DraftKings Paying You Twice As Much With Daily Double Up Promotion

DraftKings is giving PA bettors a chance to double their winnings once a day in their Double Up promo. Here are some upcoming games you can use it on.

Twice is nice. Really nice.

For the next few days, DraftKings Sportsbook is letting you win twice as much with its Daily Double Up promotion.

Double your winnings through February 7th

The Daily Double Up promotion began on February 3rd – right after the Super Bowl – and will run through Friday, Feb. 7th.

During that period, players at the DraftKings Sportsbook can get additional winnings on up to one (1) qualifying wager per day.

The qualifying wager each day is the eligible cash wager that settled that day and had the largest net winnings (total returns less original wager) of all your eligible settled bets that day. You can access the DraftKings promo here.

DraftKings Daily Double Up could bring you an extra $1,000

Winning bets will be paid out as usual.

Then, the bonus kicks in. If it’s qualified, on the next business day, you will earn site credit (DK Dollars) equal to the value of the qualifying wager’s net winnings – up to a maximum of $500 per qualifying wager.

It’s a pretty generous promotion, but it does have a few restrictions.

  • There’s a maximum cumulative bonus of $1,000 across the offer period.
  • Only bets placed while physically located in PA are eligible.
  • Bets placed with a Free Bet are not eligible.
  • Odds Boosts and bets settled using the Cash Out Feature are not eligible.
  • Customers betting both sides of a market will be excluded from the promotion.

What games could help you Double Up?

Now that you know how it works, you just need to pick some winners.

Here are some interesting games through February 7th that might help you earn a little extra cash.

NBA

  • Pacers at Raptors (-6): Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nuggets at Jazz (EVEN): Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.
  • 76ers at Bucks: Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Rockets at Lakers: Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball

  • No. 12 Villanova at No. 19 Butler (-3): Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Iowa at Purdue (-2): Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.
  • No. 9 Maryland at Illinois: Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

NHL

  • Penguins at Lightning: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Devils at Flyers: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Red Wings at Sabres: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

DraftKings promotion doesn’t require perfection

Pick your sport, pick your bets. The best part of the DraftKings Daily Double Up is that you don’t even have to win them all.

But for a few glorious days, the wagers that you do win will bring you double.

So you’d be wise to take advantage.

After all, twice is pretty nice.

Penn National Strikes A Deal With Barstool Sports For Sportsbook, Casino Products

In a somewhat surprising move, Penn National Gaming bought a large stake of Barstool Sports with plans to use the brand for online sportsbook and casino.

Penn National Gaming (Penn) based in Pennsylvania recently closed a deal with digital sports media brand Barstool Sports.

According to the company press release, Penn agreed to the valuation of Barstool at $450 million. The casino operator will shell out $163 million for a 36% stake in Barstool.

In another three years, another $62 million will increase the stake to 50%. Once that transaction is complete, Penn National will be the controlling owner.

Penn to use Barstool branding with major growth potential

Penn has come far from its humble roots as a racetrack in South Central, PA. It plans to use the Barstool brand for the online sportsbook and online table games. The already established Hollywood Casino app will remain as the brand for online slots.

Jay Snowden, Penn National Gaming president and CEO, plans on using the Barstool Sports audience to ascend and capture a large share of the PA online gambling market.

With its leading digital content, well-known brand and deep roots in sports betting, Barstool Sports is the ideal partner for Penn National and will enable us to attract a new, younger demographic, which will nicely complement our existing customer database. In addition, with 66 million monthly unique visitors, we believe the significant reach of Barstool Sports and loyalty of its audience will lead to meaningful reductions in customer acquisition and promotional costs for our sports betting and online products, significantly enhancing profitability and driving value for our shareholders.

Penn’s focus on national growth is nothing new. The company is not just a Keystone State operator, but has planted flags in 18 other US states.

Legalized sports betting states among them include:

  • Illinois 
  • Indiana 
  • Iowa
  • Michigan 
  • Mississippi 
  • Nevada 
  • Pennsylvania

Controversy surrounding Barstool

Barstool has certainly enjoyed a meteoric growth since its humble beginnings. According to Forbes, the company, founded by Dave Portnoy, started out by handing out free black-and-white gambling tip sheets at subway stations through Greater Boston. It has now grown into a media behemoth and is certainly enjoying even greater success with the Penn deal.

