The second week of April is a busy time on the sports betting calendar.
March Madness concluded with the NCAA Championship game on Monday, Major League Baseball is in full swing, the NHL playoffs get underway, and NBA’s regular season ends with the playoffs just around the corner.
The sports headliner of the back end of this sports-filled week is the 2019 Masters Tournament, which begins Thursday in Augusta, GA.
It marks another milestone sporting event for the New Jersey sports betting marketplace to “grip it and rip it” in their betting apps.
So it’s a great idea to keep your smartphone fully juiced for in-advance wagering, in-play betting, and daily head-to-head matchups using one of 13 NJ sportsbook apps.
The “tradition like no other” of the Masters also means there will be limited on-air TV coverage of morning and early round play, so you may need to charge up multiple devices to view the action.
Because of its marquee sporting event status, NJ online sportsbooks will be offering specific betting propositions for The Masters. As a refresher, prop bets are relevant to outcomes within a round or throughout the entire tournament.
Prop bets can be on an individual golfer’s performance, e.g., will Rory McIlroy finish in the Top 5 or Top 10, or total tournament performance, or the number of holes-in-one.
The NJ sportsbook then sets the line for each prop occurrence, usually charging extra “juice” on props versus spreads/moneylines, making it easier for them to profit on these types of wagers.
For those who will be following the action from New Jersey, make yourself an egg salad or pimento cheese sandwich to get into full Augusta mode and read our review of what each of the NJ sports betting apps is offering for the Masters as of Tuesday.
NJ sportsbooks Masters scorecard
We’ve given each of the books a golf-themed score based on the depth, variety, and creativity of their offerings.
Resorts’ Masters’ props score: Par
Resorts Sportsbook has 40+ individual head-to-head tourney matchups posted.
These are for the full tournament and include multiple matchups featuring the big names of Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and McIlroy.
Drawing on the international flavor of the Masters’ field, Resorts has props based on the top finisher in each of 10+ nationalities plus Top 5 and Top 10 finishes, and making or missing cut.
BetAmerica’s Masters’ props score: Par
We will pair up BetAmerica with the previously mentioned Resorts Sportsbook as they are both powered by SBTech and offer the same odds and prices including props for Sunday’s sudden-death playoff and the odds on a wire-to-wire winner:
Hard Rock Sports
Hard Rock Casino’s Masters’ props score: Par
Hard Rock offers a good assortment of Top 5, Top 10, and golfer nationality props, but only 14 head-to-head betting options.
In golf parlance, its approach shot to the green landed in the bunker. It does scramble back to save the day with a few unique opportunities, including the region of the winner, top former winner, and top senior:
Golden Nugget’s Masters’ props score: Par
The latest entry into the New Jersey sports betting landscape is Golden Nugget Sports, which launched in February 2019.
As SBTech also drives Golden Nugget, you can expect the similar prop offerings and odds as Resorts and BetAmerica platforms.
888’s Masters’ props score: Birdie
Sportsbook 888 sportsbook offers what I refer to as the base selection of winners and Top 5 and 10 finishes, and the nationalities of the winners.
Where 888 knocks it within 5 feet of the cup is with several unique props. Do you want to root for an albatross (also known as a “double eagle) during the Masters? Head to 888 to make your wager:
Also, 888 offers a series of creative group matchups that will get the sports betting golf fan’s wheels turning trying to decide which grouping will come out on top:
If you like a few golfers, but you can’t decide which one to win, 888 offers odds on the exact first- and second-place finishers (a straight forecast).
It’s quite the value here for the winning combination as the odds for a Johnson-McIlroy first and second finish are posted at 66-1 and increase from there:
It is a nice effort by the 888 team — no “snowmen” on its Masters’ betting props scorecard.
William Hill’s Masters’ props score: Bogey
William Hill NJ app has a few unique over/under Masters’ props to consider around tournament scoring:
It also offers 30+ head-to-head matchups, and some make/miss the cut on a few selected players.
However, as we have seen in its NJ app offerings for other major sporting events, “America’s No. 1 Sportsbook” three-puts this green.
There is just not enough on offer, and I always feel like there should be much more to choose from a market leader such as William Hill.
