NFL Week 3: Steelers, Saints QB Injuries Have NJ Sportsbooks Moving Lines

New Jersey online sportsbooks have to contend with a Drew Brees thumb injury and a Ben Roethlisberger elbow surgery when it comes to NFL Week 3 odds.

Oddsmakers at the top online sportsbooks in New Jersey worked so fast they had most of the NFL Week 3 odds up before halftime in the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.

Atlanta ultimately finished off Philadelphia 24-20 and NJ sportsbooks posted most of the rest of the Week 3 opening lines.

Still to come was the Week 2 matchup between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football. However, the majority of the Week 3 NFL game markets were already open in NJ on Sunday.

Of course, the opening odds are subject to change ahead of kickoff. News of key injuries, weather reports, big bets, and public sentiment often force oddsmakers into action.

In fact, before this story published, the lines moved. The latest odds are reflected below.

Let’s dive into the NFL betting odds for Week 3.

NFL Week 3 spreads and totals

Below is a look at the opening NFL point spreads and totals for most of the Week 3 games at the three top NJ sports betting apps.

This includes FanDuel Sportsbook, William Hill NJ, and DraftKings Sportsbook. Updated as of Sept. 17.

NFL Week 3DraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
Titans
@ Jaguars
-1.5
40
-1.5
39.5
-1.5
39.5
Bengals
@ Bills
44
-6
44
-6
44
-6
Lions
@ Eagles
⁠47
⁠-7
47
-7
46.5
-6.5
Jets
@ Patriots
44.5
-22.5
44
-23
43.5
-22.5
Raiders
@ Vikings
⁠43
-8.5
43.5
-8.5
43.5
-8
Ravens
@ Chiefs
55
-7
⁠55
⁠-7
54.5
-6.5
Falcons
@ Colts
47.5
⁠-2.5
47
-1
47
-2
Broncos
@ Packers
42.5
-8
42.5
-8
42.5
-7.5
Dolphins
@ Cowboys
47.5
-21.5
47.5
-21.5
47
-21.5
Giants
@ Buccaneers
⁠48
-6.5
48
-6.5
48
-6.5
Panthers
@ Cardinals
No line-1.5
45.5
No line
Steelers
@ 49ers
43
-6.5
43.5
-6.5
43
-6.5
Saints
@ Seahawks
44.5
-4
44.5
-4.5
44.5
-4
Texans
@ Chargers
47.5
-3.5
48
-3.5
47.5
-3
Rams
@ Browns
-3
50.5
-3
50.5
-3
49.5
Bears
@ Redskins
⁠-4
42
-4
41.5
-4
41.5

Injuries impact NFL lines

On Sunday night, DraftKings had yet to post any Week 3 totals, but by Monday morning, the lines had been posted.

However, the first thing that stood out on the chart on Monday was that DraftKings and William Hill did not have opening odds posted for the Pittsburgh Steelers at San Fransisco 49ers or the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks games. FanDuel only had the spreads on board.

And there’s a good reason for that.

The Steelers fell to 0-2 Sunday losing 28-26 to the Seahawks. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his right elbow in the first half and didn’t play in the second. He underwent an MRI to assess the damage.

The result? Roethlisberger is out for the season.

The Steelers are not the same team without their legendary QB. So, it should be no surprise that the surprising 2-0 49ers are big home favorites.

In the meantime, the Saints dropped to 1-1 and star quarterback Drew Brees injured his hand in a 27-9 loss to the LA Rams on Sunday. He is expected to miss six weeks of the season.

The Saints were probably always going to be an underdog on the road against a 2-0 Seattle team. Oddsmakers were just waiting to see how much of a dog they’ll be now that Brees is out. The answer to that is only a slight underdog.

Another note in the injury column is QB Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. His status for the Week 3 game against Arizona is up in the air.

The lines for that game are off the board at DraftKings and William Hill while the operators wait for more information.

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Big spreads for good reasons

The other thing that stands out is the big spreads on a couple of games. These include the Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys (-21.5) and New York Jets at New England Patriots (-22.5/-23) games.

