkley

He’s back but inspires only mild confidence.

Barkley suffered a torn ACL on a seemingly routine running play against the Chicago Bears in Week 2. He was wrestled out of bounds. That’s it, and was lost for the season.

It wasn’t a crunching hit.

He’s valuable but vulnerable. Maybe even brittle. Barkley is being coy on returning for Week 1. You also can’t trust him with an individual yardage prop, because his total is divided among passing and rushing.

It may be best to incorporate him into team expectations rather than bet as an individual play.

Jets outlook from DraftKings

The New York Jets are facing the biggest uphill battle as their AFC East division odds  are+2500.

The win total over-under is 6. Under is -120, Over is +100

This franchise is looking to turn things around from last season’s 2-14 mark

The Jets odds of not making the NFL Playoffs is -800. Yes is +550.

Zach Wilson factor heading into first NFL training camp

So how much will the Zach Wilson attack come into play?

Well, heading into his first NFL training camp, Wilson’s team resembles the Eagles.

Trading Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers mirrors the Birds dispatching Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. Replacing Darnold, who the Jets No. 3 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, with Wilson resembles the Birds turning to Hurts, a second-round pick in 2020.

Can Wilson get you 223 yards per game to reach the 3,800.5 yards and the over? (Both sides are -115).

The Jets took a lineman, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and receiver, Elijah Moore, to help him.

The Jets took offensive players with the first three picks for the first time since 2009.

If nothing else, the J-E-T-S are going to be aggressive.

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New Jersey Sports Betting Cools Down Slightly In June With $767 Million In Bets, $5 Billion Year Well Within Reach

NJ sports gamblers legally wagered $766.9 million in June while the 19 sports betting operators reported a combined $71.3 million in revenue

The New Jersey sports betting market cooled down a bit in June but the action was still plenty hot.

NJ sports gamblers legally wagered $766.9 million last month,  according to data released Friday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. However, it’s hard to ignore the  $71.3 million in revenue from NJ online and retail sportsbooks.

While the monthly handle dropped 5.8% from May’s $814.3 million – fifth best month all-time in NJ sports betting history – the total amount wagered is still strong for what is typically a slower month. 

Year to date, NJ bettors have wagered nearly $5 billion while total revenue exceeds $368.3 million.

And this is before the 2021 NFL betting season even kicks off. It’s pretty much a sure bet that the first $1 billion month in NJ sports betting history will take place this fall.

Dustin Gouker, analyst for the PlayUSA.com Network, which includes PlayNJ.com says overall New Jersey continues to perform far better than every other sports betting market in the U.S.” 

 “No market can completely overcome a lack of betting inventory, but New Jersey’s sportsbooks continue to find ways to capitalize on what the sports world is offering, most notably the NBA Playoffs and baseball,” said Gouker. 

Online, mobile still rule New Jersey sports betting

New Jersey sports betting continues to be dominated by online sportsbooks. NJ’s 19 online/mobile options consistently outperform retail sportsbooks at Atlantic City casinos and NJ’s three licensed racetracks.

Based on the NJDGE figures, $683 million (89.1%) of the monthly handle were bets placed online or via mobile sports betting app. More than $62 million (87.2%) of New Jersey sports betting revenue came from online or mobile apps.

The online partners of the Meadowlands Racetrack, which includes FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet, generated more than $44.5 million in June. That’s more than the $24.1 million generated by all nine Atlantic City casinos combined.

Meanwhile, Resorts Digital, which includes DraftKings Sportsbook, reported nearly $13 million to finish a very distant second.

Borgata rounds out the top three with just shy of $6.85 million in sports betting revenue. This is a combination of the BetMGM and the Borgata Sports apps.

New Jersey sports betting is…unpredictable

June’s results are on par with expectations. Sports betting numbers typically start trending down after March Madness until football starts in September.

But, New Jersey sports betting has been defying the odds as of late. Even April’s $750 million handle was more than double Nevada’s average for the month.

Sports, sports, and more sports in June

Several factors likely bolstered June’s New Jersey sports betting figures.

For one, two of the three regional pro basketball teams played in intriguing playoff matchups. Ultimately, the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets were both bounced in the second round.

The NHL Playoffs also ran through June, providing another bump for sportsbooks.

Likewise, the UEFA Euro 2020, the U.S Open golf tournament, and two tennis majors gave gamblers even more options in June.

And finally, Major League Baseball is in full swing. With two of the three regional teams underperforming, futures bettors have likely been looking for value elsewhere.

“While the sportsbooks in most states have been scouring the sports landscape for opportunities to drive interest, New Jersey’s books have successfully capitalized on the NBA playoffs and baseball,” said Eric Ramsey, analyst for PlayNJ.com.

