FanDuel over the years has made quite a name for itself in the fantasy sports world. However, recently they started with their comprehensive sportsbook. You will find rave reviews about the brand on Google, most probably on media press releases. But we tend to go by our own experience and thus today I want to share my experience with the betting side of FanDuel.
From the get-go, I loved how the sportsbook has been managed separately from the Fantasy website. Both are different verticals and each one of them requires you to create an account to access the website. If you’re into DFS, you need an account for it, if you’re into sports betting action, you need a separate account.
What is FanDuel?
FanDuel is a New York-based bookmaker widely known for its daily fantasy sports coverage and sportsbook. Within five years since its inception, FanDuel became the second-largest DFS service provider in the US just behind DraftKings. In fact, just seven years into the venture, in 2016, DraftKings and FanDuel decided to merge.
A rocky road towards the merger
The Federal Trade Commission upheld its reservation regarding the merger as it saw the move as a step towards monopoly. In 2017, the merger agreement was terminated. A year later, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair a.k.a Flutter Entertainment acquired FanDuel, merged its operations and started running under the ‘FanDuel Group’ banner. And that led to the initiation of FanDuel sports betting.
FanDuel was founded in the year 2009 by five people – Nigel Eccles, Lesley Eccles, Tom Griffiths, Rob Jones, and Chris Stafford. It was a pivot from a news prediction site called Hubdub. FanDuel received $1.2 million in venture capital funding from Scottish Enterprise and Pentech Ventures. A year later, the band held the inaugural ‘FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship.”
After the successful event, the company grew from strength to strength with an $11 million Series C funding in 2013, followed by a $70 million Series D Funding.
Why should you stream on FanDuel?
FanDuel became popular through daily fantasy sports. It was just recently that they branched out into the sports betting world. If you love fantasy sports, you’d find amazing stuff on FanDuel and tons of ways to make great money. Sure, the prize pool isn’t as high as DraftKings but that also means that there are less competition, fewer professionals and more recreational players who are looking to win big. The number of tournaments you can join includes NFL, CFB, MLB, PGA, CFB, EPL, and NASCAR.
Though the Sportsbook has started quite recently, there are a few offerings that you can take advantage of. Since FanDuel is already so well-established in the fantasy world, adding the betting element just took the brand to a whole new level. They offer features such as Double Your Deposit, which allow you to literally double the amount you deposit. If you deposit $200, you’ll have $400 in your sportsbook account.
FanDuel’s position in the US can be understood by comparing them to SkyBet and Sky Sports. Just replace the broadcasting bit with massive fantasy sports coverage. Having said that, you can only place a sports bet if you are in the following state – NJ, PA, WV and IN.
If you don’t want to play, you can make money by betting on people who play on FanDuel. There are plenty of betting markets to choose from once you select a particular title. You can even place quick bets using the website or an app. Simply type in the wager and get started. People are making fortunes by betting on other players and the fact that you get to watch that live betting can help you make calculated decisions.
Excellent Payment Facility
FanDuel offers great support for depositing and withdrawing money. You can use many ways to transact, these include a credit card, debit card, PayPal, and prepaid cards. Also, the app supports the most popular financial institutions such as Capital One, Bank of America, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, Huntington Bank, TD Bank, and Union Bank.
FanDuel has an incredible interface, especially the sportsbook website. Even though there’s a plethora of information everything has been organized so well. Hats off to the developers who’ve created the layout. It truly feels premium and makes you want to engage on the platform. Firstly, there’s a landing page, you need to choose between Fantasy, Sportsbook, and Racing. I, being a frequent bettor, will describe my experience of the sportsbook.
There are four options – Home, Live, Promotions and Casino on the left and log in, Join Now button on the right. The header section is fairly simple and occupies 75% of the width as rest is a dedicated Betslip section. Above the header options, you’ll find a customer service callout to help and guide people wanting to bet.
While the Betslip section maintains its position in the right section, the left section gets spicy. You’ll find the most popular sports – XFL, CBB, NBA, NHL, and Tennis in a vertical placement followed by all the sports that are available on the sportsbook from A-Z. There are 15 sports for you to choose from. At the center, you have ongoing matches and if you want to switch sports, you can use the column on the left.
The Betslip section continues to be present on the right side. In the body section, you’ll find ongoing fixtures and upcoming fixtures, you’ll find a small option called ‘More Wagers’ right under the fixture details. If you click on it, you’ll get to learn about the odds in detail. On the left side, you can find other important links such as Betting Guide, Terms and Conditions, House Rules, Responsible Gambling, and Support.
The footer section has key content towards the left and social media icons on the right. There are three columns – About, Help, More. You can access each of these options to learn something specific about FanDuel.
I love how the multi-page websites work. The browsing experience is so seamless since you get all in one place. Once you’re on FanDuel’s homepage, you’ll be able to access everything on that particular page. The middle section of the website keeps changing. For instance, if you were to click on basketball, you will get all the fixtures and odds on the same page.
FanDuel as a sportsbook is fairly new in the market. While checking out the website, I didn’t have a lot of expectations because of how recently it was established. But boy was I underestimating its incredible sports betting prowess. And I can’t help but compare the service with DFS because that has helped them set a high standard.
There is a diverse range of sports that you can bet on. These include Australian Rules, Basketball, Baseball, Boxing, College Basketball, College Football, Cricket, Darts, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Motor Racing, Rugby, Soccer, and Tennis.
One of the very few websites where I don’t mind browsing on the desktop or through the mobile website. I love the interface so much that for a good period, I didn’t even bother to download the app.
I browsed FanDuel on my iPhone XR, and I really loved the overall experience. Navigating around the menus was quite seamless. I was able to watch live scores and check wagers to stay up-to-date. You can download the FanDuel app for Android and iOS if you don’t like using a desktop or mobile website for betting.
Plans & Pricing
Sign-up is free, you don’t have to pay a penny. There are many events in which you can participate for free and win vouchers. When you sign-up, you get benefits such as double your deposit or a $500 bonus to help you kick start your FanDuel betting journey on a high.
Suggestions I have for FanDuel
I had a refreshing experience on the website. If there were a few things, I’d like them to improve, my suggestion would be to extend their Sportsbook and increase their markets. I mean it’s crazy how being in the US, you can only bet from 5-6 locations.
If you haven’t tried FanDuel yet, you’re missing out on an amazing experience. With amazing user-interface and great benefits, FanDuel is rightly referred to as the biggest sportsbook in the US. As time passes, it’ll only get better and more expansive.