It seems as though anything FanDuel touches turns to gold. When its daily fantasy sports site launched in 2009, it quickly rose the ranks to become one of the top DFS platforms in the U.S. And when the company decided to make the transition to online sports betting, it dominated the market in a similar fashion, with an industry-leading mobile app and impressive browser-based sportsbook.
Great lines, innovative promotional offerings and a huge selection of betting options helps keep FanDuel in the top spot in seemingly every market it enters. Below you will find a full in-depth analysis of FanDuel online sportsbook, including its welcome package, betting markets, banking options and more.
FanDuel Sportsbook new player bonus
FanDuel hasn’t held back on its promotional spend, and that’s terrific news for new players. The standing offer for fresh faces is a risk-free bet up to $500, with no promo code required. Simply use one of the links on this page to be whisked away to FanDuel Sportsbook and start the signup process.
How it works, is that if a player loses their first real-money wager on the site, FanDuel will provide a full refund, in the form of site credit, up to $500.
It’s not a perfect offer, as winners won’t receive anything besides their winnings, and those who receive the site credit will have to wager the full amount (1x playthrough) before they can cash out any winnings, but it’s still among the most generous welcome packages in the U.S. sports betting market.
But what if you don’t want to place a $500 bet? No problem. Even players who deposit and wager $20 are still eligible for the promotion, it’s just that they’ll only win a $20 site credit if the initial wager falls flat.
Where is it legal to play FanDuel Sportsbook?
FanDuel has already proven itself as one of the top online sportsbooks in the country and is opening up shop in as many states as it can.
FanDuel Sportsbook makes signing up for an account as breezy as possible, but as is the case in any regulated market, newcomers will have to meet certain eligibility requirements.
Who is eligible for an account?
First off, by state law, bettors must be 21 years of age or older to register an account. They also must be in possession of a valid social security number.
Beyond that, there isn’t too much holding you back. Players do not need to be inside a state in which FanDuel operates in order to register an account; the location restrictions only apply to real-money wagering. It is worth noting that individuals that may have influence over sporting events covered by FanDuel’s betting markets cannot create an account. This mainly applies to players, refs, coaches, and anyone else with a controlling influence — not the guy who sells pretzels at the Meadowlands.
If you already have an account at FanDuel partner sites like Betfair, PokerStars or FOX Bet, your account information might automatically be linked to FanDuel Sportsbook, and you won’t need to create a new account. This is because Betfair and FanDuel share a close relationship (Paddy Power Betfair acquired FanDuel in 2018).
FanDuel DFS players too can sync their account to the sportsbook, saving precious keystrokes and clicks.
As for the rest of us, we’re going to have to start the registration process from scratch. But fear not, it’s far from cumbersome. You’ll need to enter in a few basic pieces of information, such as your full name, DOB, address, phone number, and the last four digits of your SSN.
In order to complete the registration process, you will have to pass the verification check. This is designed to ensure that you are who you say you are, as a security protocol. So, do make sure to check and recheck the information that you entered for accuracy. The verification check only takes a few seconds.
There are myriad ways to get money on and off the site, with most transactions processed instantaneously.
Players depositing with Visa and MasterCard should be warned that acceptance rates trend lower compared to other methods. And credit card companies (never FanDuel) may impose cash advance fees on transactions. If you’re going to go this route, best to try a debit card first.
Otherwise, we generally recommend that bettors use another method when they can. Luckily FanDuel offers plenty of options, such as:
FanDuel prepaid card
Online bank transfers
PayNearMe at CVS and 7-Eleven retail outlets
All of these methods require only a minimum deposit of $10, and all outside PayNearMe will see your funds available for use within seconds.
Players can also deposit cash at the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack in northern New Jersey ($50 minimum), or at other brick-and-mortar partners of the site. Less common deposit methods include wire transfers, cashier check or money order. FanDuel really left no stone unturned here, offering as many or more deposit vehicles than just about any other U.S. online sportsbook.
