Legal and licensed in multiple states where online sports betting is permitted, FOX Bet is a marriage between 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 re-skin 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.
FOX Bet is currently live in the following states:
|State||Bonus||Casino Partner||Launch Date|
|New Jersey||Get Bonus||Resorts AC||Sept. 2018|
|Pennsylvania||Get Bonus||Mount Airy||Sept. 2019|
|Colorado||Get Bonus||Lady Luck Casino||May 2020|
|Michigan||Get Bonus||Odawa Casino Resort||January 2021|
|Kansas||Coming Soon||Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway||Q4 2022 (est.)|
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 has become a vibrant, mature market with over a dozen operators. Other targets for FOX Bet could be Maryland and Tennessee as both states have plenty of potential and room for additional online sportsbooks.
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:
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 or CO, sorry, that NJ login won’t work, but the good news is you can claim the welcome package in each individual state.
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.
|FOX Bet Sportsbook Welcome Package Details|
|Bonus Code||Just click this link|
|Welcome Offer||$500 Risk-Free Bet|
When you register a new account at FOX Bet and make your first deposit, FOX Bet will make your first bet with odds no longer than -200 completely Risk-Free! If your bet wins, it will be paid out like usual and there is nothing else to do but celebrate a nice win. If it happens to come up a little short, no problem, FOX Bet is refunding losing bets in the form of a one-time free bet up to $500. Opt-in, and the risk-free bet must be placed within 7 days of signing up, and once issued, the free bet will expire just seven days later. In other words, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
In order to bet at FOX Bet, you need to be of legal gambling age. That means you can only open an account if you’re 21 or older.
Another condition is that you must be physically located in a state where this sportsbook is licensed in order to place a bet. 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. Registration and deposits and withdrawals can be done outside of state lines.
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:
Unfortunately, FOX Bet does not offer traditional teaser bets. Instead, you can buy points, which is technically a type of teaser bet. The price goes up or down for every half-point you add or take away from the spread total. This is actually better than a traditional teaser bet because you can pick how many points you want to take or give.
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.
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 the 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.
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:
These are just a few examples of the types of bets you can find at FOX Bet. 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 but it seems to be more the exception than the rule.
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).
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.
Sports betting became legal in the U.S. in 2018. But it took time for individual states to decide whether to legalize the activity and how to regulate it. 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. FOX Bet gives you plenty of opportunities to earn free bets such as their “Parlay Club” that rewards you with a $10 free bet every week you have at least $50 worth of parlays placed.
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.
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*:
*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. Deposits made via ACH/eCheck methods are available to bet with immediately, but there is a 3 days hold on withdrawing those funds.
When it comes to money withdrawals, the offering isn’t that hot. You can only use e-wallets and e-checks 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).
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Robert is a veteran writer and analyst for the gambling industry, with a particular focus on the emergent US online gambling market. An avid poker and gambling enthusiast, Robert offers unique perspectives from both the vantage point of the player and industry professional, and is fit to cover a broad spectrum of topics.