BetStars’ Masters’ props score: Birdie
BetStars offers all of the base prop wagers as well as providing the NJ-based player several player groupings to select the top finisher in each group:
What I liked the most about the BetStars’ offering was the clean and crisp layout of the outright winner, and Top 5, 10 and 20 odds posted in the same visual. It is a very nice way to quickly compare each players’ odds across its potential final finish in the tournament:
Also, BetStars does highlight that its outright winner odds will payout at ¼ of the prices for a first-five-placing finish. A very nice offering by BetStars; golf claps all around.
Caesars’ Masters’ props score: Double bogey
Unfortunately, the Caesars‘ Masters props offering finds the deep rough after an errant tee shot. Perhaps the props will be increased/enhanced between now and the tournament start on Thursday morning.
There is a handful of head-to-head matchups but a dearth of player performance props from Caesars:
Caesars even needs to “take a drop” for some relief as even its “outright winner” prop is more suitable for hitting the ball in the clown’s nose in mini-golf versus the beauty of “Amen Corner.”
The pricing is listed in alphabetical order by the players’ first name. This is maddening, especially if you didn’t know that Mr. Dechambeau’s first name is Bryson.
DraftKings’ Masters’ props score: Eagle
DraftKings app indeed has the Masters’ prop market covered.
To use an analogy, if the maximum number of clubs one can carry in a bag is 14, the DraftKings’ loop is the same size as the Al Czervik bag from Caddyshack, as its cup does runneth-over with all kinds of offerings, all within a well-organized, user-friendly format.
DraftKings uniquely offers specific props around the Masters’ performance of Woods:
The DraftKings’ app has put itself in a great position to win a green jacket later in the weekend.
SugarHouse’s Masters’ props score: Birdie
The SugarHouse Sportsbook app is “straight and strong” off the first tee with a well-balanced array of Masters’ betting props for its NJ players.
In addition to the offerings for the winner of the tournament, SugarHouse also offers a prop on the best 18-hole score of the tourney, which isn’t necessarily the winner.
So, you can take a stab at the nice odds on a player to shoot a 62 or 63 but not be a contender for winning the green jacket:
While others offer props around a hole-in-one, SugarHouse outdrives the competition by posting prices for the specific golfer to secure an ace, a very nice option to cash in on some juicy odds:
PlayMGM’s Masters’ prop score: Par
PlayMGM Sports offers a solid Masters’ prop menu. While it’s much lighter than others on “Home Country of the Winner” offerings, it does have a full menu of head-to-head matchup offerings.
MGM has also posted stroke lines for some of its head-to-head matchups:
And MGM is also offering some stand-out props related to the three-hole sequence known as “Amen Corner” at Augusta and the “Worst Score on Any Hole” prop:
PointsBet’s Masters’ props score: Birdie
PointsBet NJ sportsbook does an excellent job of covering all of the Masters’ app offerings, while also putting some props in play that no one else has on the board.
Props, such as winner to put at least one ball in the water on the 12th hole in the final round and winner’s final shot to be made with flagstick in, are fun and thought-provoking:
PointsBet indeed has the green surrounded with prices for the winner of the annual Masters’ Par 3 contest which begins at noon ET on Wednesday:
FanDuel’s Masters’ props score: Birdie
FanDuel Sportsbook is the other NJ sportsbook (besides DraftKings) to offer a series of props around Woods at the Masters:
Also, FanDuel offers prices for final finishing positions down to the Top 30 and Top 40 finishing positions.
While FanDuel covers the bases with props on the top performer in each region and outright winners, there were no prop offerings listed for head-to-head matchups at the time of this writing.
So, maybe a mulligan is needed to add head-to-head matchups to the Masters’ betting menu.
Tips before you place a Masters prop bet
Now that you’ve seen all of the props, go ahead and make some bets, have some fun and hopefully cash some nice tickets.
Of course, if you aren’t able to get the tournament prop bets in by the 7 a.m. Masters’ tee-off, there will be plenty of in-play and round-by-round options every day up until the 72nd and final hole on Sunday.
Play well, New Jersey.