FanDuel Sportsbook Review
Rattle off any feature you want in a sports betting app and it’s likely FanDuel Sportsbook has got it… and then some. From top-of-the-line live betting and an impressive laundry list of bet types and sports to industry-leading promotions, competitive odds, and innovative live play-by-play contests, FanDuel is a sportsbook for all bettors.
Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Sports and bets offered: No exaggeration, there are typically well over 100 bets to pick from for most sporting events at FanDuel. Additionaly, FanDuel offers free to play contests (for real money), PlayAction contests (unique to FanDuel), and Daily Fantasy Sports.
- FanDuel mobile app: The FanDuel app is one of the best in terms of navigation, appearance, and bet slip building and remains a Moneyline favorite in 2021. Our biggest knock on the FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app is that sometimes loading times are slower than average, especially for casino games.
- Welcome bonus: 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.
- Education: Although educational content can be hard to find, the quality is top-tier. Current education entails a sports betting glossary, a betting guide for beginners, and guides for top sports.
- Banking: Banking at FanDuel is safe and simple, deposit options include online bank transfer (ACH), debit/credit card, wire transfer, Play+ prepaid cards, PayPal, check, PayNearMe, and cash at certain casino cages.
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What states is FanDuel Sportsbook legal in?
FanDuel Sportsbook is available online in the following states:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
Casino: Of the states FanDuel Sportsbook operates in, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have legalized online casino games.
About FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel was founded as a 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). FanDuel now offers sports betting in 10 states. Read more about FanDuel on Wikipedia.
More of a visual person, here's our full video review that also walks you through the app.
FanDuel Sportsbook Bonuses
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.
FanDuel Sportsbook welcome bonus
For 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.
How does the FanDuel $1,000 risk-free bet work?
Once you open an account deposit up to $1,000. Place your first bet, up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, the promotion is over and you win your bet. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will refund it, up to $1,000.
If your bet loses you must roll over the bet amount at least once before withdrawing. This means if you bet $1,000 on your first bet and lose, you must bet $1,000 before being able to withdraw the money. When rolling over money, you can bet in any increments you want, you don't have to bet it all at once.
Still confused? No worries, risk-free bets are tricky when you're new to sports betting, here's a video detailing how FanDuel's risk-free bet works and how it stacks up to other sportsbooks.
FanDuel Sportsbook ongoing promotions
FanDuel Sportsbook offers an impressive collection of ongoing bonuses, including parlay insurance, free PlayAction contests, risk-free casino play, and more.
- Spread the love: For every couple hundred bettors who place a spread bet on the pre-determined team FanDuel will move the spread an extra half-point in favor of the bettors. For example, if the Pistons are +4 against the Pacers, with a spread the love promotion you can bet up to $25 on the Pistons +86, which is pretty much guaranteed to win.
- Parlay insurance: If you place a three-leg parlay and only two of the three legs hit you can get your original stake refunded, which inherently makes the bet less risky.
- Odds superboosts: Every day FanDuel will boost the odds of certain bets, which increases the payouts. For example, FanDuel will boost the odds of a team winning from +100 (a $1 bet pays out $1) to +130 (a $1 bet pays out $1.30).
- Weekly casino promos: Weekly casino promotions are available that allow you to play table games such as blackjack or roulette risk-free for $5 - $10.
FanDuel 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…
Need help placing your first bet? Here's a quick tutorial on navigating to the sport you're looking for and placing a bet.
What sports can you bet on at FanDuel Sportsbook?
FanDuel Sportsbook currently offers 17 different sports, including a wide variety of domestic and international leagues.
|Total Sports Offered||17|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
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What bet types are available at FanDuel Sportsbook?
FanDuel Sportsbook offers all standard bet types (spread, moneyline, total) as well as a few exclusive contests.
- Standard bet types: FanDuel offers all of the must common bet types including spread, moneyline, over/under (total), parlay, prop, future, and teaser bets. These bet types are featured at every sportsbook.
- PlayAction contests: PlayAction Contests allow users to win real money by betting virtual coins on the outcome of each play of live NFL games.
