FanDuel Online Sportsbook Review & Promo Codes
FanDuel Sportsbook first launched in the U.S. in New Jersey on Sept. 1, 2018, and subsequently went online in several states including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and most recently in Tennessee in November 2020. Next up is Michigan in late 2020 or early 2021.
It’s available on apps for both Android and iOS devices (Apple) and also as a Web-based platform.
It is legal and regulated, operating mainly through licensing agreements it has struck with physical casinos and gaming entities located in the states where it operates.
After spending a lot of time using the mobile app and web platform, Sports Handle submits that the product is pretty darn good, according to our criteria explained in greater detail below. Overall, we give the sportsbook very high marks, with room for improvements and alterations.
In which states is FanDuel online sportsbook available?
FanDuel is now live online in nine separate states. The company has been aggressively inking partnerships with casinos across the country to offer online sports betting and also boasts brick-and-mortar branded sportsbooks in states such as New York, which have not yet allowed online betting. The list below will continue to grow as more states legalize and develop their industries.
|Michigan||$100 Pre-Launch Bonus||Motor City Casino||Coming Soon|
|Colorado||Get Bonus||Golden Gates Black Hawk||May 2020|
|Illinois||Get Bonus||Par-A-Dice Casino||Aug. 2020|
|Indiana||Get Bonus||Blue Chip Casino||Oct. 2019|
|Iowa||Get Bonus||Diamond Jo Casino||Sept. 2020|
|New Jersey||Get Bonus||Meadowlands||Sept. 2018|
|Pennsylvania||Get Bonus||Valley Forge||July 2019|
|Tennessee||Get Bonus||N/A||Nov. 2020|
|West Virginia||Get Bonus||The Greenbrier||Aug. 2019|
Key differences between state markets for FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel sports bettors in any state will find that the actual interface is essentially identical, and lines are very similar across the board. There are however some differences between state markets which you should be aware of:
- In New Jersey, betting on Garden State college teams is not current permitted;
- Players in New Jersey and Indiana can bet on the Oscars, while those in PA and WV cannot
- New Jersey players may make deposits and withdrawals at a cashier window in person at The Meadowlands racetrack;
- If you’re in Pennsylvania, you can go to Valley Forge Casino; in Iowa, the Diamond Jo Dubuque, and in West Virginia at the Greenbier.
FanDuel’s main bonus package for new customers
|FanDuel Sportsbook Welcome Bonus Details|
|Bonus Code||Just click this link|
|Welcome Bonus||Up To $1000 Risk-Free Bet|
|Bonus Valid||January 2021|
The FanDuel online sportsbook offers a generous welcome bonus for new customers: up to a $1000 risk-free bet on your first wager. How does that work? Suppose you deposit $500. If you then make your first bet for $500, if you win, great. But if your bet doesn’t win, you’ll get the amount of your wager — up to $1000– in the form of a one-time free bet. The promotion applies for first bets up to $1000.
Luckily FanDuel does their free bets a little different, as their free bet pays out both the bet and the profit, where other sites will only pay out the profit. For example, if you were to bet your free bet of $1000 on a wager with odds at +100, the potential payout would be $2000 ($1000 bet + $1000 profit) where other sites would only pay out the $1000 profit.
You can make this initial bet on any type of wager or sport — a baseball moneyline bet, football prop bet, it doesn’t matter. You can bet it on a team favored by a lot or it can be a big underdog. All depends on your risk tolerance and goals for how you want to use this initial welcome offer.
Overall, it’s a very generous welcome offer and other online sportsbooks have copycatted it as a result. That’s a good thing for sports bettors.
FanDuel online sportsbook basics
For starters, you must be located inside a state where FanDuel is licensed in order to use any version of the sportsbook. The law requires that FanDuel (and other sportsbooks) use geo-tracking technology to make sure players are inside the boundaries of the state.
You must also be 21 years old to bet for real money.
The FanDuel Sportsbook offers a robust menu of sports betting options — for the most part, similar kinds of wagering as in other legal U.S. sports betting states and available with offshore operators, with some added creativity:
- Spread bets
- Moneyline wagers
- Totals (over/unders for teams, quarters, halves, etc.)
- Props (player, team and scoring props)
- Futures (such as who will win the Super Bowl or NBA championship for example)
- Live, in-game wagering
- Bets on daily fantasy sports production (for example, Travis Kelce FanDuel fantasy points for NFL Week 14: over/under 13.5)
Overall it’s an appealing and impressive book, especially considering it was essentially started from scratch before the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair acquired the company, forming the FanDuel Group, and began lending its experience.
