Finally, we have escaped Death Valley of the sports calendar.
No longer are New Jersey sports bettors needing to seek out an obscure sport or event to follow. No more resorting to wagering on the over for the number of frankfurters scarfed down by Joey Chestnut in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. No more settling for golf or tennis majors or the World Cup.
The NFL and college football seasons are in full swing. The MLB postseason waits patiently on deck and actually begins Monday with two division-championship tie-breakers.
FanDuel Sportsbook promos at a glance
Beginning Tuesday, promotions surrounding the MLB playoffs and the NFL will go live at FanDuel Sportsbook. And there are some good ones to cheer about here.
AL Wild Card: A ‘risk-free bet’ on the Yankees
The AL Wild Card Game is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3. Beginning Tuesday and running up to the game’s start time, 8 p.m. ET, FanDuel Sportsbook will begin accepting wagers for this game-specific promo.
With its best record since 2002, the AL West runner-up Oakland Athletics carry a 97-65 record into New York to take on the Yankees. Finishing second in the AL East with the third-best record in baseball, the Yankees went 100-62 this season to finish with the franchise’s best record in nine years.
Dubbed by FanDuel Sportsbook as a risk-free bet on the Yankees to win, patrons can lay money down on the Bronx Bombers to win outright. Should New York lose at home, FanDuel will funnel back up to a $50 max bonus to bettors who wagered on the Yanks.
Again, bets for this promotion close at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
MLB Division Series: Get some betting insurance
The AL Wild Card winner will complete the MLB postseason field. (The NL Wild Card is slated for Tuesday.)
With both best-of-five series scheduled to start Thursday, one matchup still owns a TBD for both participants.
On Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs to win the NL Central, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies for the NL West crown, thus completing the postseason field. As a result, the Cubs will host the Rockies on Tuesday for a one-game NL Wild Card. The winner goes on to play the Brewers in an NL Division series.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, face the Atlanta Braves in the other NL Division series. The AL side gets going Friday, as the Boston Red Sox await the Wild Card winner while the Houston Astros play the Cleveland Indians.
FanDuel Sportsbook will offer a “bad luck/tough loss insurance” promotion throughout the MLB Division Series. Starting Wednesday, bettors can wager on the moneyline, pre-live, for individual games. If the bet-on team holds the lead after the sixth inning but ends up losing, patrons will receive up to $50 back.
As this round of the playoffs could stretch into Oct. 21, the promotion will run as long as the MLB Division Series are played. Bets on each game will close by its respective start time.
NFL Week 5: First time’s the charm
Don’t believe for a second that FanDuel Sportsbook has ignored the country’s most popular sport.
Also starting Wednesday, the NJ online sportsbook will begin accepting bets for a promotion surrounding Week 5 of the NFL season.
In this offering, patrons can wager on the first player to score a touchdown of any given game. Should the choice of player not be the first to score in the game but does record a TD later, bettors will receive up to $100 back.
All Week 5 games are on the table for this promotion, with wagers accepted through noon ET on Oct. 8.
Think you can tackle all of that? FanDuel Sportsbook bets you can.