Online Betting Promotions Worth Celebrating in December

Promotions are always good for extra value whether they come in the form of cash deposited directly to your account or increased payouts on your favorite wagers. We’re halfway through the work week and we’re down to the final stretch before the weekend. Let’s celebrate hump day and the spirit of the Christmas season with a roundup of this month’s online betting promotions from around the web.

We’ve got promotions for horse racing, greyhound racing and fantasy sports to look forward to over the next few days and weeks. I’m going to organize these promos by type of wagering first and then break it down by site after that. Just scroll down to see what the best US-legal gambling sites have on offer in December.

Horse and Greyhound Racing

The majority of December’s racing promos apply to horse racing but we do have one good greyhound bonus on Thursday. Pay particular attention to BetAmerica because their promos are running on a repeat basis. If you miss a promo one day, it’ll be back next week. Both BetAmerica and TwinSpires have a busy month in store for customers.


$25 Free for Choosing the Best Race of the Week

You’ll need to be quick on this one because it expires at noon PT on 12/4. All you have to do is visit, hover your mouse over “promotions” and then click on the words “$25 Free.” Doing so will take you to a page where you can vote on who ran performance of the week. Make your selection, type in your BetAmerica username and they’ll announce the winner on Twitter (@BetAmerica).

BetAmerica announces the performance of the week every Saturday from 8-10 AM ET during the Equine Forum on the Horse Racing Radio Network. They broadcast on Sirius 92, XM 92, WLXO Kentucky 96.1, ESPN Louisville 680 AM and KASR Conway, AR 92.7 FM. You can also just tune in online here.

Trifecta Thursdays: 10% Win Bonus for Harness and Greyhound Races

Every Thursday BetAmerica will add a 10% bonus to all winning trifecta wagers placed on harness and greyhound races. Place your wager like you normally would and they’ll drop an extra 10% cash in your account on Friday. You can get up to $250 extra each week with this promo.

Facebook Fridays: Pick the Winner for $3

Visit the BetAmerica Facebook page on Fridays to vote for the winner of a race. This contest is free to enter and open to all members. Get it right and you might win a free $3 wager. It’s not the most money in the world but it takes all of 15 seconds to cast your vote.

Coming Up Roses on 12/6: Win Bets Refunded for 2nd Place Finishes in the Garland Roses

Place a straight up WIN wager on any horse in the Garland of Roses race at the Aqueduct. If your pick comes in 2nd, they’ll refund up to $25 to your account on Monday.

Yonkers Special on Sundays: 10% Exotics Bonus on All Exotics at Yonkers

BetAmerica is adding a 10% win bonus to all exotics placed on Sundays at Yonkers. Place your bet like normal and if it wins, they’ll credit your account with an extra 10% (up to $250) on Monday.

Manic Mondays: Free $4 Superfecta on Race 4

Place a Superfecta on Race 4 at Yonkers on Monday and BetAmerica will refund it the next day. The max refund on this one is $4. True, it’s not a huge refund but it’s not bad if you look at it like a free wager.

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1 Million TSC Elite Points Giveaway for the Claiming Crown

On Saturday, December 6th, the Championship Meet begins with the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park. With eight races and $1 million worth of purses, this is always a big betting event. It’s even better for TwinSpires members because TwinSpires will be giving away 1 million TSC Elite Points.

You can participate by placing $3 Win/Show bets on single horses or coupled entries in the Claiming Crown races. Members who win at least three of these wagers are entered into a contest in which the person who has the most winnings from his or her three best Win/Show wagers will win 800,000 TSC Elite Points. If there are ties for money won, points will be split equally among the winners.

Additionally, the players who win the most cash with horses that only show will either win 200,000 points outright or split the prize with anyone else who ties for the most SHOW-only winnings.

TSC Elite Points come in very handy at TwinSpires. After you earn points, they’re good for 12 months and can be redeemed for wagering credits and Brisnet handicapping tools and publications.