These look more like college football spreads with Alabama or Clemson taking on an unranked also-ran.

However, the Patriots 43-0 win over the Dolphins on Sunday proved New England can cover big spreads. Plus, it almost doesn’t matter how many points oddsmakers give Miami this season.

With the Jets loss on Monday night, NJ sportsbooks moved the lines once again from the starting point of -17.5/18.

The Cowboys rose to 2-0 by beating a division rival Washington Redskins team by 10 in Week 2. Plus, the Patriots have beat the Jets six straight, including a 35-point drubbing this past December.

Therefore, it’s easy to understand oddsmakers thinking here.

Unibet Makes A Marketing Deal With The New Jersey Devils

Unibet sportsbook launched in New Jersey last week and wasted no time in finalizing a marketing deal with the NHL’s Devils.

The Unibet NJ sports betting app launched in New Jersey last week.

The brand is wasting little time trying to magnify its presence.

Today, the company announced via a press release that it has inked a “significant, multi-year sponsorship deal” with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

The partnership includes former goalie and hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur serving as Unibet’s brand ambassador.

Besides having a 21-year career, he holds the record for most career wins in the sport.

It seems the former All-Star and Olympian is quickly adjusting to his new role.

“New Jersey Devils fans are some of the most passionate and educated hockey fans in the world,” said Brodeur. “The sportsbook app developed by Unibet offers dedicated Devils fans a really special, new way to engage with the game they love.”

As part of the sponsorship deal, Unibet will receive significant in-arena and digital presence inside of the Prudential Center.

Plus, Unibet customers can expect to enjoy “unmatched experiences and hospitality.”

Unibet + international experience

Unibet partnering with some of the “world’s most renowned” professional sports teams and athletes is far from a new concept.

Operating under the Kindred Group umbrella, Unibet is one of the largest online gambling brands worldwide. And as a well-known international brand, Unibet Sportsbook has other sports partnerships in the books.

So, while the name is new to NJ sports betting customers, Unibet arrives with 20-plus years in the European and Australian markets.

Some of the other athletes and teams include:

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
  • Liverpool F.C.
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

The partnership with the Devils, however, is Unibet’s “first significant investment” in the US market.

Arnas Janickas, head of US marketing at Unibet, said the company is “incredibly excited over our partnership with New Jersey’s beloved Devils.”

As it is, Unibet joins William Hill, Caesars, and FanDuel in its partnership with the Devils.

Unibet + Devils = passionate fans

This is FanDuel Sportsbook country; however, there is plenty of NJ sports betting turf to share.

Adam Davis, chief revenue officer for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (owner of the Devils), said, “It was natural to partner with a sportsbook with a reputation as a trusted leader in the European and international sports betting ecosystem.”

“We look forward to connecting this esteemed international sportsbook with the passionate fans of New Jersey, providing one more avenue through which Devils fans can engage and with the most exciting team in the NHL this year.”

Plus, selecting Devils’ legend Brodeur as an ambassador for Unibet sportsbook is “an indication of their marketing savvy” and “awareness of the New Jersey sports market.”

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A shared sports and casino platform

Unibet is the third and final skin under the Hard Rock Atlantic City license.

The Hard Rock-branded app from Gaming Innovation Group launched in late January, just in time for Super Bowl betting. Players have access to a shared wallet with the Hard Rock online casino.

Unibet customers enjoy a similar experience as the online casino launched in June. The sportsbook is integrated with the casino platform.

Bet365 NJ, another European giant, opened its Garden State sports betting doors last month.

The key going forward is, of course, trying to claim a piece of the extremely crowded but strong NJ online sports betting pie. We’re talking about a state that took in $293 million in bets in August.

Plus, NFL and college football betting season is just starting.

Partnering with the Devils, an organization that has won three Stanley Cups, will help connect Unibet with the North Jersey customer base.

And, hockey season is not too far away.

Jersey Sides And Totals: Don’t Overreact With NFL Week 2 Up Ahead

For Week 2 of NFL season, we take a closer look at PointsBet, BetMGM and the newcomer theScore Bet and what NJ online sportsbook specials they have on tap.

