Same Game Parlay Noob? Bet $25 Risk-Free On WFT And Thursday Night Football

Posted on September 14, 2021 - Last Updated on September 16, 2021

If you’ve yet to give a same game parlay a whirl for the first time, DraftKings Virginia has just the nudge you need.

In fact, you could even employ it for this week’s Washington Football Team game. That NFL Week 2 matchup is a primetime affair on Thursday Night Football.

Looking for a potential new way to bet on the game when the New York Giants head to M&T Bank Stadium to meet the WFT?

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A free $25 same game parlay from DraftKings

DraftKings inked a deal with NFL stats provider Genius Sports in August. That provided DK with the backend technology it needs to offer same game parlay products.

Now, DraftKings joins the likes of FanDuel and BetMGM, which also offer SGP options in VA.

Although DraftKings launched after those other top Virginia sportsbooks did, the company is looking to make up ground. As a result, on any weekday, both new and existing players can give try SGPs for free on any NFL game.

If it’s your first same game parlay at DraftKings, you’ll either win your bet, or you’ll get refunded via site credit if it loses, up to $25.

Same game parlay betting has helped DraftKings’ rivals get a boost when it comes to NFL betting volume. Now, DK is joining the fray.

How SPGs work at sportsbooks

You’ve probably heard of parlays, which allows bettors to wager on multiple games or events within one bet. If they all win, you win your bet – often with amplified odds. But if a single leg of the bet loses, so too does the entire wager.

Same game parlays work much the same way, but all the legs for your parlay come from the same game. For an NFL game, that could mean you’re betting any number of things, including:

  • The point spread for one team
  • Total of the game
  • A game proposition bet such as the first team to score 10 points
  • Team prop such as a team total
  • Team stat prop, such as coming from behind in the game
  • A bet related to a quarter of half of the game

The more legs you add, the higher the odds (and potential payout) go. Some options such as “team to win with shutout” will massively boost your odds because such an occurrence is so rare, and thus, are reflected in the SGP odds.

A same game parlay can be an intriguing option with a single-game-focused evening such as Thursday Night Football. Rather than tracking all of your parlay legs in multiple games, you can follow them all on a single game and single screen.

However, it’s worth adding a note of caution here. Although a same game parlay can offer you a potentially hefty payout on a small bet, they’ve been quite profitable for sportsbooks. In Tennessee, for example, FanDuel has handled more betting volume than any other sportsbook, and company officials say SGPs are a big reason why. They make a tidy profit on them.

They may be fun for the occasional wager, but long-term, it’s going to be difficult to make them a profitable proposition for you.

Same game parlay options for WFT vs. Giants

As of the morning of game day, Washington was a  3.5-point favorite over the Giants in the NFC East matchup.

The total for the game – a meager 41 points – was the lowest among all 16 NFL Week 2 matchups. With the likelihood of thunderstorms on Thursday evening, sloppy conditions could make scoring difficult.

Additionally, with offseason addition Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve, Taylor Heinicke steps in as starting QB. Meanwhile, under center for the Giants is Daniel Jones, who flopped in the 2021 opener and drew some heated criticism.

Therefore, points could be at a premium on Thursday with so many QB question marks.

So, say you want to back the WFT but also think the under is likely to hit. You could package them together for a same-game parlay.

Simply head to the game-specific page in DraftKings, click the SGP toggle to show those same game parlay options, and then enter your betting legs.

In this instance, WFT -3.5 and under 40.5 points, which was available earlier this week, offer odds of +275. At those odds, a winning $10 bet would net you $27.50 in profit.

Of course, you don’t need to use your risk-free wager on Thursday’s game. The rest of Week 2 offers a slate of games, including a Sunday Night Football game between the visiting Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens (+3.5).

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Dann Stupp is a longtime sports journalist who’s written and edited for The Athletic, USA Today, ESPN and other outlets. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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