30X TSC Elite Points at Yonkers on Sundays

This promo has been going since November 9th but it will be running on each of the next two Sundays. On Sunday the 7th and 14th, Empire City at Yonkers will be hosting races that kick off at 8 AM PT. Place any winning wager on races 1-3 will get you 30 TSC Elite Points per dollar wagered. For example, if you wager a total of $50 on the first three races this Sunday and win at least one of your bets, you’ll get 1500 points.

10% Win Bonus at Delta Downs

From now through December 31st, TwinSpires will add 10% to all winning Daily Doubles placed at Delta Downs Wednesday through Sunday. You can get up to $500 extra each night with this promo. If any of your Daily Double wagers are winners, TwinSpires will deposit an extra 10% in your account by the following Tuesday.

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Fantasy Sports Promos

In case you haven’t heard, daily fantasy football is kind of a big deal right now. All those big name fantasy sites are handing out cash left and right in massive tournaments with prize pools worth millions of dollars. Entry to these events is affordable and a win in any of these will gift you with a life-changing amount of money. Put your football cap on and prepare yourself to win some serious cash.


$2.25M Sunday Million

The FanDuel Sunday Million begins at 1PM this Sunday and has a guaranteed prize pool of $2,225,000. First place gets $250,000 while roughly 20% of the field gets paid. You’ll need to pick a killer team because a lot of people are going to be giving this one a shot. With an entry fee of just $25, this one is quite affordable.

$500K Sunday NFL Rush

If the $25 entry fee in the Sunday Million is a bit hefty for your growing bankroll, let me present the $500K Sunday NFL Rush. This contest costs just $5 to enter and is slated to award $500,000 worth of prizes. Take first place in this one and you’ll cap off your weekend with an extra $50,000.

$400K Sunday NFL Monster

The $200 buyin for this one is steep by any standards, but it guarantees you a $400,000 prize pool to be awarded to a field of just 2,222 entries. If you’re willing to pony up the cash and play with the big boys, you’ll be rewarded with a smaller field and a potential to win $40,000 for a first place finish.

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$10 Million Fantasy Football World Championship

NFL weeks 15 through 17 will play host to the DraftKings Fantasy Football World Championship with $10,000,000 up for grabs. The fun begins on Sunday, December 14th with the $3 million guaranteed Millionaire Maker. A $27 entry will have you competing to win your share of $3,000,000. First place in this one will net you $1,000,000 straight up.

For week 16, DraftKings will host the main event: the $3.1 Million World Championship. This one has a $1500 entry fee with a $1,000,000 first place prize. The high cost of entry means this contest will have far fewer players competing for a huge prize pool. Don’t worry if you can’t buy in direct; DraftKings is already hosting satellite contests in which you can win a seat for much cheaper.

This whole thing finishes up with the $2 Million Touchdown Championship for week 17. This one has a $200 entry fee with satellites starting at $22. First place in the Touchdown Championship is good for $500,000. In addition to these main events, DraftKings will be hosting a variety of other events with six-figure prize pools and cheaper buyins. There’s a lot going on at DraftKings this whole month so if you have a thing for football, now would be a good time to get an account.

DraftKings and the World Poker Tour

The World Poker Tour is one of the most prestigious live poker tournament series in the world. One stretch of the WPT includes a stop at the Borgata in Atlantic City where they will host a $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool tournament on January 25th through the 30th. Normally, a seat at the WPT Winter Poker Open would cost $3500, but DraftKings will send two players for free with their buyins, airfare, hotel and spending money all included.

Satellites will be running from now through January 11th with entry fees ranging from $2 to $12. The main event at DraftKings will have a $55 buyin and will send 1st and 2nd place to Atlantic City to compete in the WPT. Make it to the final table in this one and not only will be on TV, but you’ll also be very close winning more money than you’ll know what to do with.

DraftKings and the World Series of Poker

As if the WPT wasn’t enough, DraftKings is also going to send someone to the 2015 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. Satellites are running through January and start at just $0.25. You can also buy in to the main contest for $27. Whoever takes first place will win a $12,500 prize package that includes your $10,000 entry to the Main Event, seven nights at the hosting casino and $1,000 for travel expenses.

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