It was great to see the NFL back and in full force last weekend.

As always, reflecting on the results yields questions that may not be resolved in Week 2 if not much later in the season.

In any case, here are some of my top-line thoughts:

  • Are the Patriots this good?
  • Are the Dolphins this bad?
  • Who are the Cleveland Browns?
  • Is Todd Gurley 100%?
  • Why were the Texans playing a “Prevent Defense” up 1 point with 40 seconds left to play?

As we dive into Week 2, it’s always important to not overreact to what happened during Week 1.

That’s the puzzle within sports betting to determine the myths versus reality. Forming an opinion on a game, a team, or a trend based on doing your homework is essential and placing and cashing a wager on your homework is a great feeling.

For all in New Jersey, there’s plenty of betting hub options. 

Several NJ sportsbooks raced to refresh their apps before the start of the NFL season, including BetMGMBorgata, and William Hill

TheScore betting app officially launched last week, and Unibet launched this week, bringing the number of NJ sports betting apps to 17.

In fact, there are enough apps for a New Jersey bettor to use a different one each week of the NFL regular season.

As I will do each week, this column will highlight up to three New Jersey sportsbooks and take a closer look at the promos, props, and specials that you should be aware of heading into the weekend’s football action.

For Week 2, I am looking at PointsBet, BetMGM, and theScore Bet.

Plenty of options at PointsBet

PointsBet made headlines Week 1 when a bettor used the points betting option to accrue cash as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Dolphins, to the tune of $600,000.

I will spare you a long dissertation of explaining how points betting works here, so we will focus on the “standard” NFL betting opportunities that are available on PointsBet NJ sportsbook.

First off, PointsBet offers a cool promo rewarding bettors whose team scores first in Thursday’s or Monday’s games:

pointsbet nj sportsbook promo

Looking locally, PointsBet is offering local promos for the Jets, Giants, and Eagles games with a $6 bonus for every touchdown scored:

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Each week, PointsBet offers customized team parlays with corresponding odds boosts:

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In addition to the team parlays offered above, there are also some customized player props available:

pointsbet custom player props new jersey

Keep in mind that you can also tweet to @PointsBetUSA to suggest ideas for any props that aren’t available.

In addition to the wide range of promos and props, PointsBet offers 70+ bet types on NFL game lines and totals:

pointsbet nj sportsbook

In addition to these traditional baseline bets, PointsBet also offers wagers on areas, such as:

  • Quarterback completion percentage.
  • Player rushing yards and player receiving yards.
  • Time of first touchdown (in seconds).

All things considered, there’s a ton of action for you to choose from on PointsBet.

What can BetMGM do for you in Week 2?

Prior to Week 1 of the NFL season, MGM rebranded its app … and gave it a new look and platform upgrade. BetMGM includes “NJ” as part of the branding refresh.

All season long, BetMGM is offering a Bet $10, Get $10 promotion in which the bettor will get a $10 free bet for any upcoming game on the schedule:

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But I think the real headline with BetMGM NJ is its “Edit My Bet” feature that allows you to change any straight or parlay bet that has the cash-out option available. 

For example, if you are hyped about how your team played in the first quarter, this BetMGM feature allows you to increase your bet size during the action.

Here’s more direct from the app:

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And speaking of parlays, BetMGM offers some pre-set “geographic” team double parlays for this week:

betmgm team parlays nfl

There are times, however, where BetMGM has a lapse that reminds us that they aren’t always up to 2019 standards. 

Case in point: Below is a listed prop for this weekend’s Buffalo BillsNY Giants game. The sides are inexplicably listed as Team 1 and Team 2.

betmgm ny giants nfl betting

Overall, there are some nice adds to the MGM offering, specifically the “Edit a Bet” feature. That said, there are always more opportunities to improve and add the scale and depth of props and promos.

How to score with TheScore sportsbook

TheScore Bet app launched just before Week 1 of the NFL kicked off.

