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 really ended up being worth the wait.
You can check it out at pa.sportsbook.fanduel.com.
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 just 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 successfully bet.
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.
The sign-up bonus for FanDuel is the same deal as New Jersey FanDuel. The site offers a risk-free first bet of up to $500. So, if a player loses his or her very 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 very 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. Be sure to read the fine print on this bonus, as it requires you play your bonus money within seven days of it hitting your account.
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|Last Updated||July 23, 2019|
FanDuel’s history tells us it likes to offer promotions and its customers like the promotions it offers.
Players can opt for NBA Overtime Heartbreak insurance. This offer pays back up to $25 on wagers that lose in overtime.
For NFL wagers, players can get halftime insurance. This pays back up to $25 on wagers that were winning at halftime but ultimately lost.
FanDuel also offers parlay insurance for both football and basketball. The insurance is for parlays of four or more legs. If all of a player’s parlay legs hit but one, they receive $25 back.
They also offer posted daily odds boosts. These are special wagers that change from day to day and enhance the odds for a half-dozen or more bets on any specific day.
We expect similar offerings when the FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge opens its doors and releases its app.
Both FanDuel and Valley Forge Casino currently offer player loyalty programs.
FanDuel’s Players’ Club features automatic enrollment. It is a points-based program that results in bonus wagers. Points rollover from year to year as long as there were plays on the account in the preceding 12 months.
Valley Forge Casino features what it calls the Valley Club. It is also a points-based program that rewards a free $25 slot play upon registering.
Perks of the club include:
The expectation is that the loyalty program will lean toward the Valley Club, at least in its naming. As for exactly what the benefits will look like, it will likely combine the most popular aspects of both.
Registration for 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 NJ info, then FanDuel will review your info, geolocate you, and approve you for betting in PA.
Should you want to open a new account, the info you need is:
Players will also likely need to create a username and password and answer two authentication questions to secure their account further. The password must be at least eight characters and include one letter and one number.
A player 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 much more. If it moves, FanDuel PA probably has a live line on it.
In terms of the in-game lines, the Pennsylvania sportsbook goes way 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 very 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 very 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 options available. Let’s take a look at all of the options:
This is probably your most straightforward method. Keep in mind, sometimes you’ll be charged a cash advance (instead of a regular charge), so expect an interest charge right away. Your billing address must match the address on your card account.
In New Jersey, you’re able to 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.
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 a very 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.