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Barstool Sportsbook NJ Launch Still A Mystery

The anticipated launch date of Barstool Sportsbook in New Jersey has long passed but there is hope an app could be live before NFL season.

The anticipated launch date of Barstool Sportsbook in New Jersey has long passed. But, Garden State Stoolies still have no idea when the app will arrive.

Earlier this year, Penn National Gaming CEO Jay Snowden said he was targeting an NJ online sportsbook for the end of May. That was the last public comment about a NJ Barstool Sportsbook app.

NJ Gambling Sites reached out to PNG for an update. The regional gaming operator has yet to respond.

NJ’s 19 online sportsbooks and 12 retail betting shops already offer players a variety of options. By the time Barstool Sportsbook goes live in NJ, they will be playing catch up to the market’s established leaders — FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and William Hill.

NJ neighbors already have Barstool Sportsbook

Penn National is co-owner of Barstool Sports. The company also owns half of Freehold Raceway with Greenwood Racing.

PNG and Freehold are using one of the NJ racetrack’s three online betting skins for a Barstool-branded product.

PlayUp, an Australian-based operator, will also be using Freehold’s license for NJ sports betting.

Barstool Sportsbook is currently available in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana.

NJ gaming regulators hold all the cards

Assuming PNG and Greenwood have all their ducks in a row, it’s reasonable to expect Barstool Sportsbook will be live in NJ by the start of the 2021 NFL season.

Ultimately, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement will have the final say. The NJDGE is notoriously deliberate and won’t rush a licensing approval simply because the biggest betting months of the year are approaching.

Welcome to the Big Leagues, Stoolie

Another fair conclusion is Barstool Sportsbook will be joining the nation’s largest sports betting market.

Since June 2018, NJ sportsbooks have taken more than $15.97 billion in legal sports wagers. Nevada’s sportsbooks have taken just under $15.5 billion in wagers over the same time period.

In May — typically a slower betting month — NJ sports gamblers wagered more than $814 million. NJ sportsbooks reported just under $53 million in revenue.

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Prediction Time: 5 New NJ Sports Betting Apps That Could Be Live For 2021 NFL Season

Here’s a look at five new NJ sports betting apps that have a realistic chance of going live sometime before or during the next NFL season.

Are you taking the over or under on 24.5 NJ sports betting apps by the time NFL betting season arrives? We know there is no such thing as half of an app, but we are taking an NFL odds approach to this prediction game.

The current count of NJ sports betting apps is 19. Even though the likes of FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and William Hill are dominating the market, the Garden State has not reached its allotted app capacity.

And it makes perfect sense why every operator out there would want a slice of the NJ sports betting pie, even it only amounts to a child’s-sized portion.

In terms of handle, other jurisdictions are having trouble keeping up with the NJ sports betting industry.  May 2021, a traditionally slower month, generated nearly $815 million in bets.

NJ Sports Betting market not done growing yet

But the interesting piece of news is the industry isn’t done growing. The Garden State market still has room for several more operators to go live before the 2021 NFL betting season kicks offs.

The big questions are who and when will this happen. Or are all these rumored launches just one giant tease?

NJ Gambling Sites may not know exactly what is taking place behind those closed doors at the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. However, we are getting a pretty good vibe that there will be 20 to 25 apps to choose from before the next Super Bowl.

For fun, here is a look at five new NJ sports betting apps (along with a few extras) that have a realistic chance of going live soon.

Soon would be sometime before or during the upcoming NFL season.

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1) Bally Bet

At this very moment, Bally’s Atlantic City does not have a horse in the NJ online market. Bally’s Corp., previously Twin River Worldwide Holdings, didn’t invest millions in the Atlantic City market just to watch neighboring properties fight over slices of the NJ sports betting pie.

So it’s pretty much a guarantee the status will be changing from pending to live by the fall, at the latest. Bally Bet is currently available in two markets, Colorado and Iowa. The app just went live in Iowa on June 29.

An August launch is looking like a realistic possibility, but we’ll play it safe and predict Garden State bettors will have access to Bally Bet by the time the Philadelphia Eagles open the 2020 NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons.

2) SuperBook

Gamblers who have visited the Las Vegas Strip for major sports betting events know SuperBook.

So it only makes sense for the company to expand operations to the nation’s No. 1 market – a title that previously belonged to the Silver State. But unlike Vegas, the company has no plans of setting up a retail sportsbook space.

SuperBook recently expanded to the Colorado market.

The mobile SuperBook app will be available for download soon here in the Garden State. The first clue is the company website that includes the words “coming soon” next to New Jersey.

Feel free to sign up for email notifications so you don’t have to wait for NJ Gambling Sites to break the news (and we won’t be offended). The SuperBook skin will fall under the Meadowlands Racetrack license, which already includes FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet NJ.