There are several ways to get money off the site and into your hands, virtual or otherwise. A handful of these methods, including ACH (eCheck) and PayPal, will require that you first make a deposit using that option.
A note on PayPal:You cannot use PayPal if you have not first linked your PayPal account to your bank account. This has been a point of some confusion among players, who thought they could simply use their PayPal balance without a linked account.
For those without a checking account, PayPal, or a prepaid FanDuel card, they can pick up their funds at the FanDuel Sportsbook in the Meadowlands or at other partner casinos. They can also request a check by mail — although the turnaround time on mailed checks can be a week or longer.
In terms of receiving your money electronically, FanDuel isn’t the fastest or the slowest. ACH and PayPal withdrawals usually take at least a couple business days, but rarely more than five, to hit your account. Same goes for FanDuel prepaid card withdrawals.
FanDuel’s platform, which is powered by IGT, with Paddy Power Betfair handling the pricing and risk management, is nothing short of exquisite: a product of experienced industry powerhouses coming together to create an exemplary product.
From the moment players enter the site, they’re treated to a cool, sleek, and above all, intuitive layout. Players can swiftly choose between Popular, Live, and Upcoming bets from the homepage, or have the option to sort by betting market. There’s even an option to access the site’s Odds Boosts, which revolve daily.
FanDuel offers dozens, if not hundreds, of bets for most games, including props, futures, and derivatives. So it would be easy for more exotic bets to get lost in the shuffle. But FanDuel’s tabular structure for finding wagers works quite nicely. By clicking on “More Wagers” for a contest, and then navigating the tabs, bettors can easily filter out by Player Props, Game Props, and by Quarters/Halves/Periods via the “More” tab. Through this structure, finding even the zaniest prop shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.
Futures, both game and player, are accessed via the main page for a select market. So if you say click on NBA, right under the main tab, you’ll see a sub-tab for the various futures — one click away.
There’s also separate navigation for live or in-play bets, sorted tabularly by market. In-play is where FanDuel Sportsbook really shines, offering dozens of live wagers on more popular contests, with odds that update in swift fashion. As odds do fluctuate, you will be notified if you have a selection in your BetSlip (a selected wager that’s not yet been placed) that the price or line has moved, and have the option to accept it or not before placing your wager.
It can be frustrating to try and lock down in-play odds only for an unresponsive interface to not allow you to get the bet down in time. On FanDuel, it’s typically not a problem.
Players looking to build bets, can do so from the BetSlip, which easily allows bettors to put together just about any parlay, teaser, or round robin they can conceive. Just don’t blame the site when that 8-leg parlay at +10000 doesn’t come in. The BetSlip tab also allows players to view their active and settled bets, sorted by your preferred date range.
Is FanDuel Sportsbook on mobile?
Yes. There is a dedicated FanDuel Sportsbook app available on both iOS and Android, and what’s remarkable here is just how closely the mobile app resembles the desktop counterpart, in both look and functionality. Credit here goes to FanDuel, IGT, Paddy Power Betfair, which all have plenty of experience operating in mobile markets. If you primarily use the web platform or mobile app, you will easily be able to transition to the other if desired.
The site’s tabular filtering structure, markets, games, and bets were all ported over to the mobile sports betting app. The site’s main sidebar was hidden, but that’s par for the course on mobile. In exchange for the minor inconvenience, players are treated to a handy footer that enables one-tap access to promos, account info, the BetSlip, and more.
Speaking of account management, if keeping tabs on your betting habits is your cup of tea — and we do recommend it — then FanDuel has you covered with a bevy of responsible gambling tools, and full transaction and wagering histories.
The text is clear, all fields remain within view at all times we observed, it’s easy to navigate from various sports, live betting menus, wagers placed and so forth.
We do have a couple of nitpicks with the mobile experience. First off, it’s not quite as fluid as on desktop, despite us using modern tablets and solid WiFi connections for testing. Not to mention, the mobile FAQ was really sparse and buggy compared to the clean and responsive desktop FAQ. But at least the extensive Betting Guide and House Rules sections were ported over without any loss of quality.