It is a Canada-based sports information app that has a sleek, user-friendly design. Its sports betting app in New Jersey is a mirror image in format and design.

TheScore offers subscribers the opportunity to seamlessly switch from the news and information app to the betting app. 

For example, let’s say you’ve just read the news on theScore that Sam Darnold is out on Monday night versus the Cleveland Browns. So, you could then quickly click on theScore Bet icon embedded in the Browns-Jets game details to make a wager on the game:

thescore bet sportsbook new jersey

In terms of promotions, theScore Bet is offering an NFL promotion this week, awarding a $20 bet for anyone that bets a four-plus leg parlay:

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With a news and information hub as a backdrop, theScore sportsbook app delivers up-to-date stats and game information to help further educate the bettor. 

An example below as it relates to injuries for Sunday night’s Eagles-Falcons game:

eagles falcons thescore sportsbook nj

There is also a very handy stat-line statistical comparison of key offensive and defensive match-up categories:

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With all this great news and statistical information as a base, theScore Bet does fall a bit flat on its menu of current NFL betting options. 

For example, the list of available wagering options for Thursday’s Panthers-Buccaneers is extremely slim. 

Here is a “First Score Will Be” prop:

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Also, if you are looking ahead to Sunday’s games and specifically the Giants-Bills game, as of midday Thursday, no props had yet to be posted. 

TheScore needs to do better than this:

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Right now, theScore sportsbook is an excellent resource for pregame news, stats and information.

The options on the betting side of the equation right now are the equivalent of a “3 and Out” in NFL offensive parlance.

Other NJ sports betting promos of note

One other notable NFL promotion available this week is from DraftKings called the “Overreaction Redo” where DraftKings will provide up to a $25 free bet for any futures bet placed this week. 

It requires an “opt-in” with details below:

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In looking ahead to the local NY and PA teams, here are the current Week 2 lines as of Thursday via PointsBet:

  • Giants +1.5 (-105) vs. Bills, a total of 43.5
  • Eagles -1.5 (-110) vs. Falcons, a total of 52.5
  • Jets (with Darnold out) +6.5 (-110) vs. Browns, a total of 43.
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Looking ahead to Sunday

To wrap up each column, I will be making three NFL picks.

Last week, after making my first three picks, I was quite content to finish at 2-1 as the Ravens and Vikings games were essentially over by halftime.

My third pick, the Redskins, were getting 10 points in Philly. The ‘skins raced to a 20-7 lead at halftime, only to be outscored 25-0 by the Eagles in the second half. 

Cue a Case Keenum touchdown pass with 0:12 left in the fourth quarter that delivered the classic “back-door cover” for me:

Last week: 3-0; season year to date: 3-0

  • Redskins: +10 over Eagles (Eagles 32-Redskins 27)
  • Viking: -4 over Falcons (Viking 28-Falcons 12)
  • Raven: -6.5 over Dolphins (Ravens 59-Dolphins 10)

NFL Week 2 picks

Eagles at Falcons total points 52.5, under

Over the last five head-to-head meetings, the Eagles-Falcons have combined to score 50 points only once: a 26-24 Falcons win in Atlanta in 2015, with the previous three meetings yielding totals of 30, 25, and 39.

Texans -9 over Jaguars

The Texans play their home opener after suffering an excruciating last-second loss in New Orleans on Monday night.

They need to bounce back quickly and avoid an 0-2 start by beating the Jaguars who will now have to start rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II with Philly legend Nick Foles out indefinitely with a broken collarbone.

Steelers -4 over Seahawks

The Steelers offense could not have looked any more inept last Sunday night, putting up a measly 3 points at New England.

The play is that they will rebound in this spot versus a Seahawk team that’s not as formidable away from their home field of screaming “12s.”

NJ Sportsbooks Bask In The Late Summer Heat With $293 Million In Bets

New Jersey sportsbooks took in $293.5M in wagers for August. That could be enough to best its biggest competitor, thanks to a robust online market.

New Jersey sports betting is enjoying one hot summer.

And the numbers will likely be too hot for Nevada to handle once again.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released its August numbers earlier today, and total bets came in at $293,594,862.