The platform is smooth, intuitive and fast on both the app and on the web. It has a sophisticated, contemporary, and professional design. The rotating banner ads are useful and relevant and don’t feel spammy or intrusive. One banner highlights the “Betting FAQ” for information accessible to novice or recreational sports bettors.The sportsbook frequently offers a variety of promotions, odds boosts and bonuses, some of them nationwide, others specific to certain states/local teams.
Fanduel online sportsbook mobile app
- Availability: The app is available on both Android and iOS systems.
- Speed: It’s very fast and doesn’t delay when toggling between fields (best to use on WiFi versus data).
- Stability or overall performance: No complaints – this one delivers the goods without hiccups. During repeated usage on an Android system, the software rarely froze or crashed during our usage and we found the app maintained its level of performance consistently.
- Appearance: As you can see from the screencaps, the aesthetic is nice and clean with a white background, making the text easy to read. It’s not cluttered and the screen doesn’t waste space, while keeping the most important information front and center and within the frame of your phone’s screen, so you don’t have to scroll back and forth.
- View/layout: We also like that the spreads, totals and moneyline prices are available in the same view, unlike some other books that require toggling to view one or the other. College football is conveniently grouped in “football” with NFL, likewise the NBA and NCAA hoops. Everything flows pretty intuitively but if you do get lost, there’s the “AZ” button on the bottom, which will pop out a menu to get you back to the sport you want or the homepage.
- Responsiveness: The buttons are responsive to the touch but not overly so.
- Bet slip/building: Pick a wager and the betting slip will pop up. You can minimize the slip by hitting the “X” in the top right corner. If you want to add multiple bets, hit “X” in the top right to go back to the previous menu or to another menu to add bets. You can just keep adding to your slip to make straight wagers, or combine for parlays or teasers (or round robins). Hit the trash can symbol to remove any wager. As with any frame, if you enter in your wager amount, the bet field will generate the potential win amount based on the odds and update the potential payout (or cost for the desired payout) if you manipulate the dollar amount.
Overall, it’s stable and as stated more than once, the app is totally intuitive, clean, fast and doesn’t leave us wanting very much.
The web platform matches the design and overall feel of the mobile app, which makes things consistent and convenient.
What’s different? You have more room to operate and observe, obviously, so your betting slip with active and settled wagers are offset to the right (see above) — while you navigate the rest of what’s happening. At this point, a majority of people probably use mobile apps, which limits to some extent the amount you can see on screen. With the web platform, we like the more robust display of information so you can see more while trying to process a lot of information.
It’s very easy to click around without any lag or glitches. Nice, clean and information-rich without overwhelming bells-and-whistle clutter.
Pricing and betting options at FanDuel Sportsbook
As for betting options, FanDuel offers all the standard straight wagers plus a ton of player and game props, futures, bets where you can bet on fantasy points, and combination bets, such as a certain running back to rush for 67.5 yards or more and his team to win.
Examples of some props bets include:
- Race to 10 points (popular in basketball betting, especially the NCAA tournament)
- First touchdown scorer in the game
- Over/under on Hits + RBI + Runs for a baseball player
- Receiving yards for a player over/under 69.6
- You like soccer? Get some “correct score” props, such as Manchester United 1-0 over West Ham for +700.
- Winning margin (10-point ‘bands’, such as Rams by 11 to 20)
- NBA regular season win totals over/under
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are loads of props and futures for all of the most popular sports including tennis, soccer, hockey, MMA, boxing, auto racing, college basketball, baseball and more.
Sports offered include all of those and golf, motor racing, rugby, all the soccer leagues — Spain, Major League Soccer, English Premier League, pretty much every European country and so forth.
Also like others in the market, FanDuel regularly offers “odds boosts,” typically on prop bets, such as a player to hit a home run in a game, or a team to cover to the spread and the total cover, also on futures like a golfer to win a certain tournament. These offers rotate from day to day.
Sports Handle has compared FanDuel’s pricing with two dozen sportsbooks operating online nationwide, and has found that it ranks consistently among the best (lowest) pricing for both straight bets, money lines, futures, and especially props. They’re not always posting the best or lowest vig across all categories, but usually right there.
As for pricing, on pregame sides, it’s usually industry standard 20 cents (-110 both ways) for basketball and football spreads, with competitive run line and puck line pricing for baseball and hockey, respectively. Some U.S. sportsbooks have offered “reduced juice” -105 lines while others have consistently offered inferior pricing, often 25 or 30 cents on spread bets for major sports, or even worse in non-competitive markets such as in Oregon and Washington, D.C.
FanDuel is also near the top of the pack for moneyline pricing. Following extensive usage, we have observed equal or better prices on moneylines at FanDuel compared with some of the competition. In some cases we’ve even observed better pricing on the same game for both the underdog and favorite (such as +135/-160 versus +125/-165), meaning whichever side you’re betting, you’re better off placing the wager on FanDuel. This is not always the case; the overall point is that the pricing on FanDuel is top-tier for the market.
