New Yorkers can’t legally bet online in their state, but that doesn’t mean they have no options. It just means residents have to make a short trip to take advantage of the latest US Open odds.
Legal online sportsbooks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will gladly take New Yorker’s bets on one of tennis’ Grand Slam events. They are offering some great promos toward that very end this week.
US Open odds at NJ, PA legal online sportsbooks
As of early Wednesday morning, the consensus favorite on the men’s side is Novak Djokovic. The odds on him claiming his 18th Grand Slam title sit around -140, with slight variances depending on the book.
The rest of the men’s field is quite a ways back, as Djokovic came into the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City at 23-0 on the year. For example, BetMGM has Daniil Medvedev as its next most likely to win at +600.
On the women’s side, there’s less of a consensus. DraftKings has Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams as its top two at +500 and +550, while FanDuel reverses that order. Williams is +600 and Osaka +650 at that book.
Like on the men’s side, there’s a sharp increase in the odds in the women’s futures once you get past Osaka and Williams. Karolina Pliskova is +1000 at BetMGM right now.
There are many more ways to bet on this event other than just futures, however. The sportsbooks offer many markets on individual competitors, matches, and rounds.
Some of them are offering some tempting specials for this week’s action on the court as well. They are really what makes it worth crossing the border for New Yorkers.
Sportsbook promos for men’s, women’s US Open action
At DraftKings, the special for this week’s spectator-free tennis action is at your discretion. Each day of the tournament, you can enjoy a 10% profit boost on your successful wagers.
Just opt-in and place a bet of up to $50 on any pre-match, fixed odds US Open market. That means no live bets or parlays. If you win, DraftKings will boost your profit by 10%, up to $250.
This promo renews on a daily basis.
FanDuel is running a $20,000 prize pool for the US Open but offers much more. You can choose between props on whether certain players will reach the final, and correct matchups for the final.
You can also double your chance to win by taking two players to win the event.
BetMGM’s specials revolve around certain competitors and at which stage an opponent will eliminate them. For example, the odds of Pliskova being ousted in the semifinals are currently +300.
BetMGM also has correct matchups for the final markets.
Now, the question is how best to take advantage of these offers? For instance, do you take the not-so-long odds on Djokovic as the current No. 1 or could someone else in the field pay off handsomely? Some information could lend toward making that decision.
What to know before you bet on the US Open
So if Djokovic comes in with such a sparkling record and ranked tops in the world, why isn’t he a longer shot to win this event? The three-time US Open winner just withdrew from competition due to neck pain last weekend, meaning sportsbooks aren’t convinced he’s playing at 100%.
If Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hadn’t passed on this event, it’s possible that Djokovic may not be the favorite right now. There’s reason to hesitate on Osaka as well.
In her last four Grand Slam events, she hasn’t made it past the fourth round. That includes this same event last year when she was upset as the top seed.
Williams is also in a major drought, having not claimed a Grand Slam title since 2017. She hasn’t won a US Open since 2014. Pliskova comes in with an even worse track record in majors, still looking for her first career win in a Grand Slam event.
This may be the time to stake Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open earlier this year. At +1800 on FanDuel, you would enjoy a nice payday if she proves worthy of her No. 2 seed.
Regardless of how you bet the event, it’s great for the sport that it’s taking place right now. Crossing the state line into New Jersey or Pennsylvania and getting some skin in the game will make it even more fun to watch from afar.