For those wondering about a Superbook NJ launch date, we’ll go with late summer. However, don’t rule out sooner as a possibility.

3) Barstool Sportsbook

We are well aware New Jersey Stoolies are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to place wagers via the NJ Barstool Sportsbook app.

Garden State customers can access Barstool by crossing the Pennsylvania state line, where the app is live. However, it makes more business sense to enter every legal mobile wagering market.

Barstool loves the spotlight, and New Jersey is as big as it gets in the sports betting realm. For those thinking this is just a wild guess that Barstool will finally be live in NJ this year, there is actually valid evidence that supports our theory.

First, Penn National Gaming owns half of Freehold Raceway, which currently does not offer mobile sports betting under its license (see PlayUp below). Secondly, Penn National Gaming CEO  Jay Snowden appeared on CNBC and said: “(We will) be live in New Jersey…probably by the end of May.”

Yes, it’s now July.

So this should make live by NFL season a sure bet. Right?

4) PlayUp

Rumors of a PlayUp Sportsbook launch date back to the most recent March Madness betting season. NJ Gambling Sites has heard from sources that the app is in the DGE testing lab awaiting final approval for a soft launch.

What we do know is the PlayUp skin will be operating under the Freehold Raceway license. Just like Bally’s, Freehold currently only offers retail sports betting. So joining forces with an established international brand based out of Australia should provide a small revenue boost for the license holder.

Year to date, Freehold has only generated $479,787 in NJ sports betting revenue. by comparison, nearby Monmouth Park has earned just shy of $14 million. Keep in mind Monmouth has a Willam Hill-branded retail book and three online skins.

We do know PlayUp (currently live in Colorado) has cleared a major regulatory hurdle as the company has received licensing approval from the DGE. We also know PlayUp is eyeing a piece of the NJ online casino market too, having recently announced a market access deal with Caesars Entertainment.

Unless a major problem occurs behind testing doors, we don’t see anything stopping PlayUp from getting a full NFL betting season.

5) Sporttrade

Sporttrade has a land-based partnership deal with Bally’s AC. And in a perfect world, the newest player in the NJ sports betting game would love nothing more than to have all three of its online skins available to bettors by NFL season (Bally Bet and Esports Entertainment group being the others).

While there will be some heavy lifting involved in trying to earn a small market share, something is better than nothing. Plus Bally’s is in a unique situation as a result of its ownership change.

Compared to the other names on this list, Sporttrade is one of those brands likely to get a “who are they?” response.

Sporttrade is a start-up company based out of Philadelphia. The product will be quite different from the others on this list. Forget the normal NJ sports betting approach. Here, gamblers will trade sporting events like they trade stocks.

A promising sign is the company recently announced $36 million in funding, a sign that Wall Street sees Sporttrade’s potential.

In terms of going live, Sporttrade is targeting the second half of 2021 as a launch date, pending regulatory approval.

 Other NJ sports betting apps to watch

Consider the five NJ sports betting apps mentioned above the favorites. However, there are other brands in various phases of the regulatory process, so we shouldn’t count them out.

The previously mentioned Esports Entertainment Group learned during the spring that the DGE accepted its application to be a licensed gambling operator in NJ. So a late summer or fall launch is a realistic possibility.

The Carousel Group, the company behind SportsBetting.com, has a  market access deal with Caesars Entertainment. However, if and when the app goes live in NJ, it will be known as the rebranded MaximBet. The reason this brand is making the cut is simple: New Jersey has always been at the top of its list.

Finally, there is Betway Sportsbook, the well-known European operator. While there has been little news regarding its NJ sports betting plans, just last week the app launched in neighboring Pennsylvania. So it would make sense that New Jersey would be included among the coming soon states.

The only thing left to do is sit back and wait. September will be here before we know it.

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Before NFL Training Camps Open, Star QBs Tom Brady And Aaron Rodgers Hitting The Links For The Match IV

The Match IV, which takes place on Tuesday, provides New Jersey online gamblers with a potpourri of golf betting options.

When it comes to The Match IV, it doesn’t matter who throws a better aerial between Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

But it does matter to New Jersey online sports bettors which NFL star – Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers – can get closer to the pin from 175 yards out. Or if either can drain a putt in the Match IV, a celebrity golf event unfolding July 6 at 5 p.m. ET from the breathtaking Moonlight Basin course in Big Sky, Mt.

Brady is teamed with Mickelson and Rodgers with DeChambeau. It will be televised by TNT.

More importantly, New Jersey online gamblers have a potpourri of betting options from DraftKings Sportsboook. New betting odds and choices will emerge closer to the first tee shot, but there’s already a strong menu.

