Best Of The Books: Fantasy Sports And The Tiger King Provide Welcome Distractions

Posted on April 2, 2020

Nine online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania present lots of lines, betting markets, boosts, tweets, and promotions. However, the coronavirus pandemic caused leagues to press pause.

Belarussian ice hockey and soccer, table tennis, and Taiwan basketball currently get top billing at PA online sportsbooks. I wish I could say April Fools.

FanDuel fantasy sports

It seems like we are living in a nightmare, so you can’t blame operators for escaping into the world of fantasy sports. FanDuel’s expanded fantasy roster features contests for:

  • Professional wrestling
  • Reality TV shows
  • Horse racing
  • The Drone Racing League
  • esports
  • Special sports simulations

FanDuel just launched its “Props Pick’em eHoops Player Tourney” ahead of the NBA 2K Player Tourney that tips off on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Props Pick’em eHoops Player Tourney is now live and will run throughout the tourney which ends on Saturday, April 11.

NBA 2K Player Tourney is a 16-player, single-elimination tournament, player vs. player using NBA teams in 2K20. Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, and other stars are set to compete.

The tourney has eight questions each day for fans to answer for the next game day. A $5,000 prize of FanDuel site credit will be awarded each game day, in addition to a $5,000 prize for the overall winner of the tournament.

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Sorry, you cannot bet on the NFL Draft in Pennsylvania. Wagers are limited to sporting events only.

But fans, oddsmakers and my grandmother all seem to agree the Eagles need to draft a wide receiver.

DraftKings online sportsbook

DraftKings online sportsbook has a diverse offering of free-to-play pools with prizes ranging from $1,000 – $2,000 dollars. Among them are:

  • Top Chef
  • Real Housewives of New York
  • NBA 2K Tournament
  • Shark Tank
  • Weather Pool
  • College Basketball popularity
  • Tiger King popularity pool 
  • NFL Divisions

Let’s sink our teeth into the Tiger King popularity pool since we binged it over the weekend.

Here are the questions:

  • Which Exotic Animal Park owner is your favorite?
  • Which Exotic Animal Park owner is your least favorite? (There are six choices but Carole Baskin is the only right answer)
  • Best Joe Exotic Song
  • Most Iconic Quote
  • Favorite Joe Exotic boyfriend/husband?
  • Who would be the best actress to play Carole Baskin?
  • Which cubs are the cutest?
  • Which big cats are most beautiful?
  • Favorite non-big cat exotic animal on the show?

FOX Bet online bet boosts

Despite all major sports leagues in a state of pause, FOX Bet still has a variety of bet boosts.

  • 76ers to win the 19/20 NBA Championship boosted from +2500 to +3000
  • Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series boosted from +2000 to +2500
  • Either Villanova or Penn State to win the 2021 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament boosted from +900 to +3000
  • Todd Gurley over 1399.5 rush yards boosted from +400 to +500
  • Notre Dame to win the National Championship boosted from +2500 to +3000
  • Max Scherzer to record the most strikeouts in the regular season boosted from +600 to +700

BetRivers online sportsbook

BetRivers is live streaming Belarus Premier soccer league matches this weekend.

Other news and notes

BetAmerica online sportsbook and casino remains offline due to a worldwide cyberattack on its platform provider, SBTech.

Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com and BetRivers.com, announced a partnership with Scientific Games to become the first online casino operator in Pennsylvania to offer the company’s games which include:

  • 88 Fortunes
  • Spartacus
  • Starmania
  • Mad Mad Monkey

From the books to the tables, The 100-event PASCOOP series starts this Saturday, April 4 and runs until April 20. The event features a total of $2 million in guaranteed prize pools. Find the full PASCOOP schedule here.

Lead image via DraftKings sportsbook on twitter.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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