In 2016, the Chernin Group purchased Barstool for around $10-$15 million. Then, the Chernin group increased the popularity of Barstool despite the cancellation of its high profile ESPN show.

On the one hand, Barstool is known for a vulgar, misogynistic culture with a founder who has unapologetically degraded women, passing it off as humor. On the other hand, their audience is still growing with its popular sports and comedy material.

Taking the good with the bad

Their content successfully caters to the young male demographic which translates well into Penn’s growth plan. Also, Penn’s stock soared after the partnership announcement was made.

However, Barstool is shunned and will likely always be shunned by certain organizations for their reputation. For example, Barstool was escorted out of NFL Opening Night and unwelcome during Super Bowl.

But that’s not to say the deal won’t turn out favorably for Penn in terms of new customer acquisition.

It could also be good for Kambi, according to Legal Sports Report. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Kambi will be the technology platform provider for the Penn’s online sportsbook.

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BetRivers, BetAmerica Dive Into PA Online Casino Market Ahead Of Super Bowl

BetRivers Online Casino got up and running before the Super Bowl, launching the same day as BetAmerica Casino. There are now eight online casinos in PA.

Joy of joys!

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the BetRivers online casino launched and joined the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh online sportsbook.

Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, explains the timing of the launch of the online casino:

We wanted to launch our award-winning online casino platform prior to the Super Bowl. Our experience in NJ and PA with PlaySugarHouse.com has validated that online sportsbook players also enjoy the full services of our casinos, especially the table games.

With this addition, it means that Pennsylvania now has eight online sportsbooks and eight online casinos. Also last week, BetAmerica quietly launched its online casino, with the full launch on the same day as BetRivers.

The marked growth of the Rivers brand

Operating under Rivers Casino Philadelphia‘s gaming license, the new online casino joins the PlaySugarHouse casino and sportsbook brands as well. The BetRivers online casino is a “skin” of PlaySugarHouse.

What does this mean? Don’t expect many differences in this new skin as it is essentially the same product.

Rush Street Interactive is the platform provider for all the Rivers online brands. Also, Rush Street operates PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook in New Jersey. As a reminder, SugarHouse was Rivers Philadelphia before the recent rebranding.

Getting access to the BetRivers online casino games

It’s great news if you are a player on the BetRivers Sportsbook app. You can immediately start playing casino games online in Pennsylvania.

Technically, there are only a few table games, for instance, two versions of blackjack, a few roulette games and baccarat.

However, the slot library already has more than 60 titles like Double Ruby and Atomic Meltdown from Everi. There are plans to add more games, but necessary approval needs to come from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Sign-up bonus plus loyalty rewards

Make sure to sign up for this amazing bonus.

When you sign up through our links, you can get a $250 match bonus at the new BetRivers Casino. What’s more? It is just a one-time playthrough requirement. So, this means the bonus is available for instant withdrawal once you’ve played through $250.

In addition, make sure to sign up for the iRush Rewards program. The program earns you points based on your play. Then, you can use the points at the bonus store and also access exclusive promotions and other benefits.

Deposit and withdraw at BetRivers

BetRivers offers a wide number of deposit and withdrawal options.

Deposit options include:

  • Major credit and debit cards: Visa, Mastercard and Discover
  • ACH (e-check)
  • PayPal
  • Online banking
  • Wire transfers
  • BetRivers prepaid cards
  • Casino cage deposits
  • PayNearMe: It is available at certain retail stores throughout the state.

Withdrawal methods:

  • BetRivers Play+ Card
  • Online banking/ACH
  • Cash from the casino cage
  • Check by mail

Obviously, some of the methods listed are faster than others. For example, if you choose to use the BetRivers Play+ cards, your funds are available immediately. On the contrary, if you choose a check-by-mail option, you would have to wait up to 10-14 business days for a check to arrive.

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

San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meet in Super Bowl LIV 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 +1100 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 about 15 various bets, so 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 bet 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 everything ends. FanDuel Sportsbook is helping that cause with a promotion.

If you make a bet of at least $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: +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: +1600
  • Tyreek Hill: +2000
  • Travis Kelce: +2000
  • Nick Bosa: +2500
  • Damien Williams: +2500

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: +6600

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 1st 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 the 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 -1430 for “No.”

This is it.

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

Good luck and enjoy the game.

