FanDuel Sportsbook Review
Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on FanDuel Sportsbook:
- The seemingly endless variety of bets and prop bets, daily fantasy sports, and free-to-play contests is what makes FanDuel Sportsbook one of the premier sports betting apps.
- Bonuses and promotions are generous and plentiful — so much so that nearly every day we’re tempted to open the app to see what new and crazy incentives have been activated.
- The must-see in FanDuel’s already impressive live and mobile betting game is the free-to-play PlayAction contests. It’s an exciting glimpse into the future of live betting.
Supported states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Casino: Of the states FanDuel Sportsbook operates in, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have legalized online casino games. FanDuel’s selection of casino games features 353 slots, virtual table games (such as roulette, blackjack) and virtual poker. (Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not online casino games.)
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Sports and Bets Offered
FanDuel Sportsbook has a superstore-sized inventory of sports and bets, with more than 100 bets on most games, including spreads, moneylines, totals, parlays, round-robins, futures, and props. FanDuel is also one of just two sportsbooks to offer daily fantasy sports, albeit on a separate app. (The other is DraftKings Sportsbook.) And then, there are FanDuel’s contests…
PlayAction contests: PlayAction is FanDuel’s standout free-to-play contest, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it could be the future of sports betting. Available for NFL games, PlayAction bettors wager with virtual coins on the outcome of each play or drive during the live game (E.g., “Will the next play be a run or a pass?”). There are four contests per game, with each quarter treated as a separate contest. Bettors receive 1,000 virtual coins per quarter, and the users holding the most coins at the end of the quarter receive cash prizes.
Just imagine sportsbooks making play-by-play betting for real money a standard offering. I am. I think the current PlayAction contests are a steppingstone in that direction, and when it happens it’s going to revolutionize sports betting.
Additional contests: Like DraftKings, FanDuel also offers free-to-play contests throughout the year for real prize money. During the NFL season, for instance, FanDuel hosted a competition where participants picked games against the spread each week for a shot at winning a cool $25k. For just a few minutes of time — and no actual playing money on the line — it’s been a fun way to compete, even when I didn’t win a dime.
Daily odds boosts: Like most sportsbooks, FanDuel Sportsbook offers users daily odds boosts (aka bet boosts). Odds boosts are like those “gift with purchase” promotions you see at retail stores. In sports betting, it’s an additional incentive to make a bet because there’s a bigger payoff if you win. For example, FanDuel boosted Alabama's odds to beat Ohio State in the National Championship from -310 to -110, a $10 bet would win you $9.09 instead of $3.23.
As denoted by the table below, FanDuel offers good odds on NHL spread bets, NBA spread bets, and NCAAB moneyline bets. For comparison, if average NBA spread odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, FanDuel might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at FanDuel versus $1.30 at other sites.
Meanwhile, FanDuel offers below average odds on NCAAF moneyline bets, NFL spread bets, and NFL total bets. For comparison, if average NHL spread odds on a team are -110 at other sports betting sites, FanDuel might offer odds at -115. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $.87 at FanDuel versus $.91 at other sites.
|NFL Spread||Below Average|
|NFL Total||Below Average|
|NCAAF Moneyline||Below Average|
FanDuel Sportsbook is the Tesla of live betting: Pushing the boundaries of the status quo is in its DNA. The bells and whistles you’ll find at other top sportsbooks come standard. But then FanDuel ups the excitement by experimenting with new types of bets and features, giving users a glimpse of what live sports betting could be in the near future.
Instant bets: FanDuel does a great job of offering instant bets for a variety of sports (E.g., betting on the next point of a tennis match or the next drive of an NFL game). Most exciting is FanDuel’s PlayAction contests (played with virtual coins for now) that I gushed about several paragraphs above. I predict that the feature could lead FanDuel to become the first sportsbook to offer live play-by-play betting for NFL games.
Prop bets: Like SportsBetting.com and DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook offers a wealth of live props. An example of a live prop bet is, “Will Baker Mayfield throw for over or under 204.5 total passing yards?”
Live match tracker: FanDuel Sportsbook provides users a live match tracker for most live sports. A live match tracker is a graphic that has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real-time. FanDuel allows you to toggle the feature on and off, which I found useful when scrolling through different bets.
