FanDuel Sportsbook has emerged as the dominant leader in legal online sports betting in the US thanks in part to its clean interface, wide-range of bet and deposit options, and its marketing efforts. But does FanDuel offer the best legal sports betting app? Let’s take a look in our FanDuel Sportsbook review.
Now available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, FanDuel Sportsbook is arguably the best legal sportsbook due to its stellar interface, wide range of betting options, and its technical prowess to create a superior betting experience. It doesn’t hurt that they are an established sports brand with seemingly limitless marketing power.
FanDuel Sportsbook review
FanDuel Sportsbook is among the best legal sports betting apps. It's certainly the most popular. The interface makes the app stand out from its peers. The rest of what FanDuel offers is industry-standard, with the exception of their signup bonus, which is subpar. But did we mention it's beautiful?
States where FanDuel Sportsbook is available
Since legal sports betting is a state-based system, FanDuel has to partner with licensed operators in each state where it wishes to offer sports betting. What’s more, each state represents a different FanDuel Sportsbook app.
FanDuel Sportsbook is currently available in the following states:
- New Jersey
FanDuel Sportsbook PA
FanDuel launched FanDuel Sportsbook PA on July 25. In PA, they partnered with Valley Forge Casino Resort. Pennsylvania is different than New Jersey in that operators can work only with one skin and must feature their own branding. However, FanDuel somehow found a workaround, using the same app and their own branding in the state.
FanDuel Sportsbook NJ
For NJ sports betting, FanDuel is partnered with The Meadowlands and runs their physical sportsbook as well as their online sportsbook.
What’s great about FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel, which is now owned by European betting power Betfair, wasn’t the first to launch a mobile sportsbook in New Jersey, but they were the first to present a truly modern interface that looks like it belongs on a phone.
Unlike many other casino-based operators, which have released online apps that resemble something closer to a hastily thrown together website, FanDuel made sure its sports betting app looks at home on your device next to the likes of Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok.
While far from perfect, FanDuel Sportsbook looks clean, modern, and is instantly intuitive to anyone who knows even the slightest bit about betting [if you don’t, be sure to check out sports betting tips page for guides on how to bet on sports]. Everything looks as it should for a mobile app. Here, take a look:
FanDuel, along with DraftKings Sportsbook, is a technology company more than a gambling company. They employ mostly developers who understand how to build online programs, be it daily fantasy or sports betting. This is not the case for all legal sports betting operators, some of whom are more concerned with physical locations than their mobile offerings.
Their interface, more than anything, is a major reason why FanDuel Sportsbook stands out among its peers.
This one goes without saying, as FanDuel checks all the boxes for what should be available in a mobile sports betting app. In addition to all of the expected bet types – like spread, moneyline and totals – they offer props, alternate lines, and a dizzying array of live, quarter, pre-populated parlays, and odds boosts. But what really stands out is that FanDuel Sportsbook makes all of these lines easy to search, view and bet on. Other Sportsbooks offer this level of detail, but few present it in the way FanDuel does.
As they say, popularity is a marketing contest. OK, I’m not sure if they say that, but the point remains. FanDuel and DraftKings had a leg up on the competition simply because they were synonymous with sports, um, action as the two dominant daily fantasy companies. This undoubtedly played a part in their early success in sports betting.
Additionally, FanDuel brands the popular FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands, which is effectively the legal betting depot for New York City, and they spend a ton in advertising.
The combination of brand recognition and modern app is what makes FanDuel stand out.
What’s not so great about FanDuel Sportsbook
Prices and odds
Any negative about FanDuel Sportsbook, from a user’s perspective, is mostly a nitpick, but there are a few.
FanDuel’s lines differ, sometimes greatly, from main competitors DraftKings Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, and PointsBet. This in itself isn’t a bad thing, but anecdotally we find that FanDuel Sportsbook is slower to react to the market and update their odds based on substantive changes like injuries, trades and so on. Now, this can of course be a positive for the opportunistic bettor (in fact, I could make a good case for putting this in the “great” section), but their odds seem to run more expensive than some of their competitors, something we’ll cover more in our DraftKings vs. FanDuel Sportsbook comparison.
FanDuel Sportsbook has consistently offered a $500 risk-free bet to new users . This is fine, and the $500 amount is inline with what other operators offer (though PointsBet offers an industry-leading $1,000 bonus), but it’s less flexible than other offers. FanDuel essentially offers you a one-time safety net on whatever your first bet amount is, which for the average user is often way less than $500.
Competitors offer things like “first bet match” – a free bet available regardless of whether your win or lose your first bet – deposit matches, and free bet with no deposit offers. All are better than a risk-free bet.
But, given their standing in the market and popularity, FanDuel Sportsbook doesn’t have to be as aggressive with their offer.
That doesn’t mean they don’t take advantage of big market events, however. Their 53-1 Super Bowl odds promo is the gold standard of signup promos, bringing in untold numbers of new players who could wager $5 to win $265.
FanDuel Sportsbook vs. DraftKings Sportsbook
We cover more in our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook comparison, but the difference largely comes down to interface and prices. FanDuel has the better interface, but they seem to be a half-step behind when it comes to odds and pricing.
It’s difficult to do this on any large scale, because there is so much variability, but here’s a quick snapshot of a set of three random games. FanDuel Sportsbook prices (DraftKings Sportsbook prices).
Reds-Brewers -108 (-107)
Raptors-Bucks +250 -320 (+255 -295)
A’s-Indians -126 +110 (-129 +114)
In all but one case – a moneyline bet on the A’s to beat the Indians – FanDuel Sportsbook offers more expensive odds.
Again, this is a small snapshot, for sure, and there are plenty of cases where FanDuel has better prices than the competition, but we tend to find that we pay more for bets on FanDuel Sportsbook. Say nothing of the fact that PointsBet routinely offers promotion -105 prices on spread bets.
FanDuel brings a recognizable brand name to legal sports betting 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, cycling, 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. They also accept cash at counter
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:
- Round robins
- Alternate lines
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 offers a $500 risk-free bet 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.