FanDuel Sportsbook Review
FanDuel rose to prominence as a daily fantasy sports operator that capitalized on a federal ban on sports betting in every state apart from Nevada. In lieu of regulated sports betting, many sports fans turned to DFS instead and FanDuel won legions of customers thanks to high-profile marketing campaigns. When the US Supreme Court axed that federal ban it decided to diversify its offering and it launched its first sportsbook in New Jersey in time for the 2018 NFL season. Online operators in the Garden State have to be tied in with a land-based operator, and FanDuel has a deal with the Meadowlands racetrack, where it operates a popular bricks and mortar sportsbook at the home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
When the US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, ushering in a new era of legal sports betting in the US, the world’s biggest companies immediately began circling. Paddy Power Betfair, the world’s largest online sports betting firm, quickly snapped up FanDuel. Its plan was to marry a brand that was already popular in the US with the vast expertise it possessed in running two extremely successful sites, Paddy Power and Betfair. It now uses the FanDuel name to front its US activities and that subsidiary is driving strong growth in the overall firm.
What Software is FanDuel run on?
IGT’s PlayShot built-in content management system powers FanDuel’s online and mobile sports betting platform in New Jersey. The software provider has integrated PlayShot into the GAN player account management system utilized by FanDuel, which has in turn drawn on Paddy Power Betfair’s broad expertise in the field to design a responsive HTML site for desktop and mobile. FanDuel says it is confident that IGT's proven technology and quick delivery will enable it to offer unparalleled sports betting entertainment to its players with an intuitive and reliable user experience.
Does FanDuel Offer any Promotions on Sign Up?
FanDuel will match your first deposit up to $100 in order to provide an extra incentive to sign up to its sportsbook. It is really simple and it does not require you to enter a promotional code or opt in. You simply deposit anything from $10 to $100 and you start with double that amount in credit, which must be wagered on markets where the odds are -200 minimum. What also sets FanDuel apart from its rivals is the exciting range of short-term promos it runs in a bid to keep its customers engaged. It has run bet guarantees worth up to $200, blown lead coverage, parlay insurance up to $100 and NFL close loss insurance on moneyline bets if your team loses by six points or fewer.
What Sports can you bet on at FanDuel?
Baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, MMA, soccer and tennis are all covered on the FanDuel sportsbook site. That is quite a limited range of sports when you consider that Paddy Power covers more than 40, including athletics, Aussie rules football, beach soccer, beach volleyball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, field hockey Gaelic football, Gaelic hurling, greyhounds, handball, horse racing, motor racing, rugby league, rugby union, snooker and volleyball, along with special markets on elections and TV series. But this is a new site and New Jersey residents are only just getting used to regulated sports wagering, so the number of sports it covers could well be expanded in future. Yet it also makes sense for FanDuel to focus on the big sports, which attract the lion’s share of wager, and put 100% effort into creating a strong offering on NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, UFC, college football, soccer, golf and tennis.
It does boast a solid live betting section featuring all the latest tennis, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, hockey and basketball games. You can go into an obscure soccer match between two Danish teams and find a huge array of live betting options, including the usual moneyline, along with goal props, spreads, and second half props. Many sportsbooks struggle to present such a strong in-play offering, and this section of the site is really attractive and easy to navigate.
Can you bet on Horse Racing at FanDuel?
FanDuel is the only online sportsbook in New Jersey that is tied to a racetrack rather than a casino, but it does not offer wagering on horse races. Parent company Paddy Power puts a great deal of emphasis on horse racing, so this might change in future.
What Types of Markets are on Offer at FanDuel?
FanDuel offers exceptionally thorough coverage of the big sports like football, basketball and hockey. When you click on a particular NFL game you will be presented with a slick page featuring the main three options – spread, moneyline and total points – laid out in an aesthetically pleasing format. You can then scroll down the page and find a wide range of exotic props. It starts with a four-way winning margin, before presenting a money line / total points parlay. Click on the alternate spreads tab and you will be presented with an enormous list of different spreads that skew the odds in both directions, with prices going all the way from -3000 to +2100.
You can bet on away team total points, home team total points, half-time / full-time result, winning margin, first half money line, first half spread, first quarter spread, first quarter spread and many more. It is great to see spread and total points parlay options, along with money line and alternate total points parlays. You can find a number of player prop parlays, and you can also wager on the first touchdown scorer or anytime touchdown scorer or back players to score multiple touchdowns.
Basketball is extremely well covered, allowing you to bet on who will score the first basket, line / total double, match / total double, winning margin, home team total points, away team total points, winning margin and a range of same game parlays. They include line and total parlays, player performance doubles and first basket and winner doubles, while you can choose from a wealth of player props. Hockey comes replete with loads of goals props, score props, period props and game props. You can bet on a team to win to nil, both teams to score in the third period, a first period money line double and many, many more options.
Soccer is a good sport for gauging how comprehensive a sportsbook is with its market coverage and FanDuel is really strong here. You can bet on popular options like the moneyline, both teams to score, correct score, over or under 0.5, 1.5 and 2.5 goals, spread, double chance and draw no bet. Then you will find all manner of intriguing player props, such as a player to score and his team to win, a player to score twice and to score a hat-trick, along with first and second half props, corner props, card props, penalty props and many more. It offers far more betting options on big soccer games than most big European betting sites, which is saying something.
What is the Sign Up Process Like at FanDuel?
If you already have a FanDuel daily fantasy account, you can use that to join the sports betting platform too. Otherwise you simply click on the “Join Now” tab at the top right of the page and fill in personal details and contact details. You choose a username and password and it verifies your identity before assigning you an account. You must be at least 21 years of age and physically located in New Jersey. The whole process is quick and smooth.
How do I Deposit on FanDuel?
You have a number of options when placing a deposit at FanDuel, including:
- FanDuel or Betfair prepaid card
- Wire transfer
- Bank transfer
- Check to to BetFair Interactive US LLC
However, unlike its rivals, FanDuel is not tied to an Atlantic City casino, so there is no cage for you to go to and deposit cash.
What is the Withdrawal Process Like at FanDuel?
The withdrawal process is pretty straightforward and your options include ACH, check, FanDuel prepaid card and PayPal. An e-check will take around 24 hours for approval and then it can take three to five days to appear in you account.
What Betting Products are on Offer at FanDuel?
Parlay builder: Yes
Request a bet: No
Same game parlay: Yes