Live Streaming: FanDuel is one of just a handful of sportsbooks that streams live sports through its app. The offerings are limited, however, because of the high cost of broadcast licensing rights. That’s also the reason sports betting sites live stream international games and less popular sports such as tennis.
FanDuel Sportsbook App
The FanDuel Sportsbook app remains a Moneyline favorite in 2021 due to its layout, quick responsiveness, and ease of use.
I find the FanDuel Sportsbook app one of the easiest apps to use. It gets a lot of the seemingly small details right. For example, when you select a bet, I like that you can instantly bet on it or add it to your bet slip for later. Subtle, I know, but some sportsbooks don’t give you that flexibility. Scrolling through types of bets for a game is also a breeze, with each bet type listed at the top of the menu.
My only navigation gripe is that contacting customer support takes you out of the mobile app and over to the FanDuel website. Annoying. I’d like to see FanDuel integrate support into the mobile app.
The Duel: This is an extension of the FanDuel website that covers daily fantasy sports (DFS) and sports betting. The Duel has advice, injury reports, and articles on both DFS and sports betting. The Duel features more sports betting and daily fantasy content than any competitor. Accessing The Duel on mobile requires going outside of the FanDuel sports betting app. Again, not an ideal user experience.
FanDuel's educational content has expanded quite a bit in the last year. In addition to a sports betting glossary, new guides are available for the most popular sports. Each guide details popular bet types and gives examples for specific sports. FanDuel also has a beginner’s guide on its main website. But like some other features, it’s hard — almost impossible — to find within the mobile app. I eventually found it stored under the “support” section.
Bonuses & Promotions
FanDuel’s variety of bonuses and promotions is one of the best of any sportsbook — yet another reason it’s one of Moneyline's top-rated sports betting sites.
New customers: FanDuel Sportsbook offers a risk-free bet up to $1,000. That’s an exceptional bonus when you compare it to risk-free bets at most other sportsbooks that are only good up to $250 or $500. Another noteworthy offer: New Daily Fantasy Sports customers can get a pretty remarkable $500 deposit match.
Existing customers: FanDuel Sportsbook offers an impressive collection of ongoing bonuses, including parlay insurance, free PlayAction contests, risk-free casino play, and more. Like DraftKings and PointsBet, FanDuel is one of the few sportsbooks worth checking every few days for new promotions.
FanDuel Sportsbook is an accomplished offering in every measurable way — and one we recommend for bettors at every experience level. Besides providing the full gamut of classic sports betting features, and a standout live betting experience, FanDuel is an innovator. (A must-see is the live, free-to-play PlayAction contest.) With its steady stream of new promotions, contests, and bet types, FanDuel has clearly staked its claim in the top echelon of sportsbooks.
Regardless of your betting style, DraftKings is a reliable, full-service sportsbook that sets the bar high for its competitors.
About FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel was founded as the Daily Fantasy Sports company in 2009 and garnered more than six million registered users in less than a decade. In May 2018, when the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PAPSA), FanDuel merged with Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power Betfair) (OTCMKTS: PDYPY). Read more about FanDuel on Wikipedia.
What states is FanDuel Sportsbook legal in?
FanDuel Sportsbook is legal in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
What deposit methods does FanDuel Sportsbook offer?
Bettors can currently deposit via online bank transfer (ACH), debit/credit card, wire transfer, Play+ prepaid cards, PayPal, check, PayNearMe, and cash at certain casino cages.
|Total Deposit Methods||8|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$10/Varies|
What withdrawal methods does FanDuel Sportsbook offer?
FanDuel Sportsbook currently processes withdrawals via check, online bank transfers, PayPal, Play+ prepaid cards, and cash at certain casinos.
|Minimum Withdrawal||None Listed|
|Total Withdrawal Methods||4|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||Yes|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||Yes|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||None listed|
What is the minimum deposit at FanDuel Sportsbook?
The minimum amount required to open an account at FanDuel Sportsbook is $10.
What customer support does FanDuel Sportsbook offer?
FanDuel offers 24/7 live chat and email support, as well as telephone support (646-930-0860).
What sports can you bet on at FanDuel Sportsbook?
FanDuel Sportsbook currently offers 17 different sports.
|Total Sports Offered||17|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
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For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.
Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.
As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.