The new Major League Baseball season is now underway, and that opens up plenty of different avenues at West Virginia sportsbooks.
Not only can you wager on every MLB matchup this season, but you can also play several free games offered at WV online sports betting apps.
With opening day on Thursday, the new year is officially here to stay. This MLB season is back to its regular length of 162 games.
That means bettors can enjoy America’s pastime for months to come.
The best WV sportsbooks allow you to bet on MLB games in a variety of ways. Beyond the standard odds, many provide alternate lines, player props and game props.
Let’s take a look at both sportsbooks and break down everything you need to know for their free MLB options.
DraftKings Sportsbook free MLB pools
It appears as if DraftKings will give its customers new, free MLB games to play each week. The online sportsbook offers free prediction pools for specific games that include sizable prize pools.
On Sunday, DraftKings has three different pools in place. Two are for the Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels game taking place that night.
For this game, it offers its regular Free $10K Prediction Pool, along with its Free $5K Late Innings Pool.
The initial pool poses questions like the following:
- Who will win?
- Result of the first pitch
- Will either team score in the first inning?
- Which team will score first?
- Which team will hit more home runs?
Once you fill out answers to all 10 props and matchups, you’re all set. Of course, the entries that get the most questions correct have a better chance at winning a portion of the $10,000 prize pool.
The first-place winner is awarded $500, and the top 5,815 contestants will receive some sort of payout.
The Late Innings version of the pool is about the same, just targeted at the latter part of the game. Most of the questions are regarding what happens in the seventh inning and beyond.
These pools only have a total of eight questions to answer.
DraftKings lists both pools for the White Sox game, in addition to another $5,000 Late Innings contest for the game between Philadelphia and Atlanta.
The online sportsbook also has a Jackie Robinson Popularity Pool up for the month of April.
Here, you are required to guess which answers among all entries are the most popular. There isn’t a correct answer to any question, you’re simply trying to find the most common selection made.
You’ll pick 10 answers ranging from your favorite Jackie Robinson moment to which was the best Dodgers team of all time.
If your selections match what the majority of other people think, then you’ll win part of the $42,000 in prizes. First place earns $1,000, while the top 9,284 entries will get paid out.
This pool is available through April 30.
FanDuel Sportsbook Home Run Challenge
Now that baseball is back, bettors can win money literally every day with FanDuel. The online sportsbook has a completely free game in place called Home Run Challenge.
With this promo, you draft three players to your team each day. For every home run your three players hit, you’ll receive one point.
If you acquire three points in a single day, you win a share of the $2,000 prize pool. While that’s exciting, if your players can somehow combine for six or more homers, you’ll earn a portion of the bonus $10,000.
Of course, you can only choose players who are playing in a game that day. Still, with MLB’s schedule, that should leave you a decent amount of options every night.
On Friday, 10 FanDuel customers were successful in picking players who totaled three home runs. They all split the prizes and went home with $200 apiece.
This is a great pool because it definitely takes some luck. Expert bettors who know the details about everything might not have an edge over novice players, since it’s incredibly difficult to predict who’s going to hit a homer.
It also looks like the challenge is offered every day for the foreseeable future.
The only other thing worth noting is that the pool does have a maximum number of entries. This is set at 500,000, though, so you shouldn’t have any issues on most days.