Best Prop Bets At PA Sportsbooks For NFL Conference Championships

Check out our favorite prop bets available at Pennsylvania sportsbooks for the NFL AFC and NFC Championship matches this weekend.

Maybe it’s time to mix things up.

Try something new. Do something different.

After all, it is the beginning of a brand new year.

So in this article, we’re going to skip over all the traditional bets and focus on all those that are a little more unique.

The NFL’s Conference Championship games kick off this weekend with a Super Bowl berth awaiting the winners.

So we’ve picked our favorite bet from a number of our state’s sportsbooks and shared the corresponding odds.

Now, all you have to do is to pick the correct side.

Good luck!

BetRivers: Titans at Chiefs, Player Rushing Yards

BetRivers is giving you a chance to bet on the rushing yards for a number of different players in Sunday’s first game. The over/under for Titans running back Derrick Henry is set at 109.5 yards.

Kansas City running back Damian Williams has a total of 57.5. Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (15.5) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (18.5) have much lower totals.

Lastly, Henry is -375 to have the game’s most rushing yards. Williams is +275.

FanDuel Sportsbook: Titans at Chiefs,  Player Passing Touchdowns

If you’d rather bet on the game’s passing offense, FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered.

The over/under for Tannehill’s passing touchdowns is set at 1.5. Mahomes has multiple totals available. Here are the odds:

  • Over 2.5 (+120)
  • Under 2.5 (-154)
  • Over 1.5 (-235)
  • Under 1.5 (+180)

BetAmerica: Titans at Chiefs, 1st Half/1st Quarter Spreads

Maybe you want more immediate results on your wagers. If that’s the case, BetAmerica has it, with some betting lines posted for the first quarter and the first half.

The first quarter spread is set at Kansas City -0.5. The first quarter over/under is 10 points. For the first half, the spread jumps to Kansas City -4. The first quarter total is 25.5.

DraftKings: Packers at 49ers, Game Parlays

DraftKings Sportsbook has parlays posted featuring the moneyline and the total points of the San Francisco/Green Bay game.

The Packers would return good value with +500 odds to win paired with either over or under 46.5. The 49ers are +148 with either the over or the under.

PlaySugarHouse: Packers at 49ers, Field Goals

If you’d like to wager on the kicking game, PlaySugarHouse is a good place to start. The over/under for the game’s successful field goals is 3.5. Both teams have an individual total of 1.5, but the odds vary.

San Francisco’s over 1.5 pays -160, while Green Bay’s is +110. Additionally, the under for the 49ers is +123, while the Packers have an under price of -148.

Fox Bet: Packers at 49ers, Touchdown Scorers

FOX Bet has odds available on a number of players to score the game’s first touchdown. Here’s a quick at the favorites for each team:

Packers player odds:

  • Aaron Jones (GB), +600
  • Davante Adams (GB), +900
  • Jamaal Williams (GB), +1600
  • Jimmy Graham (GB), +2000

49ers player odds:

  • George Kittle (SF), +750
  • Raheem Mostert (SF), +800
  • Tevin Coleman (SF), +800
  • Emmanuel Sanders (SF), +1000

FOX Bet also has prices available for the aforementioned players to score a touchdown at any point in the game. However, those odds would return a lot less.

They have also boosted odds on a number of their player props, so those are worth a look as well. One of them boosts the price of Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garoppolo throwing for over 250 passing yards to +350. That bet becomes available at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

If you’re looking to mix it up this Sunday, your local sportsbook has plenty of options. We listed some of our favorites, but there are many others available.

Find the right one and your willingness to do something different may pay off in the end.

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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.

Did Colin Cowherd Win? He Ended 2019 With A Dud Week But A 50-50 Year

Colin Cowherd’s NFL picks for FOX Bet started out red hot, but the back half of the season was lackuster, including a 0-5 Week 17.

It was a very Colin Cowherd Christmas. With his spirits soaring from a 4-1 Week 16, Cowherd headed into the holiday happy.

His timeline was filled with Christmas cheer from train sets, puppies, courtside seats to the Utah Jazz, and a family snowmobiling excursion.

So excuse Cowherd if he didn’t have time to record his Blazin’ 5 segment and only post his picks. But you might have a hard time defending his winless Week 17. Cowherd missed on all five games. Bah humbug.

