For Boston sports fans, it’s truly the best of times and the worst of times. While the Massachusetts legislature again failed to legalize sports betting, the Boston sports calendar presents a multitude of opportunities to win playing daily fantasy sports contests and wagering at legal sportsbooks in surrounding states.
MLB regular season games, NBA seeding games and NHL playoff bouts are all happening simultaneously. The current situation may not endure long, however.
DFS promos built just for Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox fans
FanDuel’s DFS contests cater to Boston sports fans in a big way. For example, Wednesday night’s game pitting the Celtics against the Brooklyn Nets is the focus of the site’s “Single Game $25K Bonus Matchup.”
The game works like FanDuel’s traditional NBA fantasy contests, except that your pool of players is limited to the Celtics and the Nets. The bonus has to do with 3-point baskets during the game.
If the players on your roster make at least 10 3-pointers during Wednesday night’s competition, you’ll share part of an extra $25,000 bonus prize with all other eligible players, in addition to your standard winnings.
FanDuel also has fantasy baseball and fantasy hockey specials. Those include the “Home Run Challenge,” where you pick three MLB players and only home runs count toward your point total.
On the ice, there’s the “Hat Trick Bonus,” where you can earn part of an extra $2,000 in cash prizes.
DraftKings has DFS promos ongoing right now as well.
Those include the “NBA 25-Point Hunt,” in which DraftKings gives you a special bonus if you draft an NBA player who scores at least 25 points in a game. They also have an MLB/NBA/NHL “Weekly Rivalry Series” sponsored by Miller Lite with $100,000 in prizes.
Some of the best DraftKings promotions right now are on the sportsbook side, however.
MA residents can wager on Boston sports in neighboring states
If you want to legally wager on Bruins, Celtics or Red Sox games right now, you aren’t without options. You do have to make a trip, however.
Your options include crossing the border into one of two states that neighbor Massachusetts. Those are New Hampshire and Rhode Island. In both of those states, online sportsbooks are operating legally.
Rhode Island has recently made it even easier for Massachusetts residents to take part. The state revoked its in-person requirement for account registration. Within a couple of weeks or so, you should be able to conduct all your business with the Rhode Island Lottery’s online betting platform completely over the internet.
In New Hampshire, that was never an issue. DraftKings operates the New Hampshire Lottery’s sports betting platform there. What’s more, the minimum age for wagering there is only 18. In every other jurisdiction to legalize sports betting so far, it’s 21.
DraftKings MLB, NBA and NHL sports betting promos
DraftKings’ starting lineup includes a 10% profit boost for in-game bets on MLB that you can use daily, and pre-game protection for NBA contests. In that NBA special, DraftKings will return the value of your pregame moneyline wager (up to $25) if the team you stake loses but scores at least 110 points in defeat.
Also on the sportsbook side, you can find a variety of daily odds boosts. For example, DraftKings has boosted the odds to +655 on Celtics forward Jayson Tatum scoring the first field goal of the game against the Nets on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, the app also has boosted odds of +560 on a three-leg NHL parlay. Taking the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins all to win will grant that payout should all three contests go that way.
While the possible playoff elimination of the Bruins and Celtics, plus the COVID-19 pandemic, make how long this situation will last uncertain, right now presents a rare opportunity. Stake your claims now, Boston sports fans.