And before we leave that, it’s especially true for in-game wagering – where the vig across the market is often a little bit higher. But we typically have seen FanDuel stay at around 20 or 25-cent lines on live wagering, while some competitors may go as high as 35 or 50-cents on spread bets, with correspondingly less appealing prices on moneylines as compared with FanDuel.
Like many other U.S. legal sportsbooks, FanDuel offers the “cash out” feature on bets that have already been placed. It’s not always available but when it is, basically you’ll have the option to accept an offer to buy out your wager before the event/game/prop is decided.
In many cases, you’ll have the option to cash out for the full amount of your wager if the odds on your bet have not changed (in either direction). A cash out may be offered pre-game, in-game, or on a futures bet before the event has concluded (such as National League champion in MLB).
The cash out offers are a function of the probability of your bet winning or losing, and as you should expect, you’ll get offered less than the true probability. For example, if you bet $100 on the Kansas City Chiefs preseason to win the Super Bowl at +800, and they’ve locked up the No. 1 seed for the AFC playoffs, FanDuel might offer you $300 at that point. Less than half your potential win, but, that’s gambling and you can lock up some profit if you want.
Some recreational players may want to pocket the profit, while EV+ bettors (expected value) would almost certainly let it ride. That said, if you have a sense that the bet is not going to go your way, you may want to grab the profit and move on.
As noted earlier, FanDuel is among the strongest in the market for prop bets. Pricing, range of offerings, and perhaps underrated — FanDuel usually post prop bets on games well in advance of some market competitors.
For example, on a Wednesday or Thursday before a Sunday NFL game, you can usually find a lot of player and game props already posted, such as receptions, yards, and pass attempts. At many other sportsbooks, prop markets do not become available until much sooner to game time.
A lot of props are contingent upon injury and player participation reports, of course, but in general, you can count on FanDuel to post props on the early side. And that’s an area where there’s less money or “liquidity” in the market, meaning you can more often find an edge against the house, based on your assessment of the players and game.
Parlays and teasers
For parlays, every payout is the same as what you’ll find outside the U.S. except for popular 3-way parlays, which pay at +595. that’s compared with +600 or 6/1. Small difference — but not for the book, which will add up over time.
For teasers, you can make 6, 6.5 and 7-point teasers for football. Payouts on teasers are industry standard compared to Nevada sportsbooks. For example, a 3-leg, 6-point football teaser will pay +160. But elsewhere, some sportsbooks are eschewing a fixed pricing model for teasers and generating prices based on the individual prices. And our research indicates, in some cases this results in a better price at other sportsbooks. That said, sportsbooks usually come out ahead (or way ahead) on parlays and teasers, so perhaps it’s not a great idea to go chasing them.
If you’re looking for a number different from what’s posted, FanDuel offers a lot of alternative lines with the corresponding pricing. So if the spread is +5.5 (-110) you can get a price for -3.5 or +7.5 and so forth. But you can’t “buy” a point in the old school sense — to go from +2.5 to +3 in a football game for example. You can choose from what’s posted and priced out. They will offer a long list of alternative lines on game totals as well as spreads.
Notice at the bottom of the line slip you can turn on “review line changes.” This gives you the option — if a line or price changes while you’re considering the wager — to accept or reject it. As opposed to the new number getting processed, which happens at some books.
When the sportsbook first launched, bettors could not make “correlation” parlays or teasers. In other words, you couldn’t parlay tease sides/totals in the same game, or pair sides/totals with props in the same game, either. However, in 2020, FD Sportsbook began offering “same game parlays” that do allow correlation, such as Team A to win and Over, Players A, B and C to score a touchdown in the same game, or various unique combinations, some of them that might pay handsomely.
Sports Handle spoke with FanDuel Sportsbook Director John Sheeran about the same-game parlay concept. Sheeran said:
it’s something we’re really proud of. “SGP” is a product that we’ve had in Europe for some time. And we’re delighted to kind of be the first ones in the U.S. to deliver it. I think it really works exceptionally well in sports where player participation skews.
So the NBA, for example, is one where over points for Anthony Davis and LeBron James, as well as game elements, are really popular. The NFL market offering around player props is exceptional. And the standalone games, I think, just give people an opportunity to bet in a market that they may have sat out otherwise. Certain people don’t want to risk $20 to win $18 on a spread or a total. And now they can have a $5 same-game parlay that gives them an interest to the entirety of the game. It can pay off a 100-1.
