Did Colin Cowherd Win? Blazin’ 5 Picks He Loves Turn Out to Be Duds in Week 4

Colin Cowherd whiffed most of his NFL Week Four Blazin’ 5 picks, with only the Bills coming through, but he’s still hitting around .500 so far this season.

Colin Cowherd’s Week Four Blazin 5′ picks were an ice-cold 1-3-1.

After going 4-1 last week, Cowherd said on Friday before making this week’s selections:

“I’ve always been very altruistic. I like to make America money. Daddy buy new kicks is the whole thing.”

Those who chose to follow Cowherd’s picks this week don’t even have enough for socks.

His “Boom Bet,” which allows Fox Bet users to quadruple their winnings, didn’t even win, let alone cover (Cowboys -5). Another pick he loved, the Bears +2.5, proved to be toothless. The Dolphins +6 were his “favorite pick of the week,” and they lost to the Seahawks 31-23.

Not sure what all these qualifiers mean, since Cowherd starts out almost every Blazin’ 5 segment on “The Herd” with “I love all my picks.”

The QB and the hat(e)

After a hoopla over calling out Carson Wentz for wearing his hat backward during a news conference last week, Cowherd predicted a Bengals upset.

“Carson Wentz has been all over the board in the last six games — eight sacks, four picks this year, both tied for the most of any quarterback. I don’t know if Philadelphia’s locker room is good.”

Wentz threw two interceptions and the Eagles tied the Bengals, 23-23. During his conference this week, Wentz turned his cap forward, and of course, Cowherd pointed it out, saying, “It’s almost like we have influence in America.”

Hot take from Colin Cowherd this week

The top three teams look very familiar. Where have we seen them before? Oh, yes. Before the season started at FanDuel (and most online sportsbooks), they were the top 3 three teams by handle in the Super Bowl futures market.

Colin Cowherd’s 2020 Week 4 NFL picks

Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 airs on “The Herd” on Fridays at around 1 p.m. EST. We break down his picks for you here and follow up on Monday with his results.

“Something is happening in the NFL you have to keep your eye on. Everyone is going over. The overs and the favorites are covering. A lot of this is because there was no preseason. It’s easy for quarterbacks in July and August to call up their wide receivers to throw the ball around. You don’t call a middle linebacker about dropping into coverages. The offensives are way ahead of the defenses. I think they will be for about one more week.”

The first three weeks of the season, we pointed out Cowherd never mentioned his “Boom Bet” on his Blazin’ 5 segment on the air, and you had to go to Fox Bet‘s social channels to find out. This week,  he closed his segment by telling listeners to go there to find out more on his picks.

If Fox Bet users wager on Cowherd’s “Boom Bet” and it wins, they can quadruple their winnings.

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Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys (-5.5)

Cowherd’s BOOM BET

Cowherd’s pick: Cowboys

Colin’s final score: Cowboys 33, Browns 26

Cowherd said:

“Dak Prescott against really good competition has always been a good quarterback. His QB rating since last year is 108.8, and their offense right now is No. 1 in the league. But this is about the Browns defense that has allowed 7 TDs passing of 10+ air yards this year, most in the NFL. I think there is a lot of points in this game, and I don’t think Cleveland can keep up, because they are more of a running team. Cleveland’s back end worries me. They beat Cincinnati with a rookie quarterback and Washington with kind of a rookie quarterback. How good are they?”

Actual final score: Browns 49, Cowboys 38

Did Colin win? No

Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears (+2.5)

Colin’s pick: Bears

Colin’s final score: Bears 24, Colts 23

Cowherd said:

“Like it, I love it. Bears getting points at home. I think they are a better team, and I think Matt Nagy wanted to start Nick Foles three weeks ago but the GM wouldn’t let him. Nick Foles lets it rip, big arm, big games. This is the coach’s kid, and he went out and got him in the offseason. How good are the Colts? They lost to the Jaguars and beat the crappy Vikings and the really crappy Jets. The Bears defense is No. 2 in the league in getting offenses off the field on third down.”

Actual final score: Colts 19, Bears 11

Did Colin win? No

Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins (+6)

Colin’s pick: Dolphins

Colin’s final score: Seahawks 27, Dolphins 26

Cowherd said:

“Favorite pick of the week. Miami gets three days of extra prep time because they were on Thursday Night Football. That is huge, because they have a very good coaching staff and staffs that are good take advantage of it. Seattle has the furthest trip you can make after dramatic wins. Fitzpatrick is very good when he’s comfortable, and Seattle makes every quarterback comfortable, because they have no pass rush. The Dolphins are playing clean football. They are one of two teams that have not had a turnover in two weeks. I think Russell Wilson may come in and save the day late.”

FYI, Colin is fading the public here big time. At DraftKings, 95% of the handle is going to the Seahawks to cover the spread.