Hey, the time between Christmas and New Years is a confusing, muddled space. Maybe Cowherd knew even if he missed on all the games he would still finish the season one game above .500.

A week after calling Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz the “closest thing to Patrick Mahomes,” Cowherd continued to heap on the praise:

He obviously doesn’t think Wentz is worth betting his money on though. It’s the second straight week he’s bet against the Eagles…and has lost.

However, Cowherd did bring back his Marquee 3 since its moniker is made for the College Football Playoff, or at least one game was. Cowherd picked Clemson (-2) correctly but badly whiffed on Oklahoma (+14)

Every week we track Cowherd’s picks so you know how he is faring before you follow his bets at FOX Bet or on your PA sports betting apps.

Cowherd’s college football bowl week picks

#3 Clemson (-2) vs. #2 Ohio State

Colin’s pick: Clemson

Colin’s final score: Clemson 36, Ohio State 30

Cowherd said: “I like Clemson to win by a touchdown. I think we are undervaluing Clemson. We look at their conference and say they haven’t played anybody and that is a huge benefit. They are healthy. They’ve got a ton of depth. I believe when you don’t know who is going to win you go with the coaching staff in college and I think Clemson has the best coaching staff by a wide margin. Trevor Lawrence, since Week 9, good luck. Ohio State’s defense gets the credit, I could argue Clemson’s is actually better. First in the country in multiple categories. Trevor Lawrence since Week 9 has been unstoppable. I don’t think the ACC is great but who in the Big 10 is amazing outside of Ohio State? Right now Ohio State’s defense is good but in the last four games they are allowing 21 ppg. Clemson, NFL running back, NFL quarterback, NFL offensive line, NFL tight end, NFL receivers.”

Actual final score: Clemson 29, Ohio State 23

Did Colin win?: Yes

#1 LSU  vs. #4 oklahoma (+14)

Colin’s pick: Oklahoma

Colin’s final score: LSU 41, Oklahoma 30

Cowherd said: “Oklahoma is going to hear they are going to get crushed. Do you know the number one seed has never won the College Football Playoff? Oklahoma is hearing how irrelevant they are. Jalen Hurts is the only quarterback with thirty passing touchdowns and fifteen rushing touchdowns. They are going to move the ball. LSU’s defense is good but was gashed by lesser offenses. Oklahoma’s defense was pathetic last year, it was first in the Big 12 this year. We’ve seen Oklahoma in these big games against SEC teams. They gave Georgia trouble, they beat Alabama years ago. Oklahoma is big boy football. I think this game is going to feel very very close. And I do think LSU escapes.”

Actual final score: LSU 63, Oklahoma 28

Did Colin win?: No

#22 USC vs #16 iowa (-2)

Colin’s pick: Iowa

Colin’s final score: Iowa 28, USC 24

Cowherd said: “I think this is a coaching mismatch of otherwise two very even teams. The Trojans have better perimeter players. Iowa’s got better line play including one of my favorite offensive and defensive lineman. USC football, second-most turnovers in the PAC-12 and lots of penalties. That has been a hallmark of Clay Helton football. The last two years, bowl record .500, out of conference about .500. The Big 10 is 6-1 against the PAC-12 in bowl games the last two years. Iowa’s offensive line is much better than USC’s offensive line. The pass rush from Iowa will be a problem for USC’s freshman quarterback.”

Actual final score: Iowa 49, USC 24

Did Colin win?: Yes

Bowl week record:2-1

Season college football overall record: 18-27

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 1-14

Colin Cowherd’s Week 17 NFL picks

Miami Dolphin vs. New England Patriots (-16.5)

Colin’s pick: Patriots

Final score: Dolphins 27, Patriots 24

Did Colin win?: No

San Diego Chargers (+8.5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Colin’s pick: Chargers

Actual final score: Chiefs 31, Chargers 21

Did Colin win?: No

Cleveland Browns (-3) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Colin’s pick: Browns

Actual final score: Bengals 33, Browns 23

Did Colin win?: No

san Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks (+3.5)

Colin’s pick: Seahawks

Actual final score: 49ers 26, Seahawks 21

Did Colin win?: No

New York Giants (+4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Colin’s pick: Giants

Actual final score: Eagles 35, Giants 17 

Did Colin win?: No

Blazin’ 5 Week 17 record: 0-5

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 42-41-3

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 9-8

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.

