On the last day of August 2019, another U.S. online sportsbook was born (sort of). And that sportsbook is FOX Bet.
Legal and licensed in multiple markets where online sports betting is permitted, FOX Bet is a marriage between two major brands, Fox Sports and The Stars Group (TSG). Fox and TSG first aligned in September 2018, and surprisingly, waited nearly a year to unveil their sports betting product, which in fairness, is essentially a reskin of TSG’s existing product (BetStars) with some added bells and whistles, and a whole lot of newly found marketing muscle.
As such, FOX Bet shares most of the same strengths and weaknesses as the old BetStars. Overall, we found that the pros do outweigh the cons, and that the rebrand has been a net positive for the app, offering players plenty of more value opportunities that weren’t present previously.
In what U.S. sports betting markets is FOX Bet available?
Currently, only two:
|State||Bonus||Casino Partner||Launch Date|
|New Jersey||Get Bonus||Hard Rock A.C.||Sept. 10, 2019|
|Pennsylvania||Get Bonus||Mohegan Sun||Nov. 15, 2019|
We expect FOX Bet to be present in more U.S online sports betting markets as they arise, with a keen eye on Indiana, which is poised to roll out full-scale mobile wagering in late 2019. The Stars Group is partnered with Penn National, and is positioned to be the forward-facing brand of Penn’s first mobile sports app in the Hoosier State.
Key differences between markets
While FOX Bet offers largely the same experience across different state lines, it does vary a bit depending on where your two feet are planted.
Key differences include:
- In New Jersey, players cannot wager on college games involving New Jersey teams
- In-game offerings vary somewhat from state-to-state
- New Jersey presently offers nine cashiering options, as opposed to six for Pennsylvania.
- New Jersey players will also have access to PokerStars Poker and PokerStars Casino through their FOX Bet account. FOX Bet NJ shares a platform and a wallet with these sites.
Worth noting is that bettors will have to create a new FOX Bet account for each market they hope to wager in. So if you’re in PA, sorry, that NJ login won’t work. We can assure you, this is not the norm for the U.S. online sports betting industry.
Additionally, players that have an existing BetStars / PokerStars account in New Jersey can use the same credentials to access FOX Bet in New Jersey: No new registration required.
Main FOX Bet welcome bonus package
|FOX Bet Sportsbook Welcome Package Details|
|Bonus Code||Just click our links|
|No-Deposit Bonus||$20 Free|
|Deposit Bonus||100% Match Up To $100|
Considering that it’s just launched, FOX Bet is looking to attract players to sign up. That’s why this book is giving away two types of bonuses for new players.
The first is a very attractive offer: $20 free with no deposit required. Basically, all bettors have to do to receive this bonus is register an account at FOX Bet. There are no special bonus codes needed.
Of course, in any legal environment, players will have to verify their accounts before winning the bonus, which is a security measure imposed by the law. You will be asked to provide some personal details, as well as enter the last four digits of your social.
Once the registration process is complete, the bonus will immediately hit your account. Of course, getting free cash does not mean that you can withdraw it right away. Instead, FOX Bet wants you to bet on sports. The free cash you get needs to be rolled over one time on minimum odds of -200. Win and keep both the investment and the cash. Lose, and you’re no worse for wear. That’s about as good a deal as we’ve seen for a no-deposit offer.
The same condition applies to the second type of bonus that new players get from FOX Bet. What we’re talking about here is a 100% match deposit bonus of up to $100.
How this bonus works is that you will receive the funds after you’ve uploaded your own money to your account. For instance, if your first deposit is 50 bucks, you will get an additional $50 in the form of bonus funds.
Again, an offer with a 1x wagering requirement where you keep the amount bet plus any winnings is top-tier. But compared to other online sportsbooks, the monetary cap of the match deposit bonus is rather low. Actually, most other online books give deposit bonuses that are several times bigger, but they’re often free bet / risk-free offers with stricter conditions.
FOX Bet sportsbook basics: Registering, game formats, software
In order to bet at FOX Bet, you need to be of legal gambling age. That means that unless you’re 21 or older, you will not be able to register an account.
Another condition is that you must be based in a state where this sportsbook is licensed. That doesn’t mean you have to hold residence in one of these states, but you do have to be geo-located in them in order to place a real-money wager.
Those who are eligible to register at FOX Bet will enjoy a plethora of betting options provided by the book. We’re not just talking about the standard types of wagers, like moneylines and point spreads; we’re also talking about some more exotic bets like the following:
- Totals (team totals, half-time totals, etc.)
- Props (scoring props, team and player props)
- Team futures (e.g. who’s going to win the NBA Championship Ring)
- Player futures (e.g. who’s going to get the NBA MVP Award)
- Live bets
- Custom bets
Unfortunately, FOX Bet does not offer teaser bets, whereas many other U.S online sportsbooks do. We’re hoping to see these added at a later date. The player prop market also has something to be desired.
