There is no doubt that FanDuel Sportsbook is one of the most recognizable online sports betting brands in the United States. And it might be the most anticipated app to launch for online sports betting in PA. Still, there’s some uncertainty regarding when owner BetFair will bring FanDuel Sportsbook PA to market. We previously assembled a comprehensive FanDuel Sportsbook review, but in this article we will attempt to unpack some of the mysteries surrounding the release of FanDuel Sportsbook in PA.
FanDuel Sportsbook is expected to release their PA sports betting app at the end of July, according to CrossingBroad.com sources. It is also believed that this launch will include full access on iOS, which means bettors on iPhone and iPad can get into the game for the first time in Pennsylvania.
FanDuel Sportsbook PA launch
FanDuel Sportsbook PA app
FanDuel Sportsbook is expected to offer a separate app in PA through their partnership with Valley Forge Casino Resort. The app will be available on iOS and Android.
FanDuel Sportsbook PA will launch in July. More importantly, we’re told FanDuel Sportsbook PA will launch with an iOS app, unlike its competitors, Bet Rivers Sportsbook and Parx Sportsbook, which have been hampered by a new Apple App Store policy that requires gambling apps to use native code for their app and not just a re-skin of their HTML website. FanDuel Sportsbook’s PA app is coded for iOS, meaning they will be out ahead of their competitors as the first to offer sports betting on iOS in Pennsylvania.
FanDuel’s PA sports betting app will almost certainly be available on Android, but only as a direct download as the Google Play Store doesn’t allow online gambling apps.
Prior to a full-launch, they will need to run a trial period and have the app tested by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Is FanDuel Sportsbook legal in Pennsylvania?
In short, yes, but a PA version of the FanDuel app isn’t yet available to the public.
There exist a few obstacles for a national sportsbook such as FanDuel to clear prior to entering the PA market. Outside brands – non-licensed casinos in the state – must team up with a licensed operator to “skin” their app. To simplify, because FanDuel doesn’t operate a casino in the state of Pennsylvania, it must strike a partnership with one in order to make its brand available to consumers within state lines.
With New Jersey online sports betting regulations, each operator can work with up to three skins. For example, DraftKings Sportsbook and FOX Bet are partnered with Resorts, and PointsBet and FanDuel are each partnered with Meadowlands Racetrack. In Pennsylvania, however, the rules are a bit more restrictive. Each operator can only work with one outside skin. FanDuel, however, has cleared the first major hurdle thanks to its partnership with Valley Force Casino and Resort.
What will FanDuel Sportbook look and feel like in PA?
Elsewhere, skins have the ability to take on their own branding. For instance, FanDuel Sportsbook is called, wait for it, FanDuel Sportsbook. It’s expected in PA, however, those apps powered by third parties will feature the casino licensee’s brand. For example, FanDuel Sportsbook’s partnership with Vallery Forge Casino Resort likely means the Pennsylvania version of FanDuel Sportsbook will be branded as Valley Forge Casino and Resort, powered by Fanduel Sportsbook.
Additionally, that could mean Valley Forge Casino’s logos–not FanDuel’s–could also appear on the app, as they were in a presentation given to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
This complicates matters when it comes to marketing the app to PA residents. People like household names, and FanDuel brings a certain level of cache, so it will be interesting to how the potential lesser known branding of the app will impact its overall reach and performance within the market.
That said, some industry insiders have suggested to us that the app will be exactly the same as the current version, so stay tuned. Either way, what we do know is that the functionality and overall user experience provided by the app is expected to be very similar if not identical.
FanDuel Sportsbook PA promo code
FanDuel Sportsbook PA runs a $500 risk-free first bet offer with no promo code required in New Jersey. It’s unclear whether they’ll run the same offer in PA or if they will offer market specific promotions, but it seems likely that they will some sort of signup bonus with a promo code.
One trend we’ve seen stand out in New Jersey is that users like to bet on local teams–NJ sportsbooks consistently take a great deal of action on Philadelphia and New York teams. A similar trend should develop in Pennsylvania where it’s expected that New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh-area teams should draw a considerable amount of attention from bettors. This means that you can expect more local odds boosts specific to the Philly and Pittsburgh markets.
Types of betting
FanDuel Sportsbook in PA figures to offer all the traditional bet types, including spread, moneyline, over-under, futures, parlays, props and teasers. PA bettors will also be able to wager on PA college games, however events with known outcomes, like the NBA Draft, won’t have action offered.
FanDuel does a good job with offering payout bonuses, bet insurances, along with other fun promotions. FanDuel Sportsbook PA consistently runs multi-sport parlay insurance that protects you against losses when one leg of a parlay busts your bet as well as various odds boosts on marquee sporting events.
FanDuel Sportsbook history
FanDuel Sportsbook officially launched in New Jersey last September and has been one of the state’s most popular online sportsbooks ever since.
Further cementing its brand in the Garden State, FanDuel opened up a massive physical sportsbook location at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford. Paired with the Victory Sports Bar which has an extensive kitchen and bar menu, the physical FanDuel Sportsbook location features 20-foot screens and 50+ HD televisions to take in the action. It’s an extremely impressive facility that offers a Vegas-style sports betting experience.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Although they don’t yet have an app yet, FanDuel Sportsbook is already very much present in PA. Back in early March, the company opened FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort.
The 1,800 square-foot location has seven betting windows for patrons to easily place bets along with 27 television screens and two sports tickers. As is the case with FanDuel’s mobile offerings, the location takes bets on all major U.S. sports including professional baseball, basketball, soccer, football, golf, boxing, motorsports and collegiate football and basketball. It also takes action on a variety of sports and leagues outside of the United States. The minimum bet is $5.
FanDuel has operated daily fantasy games in PA from nearly the jump. In 2015, some questions began to pop up as to whether daily fantasy was a game of skill or gambling. FanDuel lobbied hard in favor of a game of skill, yet some states still decided to ban it. In 2018, however, Pennsylvania officially recognized daily fantasy as being legal and imposed a 15% tax on all earnings. After launching one of the first sports betting apps in New Jersey, it became clear that FanDuel would eye Pennsylvania which had already passed a bill for legal sports betting and now awaits approving online sites.