If we had to go with a singular phrase to describe transitioning from FanDuel Sportsbook on PC/Mac to mobile, it would be “you won’t feel slighted.”
How is the pricing?
If hunting for the best lines is your thing (and really, why wouldn’t it be?) then FanDuel Sportsbook should be one of the first books you scour.
FanDuel’s offers industry standard pricing of -110 on point spreads and totals, pretty much across the board, with some special events like the Super Bowl seeing -105 lines. But where the book really shines is its moneylines, which are industry best. No exaggeration: roughly nine out of 10 times, we found the best moneylines for a professional sports event on FanDuel.
Now, this is not to say that the moneylines are the best by a mile. Instead, they average a few cents better than its closest competitors. But those pennies add up over the course of an entire NFL or NBA season.
Futures, derivative, in-play, and game prop pricing are all competitive, and while not always industry best, are at least in the upper echelon. If there’s one weak point, it’s player prop lines, which tend to range from 24 cents on bets FanDuel is more confident in, up to 30 cents where it’s less sure. It’ll be tough to beat some of the lines on the low end of that spectrum, but you may want to look elsewhere before indulging in a 30 cent line.
Parlay pricing is pretty standard, except three-leggers only pay out +595, which is just a tick lower than industry norm. Players will also be able to find better pricing on teasers elsewhere, sometimes by a fair margin. Also, it’s kind of a bummer that FanDuel doesn’t let bettors correlate sides and totals from the same game in parlays/teasers, although this restriction is not unique to FanDuel.
FanDuel betting options
FanDuel Sportsbook may not offer the most number of markets, but for the ones it does support, there is no dearth of available betting, with pages upon pages wagers per contest the norm.
We won’t go as far to say “if you can think it, you can bet it,” but the site comes remarkably close to covering all bases.
At present, FanDuel offers a solid, but not an overwhelming number of betting markets. Of course, all the big guns are covered, including:
Football (NFL, College, and Australian rules)
Basketball (NBA, College, and Euroleague)
Baseball (MLB and College)
But FanDuel also does a decent job of covering more niche markets like boxing, MMA, rugby, and darts … yes, darts. Beginning in 2019, it’s even offering odds on the Oscars across more than a dozen categories.
Due to gaming regulations, FanDuel Sportsbook is not allowed to offer bets on high school contests, or (in New Jersey) wagers on college games featuring an NJ-based team. So no betting on Rutgers — not that you’d probably want to anyway.
FanDuel Sportsbook doesn’t mess around when it comes to bets, offering dozens, or dare we say, hundreds, or bets for most contests.
All the standard fare is covered. Players looking for low-risk wagers can partake in straights and totals, while more adventurous types will gravitate to the site’s futures, teasers, parlays, and round robins.
Of course, most online sportsbooks offer these options. So what sets FanDuel Sportsbook apart, in our estimation, has to be the game and player props. FanDuel pretty much jumps off the bridge here, offering a diverse array of betting nuances. A few examples:
For NBA, bettors can wager on a variety of line / total combinations, who will hit the first bucket, whether a player will make a certain number of threes, and which team will be the first to score 10, 15, 20, etc. points.
Soccer enthusiasts will have the chance to bet on the first goal scorer, which half will have more yellow cards, and whether they’ll be an even or odd number of goals.
For NFL games, we’re talking first touchdown scores, winning margins, more player performance metrics than you’ll know what to do with (receiving yards, passing yards, etc.), longest field goal, and much more.
Players looking to buy and sell points on FanDuel can do that too, with a whole tab dedicated to alternative spreads. Here, pretty much all reasonable (and some unreasonable) spreads are covered. For instance, if you like the Brooklyn Nets, who are listed at +3, to crush the Denver Nuggets, well you can take them at up to -22.5 (+4000).
That said, you can’t “buy” half a point around key numbers, at least in football. For example you may have the option to take the New York Giants at +2.5 or +3.5, but not at +3 for a certain price.