Actual final score: Seahawks 31, Dolphins 23

Did Colin win? No

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7)

Colin’s pick: Buccaneers

Colin’s final score: Buccaneers 33, Chargers 23

Cowherd said:

“This is a lot of points. I’ll take Tom Brady and the Bucs. This game is about comfort vs. discomfort, Tom Brady vs. a Chargers defense without an injured Derwin James. Justin Herbert will face a pass rush, and you can’t run on the Bucs D. They are No. 2 for yards per play. Herbert has struggled in the red zone, and the Chargers have settled for field goals. He’ll be uncomfortable all day. I believe Todd Bowles is the best current coordinator in the NFL and Tampa has the best or second-best linebacking corps. It’s the defense of Tampa that will decide the game.”

Actual final score: Buccaneers 38, Chargers 31

Did Colin win? Push

Buffalo Bills (-3) vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Colin’s pick: Bills

Colin’s final score: Bills 32, Raiders 27

Cowherd said:

“This is an easy one. There is no home field anymore, so it’s basically a neutral field. I get the better quarterback, coach and defense. There are a lot of people who think Buffalo is a top four team in this league. A lot of coaches are really on Buffalo. They rank second in pass ypg and third is points per game the last two seasons. This Buffalo team will force the Raiders to play real defense because they press the ball down the field.”

*Colin bet against the Bills during Weeks One and Two. He quickly changed his tune on Josh Allen and the Bills and backed them with his Boom Bet.

Actual final score: Bills 30, Raiders 23

Did Colin win? Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 1 record: 1-3-1

Colin Cowherd’s 2020 Blazin’ 5 season record: 9-10-1

Boom Bet record — Cowherd’s “hottest pick” boosted 4X at Fox Bet: 2-2

Be sure to check back at PAOC each week of the 2020 NFL season to see if Colin Cowherd’s picks won.

Lead image credit: Phil McCarten/Invision/AP

Super Bowl Best Bets At PA Sportsbooks: MVP Odds, Anytime TD & Props Galore

Pennsylvania sportsbooks have a plethora of prop bets, parlays and more for Super Bowl Sunday, 49ers vs Chiefs. Check out our favorite bets for the Big Game.

This is it.

After this, NFL football will be gone for months. Sports fans will have to move on to basketball, which doesn’t promise the same excitement until madness hits in March. Baseball’s opening day is about two months away.

So Super Bowl LIV is your last, best chance for some NFL sports betting action for some time.

Soak it up and enjoy it.

Here at Pennsylvania Online Casino, we’ll help you prepare for all those wagers with a rundown of our favorite bets at the best PA betting sites.

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meet in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and you won’t want to miss it.

Because this is it.

Fox Bet – Boosted Player Props & Parlays

Sunday’s Super Bowl will be broadcast live on Fox. And the network’s betting brand, Fox Bet, will help you win some extra money if you can make the correct wagers.

Fox Bet has boosted several wagers, many of which feature a single-game parlay bet that combines a player prop with a game result. One of the more rewarding ones would pay out +900 if 49ers tight end George Kittle has at least two receiving touchdowns and the 49ers win.

On the Kansas City side, a wager would pay out +1,100 if the Chiefs win every quarter. Tyreek Hill recording at least 100 receiving yards along with a Kansas City win would pay out +375.

At press time, Fox Bet had boosted 15 various bets, and the entire list is worth a long look.

You can also find more traditional wagers as well as some live betting options once the game kicks off on Sunday.

FanDuel – Anytime Touchdown Scorer

One of the better ways to keep your betting alive throughout Sunday’s game is to make a wager on an anytime touchdown scorer. With that bet, the game’s status in regard to the spread or total points really doesn’t matter.

You need your player to cross the goal line at some point before the game ends. FanDuel Sportsbook is helping that cause with a promotion.

If you make a bet of $25 or more on a player to score at any time,  FanDuel will pay out a $1 bonus in site credit for every point scored by your selected player’s team (up to $25).

Here’s a quick rundown of the anytime scorer odds:

  • Raheem Mostert (SF): -145
  • George Kittle (SF): +125
  • Deebo Samuel (SF): +160
  • Emmanuel Sanders (SF): +240
  • Matt Breida (SF): +270
  • Tevin Coleman (SF): +270
  • Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): +650
  • Damien Williams (KC): -135
  • Travis Kelce (KC): +100
  • Tyreek Hill (KC): +105
  • Sammy Watkins (KC): +250
  • Mecole Hardman (KC): +360
  • Pat Mahomes (KC): +400
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BetRivers – MVP Bets

BetRivers has two different bets available on the game’s MVP. The first option is a straight bet on a specific player. The odds for that one are below:

  • Patrick Mahomes: +115
  • Jimmy Garoppolo: +225
  • Raheem Mostert: +900
  • George Kittle: +1,600
  • Tyreek Hill: +2,000
  • Travis Kelce: +2,000
  • Nick Bosa: +2,500
  • Damien Williams: +2,500

The second option allows you to bet on the position of the eventual MVP. Those odds are as follows:

  • Quarterback: -230
  • Running back/Fullback: +500
  • Any defender: +550
  • Wide receiver: +750
  • Tight end: +900
  • Kicker/punter/long snapper: +6,600

PlaySugarHouse – Game Props

Over at PlaySugarHouse, several game props can keep the entire game interesting. Both Kansas City and San Francisco are -112 to record the game’s first down.

