Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app.
This brings the total number of New Jersey sports betting sites to five, with FanDuel joining DraftKings Sportsbook, PlayMGM, SugarHouse Sportsbook, and William Hill, which also launched its sports betting app this weekend but only on Android.
Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100
Minimum Deposit: $10
States available: New Jersey
With football season upon us, the mad dash is on for legal sportsbooks in New Jersey to join the party. The latest company to go live is FanDuel Sportsbook, which soft-launched its online sports betting operation over Labor Day Weekend. Much like DraftKings, FanDuel brings a recognizable brand name to New Jersey’s legal sports betting market thanks to its wildly popular daily fantasy games, but be warned, those looking to share funds and pivot between FanDuel’s daily fantasy games and its sportsbook in the same app will be disappointed as those features are not yet available. While DraftKings and SugarHouse sports betting apps each offer players a wide-ranging variety of sports to bet on, FanDuel, recently acquired by European betting powerhouse BetFair, is taking a more conservative approach in terms of sports offerings with its initial rollout. Users are currently limited to more traditional American sports (and soccer), so if you want to wager on cricket, darts, cycling, cricket, or other less prominent sports, you may need to look elsewhere. Also of note is the absence of betting options on eSports, which FanDuel doesn’t seem particularly motivated to add anytime soon. As for wagering options, traditional pre-game wagers with a variety of alternate odds and totals are available, as are parlays and futures bets. FanDuel, like its peers, offers a wide-ranging set of options for in-play live betting behind an easy-to-navigate, sleek interface that both looks and functions similarly to its daily fantasy app.
Getting Started With FanDuel Sportsbook
Like all other mobile sports betting apps, the FanDuel Sportsbook app uses geo-location technology to ensure bets are placed only in the state of New Jersey. Still, and I think this is important because I want to know what I’m getting into before I deposit funds and commit to using a sportsbook app, users are able to get a feel for the prices, design, offerings, and functionality of the app without signing up. I recommend always having a look around to make sure the app fits your needs. If you opt to proceed with a sign up, you can do so by using your previously existing FanDuel daily fantasy account, or by filling out this form:
You will be asked to provide your name, address, and contact information, but it’s a quick and easy process that only takes a minute.
Depositing money into FanDuel Sportbook
Users can fund their FanDuel Sportsbook accounts several different ways. A $10 minimum deposit can be made via standard checking account, credit or debit card, PayPal, FanDuel Prepaid Card, eCheck, online bank transfers, or the PayNearMe, which is available at any 7-Eleven store. One word of caution: FanDuel’s signup bonus isn’t as nearly as generous as other promo offers. They will only match your initial deposit up to $100, whereas DraftKings ($200) and SugarHouse ($250) extend more aggressive incentives.
The app has a “Sports Betting Training Camp Feature,” which is pretty cool. It offers a brief tutorial on how spread, moneyline, totals, and prop betting work. There’s also an easy-to-understand guide to parlays and teasers.
Like DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook will utilize information from players’ daily fantasy habits to feature and highlight related sportsbook betting options. Also much like its competitors, the FanDuel Sportsbook app immediately draws users to a banner that showcases the day’s featured events, promotions, and live betting options. On the homepage exists a swipe menu option that allows users to easily navigate betting menu of each individual sport.
Once a particular game is selected, users in have the ability to wager on point spreads, alternate point spreads, totals, alternate totals, and a robust offering of game props.
What about betting odds? The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands was eviscerated when it opened back in June for its outrageous and non-competitive odds, but its mobile and app prices are much better and are in line with industry standards. I did a quick comparison of the Week 1 NFL lines offered by FanDuel and those of DraftKings and SugarHouse, which are both operated by gaming company Kambi, and found that there was about an even split in terms of the best odds and pricing available. While a few extra dollars doesn’t seem like a big deal, with the slew of legal sports betting options available, it’s always a good idea to shop around for value.
Have a look for yourself:
Types of bets
FanDuel offers all of the action that you would expect:
Most of the prop options that are available prior to the start of a game remain once the game begins. For instance, baseball offerings include team to score first/last, correct score, winning margin, first scoring play, odd/even total runs, among several other options that remain throughout the contest. I was, however, disappointed that FanDuel isn’t offering the live ticket option that allows bettors to hedge or cash out bets as a contest unfolds. It’s a relatively new concept available in the United States, but I have a feeling it’s going to be immensely popular, so it’s worth keeping an eye on things to see if FanDuel eventually adds it.
Player limits and responsible gambling
It appears to at least some extent the New Jersey DGE is requiring all online sportsbooks to inform its users of potential gambling pitfalls and provide resources and tools available to those who need them.
In what appears to be a standard feature of all legal sports betting apps, FanDuel allows bettors to set daily, weekly, and monthly deposit and spending limits. This ensures that a person won’t wildly throw money into the account or chase high loss totals once it is there. Moreover, bettors can set daily time limits that restricts overall usage, and they can also impose self-suspensions for “cool down” periods as well as a self-exclusion to prohibit future use altogether. The thing to remember here is to set rigid restrictions. Don’t spend what you can’t afford. Develop a budget and stick with it no matter what.
Aesthetically, this is a tremendous app. It looks good, the functionality is strong, and it is easy to navigate. The plethora of deposit and withdraw options in FanDuel Sportsbook makes transactions quick and simple. At the moment, FanDuel only offers a $100 match on initial deposits for new users, which is markedly less than the bonus rewards of its competitors, so do know that there is more bonus value available elsewhere. While the FanDuel app doesn’t offer as many sports to bet on, nor does it have a live ticket option, most users will find that it more than meets their needs.
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