Placing bets is something that will not cause you many problems, as the entire interface of this sportsbook is designed with user convenience in mind. Navigating the website goes mostly smoothly, although there are times when some pages are slow to load. The bet slip is well-designed with plenty of built-in tools that makes navigation a cinch.
And the best thing is that the software is really reliable. There’s no bugging or lagging of any sort, so you won’t need to worry about being late on placing your bets. This all goes not only for the FOX Bet web-based book, but also for its mobile app.
FOX Bet mobile sports betting app
- Availability – The app is available in two versions – one for iOS users (iPhones and iPads) and one for Android users.
- Speed – For the most part, the developers do a pretty good job here. Selected bets make their way to the bet slip almost instantaneously, which is paramount for in-game betting. However, the larger pages can be slow to load.
- Stability – Although the app is still in its infancy, so far we haven’t experienced any disconnects or significant lag, with the app running just about as smoothly as BetStars before it.
- Appearance – Same as the web-based platform, the sportsbook app is an aesthetic wonder, with a blue/yellow on white background that is easy on the eyes. Very little space is wasted here.
- View/layout – There are no eyesore features and the layout is pretty straightforward. All the major sports have their own separate tabs, e.g. NFL, NBA, MLS, etc., with upcoming games featured prominently on the home page. The bet slip is neatly tucked away in a hamburger menu, preventing clutter. You can also easily get to the help section, as well as turn on the live chat feature. The home page is getting a bit busy, however, thanks to all the FOX Sports focused features that have been added.
- Responsiveness – The buttons are very responsive to touch, perhaps even too much. But, once you get a hang of it, there should be no problems.
- Bet slip/building – The first thing you need to do is find the event you want to bet on. Find the wager and tap on it, after which a betting slip will pop up. At this point, you’ll have two options before you. The first one is to make a single bet right away. The other one is to continue your search for bets and create a parlay (two selections or more) or round-robin (three or more selections) bet. From the slip, you can ditch bets as well, all with the tap of an icon.
Even though we think the FOX Bet betting app is a work of art, its web-based platform is a bit more convenient. The two are pretty similar visually, but with the desktop version, you simply get more space to operate. Specifically, the odds overview page and the bet slip can co-exist in the same space, which isn’t always the case on mobile.
As on mobile, the most info-packed pages are somewhat slow to load. But bets are registered swiftly, which is what really matters.
Both the desktop and mobile apps use a multi-tiered filtering system, allowing players to drill down to the exact bet they seek. It’s difficult to see FOX Bet going any other way with this, as the app offers far too many bets not to allow tons of filtering.
From desktop, it’s a bit easier for players to easily access and view site’s numerous promos and recent results. Other account management features are never more than a click or two away on desktop.
So in short, if you have the luxury to pick between the app and the web-based platform, our advice is to choose the latter option. But you’re not really going wrong either way.
Pricing and betting options at FOX Bet online
All the things we talked about above wouldn’t matter much if the sportsbook didn’t have a decent array of bets. And for the most part, it succeeds.
Apart from the standard types of wagers, there are also all kinds of other bets. We’re talking about things like player and game props, futures, live bets, combination bets, and so own.
To give you a better picture of what you can expect from FOX Bet’s betting offering, here are a couple of examples:
- Overtime betting: bet on whether the game will go into overtime; possible with sports like basketball, American Football, etc.
- Puck line win: bet on a team to win against a puck line
- Top scorer in a match: bet on which player will score the most points in the match; type of wager popular in NBA and NCAAB betting
- First touchdown: you can bet on which player is going to score the first touchdown in the game
- NFL safety betting: will a safety happen in the game? You can bet on it!
- MLB strikeout betting: you can bet on how many strikeouts a pitcher will tally in the game
- MMA/Boxing method of victory: how will the fight end? Knock-out? Technical knock-out? Decision?
These are just a few examples of the types of bets you can find at FOX Bet. All of which is not to say FOX Bet’s betting selection is perfect, as there are two major drawbacks.
One is the lack of teaser betting, which is prominent on most competing sites. The other is the lack of two-day derivatives for player props. To elaborate, bettors generally cannot choose sides on a player prop, they can only bet the over. There’s still a wide array of player props available, but it would be nice to consistently bet against a player reaching a certain benchmark.
When it comes to the sports offered by this book, included are all the major US sports. And all of them have their own section of the site – NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NCAAB, PGA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and more.
On top of that, this book also deals with sports popular in other parts of the world. For instance, on FOX Bet you can bet on championships like the English Premier League or the UEFA Champions League.
There are also individual sports in the betting offer of this book. You can bet on sports like tennis, MMA, boxing, golf, and so on.
When pricing is concerned, FOX Bet doesn’t differ much from other U.S. online sportsbooks. What we’re talking about is the standard 20-cent line on pt. spreads. Although we have to say, it would be nice if FOX Bet offered some -105 lines. And we did notice the occasional -118/-110 line, which was discouraging.