The Chiefs are -118 to obtain the most first downs. The 49ers are -106. For the longest punt return, Kansas City is -134, and San Francisco is +105. Here are a few others:

  • Either team to convert a fourth down is -400 for “Yes” and +295 for “No.”
  • Either team to have a successful two-point conversion is +240 for “Yes” and -335 for “No.”
  • A safety to be scored is +900 for “Yes” and -1,430 for “No.”

This is it.

Your last chance to bet NFL football arrives on Sunday. Thankfully, there is a plethora of options awaiting at your favorite sportsbook. Choose wisely.

Good luck, and enjoy the game.

Get Wild This NFL Playoffs Weekend With These PA Sportsbook Promos

Several Pennsylvania sportsbooks are boosting the odds and unveiling hundreds of props for the first-ever Wild Card Weekend with online betting.

Can they do it again?

The Philadelphia Eagles are in the NFL playoffs once again. And once again, the odds appear stacked against them. In fact, Parx Sportsbook has the Eagles as a long shot to even win the NFC, checking in at +1,400.

But Philadelphia’s fate was somewhat similar two years ago and the birds ended up winning it all. So maybe there’s  a little room left for optimism.

DraftKings Sportsbook has certainly gotten into the spirit, offering Pennsylvania players an odds boost of 100/1 on the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. With those odds, a $5 bet could net $500.

It all starts with the Bills and the Texans Saturday afternoon at 4:35 p.m. The Seahawks and the Eagles will close out the weekend a day later.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Eagles/Seahawks matchup and the other playoff games too, complete with all the corresponding odds at our region’s sportsbooks.

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Seahawks at Eagles (+1.5): 1/5, 4:40 p.m.

Philadelphia is a home underdog in a rematch of a Week 12 game that the Seahawks won 17-9. Parx has Seattle at -125 on the moneyline. The Eagles are +102. The game’s over/under is set at 45 points, perhaps a result of what appears to be a favorable weather forecast Sunday. There are also a number of alternate spreads and totals available for those seeking different numbers in the contest.

As far as prop bets are concerned, Philadelphia’s Boston Scott (+550) and Mile Sanders (+600) are the favorites to be the first touchdown scorer. Tyler Lockett leads the way for Seattle at +850. There are also bets available for total touchdowns, individual quarters, and halftime as well, giving players a number of different entry points into the playoff action.

FanDuel is also offering blown lead insurance on all of the weekend’s playoff games. Players who opt-in and make a $50 pre-live moneyline bet can receive up to $50 in site credit back if their team leads after any quarter, but ends up losing the game.

Titans at Patriots (-5.5): 1/4, 8:15 p.m.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel returns to meet his former coach Bill Belichick in the Saturday night playoff showdown. FanDuel has the Patriots at -225 on the moneyline, while the Titans are +190.

New England is looking to rebound after losing three of its last five games, including an ugly one to the Dolphins last week that cost them a bye. Saturday’s game’s total is set at 44.5 points. FanDuel has the Titans over/under at 20 points. The Patriots’ number is set at 25.

FanDuel also has bets posted on the first quarter, the first half, and a lengthy list of player props as well.

Vikings at Saints (-8): 1/5, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday’s first action is a rematch of the contest that featured an epic playoff ending two years ago. In that game, Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs went 61-yards for a score on the final play to lift the Vikings past the Saints.

This time around, the Saints are at home, and are heavier favorites too. BetRivers has New Orleans at -420 on the moneyline. Minnesota is +310. The game’s over/under is set at 50 points. There are a number of alternate spreads and totals available as well.

Michael Thomas is the favorite to be the first touchdown scorer at +550 for the Saints. The Vikings favorite is Dalvin Cook at +850. In all, BetRivers has 180 wagers available for Sunday’s first game, setting players up nicely for an action-packed afternoon.

Bills at Texans (-3): 1/4, 4:25 p.m.

Saturday’s first playoff game features two 10-6 teams. Oddsmakers have installed Houston as a favorite, leaning toward the home team. FOX Bet has the Texans at -143 on the moneyline. The Bills are +120. The game’s over/under is set at 44 points.

Deandre Hopkins and Carlos Hyde check in as the favorites for Houston’s first touchdown scorer, both of whom carry +800 odds. Devin Singletary leads the way for Buffalo at +850. FOX Bet also has odds posted for individual players to score at any point in Saturday’s game. At press time, there are also nine prop bets posted with boosted odds. The most valuable option rewards players who are willing to bet on a final score of Texans 24, Bills 21. That bet returns +10,000, bringing in over $500 on a $5 bet.