The bulk of it ($249,237,590) came via online sportsbooks.

For a point of reference, Nevada’s record handle for the month is $301 million. That was set in 2017, the same month Floyd Mayweather fought Connor McGregor in Las Vegas.

However, it’s a very real possibility that the Garden State will top the Silver State in handle for the second straight month.

However, this is not the only big piece of news to come out of the report.

NJ sports betting revenue came in at $25,210,342. This marks an eye-opening 174.1% increase from the same period last year.

The combination of 10 permanent sportsbooks and 17 apps (a few of which launched this month) is definitely impacting the market.

We repeat: FanDuel is still king

One of the monthly themes of the NJ sports wagering story is the dominance of FanDuel Sportsbook. The Meadowlands Racetrack, it’s land-based partner, reported revenue of $11,867,559.

While PointsBet NJ also operates under the license, FanDuel accounts for the majority of the number.

To put the monthly performance in a better perspective, it’s more than $5 million ahead of its next closest competitor, Resorts Digital (DraftKings Sportsbook, Fox Bet NJ and Resorts Sportsbook).

The Meadowlands number is up 287.6% year over year.

But there is an asterisk next to the percentage increase.

The FanDuel app didn’t launch until Sept. 1 of last year. It means next month will provide a more accurate year-over-year comparison.

The Meadowlands reported that $9,269,586 of its August revenue came via online operators.

August sports betting revenue: the big picture

The overall NJ sports betting market is looking extremely healthy at this point with nine of the 10 license holders reporting year-over-year percentage increases.

In other words, a slow month for sports couldn’t slow down New Jersey bettors.

Resorts Digital finished second with $6,697,318 in revenue (the majority of which is from DraftKings). That is good enough for a 125.5% increase.

Monmouth Park (William Hill NJ and SugarHouse) claimed the third spot with revenue of $2,085,737. That’s good enough for a year-over-year 132.2% increase.

Harrah’s Atlantic City was the only operator to report a decrease with revenue of just $155,715. But that is a retail-only number.

Here is a breakdown of how the operators fared for the month:

Property (Online)Online RevenueRetail RevenueAugust Total
TOTAL$19,200,391$6,009,951$25,210,342
Bally's (Caesars, 888)$340,832$278,169$619,001
Borgata (BetMGM, Borgata Sports)$261,312$669,669$930,981
Golden Nugget (BetAmerica, GN Online)$181,427$263,030$444,457
Hard Rock (Hard Rock online, Bet365 NJ)$106,487$182,995$289,482
Harrah's-----$155,715$155,715
Meadowlands (FanDuel, PointsBet)$9,269,586$2,597,973$11,867,559
Monmouth (William Hill, SugarHouse, TheScore Bet)$1,388,662$697,075$2,085,737
Ocean Resort (William Hill)$915,129$353,832$1,268,961
Resorts (DraftKings, Fox Bet, Resorts Online)$6,697,318$527,158$7,224,476
Tropicana (William Hill)$39,638$284,335$323,973

NJ online sports betting one year later

If we look back to August 2018, sports betting revenue came in at just $9,198,272. Operators took in more than $95 million in wagers.

But there are two major factors that can be attributed to what made this August so different.

Last August, there were just three mobile apps on the market:

It also happens to be the last time NJ retail handle topped mobile.

The other key factor was the majority of the Atlantic City casinos had temporary retail operations. And a few of them weren’t even open for business yet.

Tropicana AC didn’t have a sportsbook until October 2018, and Hard Rock waited until January of this year to open its sports betting space.

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Here comes Bet365, theScore Bet, Unibet and Fox Bet

As we head into Week 2 of the NFL betting season, the number of online products available to customers is only growing.

September alone includes the full launch of Bet365 NJ and Unibet NJ, both of which are operating under the Hard Rock AC license.

Both are considered sports betting giants overseas.

TheScore Bet, via Monmouth Park, also went live two days before the first NFL game of the regular season.

Plus, the rebranded Fox Bet (formerly BetStars NJ) and BetMGM apps are technically new to the market if only by name.

