How We’d Spend $50 The First Day Of Legal MA Online Sports Betting

Written By Dan Holmes on March 8, 2023 - Last Updated on March 10, 2023
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Massachusetts sports betting will launch March 10 at 10 a.m. Whether you place your first bet on that date or wait until the weekend, you are best served to have a strategy for your betting entertainment.

When launch day comes, it’s important to set a limit for yourself. Remember: Don’t bet with money you don’t have. And this is supposed to be for fun — not to make boatloads of cash.

For us, $50 sounds perfect. So here’s how we would spend our first $50 with legal Massachusetts online sports betting — and how we’d use bonus bets to our advantage.

How to spend $50 on Massachusetts online sports betting launch day

Bruins to beat the Red Wings, March 11 at TD Garden

The Bruins are a lock to be the No. 1 seed in the NHL Playoffs, and the sportsbooks list them as favorites to win the Stanley Cup. On Saturday, the Bruins host the Red Wings, a listless franchise that has fallen on hard times. Odds are not out yet, but whatever the moneyline is, we’ll take $15 and bank the easy moneyline win on the Bruins.

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The Boston championship parlay

At last check, DraftKings and FanDuel allow customers to make parlays with futures wagers. So, with our next $20, we’re going to lay down a parlay on the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Finals and the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. As of Wednesday, DraftKings was giving Boston +330 odds in the NBA and +400 in the NHL. That would be a parlay with +2050 for a $430 payout. That was better than what FanDuel had.

World Baseball Classic

Can’t wait to place a bet on baseball? The World Baseball Classic starts this week. On Friday, Pool A action between Panama and Italy (seen at 11 p.m. in the US) will be a good game. Moneyline bets are the best on these international tournaments, because games are typically very low-scoring in the WBC. We’ll either use our final $15 on Panama in the moneyline. Or, we’ll pick the US to win the whole dang thing at +250 odds on DraftKings Massachusetts.

Bonus bets with no deposit

If you want to take advantage of pre-launch offers, FanDuel and BetMGM are giving new customers in Massachusetts these no deposit bonuses:

  • Register with BetMGM sports betting app and get $200 in bonus bets.
  • Register at FanDuel and get $100 in bonus bets.

It’s early. Massachusetts sports betting is JUST getting started. Don’t pick your final dance partner yet. Register with BetMGM Massachusetts and FanDuel to get a feel for those apps. Here’s how to make it best work for you:

  • Treat the BetMGM and FanDuel Massachusetts offers as an opportunity to feel out sports betting and have fun with bonus bets. You’ll receive $300 in combined betting credits from the two popular apps.
  • Register with FanDuel and play Gronk’s Challenge, a daily contest featuring Rob Gronkowski. Simply answer a question each day and you’ll be eligible for $10 in bonus bets.
  • To celebrate its arrival in Massachusetts, BetMGM is providing $200 in bonus bets (no deposit required). The betting credits are delivered in eight $25 bets, which means you can make eight bets before having to deposit any of your money. The bets expire, so use them before they go away.
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Dan Holmes is a Staff Writer for PlayMA with plenty of experience under his belt. Dan has written three books about sports and previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He also has extensive experience covering the launch of sports betting in other states, including Ohio and Maryland. Currently, Dan is residing in Michigan with his family.

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