Blockbuster DraftKings And SBTech Deal Will Create A Publicly Traded Betting Powerhouse

After months of rumors, it is official: DraftKings and SBTech are merging together to create a sports betting and gaming company with a $3.3 billion valuation.

No pain, no gain.

DraftKings readied to make some waves in 2020 with two special business mergers. The two other companies involved are SBTech, an international company that provides technology for sports betting and Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DEAC) (Diamond Eagle), a special acquisition company (SPAC).  As a result of the two mergers, the online sports betting giant aims to be publicly traded and gain a major foothold as a gaming powerhouse.

According to DraftKings, the combined company has a valuation of $3.3 billion. In addition, it will have $500 million of cash on hand through investors.

Notably, the press release touts that “the combined company will become the only vertically integrated pure-play sports betting and online gaming company based in the United States.”

Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings, explained the vision and excitement surrounding the business merger:

The combination of DraftKings’ leading and trusted brand, deep focus on customer experience and data science expertise and SBTech’s highly innovative and proven technology platform creates a vertically-integrated powerhouse. I look forward to building significantly upon our goals of continuing our state-by-state rollout and creating the most entertaining and engaging customer experiences for sports fans globally.

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What are SPACs?

According to Bloomberg, Diamond Eagle, the SPAC company, raises money from public investors. In this case, the $500 million will go to pursuing acquisitions. The biggest advantage of a SPAC is to allow a private company to go public without an initial public offering (IPO).

Companies may choose to avoid going through the IPO process lest the WeWork fiasco reoccurs. The Los Angeles Times describes that SPACs, while once known as risky or a last resort, now enjoy a much better image. In addition, there are successful companies that used SPAC deals to their advantage, such as Virgin Galactic.

What does this merger mean for Pennsylvania?

Recall that earlier this year, Legal Sports Report suggested that DraftKings quietly began the process of acquiring SBTech.

At present, the technology entered the Keystone State through Presque Isle Downs Casino. First, Churchill Downs purchased Presque Isle Downs from Eldorado Resorts. After that, Churchill Downs and SBTech inked a long term partnership that made SBTech is the official sportsbook provider. The 50 or so sports betting kiosks are provided by and powered by SBTech. For this reason, it seems likely that the sports betting kiosks will bear the DraftKings’ name when the merger is complete.

Most importantly, the merger gives DraftKings an undeniable advantage at providing an integrated online casino and sports betting outlet.

But what about Kambi?

Similar to SBTech, Kambi Group is also a technology sportsbook provider. You could even say they are direct competitors.

What’s more? Kambi powers DraftKings Sportsbook and has since its launch in August 2018. The two companies entered into a multiyear deal. Additionally, Kambi is set to open a Philadelphia office. Could this merger mean that Kambi is left out in the cold?

Hardly. Robins stated that DraftKings still plans on launching in several states with Kambi. However, the long-term goal is for DraftKings to own its backend technology. The aim here is twofold: 1) to save money and 2) expand product offerings.

This is not a knock in any way on Kambi and it shouldn’t be perceived that way. For us it’s important to own our own technology and own our own product, and regardless of who our partner was, it was something we felt was important over the long-term.

Despite possibly losing DraftKings in the future, Kambi also powers SugarHouse Sportsbook, Rivers Sportsbook, Parx Sportsbook, Hollywood Sportsbook, and South Philadelphia Turf Club in Pennsylvania alone.

Embrace The Sports Betting This Thanksgiving Weekend

With a day full of turkey and football, why choose between the two? With online betting live in PA, embrace sports betting this Thanksgiving.

In 2018, Pennsylvania sports bettors celebrated both the launch of retail sports betting and Thanksgiving in the same week.

This year, bettors can enjoy their first Thanksgiving feast where they can bet on their phones.

Whether you’re visiting relatives or hosting a hearty feast in at home, there is bound to be a football on at least one TV this coming Thanksgiving. Here’s the Turkey Day lineup of NFL games:

  • 12:30 p.m.  ET: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
  • 4:30 p.m. ET: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 8:30 p.m. ET: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

With football in action and betting an option, let’s take a look at how to embrace the sports betting when it comes to Thanksgiving this year.

How to have a sports betting-friendly Thanksgiving

After the “how was your drive in, how are the kids, how can I help” small talk, there is the uh-oh emptiness. How can conversation steer clear of topics like politics, religion, and medical ailments?

Since neither the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Philadelphia Eagles are playing this Thanksgiving, it can be a time to share your frustrations with fellow fans of the state’s home teams. The expectations for both the Steelers and Eagles have fallen way short. Uncle Rob isn’t wearing his Roethlisberger jersey this Thanksgiving? Did he place a futures bet on the Steelers?

Family drama getting tense in the adults-only fan cave? Share a bad beat story one of your NFL sports bets this season to ease the tension. With neither of the PA teams in action, make some friendly bets and $5 wagers on your betting apps about Thursday’s games.

