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I've been to at least 30 NFL games. When my wife and I had our second daughter, I still tried to convince her to name the kid Eli Manning. Now that we have two, I don't go to games anymore, but I still follow football obsessively.
One year, I predicted an entire game - who would score, how many times - and it's a legend among my friends. It came up at dinner recently, and wife 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 before, 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 in site credit.
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 know what I'm doing.
When I placed my first bet on FanDuel Sportsbook (c'mon Barkley), I was sweating bullets. The first game I'd placed money on felt completely different than any other game I'd watched - I wasn't even there, but I felt like I was. This is how the players must feel, I thought.
Dripping in sweat, I watched New York WIN. WHICH MEANT I WON. I became a legend that day. I wore my jersey (for the next 3 days) and 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 hockey game - 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 football fanatic, but with FanDuel Sportsbook, I feel closer to the game than when I wear my NFL boxers.