- Free-to-play contests: Like DraftKings, FanDuel hosts a ton of free contests where bettors predict the outcome of games. Real money is given out based on how well those predictions are.
- Daily fantasy sports: A cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling, players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents
FanDuel Sports and Bets Offered
FanDuel Sportsbook App Review
The FanDuel Sportsbook app, available for iOS and Android devices, remains a Moneyline favorite in 2021 due to its layout, quick responsiveness, and ease of use.
FanDuel Sportsbook app pros: 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.
FanDuel Sportsbook app cons: 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.
FanDuel Sportsbook App
FanDuel Sportsbook Website Experience
Using the FanDuel website instead of the app is a seamless experience. The website mirrors the app so finding the games and bets you're looking for feels familiar. The only noticeable disadvantage to using the website instead of the app is there appear to be more geo-verification issues. Both the app and the website use geo-technology to verify what state you're in, and for whatever reason the website has a harder time verifying my location.
FanDuel Sports Betting Education
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.
Need help finding FanDuel's education? Here's a quick tutorial.
FanDuel Sportsbook Education
FanDuel Odds Analysis
FanDuel finished 11th out of 20 sportsbooks we collected data on for our 2021 odds testing.
FanDuel Sportsbook above-average odds: 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.
FanDuel Sportsbook below-average odds: 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|
Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).
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.
FanDuel Live Betting
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 Education
What do you need to create a FanDuel Sportsbook account?
Creating a FanDuel Sportsbook account takes about five minutes and requires the following information:
- First and last name
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Last four digits of your social security number
Although creating an account is quick and easy, you can test drive the app without creating an account. Just by downloading the app you can view the layout, promotions, sports and bets offered, and more. I recommend doing this to see if you like the user interface before actually creating an account.
Here are screenshots of everything you need to open a FanDuel Sportsbook account.
What you need to create an account at FanDuel Sportsbook
How to deposit and withdraw money at FanDuel Sportsbook
The easiest way to deposit and withdraw money is by 1) linking an online banking account 2) selecting the amount you want to deposit or withdraw 3) login to your bank 4) select the proper account 5) deposit or withdraw funds.
Here's a video showing how to do that, as well as all other deposit and withdrawal methods available at FanDuel Sportsbook.
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.
- Online Bank Transfers - Available at almost every sportsbook, you can link your bank account to your sports betting account. Hundreds of banks are available to link to, so there's a good chance you'll be able to link a checking or savings account. Most sportsbooks use companies such as Plaid to provide incredibly safe bank transfers. We recommend this method over all alternatives, as online bank transfers are free, fast, and efficient.
- Debit/Credit Cards - Also readily available, you can use a debit or credit card to deposit money. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all typically accepted as card providers. Pro Tip - Don't use your credit card if you don't have the money. Betting on sports can be risky and you should only bet with money you are willing to lose.
- PayPal - PayPal is offered by a majority of sportsbooks. PayPal, a third-party payment processor, is a fast and secure way to send and receive money.
- Prepaid Gift Cards - If you are seeking a safe way to responsibly gamble with a pre-set amount of money, check out prepaid gift cards. Typically offered by Play+ these prepaid gift cards function as any normal gift card.
- Cash - You can also deposit and withdraw money by visiting the casino that the sports betting app is partnered with. For example, in Michigan, you can deposit and withdraw money to your FanDuel Sportsbook account at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.
|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.
Where is FanDuel Sportsbook licensed?
FanDuel Sportsbook is licensed in the following states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Here's where FanDuel obtained its license from in each state:
- Colorado: Golden Gates Casino
- Illinois: Fairmount Park
- Indiana: Blue Chip Casino
- Iowa: Diamond Jo Casino
- Michigan: Motor City Casino
- New Jersey: Meadowlands racetrack
- Pennsylvania: Valley Forge Casino
- Tennessee: Tennessee Lottery
- West Virginia: Greenbrier Casino
- Virginia: Virginia Lottery
What customer support does FanDuel Sportsbook offer?