A new Thanksgiving tradition

There’s been a shift from “gifts” to “experiences.” Instead of starting the holiday season poring over ads or clicking “add to cart,” share the excitement of watching a game together.

Here’s one way to make sports betting with 21+ family members a part of your Thanksgiving traditions:

Have the bettors start with a bank. Say $50 to place bets during the Thanksgiving games. You have to make a minimum of three bets. It could be player props, over/unders, a spread bet, etc. Whoever ends the day with the most in the bank wins.

Then there are a buffet of possible family-friendly prop bets:

  • Whoever picks the most winners gets to pick first at holiday gift swap/auction.
  • Bottle of wine to the winner.
  • Winner gets first pick in the family fantasy draft the following year.
  • Losers do the dishes.
  • Losers take the kids to see Frozen II

Start Black Friday early with some sports betting app offers

Most every PA sportsbook is serving up multiple promotions around the slate of games. Black Friday may be the day after Thanksgiving, but for bettors, there are plenty of holiday deals to use to their advantage.


Sports bettors in PA and NJ have the chance to gobble up DraftKings’ risk-free Thanksgiving parlay in addition to new customer bonuses, which include five free $5 bets and a 20% deposit match bonus up to $500.

Here are the details:

  1. To participate, a new user must bet on each of the three football games on Thanksgiving Day and combine them into a single parlay.
  2. If the parlay hits, the user is paid out as normal. But if the parlay busts, the user gets a free bet matching their initial stake (up to $100.)
  3. Each user should be credited by 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the latest.

In addition, DraftKings has a whole range of freebies for new and existing sports betting customers. They have even arranged them in Menu-esque order.

DraftKings Thanksgiving giveback free bet
$5 Free Bet to all our sportsbook customers to use on Thanksgiving to use on the sporting event of their choice Thanksgiving day., Nov. 28. For use on sports events: 11/28. All users must place their bet by the end of the day on Thanksgiving

Appetizer: Flash bet
Who wants to get hangry waiting for the main course? Nope, not me either. Bet in-game on result of drive or next team to Score with a $5 NFL Flash Bet risk-free for any Thanksgiving game.

Only NFL games on Nov. 28 are eligible, which includes all three Thanksgiving Day games.

Main Course: Extra leg parlay
DraftKings is giving everyone an extra serving on their NFL parlay. Place a parlay on three NFL games and DraftKings will pay out as if you hit an additional fourth leg.

This promotion is available on all Week 13 NFL games, however, bets must be placed on Nov. 28.

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Bet at least $25 on the total points for one of the NFL Thanksgiving games and get $5 for every turnover and $1 for every sack in that game.


If you’d rather wait to bet on college football or a different sport besides the NFL, FanDuel is giving a special Thanksgiving bonus to new users with more flexibility than the other promos.

  1. Sign up and get $20 in free bet credits. No deposit required.
  2. Enter the promo code: TURKEY
  3. Promotion runs from Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
  4. The offer can be used in addition to the $500 risk-free bet.
  5. FanDuel will issue the bonus within 72 hours. Customer credit expires seven days after receipt.

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Pennsylvania’s newest online sportsbook, Unibet, is offering a “Turkey Leg Parlay Boost.”

Starting Nov. 26, Unibet is giving bettors in PA and NJ the chance for a 50%  profit boost when they parlay all three of the Thanksgiving NFL games against the spread.

Here are the details:

  1. Pick three teams against the spread for only the Thanksgiving Day games.
  2. Once the three teams are selected, be sure to click on “bonus offers” and the 50% boost will appear. The maximum bet is $50 bet.
  3. Promo runs from Nov. 26 9:00 a.m. to Thursday, Nov. 28 at 12:30 p..m.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Fully Live In Pennsylvania, Now Available In Four States

After three days of testing, DraftKings Sportsbook Pennsylvania is fully live with plenty of promos and offers for new customers.

And now there are four.

DraftKings Sportsbook cleared Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) testing and is now fully live in Pennsylvania.


DraftKings Sportsbook is now available in the following four states:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • West Virginia
  • Indiana

“We have seen immense success over the last year with our sportsbook product and are thrilled for this pivotal next step as DraftKings expands into Pennsylvania,” said Jason Robins, co-founder and chief executive officer at DraftKings. “Pennsylvania is home to two of the biggest sports cities in the world and multiple big-time college programs, with some of the most diehard fan bases of all-time. We could not be more excited to introduce those fans to our top-rated mobile sportsbook and provide them with the unrivaled experience that has become synonymous with DraftKings.”

DraftKings Sportsbook available via browsers and app

To access DraftKings Sportsbook via web browser, go to sportsbook.draftkings.com. Once your account is created and your location is verified, you’ll have access to DraftKings’ entire sportsbook offerings.

