FanDuel Sportsbook Review

FanDuel was founded in 2009 and established itself as a major player in sports entertainment as one of the original daily fantasy sports sites that took the nation by storm and famously bombarded NFL viewers with advertisements a few years back.

FanDuel is still deeply involved in DFS today, but pivoted to sports betting in mid-2018 after partnering with Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey to run a retail sportsbook at the track. FanDuel Sportsbook launched mobile and online betting two months later after receiving authorization from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).

Outside of New Jersey, FanDuel has also expanded its betting operations to Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Mississippi with plans to launch in more states moving forward. Indiana and Iowa are also on the shortlist of states soon to have an operational FanDuel sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook is a comprehensive online betting site that offers traditional sports betting, in-play wagers and a simple welcome bonus for new customers. From the same people who made daily fantasy sports famous in the United States, FanDuel Sportsbook is now open for business.

Pros

  • FanDuel is a trusted name in sports entertainment
  • In-play betting with live statistics
  • Simple, easy-to-clear welcome bonus
  • Extensive array of betting markets offered every day

Cons

  • Does not yet host live game broadcasts
  • A little short on some international sports such as cricket and rugby

Overall Rating

Sports Covered

Variety of Bet Types Offered

Ease of Use

Juice - Competitiveness of Lines

FanDuel Sportsbook Info

FanDuel is partially owned by Betfair US, which is a subsidiary of international gaming giant Flutter Entertainment (formerly Paddy Power Betfair).

In a merger agreement, Betfair US acquired a 61% share of the combined US-focused business venture and has options to increase that share to 80% after three years and 100% after five years.

The deal with Betfair US benefited FanDuel Sportsbook by injecting decades’ worth of sports betting experience in the UK and abroad. Partnering with Betfair US gave FanDuel a jump in getting its own sports betting business up and smoothly running. Add to that FanDuel’s name recognition as one of the pioneers of daily fantasy sports in the US and you have an online sportsbook that has all the ingredients it needs to carve out a place in the industry.

FanDuel Sportsbook Bonus

Sign up for a new account at FanDuel Sportsbook to claim a risk-free bet worth up to $500 in site credit.

To claim this bonus, sign up for an account and place your first wager using your own money. If it’s a winner, you’ll keep your winnings as normal and nothing else happens. If your first bet is a loser, FanDuel will refund it with up to $500 in site credit that you can use to place additional wagers risk-free.

For example, if you sign up and bet $100 on the Raiders and lose, FanDuel Sportsbook will give you $100 in bonus funds. This money cannot be withdrawn, but you may use it to place additional wagers for a second chance at coming away a winner.

Also note that any money won with your FanDuel Sportsbook bonus may only be withdrawn after wagering the bonus amount one time in the sportsbook. For example, if you get $100 in site credit, you’ll need to place $100 worth of wagers before withdrawing anything won with your bonus money.

Claim your welcome bonus at:

sportsbook.fanduel.com

Sports Covered and Types of Bets Offered

FanDuel Online Sportsbook has offered a full contingent of sports betting options from day one that include the likes of baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, MMA, soccer, tennis and more. The full list of sports varies by the season, but generally you can expect to find wagers for every major sporting competition being held around the world.

FanDuel also supports college sports, including college football and basketball. Offshoot leagues such as the WNBA and CFL are also covered when in season. Soccer is covered in great detail as well with MLS, UEFA and all manner of international leagues.

Types of bets offered runs the gamut from basic money lines and point spreads to highly specific prop bets such as “which team will score first but lose the game.” Individual games are home to dozens of betting options in categories such as game props, player props, first half, second half, first quarter and so on. In short, almost every possible metric by which you could judge a team’s or player’s performance can be bet on.

You can visit FanDuel Sportsbook and view the various betting options without logging in. Just visit the website, choose a sport of your choice and then select a game that interests you. From there, you can use a series of tabs to navigate between the various types of bets available for that particular matchup. Also, don’t forget to select the “more” option to view additional categories.

In-Play Betting at FanDuel

FanDuel Sportsbook covers multiple events every day with live betting markets that accept wagers after the event has already started. In-play betting options include wagers on the outcome of the game at updated odds along with short-term wagers such as the result of the next drive in an NFL game, who will win the next set in a tennis match and so on.

The in-play betting interface does not yet feature live streams, but does have a live scoring display that shows the current score, possession information and game stats on a virtual representation of the field or court. Live streams would be nice, but the live scoring interface will be useful for anyone who can’t get to a TV in time to watch the game live.

FanDuel in-play markets also support early cashouts, which allow customers to close their bets early at reduced odds in order to lock in a win when the game appears to be going well or to limit their losses when the game has taken a turn for the worse.

FanDuel Sportsbook Mobile App

Users on the go can download the dedicated FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app for iOS and Android devices to view the lines, place bets and manage their accounts. All the same types of bets and features offered on the web platform are also available through the mobile app.

FanDuel mobile is designed for simple navigation with a row of icons displayed near the top of the screen that can be used to visit the live betting tab or any major sport that has open wagers. The rest of the screen is reserved for displaying all available markets for the selected sport.

Upon logging in, you’ll see a list of popular wagers along with the odds of each outcome and options to view more wagers for that particular game. A row of tabs just above that area can be used to navigate to in-play wagers and to view the lines for upcoming games / events.

