As many of you know, the state of Michigan launched regulated online gambling earlier this year. The initial wave was fantastic and filled with free chips, great bonuses with low wagering requirements, and fast payouts. About a month afterward things dried up a bit, but we're still getting some un-loseable sports bets (ie. the spread on a team losing being 100 points).
Finding good blackjack hasn't been as easy as getting good sports wagers or finding slots to play. A lot of the casinos I've come across offer maybe one or two different blackjack games, and they really aren't all that spectacular. When it comes to sites that offer the game, the three best are DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers.
Last night I was sitting on the CL site reading some news when I got an email from DraftKings. The text said that they "missed me" and wanted me to come play some in the casino. They offered me a 20% deposit match bonus up to $100. Even better, the bonus only had a 1x wagering requirement, and it was only on the bonus that was given. After consulting with CL-Ed, whose math indicated I'd stand to win about $96 if I played proper strategy, I determined that it was time to get some money in.
I deposited $500 on the site and was treated with the full $100 bonus. Initially, I didn't see the funds in my account and had to reach out to the casino's reps. The trick here is that the funds were actually segregated from my main bankroll. This is good, as it wasn't directly tied to the money I put in at all. The funds were playable when you clicked a game, where the site gave you the chance to play with your free credits. I made my way to the Multi-hand DraftKings Blackjack game, loaded up the Wizard of Odds blackjack strategy guide, and got to work.
In all, I can say that I played perfect strategy. The game actually showed my win/loss for the session using those bonus funds. Curious, I reset the game and the stats were wiped, showing fresh win/loss numbers. This shows what you're up or down in a single session, and is good for making sure you have a good eye on what is actually happening. After wagering my funds, I came out with $94.50 that was cashable, which was pretty darn close to what Ed estimated.
I proceeded to quickly cash out those funds and logged out. My plan is to stay away until I get another great offer like this and then I'll be right back in! I love DraftKings blackjack games and I think they're the best in my state.