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!

*New players only | 21+ & located in CO | A qualifying bet is $10 or more | Full T&C apply **New players only | 21+ & located in CO | A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Full T&C apply

With 67 years of circulation under their belt, from the sports fanatic to casual fans, most people are somewhat familiar with Sports Illustrated. However, you might be surprised to know that SI has recently launched their very own Sports Illustrated Sportsbook.

SI Sportsbook - an exciting, innovating, and trusted online sports betting experience. The SI Sportsbook offers various live and pre-game betting options with amazing odds. Plus some of the latest high-tech, cutting-edge tools to help curate an awesome betting experience for first-timers to experienced bettors.

We were eager to give the SI Sportsbook a try and see if this would be a safe way to bet on our favorite games. We also wanted to know if it would be better than other sports betting apps we’ve tried out in the past. Here’s what 3 different users loved about their SI Sportsbook experience:

The Rookie

Favorite feature: User-friendly app

Experience: As someone who has played soccer since I was 7 and rugby throughout high school, sports have always been a huge part of my life. With that said, the only sports betting I ever tried was an informal excel sheet between friends, so I wasn't sure I'd be able to navigate SI Sportsbook.

It was so easy. They also have amazing offers for first-time registrations - Get up to $7500 back on your first bet* if you lose!

On my phone, tablet, and laptop, the SI Sportsbook interface is user-friendly and intuitive. Everything from registering and making a deposit to claiming my welcome bonus was easy. They explain everything you need to know about betting odds and entering stakes, so the hard work is sitting back, watching your game, and waiting for the win!

The Pro Bettor

Favorite feature: Sports variety

Experience: When I say I love sports, I mean I LOVE SPORTS, not just football or basketball, but almost every game you could name. What sold me on SI Sportsbook was the various sports betting options. From football and baseball to UFC and Esports, they have it all.

Placing a bet is very simple. Just register for an account, deposit funds and find the sport you want to bet on. Look through SI Sportsbook's wide range of competitive odds, place your bet, and wait for the outcome.

Add to that, with SI Sportsbook, everything is in one app. Not only do you have various sports betting options, but you can even see insights on any sports game, live or upcoming. SI Sportsbook eliminated my need to have multiple sports betting apps, and freed a bit of memory space from my device.

The Cautious Spectator

Favorite feature: Security

Experience: I'm a huge fan of the NFL and NBA, and always have a great time watching a live game, but unlike a lot of my friends, I haven't ventured into sports betting. I've always wanted to get into it, but have been too skeptical and afraid of getting scammed.

Once I gave SI Sportsbook a try, my anxiety lifted because it was clear that they took responsible gaming seriously and went out of their way to protect their users. Every betting transaction is secure.

I was confident that my personal info was protected (even though I had to give them my SSN to register). You're in good hands when you choose to bet via SI Sportsbook.

Our editors loved how the SI Sportsbook app sets you up with a chance to win big without any strenuous effort on the bettors' part. Most betting sites just weren't as seamless as SI Sportsbook, which is why we're happy to give this one our stamp of approval. They also have the best New User Offers in the market.

Get some of the most comprehensive betting odds by downloading SI Sportsbook, and start placing bets on your favorite games today.

Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is extending a special offer to our readers: Bet $10 And Get $300 In Free Bets!

* New players only | 21+ & located in CO | A qualifying bet is $10 or more | Min odds of -200 | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 14 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Full T&C apply

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They'll ask you for some basic info to get started - name, address, card information, and your social security number (so they can make sure coaches and players aren't placing bets!).

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The nation's favorite sports betting app has made its way to LA! Just in time for NFL & NBA season and MLB Playoffs, FanDuel Sportsbook has a special offer for first-time bettors.

Here's the deal: FanDuel Sportsbook is offering first-time bettors in Louisiana the ultimate experience - put down a deposit ($10 minimum) and get a risk-free bet of up to $1000. So, even if you lose, you can get up to $1000 in betting credit to use again!

Signing up is a breeze - no cumbersome in-person registrations or waiting in line!

Registering is a simple 3 step process (Users on their phones can do this after downloading the app for iOS and Android).

1. Create your account.

2. Register with an email, username, and password.

3. Input your credit card and social security number (it stops coaches from betting), put down your bet, and boom, you're good to go!

There's so much to explore, and a super in-depth guide to betting for first-timers and rookies. Even if you're a seasoned pro, the FanDuel Sportsbook app allows you to make bets at any time, and signing up couldn't be easier!

With NFL season underway, FanDuel Sportsbook is the easiest way to get involved. And that also can mean getting all your friends hyped, and seriously gloating your sick wins.