Did Colin Cowherd Win? Yes, Despite Whiffing on Wentz

Colin Cowherd posted an impressive 4-1 record in his Blazin’ 5 NFL week 16 picks, but could have gone undefeated if he went with Wentz.

Fueled by a 4-1 Week 16, Colin Cowherd enters the holiday on a high note.

Sports betters who followed his Blazin’ 5 selections are also singing his praises since they double their money on the FOX Bet app when three of his five picks cover.

While his picks were good for the pocketbook, they went against the two PA NFL teams. Cowherd picked the Jets (+3) to cover versus the Steelers, a win as the Jets won outright. His only wrong pick of the week was the Cowboys (-2) against the Eagles.

It’s a bit curious Cowherd picked the Cowboys, though. He talked up Carson Wentz throughout the week calling him the “closest thing to Patrick Mahomes” and, well, let’s call it praising his ability to work with practice squad graduates.

A hotter-than-chestnuts on an open fire 4-1 performance puts Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 at 9-7 for the season with an overall record of 42-36-3. So, even if he gets all of his picks wrong next week, he ends the regular season above .500. 

Colin Cowherd’s Week 16 NFL picks

Baltimore Ravens (-9) vs. Cleveland Browns

Colin’s pick: Baltimore

Colin’s final score: Ravens 33, Browns 20

Cowherd said: “We talk a lot about Baltimore’s offense but their defense has been absolutely sensational since Marcus Peters arrived. They’re getting a pass rush during their ten-game winning streak. They’re first, second or third in virtually everything including quarterback hits per game. Baker Mayfield has looked very gun shy in the last six weeks. He’s tired of getting hit. Cleveland is a team that allows you to run the football. Teams average 135 yards on the ground. The last time they played they didn’t have Marcus Peters. Nick Chubb was unbelievable. Moral of the story, September is not December.”

Actual final score: Ravens 31, Browns 15

Did Colin win?: Yes

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins (+1)

Colin’s pick: Miami

Colin’s final score: Dolphins 24, Bengals 20

Cowherd said: “Really like Miami here. It’s close to a pick ’em. Miami is at home on holiday weekend. I don’t think Cincinnati is that well-coached. I think Miami is not great but well-coached. After their disastrous start Brian Flores comes in, new team, he’s trying to figure out his personnel. The last seven games they are 3-4. In their last ten they are 7-3 ATS. Since Week 9, Ryan Fitzpatrick has twice as many touchdown passes as interceptions, he’s completing about 63% of his throws. He’s a great transition quarterback. He’s not a franchise guy but he’s a gamer and he went to Harvard. It’s one of the rare times I love what is considered a bad football team.”

Actual final score: Dolphins 38, Bengals 35

Did Colin win?: Yes

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets (+3)

Colin’s pick: Jets

Colin’s final score: Jets 26, Steelers 23

Cowherd said: “Everyone sold their stock after Sam Darnold’s ‘ghost’ comments against New England. Even in losses Darnold’s playing very very well. Since Week 9, he has a 62% completion percentage, 12 TDS, 4 picks, 95 passer rating, two rushing touchdowns. That’s with the worst offensive line in football. He’s not the issue. I love the Steelers front seven but Devlin Hodges, in the four games he’s played, he’s got more interceptions than touchdowns. The Jets have shown at home, remember the Dallas game, where they are pretty impressive. I think Pittsburgh’s been exposed as a totally limited offense.”

Actual final score: Jets 16, Steelers 10

Did Colin win?: Yes

Dallas Cowboys (-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Colin’s pick: Cowboys

Colin’s final score: “Dallas by a touchdown”

Cowherd said: “Carson Wentz is having a much better year than everybody says but here’s the thing about Philadelphia, they can’t beat you over the top. The last couple of weeks against average teams, their defense can’t take the ball away. This is what worries me. If you just let Dak do his little comeback patterns and Zeke runs the ball, Dallas can dominate time of possession. The last couple of weeks, Philadelphia defensively has been awful. Dallas is 5-0 this year when they rush for over 172 yards and Zeke has owned the Eagles defensive front. I love Fletcher Cox but he hasn’t had a great year by Fletcher Cox standards. The Cowboys offensive line is healthy. The Dallas staff gets fired if they don’t win. There is unbelievable urgency. I think Dak’s injury forces Dallas to not get cute and run the football.”