In addition to the typical sports bets available, such as point spreads and moneylines, you should also find other unique opportunities, including:

  • Odds boosts
  • Prop bets
  • Pools
  • Futures bets
  • Pregame protection
  • Parlay insurance
  • Pools contests
  • Flash bets (live bets specific to the next play or drive of the game)

For those interested in access via an app, simply downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook app will get you started.

However, those of you who have used the sportsbook app previously in another state will be able to skip that step. You can log in with your user name and password, and after geolocation is approved, the existing account and current balance will appear.

Also, you can do so on the same app you’ve been using in other states. The DraftKings Sportsbook app geolocates and works in any of its four operating states.

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DraftKings app will have easy access across states

The DraftKings app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It also has an embedded wallet and location features that will allow the player to travel across the states that have approved it.

In fact, many users will likely find its interface similar to FanDuel’s, which went live at the end of July and should serve as DraftKings’ closest competition.

DraftKings and FanDuel dominate New Jersey, PA likely next

In New Jersey, FanDuel and DraftKings finished first and second in online revenue in the state’s latest sports wagering report.

FanDuel’s app in Pennsylvania launched over three months ago, giving that entity a sizable headstart in the Keystone State. However, with DraftKings’ brand recognition and marketing power, the gap will likely close considerably in the next several months.

DraftKings launching with substantial promotions

In order to attract some new players in conjunction with its online launch, DraftKings is offering a 20% deposit bonus of up to $500 (subject to some playthrough requirements). That offer lasts until Dec. 2.

You can also get a free $25 just for signing up. The site will give you five free $5 bets to get you started just for signing up for an account.

DraftKings is also extending some interesting game and team-specific promotions. You can make a risk-free bet of up to $25 on Pitt or Penn State in college football. And if you bet the Steelers moneyline in their game against the LA Rams on Sunday, you could earn $6 toward a free bet for every touchdown Pittsburgh scores.

There will likely be even more promotions arriving in the future as DraftKings aims to close the gap with all the other online sportsbooks that arrived beforehand.

Put simply; it’s game on.

And, with DraftKings around, the competition will be heating up.

Nov. 4 A Big Day For PA With Launch Of DraftKings And PokerStars

It will be an incredibly busy Monday in Pennsylvania with the launch of PokerStars PA, Mount Airy Online Casino, and DraftKings set for Nov. 4.

Get your boots strapped in and giddy up!

After much anticipation, both DraftKings Sportsbook and PokerStars got the green light to launch in Pennsylvania on Monday, Nov. 4. Yesterday, PlayPennsylvania confirmed both impending launches. Until now, fans of PA online gambling have been champing at the bit for news of a launch.

Make way for the ‘king’

DraftKings gained conditional approval for a conditional sports wagering license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) during the Oct. 30 meeting. In August, DraftKings announced its intention to partner with Penn National Gaming. Notably, it counts as the Keystone State’s sixth online sportsbook.

DraftKings’ chief compliance officer Tim Dent shared with PlayPennsylvania the excitement surrounding the new license.

“DraftKings is excited to receive our sports wagering operator license, moving us one step closer to bringing our top-rated online and mobile sportsbook app to sports fans in Pennsylvania. Working in partnership with the outstanding team at Penn National Gaming, we expect the mandatory soft-play period to begin on Nov. 4 toward the goal of an official public launch a few days later.”

Penn National parts ways with William Hill

DraftKings will be The Meadow’s online sports wagering operator. The retail sportsbook is already open and accepting wagers.

With the new DraftKings’ partnership, Penn National parted ways with William Hill last week. As a result, the retail sportsbooks at Meadows and Hollywood Casino are now both powered by Kambi odds. In addition, Hollywood transferred back the shared services agreement to Penn Interactive as a more decisive and final disbandment with William Hill.

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Online poker coming on Nov. 4

PA poker players can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The much-awaited promise of online poker is almost finally a reality.  As expected, the first online poker room to launch on Monday is PokerStars.

Douglas Harbach, a PGCB spokesperson, substantiated the news to PlayPennsylvania at the Oct. 30 PGCB meeting.

“We have staff prepared to initiate and oversee a test launch this Monday of another online casino gaming site, this one licensed under Mount Airy Casino and their suite of casino-type games. At this juncture, it would include the testing of a poker game. The caveat is always that if issues come up, then the beginning of the testing could slide.”

While all of Pennsylvania is excited about the beginning of online poker, we should caution that this is the dawn of a new gaming industry for the state. Therefore, there may be potential issues.

The PGCB is notorious for its rigorous testing standards. A test launch does not equate to an official launch. On the other hand, the regulation and extreme measures ensure the safety and security of poker players.

Each online site’s testing has completed without problems. However, the PGCB warns that the Monday testing could be delayed if everything is not in place and ready to go.

Jerome Bettis Driving The FanDuel Marketing Bus

Pittsburgh Steelers legend Jerome Bettis is teaming up with Pennsylvania’s FanDuel Sportsbook for a series of videos featuring The Bus.

