Daily fantasy sports provider FanDuel opened a physical sportsbook at The Meadowlands on 24 July 2018, becoming one of the first sportsbooks to open in New Jersey. The fantasy sports provider turned sportsbook followed this with the launch of its online and mobile sportsbook on 1 September. It is now one of the most popular options for online sports betting in New Jersey. But how does FanDuel stack up against the competition? Does FanDuel stand toe to toe with rival fantasy sports operator turned sportsbook DraftKings? Let’s take a closer look at FanDuel’s offering, including it’s bonuses, promotions and betting markets.
- Wide selection of banking methods
- Established brand
- Easy to use
- Sign up bonus only rewards losing bettors
FanDuel Sportsbook is currently only available in New Jersey and just like any other online sports betting platform in New Jersey, access to it’s sportsbook is only available to bettors who are at least 21 years old and located within New Jersey state lines. You can either access the sports betting platform via an Android or iPhone app or through the FanDuel Sportsbook website.
Compared to other online sportsbooks the sign-up process for FanDuel is fairly quick and can be completed within five minutes. To make an account you’ll need is your name, date of birth, address, email, mobile phone number and social security number.
Here is a step by step guide on how to sign up with FanDuel Sportsbook:
- First, you must visit the FanDuel website, from here select “Join” and select the sportsbook option.
- Following this, you’ll be directed to the main page where you must enter your name, date of birth and email address. On this page, you will also be required to set a username and two security questions.
- You will then be prompted to enter in your name, address, contact number and social security number. This information will be used to verify your identity.
- From here you can make your first deposit, claim your sign-up bonus and place your first sports wager.
FanDuel accepts wagers on a wide range of sports. When compared with other sportsbooks in New Jersey, FanDuel Sportsbook offers one of the widest selections of sports markets. Here is the full list of sports you can bet on with FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Australian Rules
- College Basketball
- College Baseball
- Pro Basketball
- Pro Football
When it comes to the bets you can place, FanDuel Sportsbook boasts one of the most varied selections of betting options in New Jersey. As well as the standard single and parlay options, Fanduel offers round robins and a breathtaking range of proposition bets.
Here is a comprehensive list of the different types of bet FanDuel Sportsbook offers:
- Single bets
- Round robins
- Spread betting
- Proposition bets
- In-play betting
The daily fantasy sports provider turned sportsbook offers live in-play betting on a variety of sporting events. This allows punters to place bets on sporting events as the action is unfolding in real time. To place a live bet with FanDuel simply select the “Live” tab from the sidebar of the website, the number displayed next to the tab indicates how many live events are currently taking place. The live betting offering here at FanDuel is fairly extensive and offers players a wide selection of live games to bet on. If you’re having a slow day and none of your favorite teams are playing, chances are you will find something here to hold you over.
Just like any other sportsbooks, FanDuel accepts wagers on all professional sports as well as major league events involving NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA teams. The live betting coverage at FanDuel includes a wide selection of professional sports in the US as well as sports that are popular overseas like tennis, rugby and golf.
It is incredibly easy to place a live bet, simply select the live event you wish to bet on, add it to your bet slip and place the wager – no different from placing a pre-match bet.
FanDuel Sportsbook offers a variety of different bonuses and promotions that will appeal to both newcomers and experienced punters.
Sign up offer – $500 Risk Free Bet
FanDuel gives new customers the chance to claim a free $500 risk free bet, one of the most enticing sign up offers you will find in New Jersey. To claim this bonus all you have to do is place your first bet and if you lose FanDuel will refund your bet up to $500 in site credit within 72 hours. This offer is only available to new players.
Daily Odds Boost
Another standout promotion is the daily odds boost. These are special bets that have been selected by FanDuel that come with enhanced odds. Each day will present a new betting opportunity to get a better price on your bet slip.
NHL Tuesday OT Insurance
There’s nothing worse than watching your team lose in overtime while you got money riding on the game. If you place a bet on any Tuesday NHL game and your team loses in overtime, you can receive a refund of up to $25 in site credit.
