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California sportsbook promos & bonuses

Score big with our guide to California sportsbook promos. Navigate through the thrilling offers expected at CA sportsbooks, understand how promos work, and unlock ways to claim them. From deciphering wagering requirements to savvy tips and exploring the why behind bonuses, we've got your back in maximizing your betting gains.

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Another year has nearly come and gone with no California sports betting legislation passing in the Golden State.

Even still, sports fans and bettors alike remain optimistic that the state with the biggest population in the country (39 million) will eventually get sports betting.

With that in mind, let’s look at some sportsbook promos in California to be on the lookout for when the day finally comes.

Best California sportsbook promos & bonuses

Below is a glimpse into the California sportsbook promos we might expect in the future, based on what's being offered elsewhere.

📱 DraftKings CA promo 🎁 Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets
📱 FanDuel CA promo 🎁 $1000 No Sweat Bet
📱 BetRivers CA promo 🎁 Second Chance Bet Up To $500
📱 Fanatics CA promo 🎁 Bet $10 Get $40 in Bonus Bets
📱 BetMGM CA promo 🎁 Second Chance Bet Up To $1500
📱 Caesars CA promo 🎁 Second Chance Bet Up To $1000

What promos might California sportsbooks offer?

With nearly 40 sportsbooks that have set up shop legally in the United States as 2024 continues, there is more competition than ever to get players’ business.

One of the approaches sportsbooks take to get it is to offer promos designed to attract new bettors. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common sportsbook promos Californians can eventually expect.

  • Welcome bonuses – Also commonly referred to as a “sign-up bonus,” welcome bonuses can be found in almost every single online sportsbook. They are only available for new account sign-ups and come in the form of a bonus based on the size of your initial deposit.
  • Second chance bets – A second chance bet is a promo a sportsbook will sometimes offer that refunds your losing bet in the form of bonus bets. These are not real funds and can not be withdrawn, but do offer you a chance to continue betting.
  • Deposit match bonuses – Usually in the form of a percentage of the amount you deposit, sportsbooks will match the deposit you make in the form of bonus bets or site credit. While it’s important to be aware of the terms and conditions for any promo you accept, pay extra attention to deposit match bonuses as they often have more requirements than other types.
  • No deposit bonuses – Largely uncommon in the space, no deposit bonuses work as the name implies, giving out a bonus without the need to deposit. These are typically offered in the form of bonus bets simply for signing up for an account.
  • Loyalty programs – California betting bonuses and promos won’t just be designed to attract new customers – they will also keep existing ones coming back for more instead of patronizing a competitor. The biggest bettors can even gain access to sportsbooks VIP programs, which offer credits for things such as sporting event tickets, dining experiences, vacations, and more. Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook are among the best in terms of loyalty programs.
  • Boosted odds – Sportsbooks offer boosted odds on select games and events, and they are designed to entice betting action. Boosted odds can be preset by a sportsbook on a particular side, or given as a blanket promo for bettors to choose which bets they use it on. As the name implies, you as a bettor receive more favorable (boosted) odds than you otherwise would.
  • Parlay profit boosts – With parlays being among the most profitable betting types for sportsbooks, they use parlay profit boosts to incentivize more of them. With this promo, the odds of a parlay you put together are increased (boosted), resulting in a bigger payout than you would otherwise receive.
  • Daily & weekly profit boosts – Due to increased competition in the industry, sportsbooks now offer daily and weekly profit boosts designed to increase your potential profit should you win the bet. As an example, if you bet $100 on the Los Angeles Rams at +100 with a profit boost of 25%, your winnings would be $225 ($100 risked, $100 earned, and $25 for 25% of your earnings).
  • Cashback – In this promo type, a bettor places a bet with real money, and if it loses, it is refunded in the form of bonus bets (not cash). Because they are bonus bets, you can not cash out the funds until you bet with them again.
  • Reload bonuses – Reload bonuses are designed for existing customers, and operate similarly to deposit matches and sign-up bonuses. As with the other promos, bettors will receive their bonuses in the form of bonus bets at the time they deposit (reload) money onto the site.

How do sportsbook promos work?

While sportsbook promos vary in terms of how they work, generally speaking, you must deposit money into the sportsbook account and select the promo at that time. Most often, promos come in the form of bonus bets for bettors to use to place their wagers.

How will I be able to get promos on betting sites in California?

