As betting laws have eased in the United States, site hosts have emerged that turn your phone or laptop into a mobile sports book. Each site has its geographical and other limitations, and given the new enthusiasm for the genre and the rush of customers, many have offers for beginners (with restrictions, note the fine print on each site). It’s a fast-paced world, so check the sites for current promotional offers.
FanDuel Sports Betting
FanDuel’s Irish parent company, Flutter PLC, claims a 40% share of the $12.2 billion US sports betting market. Most of its revenue comes from FanDuel, considered the No. 1 sportsbook in the United States, with some 13 million customers. It is active in 15 states.
OK: Open an account with a minimum of $10 and wager $5, and you’ll receive $150 in site credits.
Boston’s DraftKings Inc. has 1.5 million customers and its revenue more than doubled in 2021, to $1.3 billion. Available in 17 states, the company is considered one of the leaders in the field. It also has an online casino.
OK: Offers a 20% bonus (up to $1,000) for deposits into a new account.
You can’t miss the ads for this combination of sports betting and casino, they are practically everywhere. Anchored by the sprawling Vegas casino of the same name, Caesars’ mobile app is available in 15 states, offers hundreds of ways to bet, and comes complete with a rewards program.
OK: They will credit you up to $1100 if you lose your first bet.
Sportsbook Bar Stool
Stool from barsportsbook.com
Launched in 2020, it’s the sidearm of the irreverent and hugely popular media site Barstool Sports, part-owned by Penn National Gaming. It is available in 12 states.
OK: New customers who lose their first bet receive up to $1,000 to place additional bets.
A partnership between MGM Resorts International and Britain’s Entain Holdings PLC, this site is active in 18 states, plus Washington, DC
OK: Credits up to $1,000 for a lost bet, bonuses for NBA bets, MGM reward points.
Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas owns 74% of WynnBet, which can be used in nine states. The company is reportedly looking for a buyer, with an asking price of around $500 million.
OK: New customers betting $10 (odds -1.20 or higher) get $200 in free bets.
Founded in Europe in 2004, it is one of the largest global gaming operators in the world. It offers live in-game betting on every game, and its odds are featured daily in USA Today.
OK: Up to $750 in a risk-free first bet.
Limited to four states (Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan). Affiliated with Fox Sports and owned by Flutter.
OK: Offers a risk-free first deposit bet, up to $500. If you lose, you can place another $500 free bet.
An extension of the Sports Illustrated brand, launched in September. At press time, it was only available in Colorado, with expansion planned to several other states.
OK: Bet $20, get $300.
Sheridan’s Online Betting Tips
Sportsbooks are in an arms race for customer acquisition, which is not sustainable. Sign up for every sports betting bonus offer in your state because only strong, well-funded books will survive. Another benefit is having multiple sportsbooks to research the best line on a play. Half a point can mean the difference between a win, loss or push, which is huge. Also, make sure that every sportsbook has 24/7 customer support. I recommend Don Best Sports (donbest.com), the benchmark for sports games. They have been an invaluable tool for me.
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