College Basketball Halftime Insurance
Just like the NHL Tuesday OT Insurance bonus, the College Basketball Halftime Insurance bonus is all about recouping your losses. If you place a bet on a regular season weekend college basketball game and your team is winning at halftime but end up losing, you can receive a refund of up to $25 in site credit.
The FanDuel Sportsbook website is one of the most welcoming and easy to navigate sports betting sites you will come across in New Jersey. The site opts for a dark blue and grey color scheme that is easy on the eye. Newcomers and experienced bettors alike will be able to navigate the site with ease. When you visit the homepage, you’ll find easy access to the most popular betting markets, a comprehensive list of sports as well as your bet slip.
For those who have no idea where to start, FanDuel offers a betting guide which breaks down everything a sports betting newcomer will need to know such as explanations of the different types of betting options available and how odds work. This can be found along the sidebar on the left-hand side under the “other links” heading.
Although the site is easy to navigate and a pleasure to look at it, we do feel that the betting guide could be positioned better to increase visibility for new players.
The FanDuel Sportsbook app shares a number of similarities with the desktop website such as the color scheme, the inclusion of “popular bets” and is incredibly easy to navigate. Although most mobile sports betting apps are either too cluttered or opt for a minimal design which negatively impacts the betting experience, FanDuel has managed to strike a decent balance where you can see multiple betting options without having to browse through endless sub-menus.
FanDuel may have been beaten to the world of online and mobile sports betting by its main competitor DraftKings but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of banking options available to FanDuel Sportsbook’s customers. In fact, FanDuel has one of the largest selections of banking methods of any New Jersey sportsbook. There are nine different methods you can use to deposit money into your FanDuel Sportsbook account and five different methods of withdrawal.
It is worth mentioning that if you want to make a deposit or withdrawal using cash you will be required to visit the counter located at the east end of the Victory Bar at Meadowlands Racetrack, which is open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 11pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 11pm. If you want to deposit via a cashier check in the mail, the check should be made out to ‘Betfair Interactive US, LLC,’ and should include your username and email address. A check should be sent to the following address:
Betfair Interactive US LLC, PO Box 158, Jersey City, NJ, 07303
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FanDuel Sportsbook offers a wide range of security and safety measures for punters using the sportsbook. Aside from standard identity, age and location verification, users can set deposit limits, betting limits and time limits. You can also sign yourself up to a self-exclusion list, freeze your account for a set period of time and even close your account if you are worried about your betting habits.
Furthermore, at the bottom of the FanDuel Sportsbook homepage, you can find a link to the companies responsible gaming section. Here you can find an overview that outlines and explains the tools FanDuel has in place to help manage your betting activity. You can also find information on help and support organisations. You can find links to the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and Gamblers Anonymous.
It is clear the FanDuel pride themselves on customer service. You can contact a live member of staff that will be available 24/7 over the phone, email and live chat you can even send in a query via mail. You can also check out the FanDuel FAQ page for constantly updated questions and answers. You can contact FanDuel via:
Mail: Betfair Interactive US LLC, PO Box 158, Jersey City, NJ, 0703.Phone: +1-877-689-0662
FanDuel made a name for itself by providing daily fantasy sports games across the US. Not only did the company manage to generate a loyal customer base but it has continued to show it is one of the most trustworthy companies in the New Jersey sports betting scene. In the summer of 2018, the company was purchased by the European sports betting giant Paddy Power Betfair, which has managed to increase the credibility of the FanDuel brand.
All in all, the FanDuel Sportsbook package is one of the best we have seen in New Jersey. With a wealth of sports betting markets available, some truly unique promos and one of the most player-friendly sites in the state, it’s no wonder why so many punters have already made FanDuel their go-to sportsbook. The only thing holding back FanDuel is that the sign-up offer will only reward a losing bet. If you can look past that then FanDuel could be the sportsbook for you. Sound like the sportsbook for you? Sign up now and claim your free $500 ‘risk-free’ bet!