2020 #BattleOfTheBooks People’s Choice: A Champion Will Be Crowned

Posted on April 3, 2020

It’s not Villanova vs Georgetown. It’s TheScoreBet vs FanDuel in the 2020 Battle Of The Books Championship.

It’s a number 8 seed trying to win a championship nonetheless, and there’s going to be a lot of noise in the finale to determine the top New Jersey sportsbook, voted upon by Twitter users via PlayNJcom.

Nearly 1,000 Twitter users voted in the second semifinal yesterday on PlayNJ’s Twitter page and the championship battle will feature two sportsbooks with passionate followings. This will have the feel of a packed house.

Championship voting will start at 12 PM EST and polls will be open for 24 hours, ending Saturday at noon EST.

PLACE YOUR VOTE NOW – 2 voters will be picked to win $25

Cinderella Story vs Sportsbook Pioneer

TheScoreBet became the darling of the media and the fans with its Cinderella story, which surprised everyone but the organization itself.

“We had our roots in Canada,” a team executive said. “We used to run the scores of games, live events, financial news, etc. When we spun off and started focusing on social media a few years ago, we developed new fans. But our old fans also stayed with us as they became social-media savvy and legal sports betting opened up. Now they tweet.

“We have it all going.”

Indeed, they do. The 60-40% victory over defending champion PointsBet was impressive. PointsBet had averaged nearly 80% voting in its first two victories and looked like a juggernaut.

TheScore opened the tourney by stomping No. 1 seed DraftKings and hasn’t looked back. A win over FanDuel in the final would give it a sweep of the industry pioneers.

In the opening semifinal, FanDuel secured a 62-38% triumph over PlaySugarHouse, which appeared spent from two close victories, including an emotionally draining OT triumph.

The final offers a pleasing contrast.

Battle Of The Books Championship Finale


FanDuel Sportsbook was steady, methodical and consistent, as it has been the entire tournament, in its semifinal win.  This team doesn’t win big, but it prevents opponents from going on huge runs.

FanDuel has been one of the premier players since it entered the sports-betting space.

TheScore has picked up momentum at every turn.

So who gets the championship, the steady team or the one riding a popularity wave? We’ll soon see.

Voters receive prizes, the books receive priceless publicity and year-long bragging rights from a tournament that built its popularity with each passing day PlayNJ’s Twitter Page.

Who cuts down the nets? You will tell us.

Enjoy the conclusion.

How To Enter:

Anyone who participates in the voting on Twitter will be entered into prize drawings for a chance to win free bets from several of the top NJ online sports betting apps. 

  1. Visittwitter.com/playnjcom and follow us
  2. Check out the latest #BattleOfTheBooks poll on our feed
  3. Vote for the sportsbook you want to see move on to the next round
  4. LIKE the post. (If you don’t like the post, we won’t know you voted)
  5. And that’s it. You’re entered to win the prize in that specific voting matchup.

Place your votes at @PlayNJcom 

How To Win:

  1. At the conclusion of each matchup, we will randomly select winners from the pool of voters for that round. 
  2. Each winner will then receive a DM from us with how to claim their FREE BET
  3. You can vote on every match in every round, for the maximum chances to win.
    • So make sure you follow our PlayNJ twitter page
    • And turn on the notifications for our page so you’ll be notified each time we start a new poll.
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Dave Bontempo, a national multi-award-winning writer, and broadcaster, writes extensively on the evolving legalized sports-wagering world. Over the past four decades, he has called fights for all major networks, authored columns for the Associated Press, Atlantic City Press, and iGaming Player. He is in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame and a Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence, given by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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