Sports Betting

PantherProud

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Now that it's legal in Ohio, has anyone tried Draft King's "spend $5, get $200 free" deal?

Seems too good to be true.


Never been a gambler, but interested in seeing what I could do with that $200 making some small, conservative bets.
 

AEW Champion

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I thought I would be gung-ho for sports betting to be legal, but I haven’t made a single bet yet on any site.

I guess I’m mostly content to be in NFL pools and a fantasy golf league with friends. Those pools plus natural interest in the games keeps me from searching for more gambling outlets to get interested in games. Plus I verbally bet a game here and there with a friend to make it interesting.

Maybe I’ll dip my toes into the water a little bit once next College football season arrives.

It’s true, it’s true. Trust me …
 

PantherProud

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yea I"m just looking to make a few bucks here and there on "sure things", hopefully living off that free $200 as far as it will take me. I"m not looking for the big scores.
 

soccerdad72

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Yep, signed up for five different apps for their free bets. All told, I’m up around $2,000 now. DraftKings and FanDuel are my favorite apps. Bet365 is ok and they give a lot of free bets to sign up. BetMGM and Barstool are just ok.

I’ve mostly just been making $10 bets on some parlays, but they also have these “boosted bets” that are basically free money, like Joe Burrow throws for 1+ yard or Cincinnati scores at least one point.

The one big score I did have was a 5 way parlay (including the game being tied at halftime) where $10 got me $1,340
 

OhioBobcatFan06

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The free bet promos are legit, just make sure you read the terms as you sign up to make sure you're doing it right

It's free money just be aware they're trying to hook you...

NFL playoffs are a fun time for it
 

Tom.OH

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There are 2 groups that will make money. The gambling sites and the radio, TV stations. I am listening to WLW now and have heard maybe 5 ads...
 

14Red

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I'm not a gambler, other than a few bucks for an NCAA basketball bracket. I said it before, I'll continue to say it. It's a terrible idea and yet another way to:
A. go after people who can't handle money. We'll the gap between the haves and have nots grow
B. we will see increased situations of dishonesty in sports. It's not that it could happen, it WILL happen where college athletes get caught fixing games.
C. We are growing a younger generation who do not follow or root for teams. The follow players and play fantasy sports and now will gamble in sports. It will affect marriages, families and have a negative effect on both.

Look at Bernie Kosar, He got fired from his radio job for making a statement that he was betting $19,000 on the Browns to beat the Steelers. He's an employee of the Browns. Terrible decision.

For me, I've always loved watching and following sports without any financial stake involved. Why isn't that enough?
 

mcm.1019

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I'm not a gambler, other than a few bucks for an NCAA basketball bracket. I said it before, I'll continue to say it. It's a terrible idea and yet another way to:
A. go after people who can't handle money. We'll the gap between the haves and have nots grow
B. we will see increased situations of dishonesty in sports. It's not that it could happen, it WILL happen where college athletes get caught fixing games.
C. We are growing a younger generation who do not follow or root for teams. The follow players and play fantasy sports and now will gamble in sports. It will affect marriages, families and have a negative effect on both.

Look at Bernie Kosar, He got fired from his radio job for making a statement that he was betting $19,000 on the Browns to beat the Steelers. He's an employee of the Browns. Terrible decision.

For me, I've always loved watching and following sports without any financial stake involved. Why isn't that enough?
Bernie got fired because he actually placed a bet on the Browns, he didn't just make a statement. And as an employee, he HAD to know he's prohibited from making such a bet. I really like Bernie, but getting fired is 100% HIS fault.

I've been using Draft Kings and having fun with it. Took advantage of the "free money". Been placing mostly smaller betters and have been winning enough to make money. I cashed out $500 earlier this week and still left some money in my account to keep placing bets.
 

14Red

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Bernie got fired because he actually placed a bet on the Browns, he didn't just make a statement. And as an employee, he HAD to know he's prohibited from making such a bet. I really like Bernie, but getting fired is 100% HIS fault.

I've been using Draft Kings and having fun with it. Took advantage of the "free money". Been placing mostly smaller betters and have been winning enough to make money. I cashed out $500 earlier this week and still left some money in my account to keep placing bets.
I completely agree on Bernie, and he either felt he was so privileged they wouldn't do anything to him, or he's simply not very smart. Glad you are enjoying draft kings. Let's just hope others have the restraint to just use the free money and it doesn't hook them into gambling their mortgage payment/ car payment money. I just have a feeling this isn't going to end well for some.
 

PantherProud

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Bernie got fired because he actually placed a bet on the Browns, he didn't just make a statement. And as an employee, he HAD to know he's prohibited from making such a bet. I really like Bernie, but getting fired is 100% HIS fault.

I've been using Draft Kings and having fun with it. Took advantage of the "free money". Been placing mostly smaller betters and have been winning enough to make money. I cashed out $500 earlier this week and still left some money in my account to keep placing bets.


How much of your own money did you end up spending besides the initial $5?
 

mcm.1019

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I completely agree on Bernie, and he either felt he was so privileged they wouldn't do anything to him, or he's simply not very smart. Glad you are enjoying draft kings. Let's just hope others have the restraint to just use the free money and it doesn't hook them into gambling their mortgage payment/ car payment money. I just have a feeling this isn't going to end well for some.
I could absolutely see people getting themselves in too deep on these gambling sites. It's so easy to pull out my phone and drop $10 here or $20 there. Or $1,000 here or $2,000 there. I'm sure somebody with the Browns told Bernie he couldn't place that bet.
 

clarkgriswold

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I've used some of the free money and made some minimal deposits to activate the free money.

I've done some sports betting in the past while travelling. Oddly, the one sport where I have been very successful is professional golf. I've just been so so on other stuff.

The easy sports betting stuff is dangerous, but the thing I think is far more dangerous is the online casinos permitted by some states like Pennsylvania. You can just hop on there and play table games like blackjack right into bankruptcy. I am a high roller on those, setting a limit of $10 in losses. LOL.
 

bigkat

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Now that it's legal in Ohio, has anyone tried Draft King's "spend $5, get $200 free" deal?

Seems too good to be true.


Never been a gambler, but interested in seeing what I could do with that $200 making some small, conservative bets.
Not me, i only bet on Cock fighting.... lots of pissed off Roosters in Mercer County from helping to produce all those eggs......every Saturday night, you can find them fighting in barns over in the Maria Stein/ St Henry/ Fort Recovery area... and Sunday nights in Coldwater and Rockford area.....

you don't need no Draft Kings to place a bet at these places.....
 

soccerdad72

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Seems like many bettors prefer FanDuel. Will have to research further.

I find FanDuel to be the best interface to deal with. Plus, there's a fair amount of "boosted" bets on the app, meaning they'll give you better odds than the typical bet.
 

Auggie

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I personally am not a fan of sports gambling but it has been great for us in the sports business, keeps folks engaged in the games. Speaking of engaged in the games, to me the biggest game changer with using an ap as opposed to in person at a sports book are the prop bets. I was told that in a casino the best bet in the house is the pass line with odds at a crap table, for craps players how many folks at a crap table play just the pass line? All those other bets on the table are were the house makes its $s on the real estate. I have to think those bets on the over/under on pass yards for a quarter or results of an AB are much easier when you can place them through the ap. Anyone here big on prop bets yet?
 
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