September may provide the first glimpse of whether or not these apps will take a bite out of the FanDuel/DraftKings pie. But we also may not see any true change in the status quo until further into the football season.

On the retail side, The Book at Bally’s had its grand-opening celebration on Sunday. At more than 15,000 square feet, it’s by far the biggest in AC.

Combine all these factors together, and New Jersey is showing it has what it takes to keep up with Nevada.

Unibet Online Sportsbook Launch Brings New Jersey One App Closer To 20

The Unibet Sportsbook launched in NJ this week making it 17 sports betting apps ready to take bets as the busiest time of year in sports begins.

European online gambling giant Kindred Group launched an NJ sports betting app under the name of its flagship brand Unibet this week.

Unibet Sportsbook started taking bets on Tuesday, Sept. 10. With Hard Rock Atlantic City as its land-based partner and Kambi as its sportsbook supplier, Unibet joins the market as the 17th online sports betting site in New Jersey.

The NJ online sportsbook launch comes three months after Kindred Group launched its Unibet online casino offering in NJ.

The two are now part of an integrated online casino and sportsbook site available exclusively in New Jersey.

TheScore Bet and Bet365 NJ sports betting apps launched last week. Now that Unibet Sportsbook is live, the market is edging closer to the predicted 20.

How to get started with Unibet Sportsbook

First of all, if you already have a Unibet Casino account, you don’t have to re-register for the sportsbook. Since the two share a wallet, you can easily jump from slots to sports without switching user names.

The launch of Unibet sports betting also comes just in time for the start of the NFL season. Week 2 NFL markets are already open on the site.

The NJ sports betting product is the first US online sports betting offering being launched under the Unibet brand.

Kindred Group says its launch will trigger the start of a significant marketing push.

Wait, is there an app for that?

Yes and yes.

Whether you use Apple or Android mobile devices, Unibet has you covered. To download the iOS app, you only need to visit the App Store.

To download the Android version, visit the nj.unibet.com website on your smartphone or tablet and follow the instructions.

The app includes both the NJ online casino and sportsbook.

Prime NJ sports betting season for Unibet

The marketing push will focus on the busiest time of the year in sports betting. The NFL just kicked off and the MLB playoffs start next month.

Plus, the start of the NBA and NHL seasons are right around the corner.

Kindred US SVP Manuel Stan said it is an exciting time for the company in NJ:

“We are very excited to launch our first sportsbook in the US and being able to give our customers in New Jersey a first-class sports betting experience. To be able to do this in partnership with a brand as strong as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino who share our vision to be a leader in the US market is a great feeling.”

Stan also said the company is pleased to extend its 22-year partnership with Kambi:

“We have been preparing very thoroughly for this moment for a long time and are ready and excited to become a part of what most likely will become the largest betting market in the world.”

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What’s next for Unibet? Pennsylvania

Next up for the company is a move into neighboring Pennsylvania in the coming months. There, it has plans to operate various online gambling products through a partnership with the Mohegan Sun Pocono land-based casino.

The exact timeline for that launch is an unknown, so for now, the place to play at Unibet Sportsbook is in New Jersey.

Kindred Group was once known solely as Unibet. But shareholders agreed to change the company name to Kindred Group in December 2016.

The company has since reserved the Unibet name for some of its more popular online gambling products.

The Unibet brand now runs integrated online casinos, poker sites, sportsbooks, and bingo sites in the UK, Europe, Australia, and now the US for more than 100 million customers around the world.

Eagles’ Comeback Win A Happy Sight For NFL Fans At Bally’s Sportsbook

Bally’s sportsbook held its official grand opening prior to Sunday’s Eagles-Redskins NFL game. AC’s largest sportsbook is expected to attract a lot of fans.

Atlantic City’s largest sportsbook hosted its official grand opening celebration on Sunday.

The Book at Bally’s, all 15,228 square feet of it, hosted what resembled a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate party.

Cotton candy, Cracker Jack, and AC’s first self-serve beer wall, included.

