Since our last update, Super Bowl Sunday came and went, but it is still a hot topic around the water cooler.
The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) released preliminary numbers. Not only did New Jersey sports betting customers bet big, but they also won big.
If you are already counting down the days to the 2020 NFL season opener, never fear, there are plenty of ways to pass the time. It all begins with Oscars betting, which happens in a few days. Instead of rooting for red, try walking down the red carpet for a change. Who knows, you may like it.
Here is more about what is making news in the New Jersey gambling world.
Oscars betting at New Jersey sportsbooks
The results of the last awards ceremony before the Academy Awards caused a little movement in the Oscars betting odds.
Continuing to trend up is 1917, a definite favorite to collect several Oscars. Also trending up is the surprise mover, Jojo Rabbit.
It looked like the film would go home empty-handed, but this past weekend’s wins at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) gave it some life in a few categories.
On the other hand, trending down is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, once thought to be a favorite to take home multiple trophies. Brad Pitt, nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film, may end up being the only award the Quentin Tarantino film collects.
When it comes to best picture, Johnny Avello, director of DraftKings Sportsbook, has a few things to say about Oscars betting in NJ.
Avello has seen all nine films and shared his thoughts on the category.
“But I thought Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite were both better than 1917. And I don’t think that it’s going to go much deeper than those three, to be honest with you.”
Current Oscars betting odds
|Nominee||DraftKings||FOX Bet||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||+1,100||+1,200||+1,100|
|Ford v. Ferrari||+25,000||+20,000||+8,000|
Additionally, new players to DraftKings Sportsbook are eligible for a limited-time Oscars Best Picture Winner Special. Correctly bet $10 on the Best Picture winner and win $100.
Betting big on the big game
Needless to say, Super Bowl Sunday in New Jersey was a big, spectacular party. PlayNJ.com stopped by several sportsbooks at Atlantic City casinos on the Boardwalk to check out the scene.
New Jersey might not be Las Vegas, but it is pretty mighty all on its own.
New Jersey sports betting fans placed more than $54 million worth of bets on the big game. According to the DGE, NJ sportsbooks lost a combined $4.2 million, making NJ bettors the big winners of the weekend.
The Super Bowl is over. Now what?
Of course, now that the Super Bowl is over, bettors are coming to terms with a betting hangover. You know what the cure is, don’t you? “The hair of the dog that bit you,” of course.
Sure, the Oscars are coming up, but what else is on the boards at NJ sportsbooks? The most obvious is college basketball with Selection Sunday for March Madness just around the corner.
Of course, bettors aren’t the only ones suffering from a betting hangover; the books are as well. Now is a good time to look for promotions to help build your betting bankroll.
For instance, DraftKings is running a Daily Double Up promotion. DraftKings will double the winnings of your highest bet, up to $100.
We’ll see you back here next week when our goal will be to write the entire article without mentioning the Super Bowl. Don’t worry; we think it is unlikely, too.