A relatively late addition to the online sports betting scene is FanDuel Sportsbook. This site was established in 2018, but although late to the party appeared with a bang. Initially entering the online market in New Jersey through licensing with Meadowlands Racetrack near Metlife Stadium, it has since expanded to Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Colorado is soon to be the fifth state to roll out FanDuel Sportsbook online. The site is now one of the top sportsbooks available for players and this article will discuss why. From a generous welcome bonus to an easily navigated site and an extensive range of betting options, it is easy to see why players love FanDuel Sportsbook.
FanDuel New Player Bonus
FanDuel Sportsbook offers new players a fantastic welcome bonus: a risk-free bet up to values of $500. This is, in essence, a safety net for new players and allows them to place wagers of up to $500 knowing that if the bet does not come in, the value of the bet will be returned to them. If the bet placed wins, players do not receive the bonus but do get a decent payout. In other words, the first bet on the site is guaranteed to have a good outcome.
It is important to note that there are a few restrictions on the offer. The bonus is only available for new account holders and is only applicable to the first wager made. The bet can be placed on any sporting event, allowing players to gamble on risky outcomes and know if the gamble does not pay off then they will be no worse off. The bonus funds also come with a 1x wagering requirement, meaning players must bet the value of the bonus once over before being able to withdraw the bonus as cash. This is great for new players as often sites have extravagant bonuses with impossible wagering requirements which could result in players making a loss when trying to clear their bonus.
Other FanDuel Bonuses
The site also offers players insurance on multi-sport parlay bets. Parlay bets are often popular and are a combination of several sporting event outcomes. All the predicted outcomes must come true for the bet to win, but payouts are therefore larger hence their popularity. To receive this bonus, new players need to create a four-legged parlay. If only three of the four legs come in, FanDuel will give players up to $25 compensation. The bonus allows four wagers to be made per day. For the offer to be valid, the parlay odds must be at least -200 and players must gamble with real money, not bonus funds.
FanDuel Sports Markets
Although offering a slightly less diverse range of sports than competitor sites, FanDuel does cover all essential sports such as:
Alongside these staples, there is also the option to place wagers on more niche sports including rugby, boxing, darts, and MMA. Unfortunately, due to online sports gambling regulations in New Jersey, players cannot bet on any college sporting events.
Along with a fairly extensive range of sports, there are also good betting options for players. As well as fulltime results, players can place bets on final scores, first touchdowns, halftime outcomes, along with other proposition bets. This gives players a huge choice in their wagers which is partly what makes FanDuel such a popular site. However, where point spread bet payouts are comparable to other sites, money line bets predicting a game outcome are far superior to any other online sportsbook website.
The site also offers players odds boosts which change the odds of certain outcomes for a particular event to encourage betting. FanDuel offers a great range of events that have odds boosts making a big difference in payouts for specific events compared to competitors. Live sports betting options are also available on a range of events for those wanting in the moment action.
FanDuel Deposits and Withdrawals
FanDuel offers users nine different ways to deposit and withdraw account funds, meaning there is an option best suited for everyone. The options do vary depending on which state site is being used, but general deposit methods include payments using a credit or debit card, PayPal, prepaid cards, online bank transfers, check, wire transfers, and where applicable cash in person. Of the states FanDuel is available in, West Virginia and Indiana have the biggest deposit limitations, so it is advisable to check the options when you open the account if you reside in one of these two states. The minimum deposit amount is $10, and all deposits reach players’ accounts instantaneously.
Withdrawal of funds is usually done by check or e-check, though New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana also allow funds to be withdrawn via PayPal, and West Virginia and Indiana by prepaid card. Withdrawal of winnings can take anywhere from 24 hours to 10 business days depending on the method used.
FanDuel Software and Navigation
If you are in an eligible state, FanDuel Sportsbook can be accessed from any desktop by heading to their website. The site uses geolocation software so if you are in a state where online sports betting is not legalized you will not be granted access.
Once on the site, navigation and account sign-up is simple. The interface is clean and has well designed, easy to follow menus making it straightforward for players to access the parts of the site they desire. Sports are ordered logically and FanDuel clearly presents all available markets and betting options for each event.
FanDuel also hosts a mobile app available on both iOS and Android devices. The app is comparable to the desktop version and so regular users of the site will quickly be able to use the app without too much thought. Text is large enough to read on a smaller screen and there is essentially no unnecessary information displayed which means navigation is amazingly smooth. In the unlikely event users do get lost on the app, there is also a handy A-Z list accessible from the bottom of the page to easily guide users on where to find specific sports and information. Multiple different bet types can be added to the same betting slip which also makes organization easier.
The one minor downfall of the website and the app is that there can be issues loading content at busy times. The website, while usually efficient, can have wavering server stability when there is heavy traffic. This is worth users being aware of, especially if they are interested in in-game wagers. Similarly, although the app usually runs quickly and smoothly it can be overloaded in busy times such as during popular events. The app is more stable than the desktop website and contains all the same aspects as the site, so is often a more popular choice for players.
FanDuel Customer Support
This is another area that the site excels in. FanDuel has a comprehensive FAQ page that can answer the majority of users’ questions. If players cannot find the information they are looking for, there is a 24/7 live chat where specific and more complex questions can be answered. Alternatively, users can email the site although they will typically have to wait a few days for a response instead of chatting instantaneously to a member of staff.
FanDuel Take-Home Points
Overall, FanDuel is an excellent online sportsbook and offers users an extensive range of sporting and betting options compared to competitor sites. The platform itself is exceptional and easy to navigate with problems only ever occurring during times of high traffic flow. User experience is second-to-none, due to the straightforward website and app interface which makes placing bets straightforward, accessible, and enjoyable. As more states legalize online sports betting, it would not be surprising to see FanDuel race to the top of the sportsbook world.