This Was Brian Scalabrine’s First Bet At DraftKings Sportsbook MA

Written By Matthew Bain on March 10, 2023Last Updated on April 18, 2023
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To help kick off sports betting in Massachusetts, former Boston Celtic and current broadcaster Brian Scalabrine celebrated with DraftKings Sportsbook at the company’s Boston headquarters. Scalabrine has become a brand ambassador for DraftKings in Massachusetts.

In front of the crowd assembled outside DraftKings’ headquarters, Scalabrine announced his first bet on the DraftKings Massachusetts mobile app.

And … it wasn’t on the Celtics.

Scalabrine bet $100 on the Boston Bruins to win the NHL Stanley Cup, at +400 odds.

“Boston Bruins, do let let me down,” Scalabrine said in a video tweeted from the DraftKings Sportsbook account.

Scalabrine is a broadcaster for Celtics games with NBA Sports Boston, which restricts him from betting on Celtics games. The “Bet Local” DK ads began running in Massachusetts on Friday.

Scalabrine on hand at DraftKings launch party

Scalabrine helped to headline the DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts launch party. Also in attendance at the celebration at 500 Boylston St. in Back Bay were DraftKings co-founders Jason RobinMatt Kalish and Paul Liberman. A handful of Massachusetts lawmakers were there, too. And, of course, there was a DraftKings-themed Duck Boat.

While Scalabrine’s Bruins futures bet was the first DraftKings bet from a well-known figure, it was not the app’s overall first bet in Massachusetts. That honor belongs to a gambler who used a $25 bonus bet to make a parlay on the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Finals (+300) and the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup (+400).

The parlay has +1900 odds, so a $25 bonus bet would at a $475 payout. (Not $500. Remember, you don’t get your original bet back if it’s a bonus bet. Just the winnings.)

MORE PROMOS: DraftKings Offering Guaranteed Winner Promos On Celtics, Nuggets Games

Which apps launched on Friday?

DraftKings was one of six Massachusetts sportsbook apps that launched Friday. The other five?

  • BetMGM
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • WynnBET
  • FanDuel
  • Barstool Sportsbook

Betr plans to launch in late March or April. Fanatics Sportsbook and Bally Bet intend to launch in May. And Betway will round out the first 10 sportsbooks when it goes live in January 2024.

READ MORE: Massachusetts Sports Betting Is Live With $4,050 In Bonus Offers

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Matthew Bain started as Content Manager at Play MA in 2022. Before that, he spent six years as a sports reporter and then deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register, during which time he won nine statewide journalism awards, including the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award. As deputy sports editor, Matthew oversaw the Register’s recruiting coverage while also innovating the outlet’s high school sports coverage. Matthew graduated from San Diego State and grew up in California, but he’s somehow a Boston Celtics fan. Long story. Matthew also led coverage of Prop 26 vs. Prop 27 in the California sports betting election battle for Catena Media.

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