How much does an actual bus weigh? How many are there in Pennsylvania?

FanDuel has recruited Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, for a new video series called Over or Under, which debuted last week.

In the first installment, Bettis took a shot at answering the aforementioned questions. He guessed under 20,000 pounds on the weight of an actual bus (it’s about 30,000) but correctly guessed over 8,000 on the number of actual buses in Pennsylvania (it’s above 55,000).

Bettis should give FanDuel a marketing boost

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, FanDuel announced its partnership with Bettis in August. Expect to see a lot more of Bettis in FanDuel-related content, as the company vies to be the biggest name in Pennsylvania sports betting.

Last week its biggest competitor arrived in Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh. The Meadows Casino and Racetrack in Washington opened a DraftKings-branded retail sportsbook on. Pending approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board, the company should open an online sportsbook later this month.

And thus, a big name and charming personality like Bettis should help FanDuel’s marketing efforts in what figures to be some healthy sports betting competition across the state.

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FanDuel, DraftKings consistent leaders in NJ sports betting

In neighboring New Jersey, DraftKings and FanDuel are the clear leaders among sports betting brands. In September, DraftKings led the state in online betting revenue, according to Legal Sports Report. DraftKings helped the Resorts AC license generate more than $8.5 million in online revenue (a portion of which was produced by FOX Bet).

FanDuel finished second in New Jersey with more than $2.5 million in revenue during September. Taken together, the two entities accounted for $11 million of New Jersey’s $12.5 million in digital revenue during September.

FanDuel also led the state’s retail sportsbooks in September revenue with a total of $4.38 million.

How will the FanDuel/DraftKings competition look in PA?

It will be interesting to see how the competition for FanDuel and DraftKings shapes up in the Keystone State. With FanDuel’s retail sportsbook situated in Valley Forge, a heavy foot traffic and tourism area, it’s possible the company can maintain its position as a retail sportsbook leader in Pennsylvania as well.

On the online front, DraftKings is playing from behind. FanDuel’s sportsbook app launched in late July, likely giving it at least three-month headstart before the DraftKings offering arrives.

Expect the DraftKings app to feature some generous promotions aimed at recruiting new players once it is approved by the PGCB. And beyond that, expect some healthy competition that should provide numerous betting options for PA players.

There will also be some aggressive marketing and promotions by both sides.

And for FanDuel, they are certain to use the Bus again sometime soon.

All Hail DraftKings: Sportsbook Coming To PA Via The Meadows

DraftKings Sportsbook PA is officially in the works thanks to a deal with Penn National and its The Meadows Casino in Pennsylvania.

In the world of sports betting, Pennsylvania is now fit for a king.

The sports betting realm, like royal watchers, have been speculating how DraftKings would break into the state’s scene. Especially, since FanDuel is already live. We got our answer this week.

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DraftKings partnering with Penn in PA

In a July 31 press release, Penn National Gaming, the largest regional gaming operator in North America, announced it entered into multi-year agreements with top sports betting operators for online sports betting and iGaming market access across the company’s portfolio.

DraftKings is the only one of the group gaining access to Pennsylvania.

The partnership of powerhouses includes:

  • DraftKings
  • PointsBet
  • theScore
  • The Stars Group

“Sports betting represents an exciting new growth opportunity for Penn National,” said Penn National’s Sr. Vice President of Interactive Gaming Jon Kaplowitz. “We’re pleased to be providing the top names in sports betting, iGaming and poker access to our Company’s non-primary licenses to conduct these operations in exchange for a combination of upfront cash and equity, one-time market access fees, and ongoing revenue sharing.”

DraftKings home at The Meadows

The Meadows Casino in Washington County will serve as DraftKings’ PA sports betting home. There is no projected date for the opening of a brick-and-mortar sportsbook or for the launch of an online sportsbook.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) spokesperson Doug Harbach confirmed late Wednesday that The Meadows applied for a $10 million sports betting license earlier this month. He also verified  PGCB must approve DraftKings as an operator for sports wagering.

The expansion builds upon Penn National Gaming and DraftKings earlier West Virginia market access deal, which was announced in Dec. 2018. DraftKings’ additional market access is exclusive to Penn National Gaming across certain states in which Penn National Gaming operates casino properties. Since launching in New Jersey, DraftKings has accepted more than 21 million bets and paid out over $650 million in winnings to customers.

DraftKings Chief Business Officer Ezra Kucharz commented on the continued partnership:

“With dozens of states having already legalized sports betting or poised to do so in the near future, this expanded partnership ensures DraftKings is positioned to quickly enter new markets. Penn National Gaming brings tremendous resources, people and experience to the partnership and, as we finalized the terms of the deal, it was abundantly clear there is a real synergy between our two companies that bodes very well for the future.”

Is Penn National still partnering with William Hill?

Penn National has been serious about sports betting in Pennsylvania since the beginning. It was first to apply for a sports betting license and first to receive approval. It launched the first sportsbook in Pennsylvania at Hollywood Casino in Nov. 2018 with partner William Hill.

