It didn’t take long for daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel to take advantage of the legalization of sports betting in the United States – and now that the company has a foothold in New Jersey, the sky’s the limit. The FanDuel Sportsbook provides bettors with one of the best all-around experiences of any sportsbook in the country, having overcome some initial hiccups to provide strong customer service, tons of fun promos and a near-flawless interface.
PROS: Timely payout speed, user-friendly interface, competitive moneyline odds
CONS: Limited withdrawal options
MOBILE INTERFACE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
DEPOSIT BONUS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
SAFETY AND SECURITY: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
CUSTOMER SERVICE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
USER EXPERIENCE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
FanDuel Sportsbook History
After carving out a place at the top of the DFS heap, FanDuel jumped into the sports betting fray when it was purchased by Paddy Power Betfair shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the country’s existing sports betting ban was unconstitutional. Less than two months after the deal was finalized, FanDuel began operating at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J., through a partnership with the Golden Nugget in nearby Atlantic City.
While the FanDuel Sportsbook can also be found at the Greenbrier Resort, a private casino in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., it is not offering mobile sports betting at the moment – and there is no firm timetable for when FanDuel Sportsbook will launch its mobile offering in the state. FanDuel is also aligned with Valley Forge Casino and Resort in Pennsylvania and began offering mobile sports betting in PA during the summer.
First Deposit Bonus
FanDuel Sportsbook welcomes new sports bettors with an incredible offer: Make an initial deposit, and you will be awarded a free bet for up to $500. Once the deposit is approved, players can make their first bet – if they lose, FanDuel Sportsbook will reimburse the amount of the wager in betting credit; if they’re successful, they’re credited with the winnings.
There is no promo or referral code required for this bonus – simply sign up, deposit, and you’re automatically awarded a free first bet for up to $500. You do, however, have to deposit at least $10 no later than seven days from the moment you first sign up for a FanDuel Sportsbook account to be eligible for the free first bet offer.
Signing up for a FanDuel Sportsbook account is an easy, quick process. You’ll be asked to provide your name, date of birth, contact information (email and phone) and social security number. You’ll then select a username and password, along with multiple security questions you’ll need to answer should you forget your password.
While no photo identification is required to create your account, you will need to provide it if there is a security issue at some point down the road. Suspicious activity within your account will prompt FanDuel to request photo ID, proof of address and evidence that any credit cards or bank accounts connected to the account are, in fact, yours. You must be at least 21 years old to open an account, and cannot make a wager unless you are within the state of New Jersey.
FanDuel Sportsbook Interface
The interface might just be the best part of the FanDuel Sportsbook experience:
The mobile interface closely resembles the desktop look, which is clean and easy to follow. Those looking to roll with the consensus plays can do so with minimal effort: not only does FanDuel Sportsbook feature the most popular leagues at the top of its left-hand navigation, it also features the most popular wagers within each sport – as well as on the site as a whole – within the first tab of the center nav.
Moneyline odds for each game are presented with big blue numbers, making them easy to read. And you’ll never not know what FanDuel Sportsbook promotions are on the go: They’re situated in the top middle of the screen, giving bettors plenty of enticement to click in.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
FanDuel Sportsbook offers a wide variety of deposit options depending on user preference. Here are the main ones to consider:
Credit Card: While this might be one of the easiest ways to fund your account, FanDuel makes it clear that some credit card companies consider a deposit with them to be the same as requesting a cash advance, and will charge users fees in that vein. So do your homework here before opting to use your credit card.
FanDuel Prepaid Card: These can be obtained through either the BetFair or FanDuel website, and can be linked to your Visa or Mastercard as soon as they’re approved. The cards usually take 2-3 weeks to arrive in the mail.
PayPal: This might actually be the easiest way to fund your account – particularly if you’ve used PayPal in the past. If not, simply create an account, link a credit card or bank account, and make your deposit through the FanDuel Sportsbook app or website.
Automated Clearing House or e-check: You can use an ACH or e-check by simply providing a bank routing number and account number. You can also opt for an online bank transfer by using the same information; eligible banks include PNC, Chase, Wells Fargo, Capital One 360, BB&T, S. Bank, Suntrust, Regions and Bank of America.
“PayNearMe”: You can obtain a barcode on the FanDuel app or website that will enable you to fund your account by scanning that code at a participating CVS, 7-11 or Family Dollar store. Funds are generally available within 20 minutes of the deposit.
Mail options: You can send a regular check, cashier’s check, money order or bank draft to FanDuel; be sure to include your email address and screen name.
Withdrawal options are more limited, but certainly not restrictive:
PayPal: If you fund your account this way, you can request funds back to your account.
Automated Clearing House or e-check: You can request an ACH or e-check by providing the same bank routing number and account number you used to fund the account.
FanDuel Prepaid Card: Once your card has been activated and received, you can request to have money transferred onto it. You can then use the card at any ATM; it usually takes around 36 hours for the money to appear once you have requested it.
Check: You can have FanDuel Sportsbook send you a check in the mail; expect it to take up to a week to arrive.
As you might expect, FanDuel Sportsbook didn’t launch with a full complement of sports available. And as you might also expect, that offering has since grown. In addition to housing all of the major North American professional sports – along with college football and college basketball – FanDuel is also offering a wide array of international and/or individual sports:
- Australian Rules Football
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Motor Racing
As great as FanDuel Sportsbook’s initial $500 deposit bonus is, its promotions might be even better. The company regularly offers “insurance” bets in which participants are refunded their wager if they come close to converting their wager without actually doing so (terms and conditions apply, of course). FanDuel also offers “odds boosts”, where it’ll provide better final odds for a game or prop outcome up to a max bet size, usually $50.
Bettors should, however, make sure to read the regulations for all promotions: for example, while some insurance bets will provide actual money back, others provide site credit instead – meaning it must be used to wager on FanDuel, and cannot actually be cashed out. However, all regulations and stipulations are clearly laid out within each individual promotion.
FanDuel Sportsbook features every notable bet type available: Moneyline, total, (Over/Under), spread, prop, teaser, parlay (up to 10 games included) and futures wagers. FanDuel also offers a wide array of live betting options across the majority of the sports it features.
FanDuel Sportsbook provides 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week customer service. Those with a question or concern can opt to either call a FanDuel Sportsbook customer support specialist at 877-689-0662, reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the app’s Live Chat feature. All of these options can be accessed through the “Support” link found either in the Other Links section in the left-hand manu, or at the bottom of the main page interface.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is FanDuel Sportsbook secure?
FanDuel Sportsbook uses the same SSL protocol to protect users’ information as the majority of online casinos world-wide; it will also trigger an instant and thorough security review if any suspicious activity is reported on a user’s account.
What is my maximum bet amount?
Each sport – and individual bet opportunity within each sport – comes with its own maximum bet. But one amount is standard: No bettor can win more than $1 million in a single day.
What measures does FanDuel Sportsbook put in place to help me manage my gambling?
If you’re struggling with your gambling, FanDuel Sportsbook can help. The Responsible Gaming section of the Other Links menu provides players with the opportunity to set deposit limits, time restrictions, and even execute a self-imposed ban (fixed or indefinite) from sports gambling. FanDuel Sportsbook also prominently features the Problem Gamblers Help Network telephone number across the top of the home screen.
What help does FanDuel Sportsbook provide for novice bettors?
In addition to providing a comprehensive sports betting guide, FanDuel Sportsbook offers players access to its house rules, terms and conditions and responsible gaming mandates in the Other Links section, which can be found at the bottom of the left-side navigation menu. The betting guide offers an abundance of helpful explanations on the various bet types, along with a “what you need to know” section for each individual sport.
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