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I've been to at least 30 NBA games. When my wife and I had our second child, I still tried to convince her to name the kid after Lebron James. Now that we have two, I don't go to games anymore, but I still follow basketball obsessively. I obsess over March Madness, even though my college years are looong behind me. I was super bummed when all that went out the window this year.
Usually, it's my favorite time of year. One year, I had a nearly perfect bracket - I was a legend among my friends. My wife and I were talking about all of the live sports that are starting to come back, and she said, "if only you could actually make money off your amazing skills" and I know she was making fun of me, but I wondered if I could.
I'd heard about FanDuel, a sports betting platform, so I thought I'd give it a shot. They have 2 apps - a fantasy league 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 $500, good as cash.
I signed up with my email, credit card, and SS# - the social blocks actual pro players, coaches, and referees from betting. Even though I'd never bet before, FanDuel 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
I'm a basketball guy, through and through, but as I wait for that to come back, I decided to place a bet on the Premier Soccer League, to see if my skills translated. The first game I'd placed money on felt completely different than any other game I'd watched - man I missed live sports, and having some money on it made it even more exciting.
Dripping in sweat, I watched the Liverpool WIN. WHICH MEANT I WON. I became a legend that day. I paraded around like a peacock in front of my wife. She asked when I'd be getting my pennies, and when I showed her my actual winnings, her jaw dropped.
The app makes it all super easy - it looks more like a game than a complicated gambling site. It's free to sign up, and you can play as much as you want whenever you want, so once, for fun, I 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 my love for it to another level.
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I refuse to join fantasy leagues, and I'm a sports fanatic. I live for March Madness and the NBA season as a lifelong fan, but as far as other players on other teams go, I can't keep up with every little thing that happens. Plus, unlike my friends, I have a full-time job. While I've had a bit more free time given the current environment, I'll still pretty limited in terms of long time commitments even when sports come back live in a few weeks.
One day in our group chat, One Bite, my friend Anthony said he was signing up for FanDuel's Fantasy Sports League. I told him I was out - "Ok, you guys have fun" - and went back to my day while they talked about their picks. That Sunday, the group chat was going nuts. Two of them won money with FanDuel. I said, "Wait, already???"
I scrolled back up through the messages, trying to make sense of them- instead of committing to a 4-month league, the FanDuel App lets you switch up your teams on a weekly basis.For new users, there's a special offer running right now where FanDuel matches 20% of your first deposit, for a bonus of up to $500. This means if you deposit $2500 after you register, they'll match 20% of that deposit and put an additional $500 into your account!
For their fantasy basketball, you get to play on a week-to-week basis. I'd only need to research for a week-long period instead of a 4-month commitment, and I can opt-out if I'm really busy. This seriously changed things for me.
I went online to sign up - there's a FanDuel app, too, so I made a mental note to download it for my ride to work. After I put in my credit card info, they asked for my social security number and I panicked. Were all my friends getting scammed? I checked in and somebody said "scroll up, dude" - they'd also had this panic and checked the site - it's actually to avoid you getting scammed and to avoid professional coaches, players, or team owners from playing.
The website was really clear and easy to navigate - it wasn't a complicated bracket or excel doc. To start, there are Free Play contests where you can win money without putting anything down. Awesome.
I went to go pick my players for the week, excited by the $10,000 weekly prize pool. There's also a $100,000 prize pool for the season winners. Damn. We're doing College & NBA, but they also do, MLB, NHL, WNBA, soccer, and golf. They also do a bunch of giveaways and prop pick-em games which can be played even before sports are officially back live!!
Not gonna lie, I lost my first game. Hard. But three of my friends won this time and I won the next week! I only bet the $5 that FanDuel gave me for free, so it could have been worse. Now that they match my deposit amount, I'll be using the 20% deposit match amount for new opportunities!
With Fanduel, you get to pay yourself out immediately, and it's deposited into your bank account soon after. Sure, our group chat is mostly trash-talking now, but I'm already getting a head start on next season with FanDuel.
If Zoom calls aren't your thing but you're missing watching the game with your Boys, then you need Fanduel!
Working from home the last few months hasn't been the easiest. I miss hanging out with my buddies, and having pretty much no live sports on TV has been a bummer.
I'm a sports fiend - you name it, I love it. A few of my buddies have always been into sports betting, but for me, just being a spectator is enough.
To fill the live sports void, the guys and I have been having virtual game night every Friday. Last week, my friend Dave told us about the upcoming UFC fight, Fight Island, and that his go-to betting app, FanDuel Sportsbook, has an awesome offer for new users that we should take advantage of.
FanDuel Sportsbook is an online betting platform that makes betting on your favorite sports a breeze, even for newbies like me. They have a rookie-friendly app that allows you to make bets and keep up with the action all in one place. They even have in-depth guides for new players, so if you don't know what any of the terminology is, no sweat.
To celebrate Fight Island, FanDuel Sportsbook has an awesome offer for new users. Sign up by downloading the app, deposit money into your account and get a $500 Risk Free bet on any fighter to win in the three championship fights. If you don't know here's the line up-
Middleweight/Main Event: Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till
Light Heavyweight/Co-Main: Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueria
Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Gustafsson
If you don't want to bet on the fight, the $500 risk free bet can apply to another sport going on! That means that if you lose your bet, they'll refund it in site credit. Seems like a win-win situation to me.
Signing up for a FanDuel Sportsbook account couldn't be easier. You can sign up online or through the app, which is free to download. They'll ask you for some basic info like your social security #, so that they can keep all of your information safe.
Making deposits and cashing out winnings is also super easy, all I had to do was link up my debit card or bank account. I love that you can cash out your winnings any time you want - no crazy wait times.
The fight is just a couple of days away, and I'm even more excited now that I have money riding on it. Dave convinced all of the guys to get in on the action, can't wait to see who comes out on top and hopefully win some cash!
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