The latest news from Penn National does not mention William Hill. This does not necessarily mean Hollywood is ditching William Hill Sportsbook for DraftKings.

But even though this (Draft)King found a throne in Pennsylvania, it’s not immune to “royal” gossip.

More on the Penn/DraftKings deal

Pennsylvania is not the only state in the deal with the two companies. Under the terms of Penn’s various agreements, each “skin” partner will have the option to own, operate, and brand real-money online sports betting, poker, and casino offerings in each of the states outlined below. These deals are pursuant to a first, second or third skin, as applicable, and subject to license availability, state law, and regulatory approvals.

DraftKings terms of agreement with Penn National Gaming

States Covered:

  • Florida (1stskin)
  • Indiana (3rd skin)
  • Missouri (1st skin)
  • Ohio (1st skin)
  • Pennsylvania (1st skin)
  • Texas (1stskin)
  • West Virginia (2nd skin)

The agreement is for 10 years subject to a 10-year extension. The deal also includes a revenue share to PNG based on net gaming revenue.

Kambi scores big win

In concert with the bombshell announcement,  Kambi announced it will be the long-term exclusive sports betting supplier to Penn National. Kambi provides sports betting services to licensed gaming operators.

Kambi currently supplies the odds to three of the four online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania:

“By controlling our front-end product and relying upon our new partnership with Kambi for managed-trading services, we can create a lasting and differentiated online and retail product experience for our customers,” commented Kaplowitz.

The agreement is not expected to have a material impact on Kambi’s 2019 revenues. However, it has the potential to have a significant effect on its revenues in future years.

Kambi’s Chief Executive Officer Kristian Nylén commented:

“Kambi’s strategy has always been to partner with tier one operators, particularly those that share our vision and passion for sports and sports wagering. In Penn National, we have found an ideal partner – one that is not only passionate about providing high quality sports wagering experiences to its customers, but a company that adheres to the highest level of ethical business standards.”

For PA Fantasy Operators, Baseball Season Can’t Come Soon Enough

With only the Super Bowl on the schedule in February, PA fantasy sports numbers predictably decline with the end of football season.

Just like the average fan, Pennsylvania’s fantasy sports revenues seemed to be missing football in February.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) released the February Fantasy Contests Revenue Report on Friday. That report revealed a total adjusted revenue decline of nearly $500,000 compared to January. Total revenue dipped from $2,116,499 to $1,629,178.

The drop in revenue can be traced in part to the end of football season. February featured just one football game — the Super Bowl — which limited daily fantasy platforms to single-game contests in the sport.

Overall, Pennsylvania will still receive $244,376.75 from the daily fantasy providers, which are assessed a 15 percent tax on their adjusted gross revenue. That money is then deposited into the Pennsylvania Commonwealth General Fund.

Here’s a look at the total revenue breakdown for February:

Fantasy operatorAdjusted monthly revenuePA tax due
Fantasy Football Players Championship$47,744.12$7,161.62
Yahoo Fantasy Sports$9,726.89$1,459.05
Sportshub Technologies$6,536.89$980.53
Fantasy Draft$5,818.57$872.79
Full Time Fantasy Sports$3,985.25$597.79
Boom Fantasy$2,151.45$322.72

DraftKings remains ahead of FanDuel

DraftKings once again led all of the fantasy providers, including its close competitor FanDuel. DraftKings had a total of $906,451.16 in adjusted revenue for its fantasy contests in February. FanDuel was second with $622,815.68. Pennsylvania’s remaining seven daily fantasy sports (DFS) outlets all generated total revenues of under $50,000.

According to Legal Sports Report, FanDuel was actually ahead of DraftKings when Pennsylvania DFS revenues were first reported in June 2018. More recently, DraftKings has been the leader. FanDuel is looking to close that gap and could receive a boost from its branding deal with FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort, which opened last week.

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Baseball’s return will enhance March revenues

Major League Baseball’s regular season starts on March 28. The first few days of the season and some showcase DFS contests should boost this month’s earnings. However, it’s hard to predict if those increased revenues will be enough to push March’s total past February.

How will PA sportsbooks affect DFS?

The other development to monitor is how the spread of Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks will affect daily fantasy contests. Total daily fantasy revenue has dropped from more than $2.86 million in December to about $1.63 million in February. Many people believe sports betting and daily fantasy games can coexist. And the FanDuel-branded casino is uniquely suited to provide some opportunities for that.

PA budget continues to benefit from gaming

All in all, Pennsylvania’s state budget will continue to benefit from all forms of gaming. Based on their 2018 earnings, daily fantasy providers will pay nearly $2.3 million in state taxes. Furthermore, the expansion of sports betting — which should include mobile betting in July and at least nine sportsbooks by the start of football season — will provide a boon several times that number.

So, as the wagers and daily fantasy contests continue, the tax revenue will pour in too.