FanDuel offers 24/7 live chat and email support, as well as telephone support (646-930-0860). My experiences with customer support have been pleasant, and my questions have always been resolved in a reasonable timeframe.
If you're having a difficult time finding the customer support within the FanDuel app, check out this quick tutorial.
|Live Chat Support||Yes|
|Live Chat Support Availability||Yes|
|Email Support Speed||Yes|
FanDuel Casino Summary
FanDuel’s selection of casino games features 353 slots, virtual table games (such as roulette, blackjack) and virtual poker. Any casual casino player will be satisfied with FanDuel's array of slots and table games. More frequent players might find other online casinos like BetMGM and Golden Nugget offer a much wider array of games.
Another thing I noticed is FanDuel's games take longer to load than other sportsbooks that offer casino games. Aside from this the games themselves function fine, and I had no issues once the games loaded.
|Online Slot Machines||353|
|Online Virtual Poker||Yes|
|Online Virtual Sports||No|
FanDuel Casino Bonus
Once you open your FanDuel account your first 24 hours at the casino are risk-free up to $200. What this means is if you bet $200 on a single-hand of blackjack and lost, you would be issued a $200 casino site credit. The site credit has to be bet through once before being eligible to withdraw. This bonus is in addition to the $1,000 risk-free sports bet.
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports Summary
FanDuel helped pioneer the Daily Fantasy Sports industry in 2009 and has since been enhancing its user-friendly platform for casual and professional users on desktop and mobile. While FanDuel trails slightly behind DraftKings in total sports offered and education, it shines for its ease of use and offering of free and unique contests, making it a solid option for all Daily Fantasy Sports players. Here are some of the contest types available: tournaments, beat the score, multipliers, head to heads, 3-100 player, 50/50s, and beginner contests.
Bonus offer: New Daily Fantasy Sports customers can get a pretty remarkable $500 deposit match.
How long does FanDuel sportsbook take to pay out?
FanDuel Sportsbook pays out withdrawals in one to three days, depending on what withdrawal method you select. Checks by mail typically take closer to seven to ten days, while online bank transfers and PayPal only take a day or two.
How does FanDuel's risk free bet work?
FanDuel's risk-free bet promotion makes your first bet after depositing money risk-free. If you win the bet the promotion is over and if you lose the bet the money is refunded to your account. With risk-free bets the one catch is that if you lose you have to bet the amount of money again (1x rollover) before you can withdraw it.
- If your first bet wins: The promotion is over, you won your first bet. The value in this promotion is that it allows you to bet more money than you typically would, because if you lose the money gets refunded. Instead of betting $50 on a game for your first bet, you could bet up to $500 or $1,000 comfortably, knowing the bet is risk-free.
- If your first bet loses: You will be refunded the full amount of the bet, up to $1,000. The only stipulation is that before you can withdraw that $1,000 you have to roll it over. This means you have to bet $1,000 before withdrawing any money. You can do this in any increments you please, which allows you to comfortably bet through the money before withdrawing it.
Does FanDuel sportsbook charge a fee to place bets?
FanDuel doesn't charge a fee to place bets. Instead, it makes money off the odds it offers. For example, let's say the Packers (-110) are playing the Lions (-110). Regardless of which team you bet on a $10 bet will only win around $9. FanDuel keeps the other $1.
FanDuel vs. Draftkings app comparison: which is better?
I prefer DraftKings Sportsbook over FanDuel because the mobile app is smoother, there are more ongoing promotions and I like utilizing the stats hub. That said, I do enjoy FanDuel's live betting, new customer welcome bonus and odds over DraftKings.
Why choose FanDuel over DraftKings: FanDuel offers better odds, a more immersive live betting experience (including unique contests), and a more lucrative welcome promotion. Both apps have a ton of great day-to-day promotions.
Why choose DraftKings over FanDuel: DraftKings offers pre-game statistics, better education, faster loading times, and a wider variety of bets. Both apps have a ton of great day-to-day 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, FanDuel is a reliable, full-service sportsbook that sets the bar high for its competitors.
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.