The US online sportsbook market got a new member this weekend, as New York went live with online sports betting a couple of weeks early. Among the operators who were poised to strike as soon as the market went live on Saturday, Jan 8 was DrafktKings NY.
DraftKings is one of four operators ready to go early, and it was live Saturday morning as the market opened at 9 am offering sports betting over the internet to NY residents. The operator has been running a pre-launch sign up promotion in the lead-up to the official launch.
As part of the pre-launch celebrations, new sportsbook customers have been eligible for a promo offer of $100 in free bets. However, since the site is now live, DraftKings has a new host of promos for customers.
Among the new promos on offer are chances for players to double their money on certain bets, as well as a deposit match bonus.
New York Sports Betting Live on Jan 8
When New York flipped the switch this weekend to turn on sports betting, DraftKings NY was one of four operators ready to hit the ground running. In addition to DraftKings, Caesars, BetRivers (under the Rush Street Interactive license), and FanDuel have also been granted licenses and were ready to roll as soon as the market opened.
Officially, the earliest New Yorkers could place a bet in the newly regulated market was 9 am ET Saturday morning. Not only was DraftKings open for business from the moment the market allowed it, but the operator also threw some hot offers at customers to celebrate the opening weekend.
The Jan 8 launch is slightly ahead of schedule. Early market predictions put the opening around the 2nd or 3rd week in January, however, NY regulators decided that everything was in place to move the start date up a bit.
That means New Yorkers will be able to begin betting on sports in the newly regulated market as early as the morning of Jan 8. There are only four operators ready to go for the early opening date, but there are still five more—BetMGM, WynnBET, Bally Bet, Resorts World, and PointsBet—waiting in the wings with a bit more setup to do before they are ready for business.
Big Sports Betting Offers for Opening Weekend in New York
DrafktKings NY is ready to roll with some exciting new offers to customers who get into the early action on opening weekend. The two biggest deals are chances to double your money this weekend.
On Jan 8 and Jan 9, customers have the chance to double their money betting on two specific games. On Saturday, Jan 8, players who bet on the New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics NBA game will double their money if either team scores a point. Click this link for additional details about this promotion.
The next day on Jan 9, players have the same chance by betting on the NFL matchup between the New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills. For that game, bettors will double their money if either team scores a touchdown. Use this link to take advantage of this offer which goes live at 7:30pm ET on Saturday, January 8th Both of the double your money offers have a maximum wager of $25.
In addition to the double-your-money shots DK is offering on the opening weekend, players can also get a top-up to their bankroll with the $1000 deposit bonus, as well as qualify to win $200 when they bet $5 on NFL & CFB games.
New Yorkers are getting an early look at sports betting starting this weekend, and DraftKings NY is ready to serve players in the Empire state. Sign-up by using the links above to take advantage of these hot opening weekend offers.