Actual final score: Eagles 17, Cowboys 9

Did Colin win?: No

Kansas City Chiefs (-6) vs. Chicago Bears

Colin’s pick: Chiefs

Colin’s final score: Chiefs 30, Bears, 21

Cowherd said: “I’ll easily swallow the points here. What is Chicago playing for? Kansas City has sneakily become the second hottest team in the league after Baltimore. The last four games they are 4-0 and 4-0 ATS. Since their bye week their defense has been really good. Since Week 12, their defense is number one in fewest points allowed and fifth in fewest yards allowed. In the Bears last ten games they are 2-8 ATS. When they do win it’s ugly. They game has to be played a certain way for Chicago to win. I think Andy Reid privately is thinking ‘we got healthy at the right time, we got hot at the right time.’ This is a team that went into New England and won a football game. I don’t think they played flawless football.”

Actual final score: Chiefs 26, Bears 3

Did Colin win?: Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 16 record: 4-1

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 42-36-3

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 9-7

How To Safely And Securely Play On PA Online Casinos

We consulted with an online security expert and got his advice for how to make sure your PA online casino play is secure and protected.

During the summer of 2019, Pennsylvania entered the world of online gambling.

Whether you choose to sidle up to the virtual slots on your laptop or play  blackjack on your mobile device, there are some safety measures you should consider.

To offer insight to better protect yourself when gambling online we tapped Kevin Hyde, an expert in establishing cybersecurity operational and governance policies for the intelligence community and private industry. He is a career field grade officer in the Marine Corps Reserve and served on active duty at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

“Walking cash from table to a cage and a cage to a truck is a secure process. A smart thief isn’t going to get in the middle of that transaction,” says Hyde of brick-and-mortar casinos. “Getting into the middle of a data transaction is much easier.”

Regulated sites only

A key factor in lowering risks is to play only on legal, regulated online gambling sites. There are currently five online casino sites in PA.

  • PlaySugarHouse
  • Parx
  • Hollywood
  • PokerStars Casino 
  • Unibet Casino

Unregulated sites, says Hyde, tend to be filled with malicious criminal groups. Be aware of fake sites that ask you to download attachments.

Don’t confuse this with online casino apps for your phone though. All five PA online casino sites have Android apps available for download, but you want to be sure to download it directly from the casino website. When it comes to Apple App Store apps

Unregulated gambling sites are often the source of phishing attacks. Never click on a website through an email from a source you do not recognize.

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Should I gamble on public WiFi?

Never gamble on public wifi advises Hyde.

Public wifi is an open signal that anyone can attach to. Then, they  can run programs that allow hackers to:

  • See your internet traffic
  • Watch your internet traffic
  • Possibly intercept and steal your credentials
  • Confiscate your gambling accounts, checking, or credit accounts

“It doesn’t cost a lot to be a hacker. It’s not the nefarious looking dude wearing a hoodie in the corner. They look like everyone else. The threat is much more sophisticated than one person.”

If you are on an open signal, it’s safer using your cell phone’s hotspot. Or, you can purchase and use a VPN.  It still doesn’t completely protect you on a public wifi network but it is a significant improvement in safety.

Pay for an antivirus

Hyde suggests purchasing a good antivirus program for your computer and/or phone. In addition, be sure to keep operating systems updated.

“If you use free software, you don’t know what you are getting.”

Here is a checklist of some things you can do to improve your security when gambling online.

  • Clean out old caches and memories periodically.
  • Use good password structures.
  • Never share your password across multiple accounts
  • Choosing a secure method of payment/withdraw processing.

Use an identify theft monitoring service

Your computer contains a wealth of data that hackers target such as:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Financial information
  • Passwords
  • Account information

Nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft according to a 2018 survey.

Hyde highly recommends using an identity theft monitoring service if you gamble online. Usually, banks offer some form of free or inexpensive identity theft monitoring protection.

Enable login notifications

Online casinos in Pennsylvania enable you to receive an email notification upon login. It might seem annoying if you are the one logging in. But if someone else is doing it, it is a first sign that something is amiss.

Keep winnings quiet

Don’t post publicly about your winnings. You may gain some unwanted attention.

“Talking about your money or winnings is not a good idea.”

Hyde adds that posting your winnings can create stalkers and unwanted attention from friends and family members looking for money.