FanDuel Sportsbook has finally come to Pennsylvania. The new sportsbook is live and loud for all those in the state who wish to play.
First and foremost, FanDuel is rolling out the red carpet for all new account members. When you sign up for a new account at Fanduel, you automatically qualify for a risk-free bet up to $500.
With that free bet in tow, you can wager on your favorite sports, your favorite teams, or even your favorite players. All you have to do is make a choice, and FanDuel will take care of the rest.
If you win that first bet, then you keep the money. If you happen to lose, then a site credit for the amount of the wager will appear in your account.
Needless to say, there are thousands of different possibilities available to bet. Of course, all the big names are there – the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball, and the NHL.
However, FanDuel even offers action on Australian-rules football, cricket, darts, and rugby. So, even the more discriminating bettors will find something to their liking on the site.
This Fanduel PA review breaks down how the betting app works on Android and iOS, how to deposit or cashout as well as the bonus offers for new players.
FanDuel offers new customers a risk-free first bet of up to $500. So, if a player loses his or her first bet, the site credits back the full bet amount up to $500.
This promotion is not the same as a cash bonus. Players are not eligible to withdraw the credit until they wager a second time. However, regardless of what happens on the first wager with FanDuel, a player’s balance will not go down.
Payback bonuses are returned to a player’s account within 72 hours and, depending on the amount, may be subject to tax withholdings. Players should be sure to read the fine print on this bonus, as it requires him or her to play the bonus money within seven days.
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Close Loss Insurance is currently available on FanDuel’s sportsbook for both the NFL and some collegiate games. On their Promotions page, the NFL Close Loss Insurance will get you up to $50 refund on moneyline bets made prior to the start of any game if your team loses by 6 points or less. The same goes for this week’s LSU vs. Alabama game.
Also on tap is NBA 3rd Quarter Insurance. Just place a moneyline bet on the NBA game of your choice prior to tipoff and if your team ends the third quarter in the lead but loses in the final quarter, you’ll get a refund of your bet, up to $50.
And for those who are hockey fans, there is an NHL Goal Bonus, where pregame bets of $25 or more on either team in the featured NHL game can earn you a site credit of $5 for EVERY goal that team scores (whether they win or not!).
There are two main promotions that FanDuel usually has running aside from the sign-up bonuses. The first is the Daily Odds Boost.
The daily odds boost is a designated bet that tips the scales in the favor of the bettor. FanDuel will select various contests each day and will adjust the odds of the bet in order to benefit the player.
So, a moneyline wager that would have originally paid out 3 to 1 will now pay out at 3.25 to 1, for instance. Or, a 10-point underdog will now be a 15-point underdog, so as to increase the likelihood that the dog will cover the spread.
The selected boost changes each day, of course. FanDuel will also specify a maximum bet amount for the boosted odds, since the site is surrendering some of its advantage by changing the odds.
Still, odds-boosted bets are usually pretty good money-making opportunities. Make sure to check them out each day.
The other notable promotion at FanDuel Sportsbook PA is the Multi-Sport Parlay Insurance. This deal can save parlay bettors a lot of stress, heartache, and hairs not ripped out in anger.
Under typical circumstances, parlays must be completely accurate in order to pay out. So, a parlay bettor who chooses 5 legs for his or her parlay must be correct 5 times, or the bet is lost.
Parlay insurance bails out players who get their parlays mostly correct. Essentially, FanDuel will refund bettors who only miss one of their legs of a parlay.
Now, there are a couple of caveats to this promotion. For one thing, the parlay must be at least 4 legs to qualify, so plan accordingly.
The other caution is that the maximum refund value is $25. So, a big parlay bet may only get a token refund if they come up a bit short.
Nevertheless, having that insurance in place can relieve some of the tension of waiting to see if a parlay wins. After all, nothing is worse than falling short just before the finish line.
At this point, FanDuel PA Sportsbook does not have a loyalty program for its customers. However, as FanDuel settles into the market a bit more, things can always change.
Opening a new account at FanDuel is a breeze.
If you already have an account set up in New Jersey, you don’t even need to set up a new account. You can log in using your FanDuel NJ account info. Then FanDuel will review your info, use geolocation to ID your location and approve you for betting in PA.
Should you want to open a new account, the info you must provide is:
You will also likely need to create a username and password and answer two authentication questions to secure your account further. The password must be at least eight characters and include one letter and one number.
You will not need to present a photo ID, which many online sportsbooks and casinos require. However, any provided information must be correct and current because a new registrant’s identity will need to be confirmed.
If FanDuel suspects any suspicious activity, it may trigger a security review. In that case, the account holder will likely need to present a photo ID and provide proof of address and ownership of any credit cards or bank accounts linked to the player’s account.
However, such security reviews are not likely to happen often. If they do, the process should be straightforward.
FanDuel Sportsbook’s website translates very well as a sportsbook app. Despite not having as much real estate, the experience of both platforms is similar.
However, the central difference is the use of tabs.
On the FanDuel Sportsbook website, you have three sections: One with categories and sports on the left, the second with lines in the middle, and the third with your bet slip on the right.
On the FanDuel Sportsbook app, there are tabs for those sections, so you only see one of those at a time.
Pennsylvania sports bettors will find the app to be a pleasure to utilize. FanDuel delivers a seamless experience as you’ll rarely find yourself searching for something that’s not obvious.
Even FanDuel’s live betting deserves high marks.
FanDuel Sportsbook offers several live betting options for each game. So many, in fact, that we weren’t sure how FanDuel got it all to fit. However, it works and it works fast.
