Sports Betting 101: Betting On The 2019 Masters

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There are several simple and easy ways you can bet on the 2019 Masters Tournament now that sports betting is fully legal in seven states and one tribal casino in an eighth.

In fact, legal sportsbooks in the following eight states are all offering lines on golf’s biggest event this year:

  • Nevada
  • Delaware (Sports betting launched June 5, 2018)
  • New Jersey (Sports betting launched June 14, 2018)
  • Mississippi (Sports betting launched Aug. 1, 2018)
  • West Virginia (Sports betting launched Aug. 30, 2018)
  • New Mexico (Sports betting launched Oct. 16, 2018, at Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel only)
  • Pennsylvania (Sports betting launched Nov. 16, 2018)
  • Rhode Island (Sports betting launched Nov. 26, 2018)

Online and mobile sports betting is coming soon in most of these states. However, it’s already available in both Nevada and New Jersey, allowing you to bet on the Masters from the privacy of your home or hotel room in either state.

Sports betting on the 2019 Masters outright

The easiest way to bet on the Masters is to pick the golfer you think will win it all and put some money on it.

Legal US sportsbooks all offer positive (+) moneyline odds on every golfer in the 2019 Masters field ahead of Thursday’s tee-off. Positive moneyline odds represent how much you stand to win for each $100 you bet on that particular golfer.

The bigger the number, the more you can win if that golfer can become the 2019 Masters champion.

Sportsbooks will adjust these odds as the tournament progresses. Obviously, the odds on the first and second rounds leaders will go down.

You may even find some negative (-) moneyline odds heading into Sunday’s final round. Negative moneyline odds represent how much you’ll have to lay on a golfer to win $100 plus your bet back.

Expect to see US sportsbooks post a negative moneyline number on any golfer that can build a big lead on the field heading into Sunday’s final round at Augusta National.

Here’s a look at the moneyline odds for the Top 5 golfers to win the 2019 Masters at the top three NJ online and mobile sportsbooks as of April 9:

To Win the 2019 MastersAt DraftKings SportsBookAt FanDuel SportsbookAt BetStars NJ
Rory McIllroy
+700
+650
+750
Dustin Johnson+900+1100+1200
Justin Rose+1200+1200+1400
Tiger Woods
+1400+1600+10000
Jon Rahm+1400+2000+1800

Other tournament and golfer specific Masters lines

Of course, you can also bet on a variety of other tournament and golfer specific Masters’ lines at legal US sportsbooks. Depending on the sportsbook, these might include things like:

  • A particular golfer’s final finishing position
  • Who will lead after the first, second and third rounds
  • Various group and head-to-head scoring matchups
  • Various golfer props

Betting on Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters

After a couple of years off, golf’s most popular player returned to the Masters in 2018. Four-time Masters’ champion Tiger Woods will compete again in 2019. That means most legal US sportsbooks will offer more props on Woods than any other golfer in the field.

Don’t be surprised to find a line on everything from Woods’ first shot off the first tee landing in the fairway to Woods playing in Sunday’s final grouping.

Other available lines (for Woods and possibly other golfers) may also include odds on:

  • Making a triple bogey or worse in any round
  • Making a hole in one
  • An over/under on both birdies and bogeys
  • Making Eagle on any hole
  • An over/under on his lowest-scoring round

Shop around and watch the Masters

It’s always a good idea to look around at the various sportsbooks to see what bets each is offering on an event like the 2019 Masters. Then pick a side and shop around for the best available price on that bet if you can.

Picking the outright winner of the 2019 Masters before the tournament tees off might seem like an impossible task. Therefore, you may want to take the watch-, wait-and-see approach through the first round or two.

You’ll be betting on adjusted odds, but if you watch the live coverage, you’ll be making a more educated guess.

The 2019 Masters starts April 11 and runs through April 14. The tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday and Friday and CBS on Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll also be able to find various video highlights and in-depth coverage on the Masters’ Twitter accounts, Masters.com website, and the Masters’ mobile app.

Martin Derbyshire

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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.

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