This Was Brian Scalabrine’s First Bet At DraftKings Sportsbook MA

Written By Matthew Bain on March 10, 2023 - Last Updated on April 18, 2023
Brian Scalabrine's first bet at DraftKings Massachusetts was on the Bruins, from playma.com

To help kick off sports betting in Massachusetts, former Boston Celtic and current broadcaster Brian Scalabrine celebrated with DraftKings Sportsbook at the company’s Boston headquarters. Scalabrine has become a brand ambassador for DraftKings in Massachusetts.

In front of the crowd assembled outside DraftKings’ headquarters, Scalabrine announced his first bet on the DraftKings Massachusetts mobile app.

And … it wasn’t on the Celtics.

Scalabrine bet $100 on the Boston Bruins to win the NHL Stanley Cup, at +400 odds.

“Boston Bruins, do let let me down,” Scalabrine said in a video tweeted from the DraftKings Sportsbook account.

Scalabrine is a broadcaster for Celtics games with NBA Sports Boston, which restricts him from betting on Celtics games. The “Bet Local” DK ads began running in Massachusetts on Friday.

Scalabrine on hand at DraftKings launch party

Scalabrine helped to headline the DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts launch party. Also in attendance at the celebration at 500 Boylston St. in Back Bay were DraftKings co-founders Jason RobinMatt Kalish and Paul Liberman. A handful of Massachusetts lawmakers were there, too. And, of course, there was a DraftKings-themed Duck Boat.

While Scalabrine’s Bruins futures bet was the first DraftKings bet from a well-known figure, it was not the app’s overall first bet in Massachusetts. That honor belongs to a gambler who used a $25 bonus bet to make a parlay on the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Finals (+300) and the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup (+400).

The parlay has +1900 odds, so a $25 bonus bet would at a $475 payout. (Not $500. Remember, you don’t get your original bet back if it’s a bonus bet. Just the winnings.)

MORE PROMOS: DraftKings Offering Guaranteed Winner Promos On Celtics, Nuggets Games

Which apps launched on Friday?

DraftKings was one of six Massachusetts sportsbook apps that launched Friday. The other five?

  • BetMGM
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • WynnBET
  • FanDuel
  • Barstool Sportsbook

Betr plans to launch in late March or April. Fanatics Sportsbook and Bally Bet intend to launch in May. And Betway will round out the first 10 sportsbooks when it goes live in January 2024.

READ MORE: Massachusetts Sports Betting Is Live With $4,050 In Bonus Offers

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Matthew Bain is the News Content Manager at Catena Media, overseeing news content for the network's highest-priority regional sites. Massachusetts is a young, promising gambling market, so PlayMA is one of his focuses. Prior to joining Catena Media in 2022, Matthew won 10 statewide and national journalism awards during six years as a reporter and editor for the USA TODAY Network. Matthew's work primarily appeared in the Des Moines Register, but he was also featured in the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA TODAY. Throughout his career, Matthew's bylines have also appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and Orange County Register.

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