If you’re watching the games and you want to place some bets in between plays, the FanDuel app is a great companion for you.
From top to bottom, FanDuel does a fantastic job with live betting.
When you first land on the sportsbook homepage, the website highlights what’s happening live, so you can get an idea of what you can dive into right away.
Secondly, FanDuel seemingly offers live betting on almost everything. You can bet on basketball, baseball, hockey and football. Even beyond that, you’ll find tennis, golf, soccer and more. If it moves, FanDuel PA probably has a live line on it.
In terms of the in-game lines, the Pennsylvania sportsbook goes beyond the basic spreads and moneylines. For example, for an NBA playoff game, we found hundreds of lines. That includes all sorts of alternate lines, last team to score, the margin of victory, and team totals.
Of course, the key to live betting is the speed and the website and app are responsive. Remember, you have to jump in and out of the lines quick in between plays. So, if there’s any lag, it’ll ruin your experience. There’s none of that here. FanDuel’s live betting operates with blazing speed.
The FanDuel experience is set up to appeal to the veteran sports gambler as well as the novice.
The company’s website features an entire page dedicated to sports betting training. It takes a new player through the various bets FanDuel offers and explains how they work.
It also tells the new player everything they need to know about point spreads and moneylines. Here are some of the bets they cover:
More experienced gamblers can skip right past that and go straight to filling out a betting slip. Available sports could range from Australian rules football to darts, from basketball to MMA.
FanDuel does a great job of separating itself from the crowd. A lot of sportsbook websites look the same and, truth be told, they are. However, FanDuel Sportsbook has a few small differences that make a noticeable difference.
To start, it has a set of sliders at the top/middle that reveals ongoing promotions, contests, and bonuses. FanDuel runs a lot of promos, so it’s always good to be in the know.
The sportsbook dedicates a third of the right-hand side of the page to the bet slip. This generous amount of space gives you some room to make sure you’re betting the right amount you want, see the odds correctly, and you are not overlooking anything.
Another noticeable difference is when you actually select a game to bet on that’s live. FanDuel Sportsbook shows the score at the top of the page with all of the vital information.
For example, with basketball, it’ll show you the time remaining, a scoring breakdown by quarter, in-game stats, and team leaders. That’s useful information for when you go to make your bet.
In terms of the general functionality of their software, it’s easy to use.
You’ll find the popular and live-action in the top left, the sports categories underneath and whatever you select reveals in the middle of the page. Most importantly, it moves fast, which is quite essential to bettors.
FanDuel has several deposit methods available. Let’s take a look at all of the options:
The most straightforward method are credit cards. Keep in mind; sometimes you’ll be charged a cash advance (instead of a regular charge), so expect an interest charge. Your billing address must match the address on your card account.
Players can apply for this branded card via the website. You can put money on it with a Visa, Mastercard or ACH, and then the funds will appear in your account.
PayPal: For those who already have and use a PayPal account, this is a great option. The money transfer is immediate.
If you have a checking account, you can order an e-check, which will transfer funds electronically. You do need your routing and account number, and a state ID.
The online payment processor is finally available on a site in Pennsylvania. So far, this is the only payment processor available on FanDuel, but others could be added in the future.
You can use online bill pay through your bank account. The banks available for this are:
Get a PayNearMe barcode from FanDuel’s deposit page and then take that barcode on your mobile device to a 7-Eleven, CVS or Family Dollar to fund your account.
Wiring funds is the best option for transferring significant amounts.
You’ll eventually be able to bring cash to the cage at Valley Forge Casino in Pennsylvania to fund your account.
Although a method that’s fading away, a check is still available. Typically, your funds will not be available right away until the check clears.
Keep in mind that with credit cards (and most prepaid cards), the following banks tend to decline transactions with gaming companies:
There are five ways to withdraw your winnings from FanDuel Sportsbook:
Your fastest option is cash, which you can collect on the property at Valley Forge.
FanDuel’s prepaid card takes roughly the same amount of time. Also, e-checks take three to five business days while regular checks take five to seven days.
FanDuel takes an active approach with customer support.
The PA book doesn’t want customers getting stuck in the mud. You’re free to live chat with a FanDuel representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Customer support works around the clock to answer emails. If you’re a phone person, you’re able to reach someone at FanDuel from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Phone number: 1-877-689-0662
Email: [email protected]
If we must nitpick, we’d highlight that not having phone service after 8 p.m. EST is a bit odd. Since most of the sports action happens in the evenings, it might make more sense to offer phone support run from noon until midnight.
However, FanDuel does provide 24-hour support via the other methods, so most people will be satisfied.
After its successful sportsbook opening at Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, FanDuel brought its technology and know-how across the river into Pennsylvania. The company worked together with Valley Forge Casino to launch FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino, which opened up on March 13.
Next up for Valley Forge and FanDuel is a PA online betting app.
The app began testing on July 22 with a rocky start and several delays. However, upon launch, the product ended up being worth the wait.
Rather than separate out apps into PA and NJ, the FanDuel app is a single entity that works in both jurisdictions. In fact, you can even use the money you deposited in New Jersey to play in Pennsylvania.
When we say app, we don’t just mean Android either. Both Android and iOS are available. If you already downloaded a version of an app, you likely only need to update the software, and you should be good to go.
A word of caution that those with existing NJ accounts have had trouble accessing the PA version of the iPhone app. Others who have opened new accounts have said they’ve been able to bet successfully.
With both iPhone access and the ease of going back and forth between New Jersey and the Keystone State, FanDuel is primed to make a big impact on the PA sports betting app market.