You will be able to get promos on betting sites in California with just a few clicks and data entry screens. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to get promos at DraftKings Sportsbook, and be sure to check back here when California sports betting does get legalized.

  1. Head to the sportsbook’s website – Go to Sportsbook.DraftKings.com and navigate to the upper right-hand corner where you’ll see a green “Join Now” button.
  2. Enter your basic information requested – These will include things such as first name, last name, date of birth, and the last four of your Social Security number.
  3. Find the promos section – Once your account is verified, head back to the main page and find “Promos” on the main toolbar.
  4. Browse the promos available – From here, you will see the promos broken down by type, including sections for new customers, odds boosts, profit boosts, refer a friend, and more.
  5. Choose your promo – Depending on the promo you want, select the green “Opt-In” button or “Deposit” button to activate your promo.

What wagering requirements could apply to betting bonuses in CA?

It’s important when signing up for betting bonuses in CA that you are aware of the terms and conditions involved, as well as any requirements. Let’s look at a few things to consider.

  • Play-throughs/rollovers: More commonly referred to as a rollover requirement, this means you must bet a certain multiplier of the bonus amount for it to convert from bonus bets to real funds. As an example, if you get a $100 betting credit bonus with a 5x rollover requirement, you can’t make a cash withdrawal until you have wagered a total of $500.
  • Minimum deposits: If you are using a sign-up bonus or any other promo that involves a deposit, there will be a minimum deposit amount you will have to hit. Most often, these are still small amounts, usually in the $5 to $10 range.
  • Promo length: Almost all promos have a shelf life for when they are valid, ranging from days to weeks to months. Sportsbooks are constantly cycling betting bonuses on and off, and we always update the current offers on our site.

Helpful tips when using sportsbook promos in California

When we finally do get California betting bonuses, every sportsbook that is live in California will be lining up at your door (email inbox, TV commercials, etc.) to offer you their promos. Let’s take a look at a few things to consider when finding the best one for you.

  • Be aware of the terms and conditions. Whether they are rollover requirements, minimum/maximum amounts, or other details, understand the terms before you take action.
  • Shop for the best sportsbook promos in California. Depending on if you’re looking for deposit bonuses, loyalty programs, or something else, make sure to check all of the sportsbooks that are live in California to find the one that best suits your needs.
  • Use profit boosts. Unlike odds boosts that often apply to a specific event that the sportsbook wants you to bet on, profit boosts can usually be used on whatever bet you choose.

Pros and cons of betting promos at CA sportsbooks

Just like with sports betting itself, betting promos from CA sportsbooks will have some downsides in addition to the upsides. Let’s dive into a few of the pros and cons of betting promos.

Pros

  • Receive bonus bets you would otherwise not have
  • Freedom to open multiple accounts to snag a number of different welcome offers
  • Receive bonus bets back for lost wagers

Cons

  • Playthrough requirements for bonus bets that can be hard to meet
  • Sometimes complicated terms and conditions are confusing
  • Bonus bets received are often based on the size of your initial deposit

Why do sportsbooks offer bonuses?

First and foremost, sportsbooks offer bonuses and promos to get you to sign up for an account with them, and not their competitors. While most sportsbook promos are focused on new customers, they also offer an increasing number of existing player specials that are designed to keep their customers on their site.

Lastly, when it comes to odds boosts, California sports betting apps often offer them when they are trying to draw money to a particular side to even out the action.


FAQ

Will only new players be able to claim sportsbook promos in CA?

No, not only new players will be able to claim sportsbook promos in CA. No, there are also promos that existing players will be able to claim at California sportsbooks.

Which sportsbooks coming to CA will offer the best promos?

It is still unknown which sportsbooks coming to CA will offer the best promos, but be sure to bookmark this page and come back when California online sports betting goes live.

Will sportsbook promos in California be safe?

Yes, all sportsbook promos in California will be safe when legal sportsbook operators set up shop in the state.

Will I need to deposit money to receive a bonus on CA gambling sites?

Yes, in almost all cases, you will need to deposit money to receive a bonus on CA gambling sites when they go live.

Can you cash out bonus funds on sportsbook sites?

No, you can’t cash out bonus funds on sportsbook sites. Bonus funds on sportsbook sites require you to bet with the money to convert it into funds that will be withdrawable. Check the terms and conditions for phrases like “play-through” and “rollover” to understand better when bonus funds will convert to real money.

Fact checked by: Gary Garry