However, FOX Bet does make up for its overall average pricing in other areas. For instance, there’s an odds boost on parlays with at least three selections.
Make a parley with three bets and you’ll get a boost of 5 percent. The more bets you add to your parlay, the bigger the odds boost you will get. And you can get all the way to a 100% boost if you bet on an 18-bet parlay. Other odds boosts on straights and props are also available on a regular basis.
Another thing we’ve observed while checking out FOX Bet’s offer is that the odds on one side of a moneyline often deviate enough from other books to create some value. Here and there, we were even able to locate arbitrage opportunities.
When it comes to in-game pricing, our opinions were decidedly mixed. On the one hand, FOX Bet does a remarkable job of creating a solid in-game experience that’s chock full of games, with up-to-the-second updates and super responsive turnarounds on placed wagers (a must for in-game betting).
On the other, there’s no live stream available on this website. Still, considering that FOX Bet is partially owned by one of the biggest broadcasting companies, such a thing seems like a real possibility. Give it time.
Worse, is the lines, which are juicy, to say the least. We’re talking about a higher vig on in-game wagering than just about any other U.S. online sportsbook we’ve observed. It’s still only a few extra pennies compared to books with the lowest in-game vig, but for frequent bettors, those pennies add up.
FOX Bet user experience
Sports betting became legal in the U.S. fairly recently. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on this form of gambling in May 2018. But, it took time for individual states to legalize it as well. That said, most Americans are inexperienced when it comes to betting, especially when done online.
And that exactly is the reason why the people behind FOX Bet wanted to make their book as user-friendly as possible. It’s needless to say they’ve succeeded in their intention.
The sportsbook is incredibly easy to navigate, regardless of whether you’re using the web-based platform or the mobile app. Placing bets is also done easily, as is exploring the betting offers and comparing the odds.
Again, the home page is getting a little cluttered, but it’s not a major issue thus far. Also, the promotions page might prove a bit confusing to new players, who may lack the understanding of what’s being offered. Our advice is to ignore the celebrities attached to each promo, and all the fluff that comes with it, and just look at the offers themselves, as many of them add quite a bit of value.
FOX Bet offers recurrent daily offers, spanning odds boosts on select bets, “can’t lose” bets where players will receive a full refund (as a free bet) on a select wager, and other free bet opportunities.
If there’s something that’s not completely clear, you can probably find the answers in its FAQ section. Just click on the large HELP icon in the top-left corner of the screen and it will take you there. Apart from getting to check out the Frequency Asked Questions section, this is the place where you can also find contact details of the customer support.
Speaking of which, there are two methods to get in touch with them. The first one is to use the live chat feature. The other one is to send them an email.
At the moment, there is no option to talk to the support via telephone, which is a major con. Hopefully, they will add a toll-free number in the foreseeable future.
Deposits and withdrawals
The thing about U.S. books is that they are still catching up when it comes to banking options. But FOX Bet does better than most in this department.
You can fund your account via a number of different methods, including the following*:
- Credit/debit cards (Visa and MasterCard)
- E-wallets (Skrill and PayPal)
- PayNearMe payslips
- Stars Transfer
- PokerStars Play+ Card
*Not all depositing options are available in all jurisdictions.
FOX Bet is pretty strict with their depositing limits, so be warned. In our experience, the best way to get limits increased, is to simply ask a customer service agent. When it comes to the minimum amount you can deposit/withdraw, it’s $10, regardless of the banking method.
When it comes to money withdrawals, the offering isn’t that hot. You can only use e-wallets, e-checks, and (sometimes) PokerStars Play+ Cards for this purpose. Although in New Jersey, you can also make deposits/withdrawal in person, at the Resorts Casino cage.
All deposits are processed instantly, with withdrawals taking approximately three days (unless conducted in person).
What’s next for FOX Bet Sportsbook?
FOX Bet currently holds online betting licenses only in two states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, that number should increase soon.
There are many states currently working on laws and regulations concerning this form of gambling. And once online gambling becomes legal and regulated in those places, this book will probably want to spread its network.
Considering that it’s partially owned by FOX Sports, the sportsbook has the potential to grow into one of the industry leaders.
Of course, to achieve that, the book will need some improvements. One of the things that could take it to the next level would be the introduction of live streaming. The sportsbook is also expected to establish a toll-free phone line for the players to get in touch with tech support. Two-way player props, teasers, and more competitive lines on in-game wagers would also pay dividends.
And there should also be some improvements regarding its welcome offer. Although we love the fact that FOX Bet gives $20 to new players just for signing up, the monetary cap on its first-deposit bonus is rather low. Despite its favorable terms, we’re not confident that the offer will stand out. If they want to compete with other US books, they may have to up the ante.