If you’ve been following the latest developments regarding sports betting in America, you’re well aware that the days of having to “go to Vegas” to place a wager on a sports event are over. Delaware and New Jersey’s floodgates have opened and sports betting is alive and well.

Don’t leave the couch

Now, if you live in New Jersey you won’t even have to leave your couch to place a bet as today DraftKings debuted sports betting online via DraftKings Sportsbook.

Philly sports blog Crossing Broad published a full review of DraftKings Sportsbook and keep in mind, you’ll have to be located in New Jersey to place bets. Your phone will geolocate you and block you if you are outside of the state.

What I like so far

I would rather wager on a sports game as opposed to pulling a slot machine handle for three hours, so as you can imagine I’m really pumped up about this news. Here are a couple of things about the platform that I really like…

Failsafes – sports gambling is (was) a shady business. When I think of DraftKings I think of a startup culture, constantly innovating and looking to change gambling for the better. Gambling should be treated as fun, but also as an addiction as countless lives have been ruined by it. One great thing the app brings is a “safe play” feature that allows you to set deposit limits. Once you set a limit, you cannot change it again before 30 days.

Live Ticket – live ticket is a really cool feature that allows you to exit a bet while you’re up. This obviously comes at a decrease payout, but it’s a great way to hedge your bets. Also, if you placed a bet and are getting absolutely smoked, Live Ticket allows you to withdraw from the bet, minimizing your losses.

Final Word

Contrary to the tone of this post, I rarely gamble. I like my money in my pocket, but from time to time I wouldn’t mind placing a small wager on a game to make it more exciting and I think this new addition is a welcomed one for sure. Oh, and also, you can use credit cards to fund your account (though this is certainly not advised if you aren’t responsible).

 

*If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER. 

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