Although I’ve been in fantasy leagues before, when my friends started talking about sports betting this NFL season, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to participate.
I didn’t even know where to go, I thought it was kind of scammy. Sure, I watch football, but I don’t know everything about every player and team like some guys do.
Still, one of them told me how much money he’d won and my jaw dropped. (He’d lost quite a bit, too. 😆)
My friend told me they were using Sports Illustrated Sportsbook. SI has a Sportsbook?!
I’d obviously read the magazine before, but I didn’t know if I could trust them with my credit card and SSN info.
I took a look at the website, and honestly, it looked pretty cool and legitimate. They offered tons of sports, including football, baseball, hockey, and basketball, along with less popular stuff like snooker and darts. Plus, my friends liked it and it had great reviews online, so yeah, I thought I’d give it a shot.
Registering didn’t seem difficult, so I did it. All I needed was my email, card, and my social security number, which made me want to bolt, but apparently that keeps players from betting, which makes sense.
I was a little worried it would be extremely complicated to place a bet, but everything was laid out easily and they have recommendations for plays with good odds. So even if I wasn’t completely familiar with the teams or sports, I could make more logical guesses. The SI Sportsbook website also keeps you updated on the latest news, tips and picks, in turn allowing you to find the best odds.
The first time user offer was awesome: After you make your first $10 deposit, you can get up to $7500 in bets if you lose*, or make your first bet of $20 and get $10 in free bets every week for 18 weeks.**
My friends told me cashing out my winnings was super easy, but I had to bet first. I chose one of their recommendations that happened to favor my NFL team - the stars aligned and I WON.
What a rush. This makes everything more exciting, and I’m never going back to just watching the game. If you decide to download SI Sportsbook, good luck!
Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is extending a special offer to our readers: Bet $10 And Get $300 In Free Bets!
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