Ever since PASPA was overturned back in mid-2018, DraftKings has been running full steam in New Jersey. Originally making its name as a daily fantasy sports juggernaut, post-PASPA DraftKings jumped in with both feet into sports betting and casino.
DraftKings Sportsbook is the first online sportsbook to launch in the US outside of Nevada. Just months after the first physical sportsbook opened in the state of New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook was up and running for Garden State residents.
DraftKings has one of the more unique sign up bonuses for players to take advantage of. They offer a Sign up Bonus which includes 20% deposit bonus up to $1000.
The bonus amount received is equal to 20% of the deposit amount. Bonus funds will be awarded with a play-through requirement; or every $25 played, the user will receive $1 in bonus funds (only available within 90 days of first deposit).
In addition to this welcome bonus offer, DraftKings has another: wager $5 and get $150 in bonus bets. This offer lasts through 5/28/23, so if you want to sign up for an account with DraftKings, now is the time. Note that this bonus is paid in eight (6) $25 bets.
Needless to say, DraftKings is giving new customers a high value to get started in their sportsbook. However, always make sure you read the fine print that is attached to offers.
There aren’t a large amount of promotions from DraftKings Sportsbook, but there are at least a few. The welcome bonuses are two of the three being offered.
The other includes the Parley Insurance. If a player creates a parlay with at least 4 legs, all with odds of -300 or better, then DraftKings Sportsbook will refund up to $25 if that parley misses by one leg.
DraftKings Sportsbook is powered by the Kambi sports betting platform. The Kambi platform is smooth and easy to use, as well as keeping everything organized.
DraftKings has mobile apps available for player to take advantage of too. Both Apple and Android are supported by DraftKings. Betting on the mobile apps is a familiar feel to it as the app looks and performs similarly to the desktop website.
DraftKings offers an excellent selection of leagues and sports to bet on. Popular and live sports are displayed at the top of the page, and checking in the middle of the day can yield some interesting leagues such as the ATP men’s tennis tour or Italian league soccer. Of course, DraftKings offers all of the major American sports leagues.
For every game, there are usually a large selection of alternative and prop bets for players to check out. Clicking a team in a game will open the game’s available bets beyond the usual spread, moneyline, and over/under bets. Selecting multiple bets allows players to parlay them.
Live game betting options are prominently displayed on the front page of DraftKings Sportsbook when players first pull up the site. Live game betting, becoming a commonplace in sports betting, is when a sportsbook allows punters to place bets on games that are in progress. The advantage of people betting on live games is that bettors who are paying attention to the live games can predict how things will proceed and make more informed wagers.
Another cool addition to DraftKings Sportsbook is their Cash Out option. Cash Out is a new feature that gives you the opportunity to close out your active bet before the outcome is decided. This allows you to secure part of your winnings or cut your losses as the odds change in or against your favor.
On selected events, Cash Out is available for pre-game, live, future and parlay bets and can be for more or less than your original wagered amount, depending on how events unfold following your bet placement. You can see if your bet is eligible for cash out when you add it to the bet slip.
DraftKings Sportsbook also has a tab offering multiple boosted lines. Boosted lines are betting lines that are temporarily given better odds. For example, a bet on the New York Giants to score first and win the game might be temporarily granted odds of +120 instead of it’s regular -105 betting line.
DraftKings Sportsbook lines are roughly on par with some of the more user-friendly lines. While some places can get accused of offering some less-than-generous lines, DraftKings can be relied on to offer bettors some of the best lines on games.
For those wishing to hedge their best as much as possible, players can also bet round robin. When selecting a bet, the bet slip offers players singles, parlay, and round robins.
Being able to trust a site is extremely important when deciding where you want to put your money for sports betting and casino gaming online. However, DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino is as trustworthy as you’ll need. Being state regulated, you won’t need to worry about any shenanigans that players might find with offshore betting sites.
DraftKings is fully licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. As a state-approved operator you can rest assured that all betting activity online is full secure and deposits, withdrawals and bets are guaranteed safe.
Yes, sports betting has been legal in New Jersey since PASPA was repealed in May of 2018, with the first bets being placed since June 2018.
You must be at least 21 years of age to legally place a bet in New Jersey.
No, you do not to be a resident of New Jersey to gamble in the state but all bets must be placed within the state. This would mean that even if you live in the state, you cannot place online bets when you travel outside state borders.
You can bet on whatever sports are offered by DraftKings Sportsbook. Almost all American sports are fair game for betting. However, it is illegal in New Jersey to bet on high school and college sporting events taking place in the state of New Jersey or on game involving teams based in New Jersey.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.
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