NJ sports betting props for The Match

Unlike a typical PGA golf betting event such as The Open taking place later this month, The Match is a one-day prop wagering smorgasbord. Here is a small sampling of what’s on the DraftKings menu (odds are as of late Friday afternoon):

To win The Match:

  • DeChambeau and Rodgers -167
  • Mickelson and Brady  +125

First-hole winner (tie equals no bet):

  • DeChambeau-Rodgers, -125
  • Mickelson-Brady -106

First team to go 1 up:

  • DeChambeau-Rodgers -137
  • Mickelson-Brady +105

First team to go 2 up:

  • DeChambeau-Rodgers -159
  • Mickelson-Brady +115

Serious chalk players, who are comfortable laying major juice on outcomes they feel strongly about. will closely consider the leader after 3 holes. DeChambeau and Rodgers are -134 while Mickelson and Brady are +100.

If we look at the leader after six holes, the odds remain relatively the same. DeChambeau and Rodgers are– 137 while Mickelson and Brady come in at+105.

Bettors also have the option of wagering on which pairing will be leading after nine, 12, or 15 holes.

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Ways to improve betting odds with The Match

A chalk player will gain more favorable betting odds taking DeChambeau and Rodgers at six and nine-hole junctures, as opposed to laying -182 for the whole match.

If DeChambeau and Rodgers are indeed the better team, that factor will likely emerge by the end of nine holes.

At least that’s the angle going in.

The players have enhanced the promotion with tongue-in-cheek chiding. Rodgers may start cracking jokes about  Brady’s golf game. However, don’t be surprised if Brady starts remarking on Green Bay passing up of a potential game-tying touchdown in last year’s NFL Playoffs.

Remember, Green Bay elected to kick a field goal late in their respective teams’ NFC Championship Game last season.

Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers won that one, and later the Super Bowl.

The odds say the golf summit will be different.

Basic rules for The Match IV

Pros will tee off from the rear tees and the NFL stars will hit from the forward tees.

Each player will tee off and then the players will swap balls for the second shot. After those second shots, each team will determine the best ball and alternate shots from there on out until the hole is finished.

The best score wins the hole and tied holes are halved with no carryover. Play goes on until one team leads by more holes than are remaining.

For example, if one team goes up by four holes with three to play, The Match is over.

The course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and has several unique characteristics including a par-5, 777-yard 17th hole.

Key NJ sports betting strategy

Can the NFL stars drive the ball well enough to bring second-shot management into play?

If one player flubs a tee shot or hits it in the water, the team will take the tee shot from the pro.

But if Brady or Rodgers hit the tee shot well enough, the pro can be hitting the approach shot into the green. This would set up the birdie chance.

Or, if either NFL player is considered a good bet to put the ball on the green from a distance of say, 150-175 yards out, then the pro can take the putt to look for the birdie.

Brady’s record seven Super Bowl rings will not help him here.

Nor will Rodgers’ three NFL MVP awards and one Super Bowl title. Both need to apply their fine touch pinpoint accuracy around the green.

Weighing the PGA pros versus NFL QBs

Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites “This boils down to how good the athlete is because the pros are the pros.”

“I don’t care who Phil is playing, if he is 150 yards out, I would not bet the other guy to get closer to the pin,” said Avello. “You know what the pros will give you. You are not sure with the athletes.”

Mickelson has been the constant in this competition, as this is his fourth time competing in The Match. It has been a unique venue for “Lefty,” who energized a golf generation by becoming the oldest player to win a major, 50, at the PGA Championship in May.

The victory added more luster to The Match.

The first was a head-to-head battle between Mickelson and Tiger Woods in 2018. Mickelson prevailed after four playoff holes, taking home the $9 million prize purse, and bettors salivated about the coming age of golf wagering.

In The Match 2, “Lefty” partnered with Brady in 2020, losing by one hole to Woods and Peyton Manning.

Then there is last fall’s The Match 3 in which Mickelson and Charles Barkley prevailed over Manning and Stephen Curry. That was considered an upset.

“Charles Barkley is not a good golfer, but he was able to keep his shots in play.” Avello indicated.  “Therefore, they were able to use a couple of those shots and that’s how they won the tournament.

“In the matchup before that, Peyton Manning totally outshot Tom Brady, who was all over the place.

“This is why Aaron Rodgers is a favorite coming into this. He has a lower handicap right now than Brady.

“But Brady likes being the dog. There will be some good money bet on Brady, I’ll tell you that right now.”

Why competitions like The Match work

The novelty golf realm began a few decades ago with the Skins game, in which top golfers sought major prizes awarded on each individual hole. The concept expanded to male-female teams and ultimately celebrities.

Most people can’t play golf well and will simply admire the pros. But many can play well enough to envision shooting rounds in the 80s, about where some professional athletes play if they had a little work.

Besides that, the event is altruistic. The Match 2, for example, raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief.

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