FanDuel also doesn’t shy away from offering derivatives, which is just a fancy way of saying bets based off a portion of the game, like the 1st half in NBA or the 3rd quarter in NFL.
Then there’s in-play betting, and FanDuel Sportsbook does an admirable job here as well. Admittedly, the selection of in-play offerings is not quite as diverse as pre-game, but it still goes way beyond the big three (pt. spread/total/moneyline), with variants of many of the book’s pre-game wagers eligible for on-the-fly action.
FanDuel also has a cash-out option, which used to be something sort of special, but is pretty much par for the course on U.S. books nowadays. How this works is that bettors who want to back out of a wager early can do so, with the payout they receive a reflection of the current in-game odds. So, for instance, if you took the New York Knicks to win at +490 and they somehow grabbed the lead in the third quarter, you may be offered the option to lock up a tidy profit by cashing out your bet early. Likewise, you can hedge losses if you feel a wager isn’t going to go your way.
Cash out isn’t perfect, far from it. First off, the house takes a vig on cash outs. Worse, is that the option is quite limited. Bettors can only utilize it for football, basketball, and hockey wagers, and even then, it’s not allowed for spreads, totals, teasers, or round robins. In reality, there just aren’t many wagers for which you can harness cash out, although on the plus side FanDuel assures us that more betting markets will be available for cash outs soon.
Another plus is that FanDuel makes the process of cashing out easy. Players only need to traverse to their “Active” bet tab to see if their wager is eligible for a cash out, along with the amount. From there, bettors are just two clicks away from receiving their funds.
Promotions and loyalty program at FanDuel Sportsbook
One of the key differentiating factors between land-based and online books, is that online, bettors will find more and better promotional offers. FanDuel Sportbook is no exception to that rule, offering a multitude of one-off and recurrent promos.
Some promos, like halftime insurance (where players win site credit if their team is up at halftime and loses) and OT insurance (similar concept) are just OK, as they’re sort of niche and the kickbacks are minimal. Others, like Daily Odds Boosts, which as the name implies, provides bettors with more favorable lines on selected bets, often represent solid value.
But by far the best way to nab yourself some promotional bucks is during the lead-up to high-profile sports contests, like the Super Bowl and March Madness, or when a new pro league season starts. During these times, it’s not uncommon for FanDuel to offer its players, both new and returning alike, full refunds on wagers, usually capped at around $50 – $100, but sometimes higher.
FanDuel may also amend its welcome bonus at times. As an example, the week before Super Bowl LIII it offered new players 53-1 moneyline odds on either side. Of course, the offer was capped at $265 in winnings ($5 wager), but considering that the most players could win 53x a normal $5 moneyline wager, that’s incredible value.
FanDuel does not offer a rewards program to its sports bettors at this time. That’s … pretty disappointing, especially when one considers that its daily fantasy sports site supports a multi-tiered program that awards free plays, special promo access and other premium amenities. Here’s hoping that sports bettors also soon enjoy some sort of kickback for their play.
If you have a pressing question or concern, FanDuel encourages you to contact customer support. And for what it’s worth, the book does offer a fair number of support options.
For the basic stuff, FanDuel offers a pretty extensive knowledge base. More complicated questions can be handled via Live Chat (24/7), by sending an email to [email protected] or by phone at 877-689-0662 (24/7).
In one instance, we found Live Chat very helpful with a real (not-bot) person responsive to a question about a login issue, and able to quickly resolve it. Yes, you can access Live Chat help without being logged in.
Overall our experiences with support were generally satisfactory, although more detailed queries did require callbacks or managerial insight. But the turnaround times on even the most difficult questions weren’t too awful, and the support team was always pleasant.
There are multiple reasons why FanDuel Sportsbook is currently among the market share leaders in several states where it operates, and only one of them has to do with its strong branding. Fact is, no other online sportsbook delivers the complete package quite like FanDuel. Yes, server stability can be an issue, the lines on some bets (props / parlays) aren't always the greatest, and the promos are often underwhelming, but otherwise, bettors really shouldn't find too much to complain about and will find a lot to love.