The best approach on these is to apply your “theory” of the game. For example, if you think the Rams will win in a blowout over the Cardinals, and begin rushing the ball heavily once they have a lead, and that the Cardinals are forced to pass a lot to catch up … you might bet the Rams spread, the Rams top running back to go over his yardage total, and the Cardinals top receiver to go over his yardage total as well. Rather than choosing random events, your bet is rooted in correlation, based on your estimation of how the game unfolds.
Accessible on both the app and web are the options for: Betting Guide, Terms and Conditions, House Rules, Responsible Gaming, and Support. As for betting limits, we don’t quite have the funds to test the upper limits for how much you can get down. Contact them to find out about that. You can also chat with a real person 24/7.
Sheeran also spoke with Sports Handle about the sportsbook’s approach to bookmaking, and its willingness to “take a position” on a game, which may mean you find a line or price that’s not available elsewhere in their market. Part of this is becomes FanDuel has become so big and popular in the U.S., meaning they’re handling a very large volume of bets and dollars, and don’t mind day-to-day or month-to-month volatility. In other words, they can take more risks.
As you may be aware, in September 2018 a man at the Meadowlands took advantage of a pricing glitch, betting $110 at 750-1 odds to win $82,000 when the actual price should have been -600. After a review and a lot of blowback, the company decided to honor the bet when, if you do read those house rules, they could have justifiably declined to do so based on a “palpable error.” So – read those terms and conditions at any/every sportsbook where you play, folks.
As indicated in the discussion of the app and web platform above, we really enjoy both versions. The adjectives that fit best are: smooth, clean, intuitive, accessible and fast. And a lack of clutter and plenty of clarity.
Tracking your bets in progress? If you’ve got a multi-legged teaser or parlay in the works, under ‘Active Wagers’ (or open bets) in the bet slip field, a winning leg will get shaded light blue. It’s a nice tracking device. If that leg flops, you’ll see a strikethrough under settled wagers.
But one big complaint regarding bet history: Right now if you go to the “Account” button on the app on the bottom pane, or the “person” button/symbol next to your balance on the web version, you’ll find Account History and there’s a small line that says “Click here to see your detailed bet history.” From there, the “Sportsbook Wagers” tab under account history shows you the bet slip numbers — but doesn’t display the actual bet. The “Account Summary” is a holistic profit/losses display. The only way to look through all your the wagers is through “Settled” bets, by adjusting the calendar to a defined period, and then sifting through. It’s not a great or convenient field for that purpose. Also while navigating “bet history” under the icon shaped like a Lego person, it’s easy to get signed out, which is annoying.
It should be easy to access a detailed “bet history” and to sort by date frames to include profits/loss and wins/losses over any given span. Serious bettors will (and do) need to keep spreadsheets to track their performances. Here they will certainly have to. Many of the operators located outside of the U.S. offer the ability to easily navigate past wagers; the pages displaying history and performances are among the highest-viewed pages a sportsbook sees. People want to know — rather than just blindly moving the bankroll. We hope that FanDuel will look into improving this and making past wagers (much more easily) accessible.
But back to the positives, FanDuel Sportsbook is generally regarded as a “sports bettor’s sportsbook” that accepts and invites “sharp” action and recreational players alike. When you put in a bet, unlike at some other sportsbooks, in our experience (with mostly lower-limit wagers), it will not slow down a wager and submit it for “processing” where it might be accepted or rejected. Typically bet it and you’re done.
On the customer service front, we’ve used the chat function to ask a question on multiple occasions, spoken to a real person, and received effective assistance. You can access the chat under “Help” on the app and “Support” on the web side.
You can also e-mail for support at firstname.lastname@example.org and get a response. They offer e-mail support 24/7. Furthermore, you can call them – not available at most other sportsbooks – 24/7.
As for FanDuel’s corporate structure and ownership, it is part of the Flutter Entertainment, which controls a group of gaming companies throughout the world, including FanDuel, Paddy Power Betfair, as well as The Stars Group. The Ireland-based Flutter upped its stake in FanDuel to 95% in Dec. 2020.
Deposits and withdrawals
Here are the common banking methods you can use across FanDuel sites – as seen below. The same deposit/withdrawal methods are available on mobile and the web platform.
We recommend using PayPal or online banking. Some banks will reject payment processing with credit cards.
|Online Bank Transfer||Yes|
|FanDuel Prepaid Card||Yes|
|Cash at Casino||Yes, in these states: IA, NJ, PA, WV|
Not all online sportsbooks are allowing PayPal deposits. We deposited with PayPal and withdrew funds with PayPal, which hit the account in under 48 hours. The process was smooth.
We’ve also used ACH to fund and withdraw, and likewise, the process was seamless.
- In which states is FanDuel online sportsbook available?
- FanDuel’s main bonus package for new customers
- FanDuel online sportsbook basics
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- Pricing and betting options at FanDuel Sportsbook
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