NJ Sportsbooks Are Paying More Attention To PlayNJ’s ‘Battle Of The Books’ This Year

Posted on March 18, 2020

It was Crazy Eights all over the place! Who will become the best NJ online sportsbook in 2020? (According to the #BattleOfTheBooks contest, of course.)

As in 888 Sport toppling Caesars Sportsbook by a 61-39% tally in the second matchup in the Twitter-themed Battle of the Books on Tuesday.

Buoyed by its wire-to-wire win, the 888 group joins theScore Bet, which toppled DraftKings on Monday, to gain entry into the second round.

BetMGM and Resorts Online Sportsbook/Casino try to annex a first-round triumph in this single-elimination tournament on Wednesday.  They compete head-to-head from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

What is the Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books features 16 top New Jersey online books vying to be crowned the people’s choice as the best NJ online sportsbook in 2020, by way of daily competition and votes on PlayNJ‘s Twitter page. Gamblers are entered for free $$$ prizes each time they vote, and the books seek the bragging rights coming with this title.

How important is PlayNJ’s #BattleOfTheBooks to NJ sportsbooks?

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Patrick Eichner, Director of Communications for PointsBet USA

“We won this last year, we are proud of that,” said Patrick Eichner, director of communications for PointsBet USA. “We want to repeat.”

Battle of the Books was developed by PlayNJ.com and NJBetting.com executive Pete Amato. Maybe PointsBet is actually trying to RE-PETE. Its first hurdle comes Thursday against Golden Nugget.

First-round matches cut the field to eight by March 23.

Second-round contests bring the field to four. Semifinals and the finals follow.

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Early competition

Early competition has showcased different routes to victory.

On Monday, DraftKings gained a quick early lead over theScore. Some Twitter users thought it was over. But the victory dance was premature. TheScore roared back and won going away, garnering 70% of the total.

On Tuesday, 888 broke out quickly and held a comfortable lead the whole way.

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. After 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.
    • Turn on notifications for our page, so you’ll be notified each time we start a new poll.

Battle of the Books first-round tournament schedule

THE SCORE beats DraftKings 70-30% Monday, March 16
11 a.m. (EST)
Monday, March 16
11 p.m. (EST)
888Sport defeats Caesars 61-39% Tuesday, March 17
11 a.m. (EST)
Tuesday, March 17
11 p.m. (EST)
BetMGM vs Resorts Wednesday, March 18
11 a.m. (EST)
Wednesday, March 18
11 p.m. (EST)
Golden Nugget vs PointsBet Thursday, March 19
11 a.m. (EST)
Thursday, March 19
11 p.m. (EST)
FanDuel vs BetAmerica Friday, March 20
11 a.m. (EST)
Friday, March 20
11 p.m. (EST)
Unibet vs Fox Bet Saturday, March 21
11 a.m. (EST)
Saturday, March 21
11 p.m. (EST)
William Hill vs bet365 Sunday, March 22
11 a.m. (EST)
Sunday, March 22
11 p.m. (EST)
Borgata vs SugarHouse Monday, March 23
11 a.m. (EST)
Monday, March 23
11 p.m. (EST)


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