Bryce Harper jogging off the field. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)
- Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season is scheduled for Thursday, April 1
- Many sportsbooks are offering great promos, bonuses, and odds boosts for the big day
- See all the best ones below
Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season is upon us! The season gets underway with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the New York Yankees at 1:05pm ET, and there are 14 more games to follow. If you’re thinking of signing up at a sportsbook to back your Tigers/Pirates/Cubs/Phillies/Rockies/White Sox, be sure you take advantage of one of the promos being offered in your region.
There are two pretty significant promos available to new users, including a risk-free $1,000 bet at one sportsbook and 100-1 odds at another, but also plenty of odds boosts as well. You can compare the offers across multiple sportsbooks below and choose the one you like best.
Sportsbook Promos for MLB Opening Day
*Only available to new customers.
DraftKings 100-1 Opening Day Promotion
DraftKings’ “Bet $1, Win $100” Opening Day promo is about as close as it gets to being free money. All you have to do is bet any team on the moneyline, and you win $100 if they record a hit. They don’t have to win the game, just record one single hit.
In our last full MLB season (2019), we saw just four no-hitters pitched in a total of 2,430 games. Since 2013, there have only been two no-hitters pitched in the month of April, as well.
Here are the finer details of this promo:
- Valid the entire month of April (April 1 at 8am ET to April 30 at 11:59pm ET)
- All MLB games are in play
- First time DraftKings users only
- Bonus is paid as four $25 free bets
- Free bets are valid for seven days
- Includes live bets
- Excludes parlays, free bets, cash out bets, voided bets, and odds boosts
- One qualifying bet per user
If you’re not already a DraftKings customer, take advantage of this free money.
FanDuel Risk-Free Opening Day Bet
If you’re not already a FanDuel customer, now is a great time to become one. With FanDuel Sportsbook’s Opening Day promo, new users get a risk-free wager of up to $1,000. This means if you lose your bet, the sportsbook will refund your losses in the form of a free-bet – only up to $1,000 of course.
The question is just how to treat this promo. Do you bet a heavy favorite or go for the jugular with an underdog?
Right now, the Padres are listed as the heaviest favorites against the Diamondbacks. A $1,000 bet on San Diego at -240 odds would win $416.67. That’s some pretty good padding on your bankroll. However, there are some intriguing underdogs to consider on Opening Day as well, including the Nationals as +126 dogs against the Mets with Max Scherzer taking the mound. A $1,000 bet on Washington would win you $1,260.
You can have a look at all the lines on our MLB odds page.
After working in TV, Matt turned his focus towards numbers, specifically odds. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD’s Editor-in-Chief, credited with creating our futures trackers, SBD’s score predictor, SBD Sharp, and his own model for calculating NFL SOS, among other products.