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.
She's only interested in tennis (she played in college) and I always tease her about it and try to get her more into basketball, but she has zero interest. I was already working on my predictions for the upcoming season when Kaitlyn jokes, "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. Plus, I saw that they have some amazing odds in honor of Valentine's Day, and get this, it's for both of our favorite sports- NBA and tennis. Couples that win together, stay together- right?
FanDuel Sportsbook Valentine's Day Offer
- 2x Tennis Odds Boosts
- 2x NBA Odds Boosts (+190 from +154)
The enhanced odds could not be missed, and I wondered if there was any way I could make this a fun Valentine's Day activity for me and the missus(I still have nothing planned). Look, I knew it was gonna be a hard sell, and I knew I still have to pull out all the stops like candy and flowers, but I still thought that both of us signing up for a FanDuel Sportsbook account could be a great way to have a little fun at home.
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!!). I decided to sign up first and see what the drill was before bringing it to the big boss.
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 Sportsbookmade 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.
To get myself a little warmed up for the Vday odds, I placed my first bet on my team to win. Having money on the game felt completely different than any other game I'd watched - I missed live sports so much, and betting 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. That's when I told her about the odds on Valentine's Day, and to my surprise, she said she was down to sign up for her own account, so long as I don't make her bet on the NBA. She lives for the Australian Open every year, so she was excited to get goin'.
I walked her through how to sign up, and luckily, the app makes it all super easy. It's free to sign up, and you can play as much as you want whenever you want.
Bonding over sports betting is never something I thought would happen with my wife. But we're both able to bet on whatever we like, and we're pumped for the enhanced odds for Valentine's Day. We're still doing the romantic dinner, candles blah blah blah, but at least she can't get mad at me for constantly checking my phone because she'll be doing the same thing!