Best Of The Books: Brady And Gronk Beef Up Betting Markets, NFL Draft, Glimmers Of Hope

Written By Katie Kohler on April 23, 2020 - Last Updated on September 20, 2021

Nine online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania present lots of lines, betting markets, boosts, tweets, and promotions. The coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of major sports and has made the books get creative.

This week, some of the live events included international tennis, table tennis, darts and Belarussian soccer.

Even with the NFL Draft, PA sports bettors didn’t find a port in the lack-of-sports storm since wagering on any draft is not permitted in the state.

However, there were some glimmers of hope.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman discussed possible plans for hockey’s return. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Rob Gronkowski to reunite him with Tom Brady. The Bucs, who did not make the playoffs last year, became a trendy Super Bowl pick.

Offseason hype, even in a pandemic, can’t be quelled.

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Buccaneers boost the books

Tampa Bay started the NFL offseason at 50-1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2021. Then, they signed six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady which lowered the odds to 16-1.

On Tuesday, the Bucs traded for Brady’s favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski. Within an hour of the trade, the odds went to 12-1 at BetRivers PA app and PlaySugarHouse. The Bucs are now the fourth-most favored team to win Super Bowl LV.

The teams with better odds are:

  • Kansas City Chiefs: 6-1
  • Baltimore Ravens: 7-1
  • San Francisco 49ers: 9-1

Mattias Stetz,  C.O.O of Rush Street Interactive, which operates and commented on the Buccaneers moves:

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to make outstanding moves to become a contender for the Super Bowl. They have captured the imagination of the betting public. Reuniting Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could become a master stroke for them. The bettors weighed in immediately after hearing about this trade.”

FanDuel quickly reacted to the trade with updated Bucs futures and a limited-time super boost.

  • Tampa Bay to win the Super Bowl boosted from +1,500 to +2,100.


Gronk futures

Along with team bets, Rob Gronkowski markets also emerged. Here’s what DraftKings has listed:

2020 NFL Draft

Remember how you couldn’t bet on the color of the Gatorade being poured on the winning coach during the Super Bowl? Basically the same reasoning is behind why you can’t bet on the NFL Draft in Pennsylvania.

If the action doesn’t take place between the lines on the field/court, you most likely can’t bet on it in PA.

But the NFL Draft is one of my favorite non-sporting events of the year. In New Jersey, the majority of the bettors at William Hill believe Tua Tagovailoa will be drafted by the Chargers and Justin Herbert will be drafted by the Dolphins. It will at least provide more sweat than this bet…

Mocking Cowherd’s draft tracked Colin Cowherd’s Marquee 3 and Blazin’ 5 picks. Cowherd had a rough college football season and a so-so season of handicapping the NFL. Check back next week so we can see if the draft made a mockery of Cowherd.


Steelers Super Bowl odds

Table tennis winner at BetRivers

A port in the storm

In a seemingly constant barrage of coronavirus news, an uplifting message that doesn’t start with “in these uncertain times” is a welcome one. Philadelphia’s four major sports teams posted this video on their media accounts:

And the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins partnered with UPMC for a “Help the Helpers” campaign.

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

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