My wife once called me a human Wikipedia for the NBA. That's just because she only knows Lebron James, but I do know way too much about pretty much every player in the league.
I was already working on my predictions when Kaitlyn joked, "If only you could actually make money off your amazing skills." I wondered if I could.
I'd heard about FanDuel Sportsbook, a sports betting platform, so I thought I'd give it a shot. They have 2 apps - a fantasy league, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and the FanDuel Sportsbook feature for legit betting. I thought I'd try Sportsbook - your first bet is risk-free, so even if you lose, you can get up to $1000, good as cash.
FanDuel Sportsbook is available in a wide variety of states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and West Virginia (and more to come!!). To sign up, I input my email, credit card, and SSN - the social blocks players from betting on themselves (and everyone else in the NBA). Even though I'd never bet before, FanDuel Sportsbook made it easy.
They list all the sports on the left, and you can make different kinds of bets, like standards, teasers, and round robins - I didn't know what those were before I started, but after reading their betting guide, I knew what I was doing.
The first game I'd placed money on felt completely different than any other game I'd watched - I missed live sports so much, and having some money on it made it even more exciting.
Sweating bullets, I watched my team pull ahead and WIN. I started screaming like I was at a game, and when my wife asked when I'd be collecting my pennies, I showed her my actual winnings and her jaw dropped.
The app makes it all super easy - it looks more like a game than a complicated or dinky gambling site. It's free to sign up, and you can play as much as you want whenever you want. Once, for fun, I even put money on a UFC fight - every day there are Daily Odds Boosts, which are bets with a higher chance of winning. It was really fun, and my friends are getting in on the action, too.
I've always been a sports fanatic, but betting with FanDuel Sportsbook has taken it to the next level.
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