The 2019 NCAA Tournament field has been set, which means we now have brackets to fill out and betting lines to examine. The New Jersey sportsbooks have rolled out all sorts of generous promotions for the season, which means now is a good time to get onboard and take advantage of the offers.
Promo: $100,000 Cash Bracket, $64,000 Tourney Bracket
Are two contests better than one?
DraftKings Sportsbook has unveiled its own bracket contests but instead of offering one big prize pool, they’re offering two separate contests that total $164,000 in winnings. The first has a $20 entry fee but comes with a $100,000 prize pool while the second is free and still delivers a generous $64,000 in winnings.
That gives you the opportunity to submit a couple of bracket variations.
Promo: CBB Tourney Game Refund
One of the most thrilling aspects of March Madness is the upsets. However, there’s nothing worse than being on the losing end of an unexpected surprise. DraftKings has you covered for at least one of those scenarios as they’ll credit you back $25 if your team scores 70+ points but still fails to get the job done. If they perform well and hit that point total but lose, you’ll get a $25 free bet to soften the blow.
This refers to moneyline bets (not point spread).
Promo: $10 Free Bets For Long Shots
BetStars is the Home of the Underdog for March, which means they’re giving players a bonus to bet on a non-No. 1 seed to win it all. How it works is if you bet $20 on any team seeded 2-16 to win the NCAA Tournament, you’ll earn $10 in free bets each round they advance.
Of course, No. 1 seeds are a good bet to win it all. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, No. 1 seeds have cut down the nets at the end of March Madness 21 times. However, this gives you a chance to bet on a No. 2 or No. 3 seed – or any other lower seed – while minimizing your risk.
Promo: $250,000 Bracket Madness
One of the biggest challenges with free bracket contests is they demand you make the perfect bracket to get paid. That’s nearly impossible. What’s good about FanDuel’s March Madness contest offers a much more realistic chance of winning.
How it works is you’re awarded points for your accurate predictions. The person with the most points wins $100,000. In total, there’s a $250,000 prize pool that will be shared with the top five finishers earning at least five-figures and the top 1000 earning at least $25.
Promo: Bandwagon Bonus
FanDuel offers a similar promo to BetStars but with a couple of significant differences. Similar to BetStars, you have to place a bet on a team to win the NCAA Tournament. As the team advances through each round, you get paid each time.
The difference with FanDuel is that you get paid $5 per round but you are able to bet any team – including No. 1 seeds. That’s crucial as No. 1 seeds win the Tournament just over 60% of the time.
Promo: Make It Rain
PointsBet is running a fun promo tied to how your team does from beyond the arc. Simply place a spread line bet and you’ll receive a $3 bonus every time your team drains a three-point shot.
Pro Tip: No. 5 Auburn Tigers hit the most three-pointers this season.