But this gathering of several hundred NFL betting fans was not interested in a ribbon-cutting ceremony or speeches.

Kickoff for the Eagles-Washington Redskins game was fast approaching.

The line for the betting windows extended to the center of the Wild Wild Wild West Casino floor. That’s where the former temporary space was set up.

While all the betting action was taking place, there was a small ceremony nearby. Former Eagles’ Chris Long, Hollis Thomas and Fred Barnett came running through a giant banner as confetti was fired off.

Inside Bally’s sportsbook in Atlantic City

There was no need for someone famous to step up to one of the betting windows to place $100 bet on the Dallas Cowboys to cover against the New York Giants.

The Book, one of three new permanent spaces that opened back in June, is bigger than the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts (5,000 square feet) and William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino (7,500 square feet), combined.

Long, who won Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots and Eagles, did pose for pics with fans.

Celebrities aside, the management team at Bally’s is “super excited” about the finished product.

The previously unused and vacant space located toward the back of the casino floor is now a gathering spot for thousands of football betting fans several days a week.

Besides having the massive space, the main attraction is the 98 foot by 18 foot, high-resolution LED television wall with surround sound.

And it can show up to 16 games at once. Sunday’s early viewing experience included:

  • Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings
  • Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs
  • New York Jets and Buffalo Bills
  • Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins
  • Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets

But more importantly, the massive sportsbook is an added attraction for the slower months.

Karie Hall, general manager at Bally’s AC, is looking forward to seeing what the new space does for the property.

“We get extra business in. People get an experience they didn’t get before. We are excited to see how well that translates throughout the fall and winter.” 

The NJ sports betting space services sister properties Bally’s and Caesars customers, too.

Barnett says Eagles have tools to go far

While the other properties around town held their respective opening NFL weekend festivities, fans at Bally’s enjoyed some added perks.

Long, Barnett and Thomas were on property signing autographs and mingling with fans.

During Barnett’s playing days, which included 1990-95 with the Eagles, sports betting was restricted to Nevada. At least legally.

Things have changed just a tad since.

Barnett said he is not the betting type. However, he is not one to shy away from talking about his former team.

Many of the NJ futures markets had the Eagles regular-season win total at 9.5.

Barnett did not take the wager, but he did offer this analysis:

“It’s really about everybody staying healthy because I really think they have the tools to go far.”

Will it be easy? Not necessarily.

“I tend to look at everybody else that they’re going to play against,” Barnett said. “So when I look at the league, in general, I think in order for them to be successful they’re going to have to play very hard this year because there are some pretty good teams out there that are stacked up.”

One of the big ifs is whether or not starting quarterback Carson Wentz can make it through the season healthy.

His career to date has included being sidelined with a torn ACL and fractured vertebrae.

Second-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out with a broken wrist. Current backup Josh McCown came out of retirement to sign with the Birds.

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How about ’em Eagles

Of course, the Big Game is a topic for later in the season.

The bigger topic for Week 1 was whether or not the Eagles would cover the 10-point spread. It was the biggest on the board.

And coming out flat in the first half created a quiet vibe throughout the massive space. The huge crowd that had gathered at Bally’s sportsbook on Sunday was not prepared for that beginning.

Failing to cover the spread is one thing. Losing to the Redskins at home (20-7 at the half) clearly wouldn’t fly with fans.

A totally different team took the field in the second half.

Philadelphia scored 25 unanswered points. Suddenly, a game that was looking like the biggest upset of Week 1 was now well within reach.

The bettors who took the Eagles minus the points nearly ended up with a winning ticket, too.

That was until Redskins’ Trey Quinn caught a four-yard pass with six seconds on the clock. Eagles 32-27.

One spectator blurted out: “They beat the spread now.”

The Eagles moneyline, however, was a winner.

Next week’s crowd at Bally’s sportsbook will be hanging around much later as the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons don’t kick off until 8:20 p.m.

Call it to the start of much bigger potential plans.

“We would love to host a Super Bowl party here at The Book at Bally’s. That would be incredible,” Hall said.

February can’t come soon enough.