A notifications area near the top of the app cycles through various offers, popular events and links to important news updates. For example, you might log in and see notifications for a new deposit bonus, an upcoming NFL game, an important tennis match and an update on a new feature.

Something the FanDuel Sportsbook app does well is organize a lot of information in an intuitive manner. You’ll find thousands of bets at any given time, but drilling down to a specific wager is a simple matter of choosing your sport, selecting “more wagers” under your game and then using the tabs at the top of the game page to filter by type of wager.

Deposit Methods

FanDuel Sportsbook supports a standard array of deposit options such as credit and debit cards, electronic transfers and even cash.

  • Credit and Debit Card: VISA and MasterCard are accepted. FanDuel does not charge anything for using a card, but players should be aware some issuing banks treat deposits to online betting sites as cash advances and charge additional fees. Also note that some issuing banks still automatically block deposits to betting sites. If you have trouble depositing with your credit card, the easiest thing to do is try the FanDuel prepaid card.
  • FanDuel Prepaid Card: You can sign up for a prepaid card at the Betfair website here. After signing up, you can fund your virtual card instantly via VISA, MasterCard or ACH. FanDuel will also send a physical card in the mail that you can use at ATMs or anyhere Discover is accepted.
  • ACH eCheck: Transfer funds straight from your bank account to your FanDuel Sportsbook account. The only things you need are a bank account and photo ID.
  • Online Bill Pay: If you have bill pay enabled with your bank, you can use your online banking login information to authorize a deposit to FanDuel. This option works for most major national banks.
  • PayNearMe: Use PayNearMe to make a deposit with physical cash. Just choose this option in the deposit menu at FanDuel.com and you’ll receive a pay ticket that you can either print or save to your phone. Take your ticket to the nearest 7-Eleven, CVS or Family Dollar and pay the cashier with cash. Your account will be credited within 15 minutes.
  • Check: You can also send a cashier check, money order, bankers draft or personal check to FanDuel at the address listed on the deposit page in your FanDuel account.

States Where FanDuel Sportsbooks Operate

FanDuel has been quick to leap on opportunity across the US amid changing laws. The successful launch of its first sportsbook in New Jersey did not slow the company’s expansion plans. As additional states legalize sports betting, we expect to see FanDuel right in the middle of the action.

Here’s where FanDuel currently operates retail sportsbooks and/or mobile betting apps.

FanDuel New Jersey

  • Availability: Mobile betting and retail sportsbook
  • Land-Based Partner: Meadowlands Racetrack

FanDuel reigns supreme in New Jersey as the state’s revenue leader by a long shot. Since launching its retail sportsbook at Meadowlands in July 2018 and mobile app in September 2018, FanDuel has come to dominate the NJ betting market.

Today, FanDuel alone accounts for nearly half the total revenue generated by all sportsbooks across the state combined.

FanDuel Pennsylvania

  • Availability: Mobile betting and retail sportsbook
  • Land-Based Partner: Valley Forge Casino Resort

FanDuel came to Pennsylvania in March 2019 with the launch of a sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort. A mobile app and betting website followed a few months later to make FanDuel fully accessible across the state.

The sportsbook at Valley Forge operates as a part of a larger deal between FanDuel and Boyd Gaming that covers multiple states.

FanDuel Iowa

  • Availability: Retail sportsbooks now open and mobile betting coming soon
  • Land-Based Partners: Diamond Jo Worth and Diamond Jo Dubuque

FanDuel is partnered with the two Diamond Jo casinos in Iowa as a part of its larger partnership with Boyd Gaming. Diamond Jo Worth and Diamond Jo Dubuque have each constructed a FanDuel-themed sportsbook and will soon launch mobile betting.

FanDuel New York

  • Availability: Retail sportsbook
  • Land-Based Partner: Tioga Downs

FanDuel came to New York by way of Tioga Downs in July 2019.

State law does not permit mobile sports betting, but that will most likely change sooner or later. Some lawmakers believe it would require an amendment to the state constitution to legalize online betting (which would be a lengthy process) while others believe all that’s necessary is new legislation.

FanDuel West Virginia

  • Availability: Retail sportsbook
  • Land-Based Partner: Greenbrier Resort

The Casino Club at the Greenbrier Resort opened its own FanDuel Sportsbook in 2018. Online sports betting is legal in West Virginia, but FanDuel has not announced a start date for its own mobile app in WV.

FanDuel Mississippi

  • Availability: Two retail sportsbooks
  • Land-Based Partners: IP Biloxi and Sam’s Town Tunica

FanDuel’s partnership with Boyd Gaming has been especially rewarding in Mississippi, where it has been able to launch sportsbooks at two Boyd-owned casinos: IP Biloxi and Sam’s Town Tunica.

FanDuel Indiana

  • Availability: In-person and mobile betting in the works
  • Land-Based Partner: Blue Chip Casino

The partnership FanDuel has with Boyd Gaming should extend to Indiana via the Blue Chip Casino. NWI Times has also reported the same, but details on FanDuel’s plans in Indiana are limited at this time. We do know the Indiana Gaming Commission is aiming for a September 1st start date, and FanDuel shouldn’t be too far behind.