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Fox Bet Sportsbook in Pennsylvania is now live and online. The online sportsbook officially opened for business on Sept. 4.
Fox Bet may not be a household name just yet, but its parent companies certainly are. The book is the product of a partnership between media giant Fox and gambling titan PokerStars.
The site is essentially a rebrand of PokerStars’ previous sportsbook, BetStars. However, this version looks to leverage the Fox Sports pedigree with The Stars Group’s gambling expertise.
So far, everything looks pretty good. Fox Bet is operating in Pennsylvania thanks to The Stars Group’s partnership with Mount Airy Casino.
This Fox Bet review covers the mobile app and software. You’ll also find a list of ongoing promotions, such as the daily bet boost and a summary of markets available.
As is often the case with new sportsbooks, there are a wealth of new player bonuses awaiting Pennsylvania bettors. First and foremost, every new account on Fox Bet receives $20 , completely free of charge.
There is no promotional code associated with this free money. The $20 is waiting in the account once each player completes the registration process.
Fox Bet also wants to make sure that players have plenty of cash to place their first wagers. That’s why the site is offering a dollar-for-dollar match on every first deposit.
So, every player’s first deposit is essentially worth double its value. This bonus is available on deposits up to 100% up to $100.
Like most gambling sites, the deposit bonus comes with a playthrough requirement. However, Fox Bet only requires a 1x wager of the bonus amount to release those funds. As playthrough requirements commonly exceed 20x the bonus amount, Fox Bet is presenting quite a low hurdle to negotiate.
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|Last updated||January 2020|
FoxBet’s online sportsbook has one specific January promotion: Road to Miami. This promo can earn you up to $600 in free bets that can be used on the Super Bowl. Every day that has an NFL playoff game or Pro Bowl game, you can earn up to $100 in free bets off of your NFL game bets. For every $20 you stake, you will earn $1. (Bets must have minimum odds of -200 to qualify). Dates you can earn free bets are January 4th and 5th, 11th and 12th, 19th and 26th.
Also, regularly available are:
Opening a new account at Fox Bet is a simple process. TSG understands you don’t build a customer base by making players jump through too many hoops.
Fox Bet uses geolocation technology to ensure you’re in PA and will approve you for betting in this state as well.
Opening a new account is easy and requires only the following information:
Fox Bet will also ask you to create a unique username and password and may require some form of authentication questions for security purposes.
You may also need to provide a photo ID for verification purposes.
The bulk of the remaining promotions on the site is composed of odds boosts. However, these odds boosts come with a fascinating twist on the usual formula.
Rather than the sportsbook perfunctorily assigning certain contests as boosted, Fox Bet delegates each day’s boost to a different Fox Sports personality.
So, for instance, Cris Carter’s call allows its namesake NFL analyst to designate the boost on every Monday.
Each day of the week will feature picks from a different commentator. Radio pundit Colin Cowherd goes so far as to issue picks on Saturdays and Sundays.
Fox Bet is one of the few sportsbooks in Pennsylvania that maintains a loyalty program for its customer base.
By virtue of its position under The Stars Group umbrella, Fox Bet allows its patrons to participate in the Stars Rewards program.
Stars Rewards awards its customers by assigning them a prize chest. The system then tracks each player’s progress toward that chest through a dynamic progress bar.
Each chest contains a randomly determined cash reward. There are six levels of chests, and each one contains an increasing range of prizes.
Most sports bettors do not find themselves eligible to participate in any loyalty program. So, although the money in each chest is not an overwhelming amount, it’s a nice bonus for Fox Bet players to have on their radar.
Now, to be fair, it seems unlikely that the powers that be are literally allowing these personalities to select which bets to boost. However, the promotional framework is a great way to tie in the media side of Fox Bet to the betting side.
Needless to say, it will give those folks something to discuss on their shows.
The Fox Bet mobile app is available via browser, iOS, and Android. Players can access the browser version from whichever type of device they have. The site can detect the method of access and will optimize automatically for it.
Apple customers will have no issues with getting the app onto their devices. The Fox Bet app is available for download through the Apple App Store.
For Android customers, there is a bit more of a challenge. Google does not allow gambling apps in the Google Play store.
So, Android users will need to download the app independently and install it independently. Click or push the section that says “View Fox Bet” to trigger the download onsite.
The app and browser versions are identical, at least in terms of their presentation. Both make extensive use of tabs to aid navigation around the program.
In-game wagering is also called live betting, but the two terms mean the same thing.
Live betting draws such a prominent spot because it so vastly expands the possibilities for bettors and sportsbooks alike. Live betting is the ability to bet on granular micro-events during the course of a single contest.
The result of this feature is that there may be dozens of wagerable options throughout a game.
The days of only being able to bet point spreads, moneylines, totals, and futures are quickly fading away.
Obviously, Fox Bet would prefer to gain as much action as it can. However, live betting is excellent for players, too, because the vast selection of options means that bettors can augment or recoup results from earlier bets more easily.
The other unique aspect of the Fox Bet app is the “Custom Bet.” Fox Bet generates these bets directly from the bettors themselves.
Players can propose wagers via the hashtag #CustomBet. Fox Bet will tweet its acceptance (or not) and place the bet onsite if it believes it to be a fair offer.
These wagers can be any type of bet that players can imagine. However, they usually end up being some combination wager or unlikely event.
So, in other words, the custom bet is one of the only places to make a pure proposition bet.
However, figuring out a bet that Fox Bet hasn’t already offered usually means proposing a unique parlay or focusing attention on a lesser-known part of the game.
Players can also make use of the cash-out option as they are wagering. This feature will present as a button on the bettor’s bet slip.
On the button, Fox Bet will place an ever-changing proposition of a payout for the existing bet. The player can ignore it or, failing that, accept the wager and try to beat the odds.
However, the nice thing is that this option allows players to safeguard themselves against any fading down the stretch of a game, or any fluke that helps the other team.
Fox Bet has an extensive selection of betting markets available for wagering. Fox Bet bettors can choose from the following:
With so many sports available for wagering, there have to be several types of bets available for players to use. Certainly, there are several unique features for bettors, like custom bet, live betting and the cash-out option.
However, all sportsbooks need the bread and butter bet types as a foundation. Fox Bet is no different, so here are all the betting types present on the sportsbook:
Of course, in-game (live) betting options are almost always proposition bets. Custom bets can be many different types of wagers, but they sometimes turn into small-scale parlays by default.
No sportsbook can survive without the influx of money into its system. It depends on player deposits and wagers to continue. So, it makes sense that Fox Bet would have several options for deposits and withdrawals onsite.
Depositing into any gambling site can be a tricky endeavor. Banking laws and other regulations can act as roadblocks to bettors who simply want to put a few bucks on their favorite teams.
However, Fox Bet has enough options that even the most-stymied of potential bettors can find a way to get money into their accounts.
Here are the methods for depositing on Fox Bet:
Credit or debit cards:Fox Bet accepts credit and debit card transactions from Visa and Mastercard customers. Players need only enter their card numbers and associated information to move forward. However, there are a couple of caveats to this method. The first thing to know is that some issuing banks may not accept deposit requests from any gambling site whatsoever.
Some banks that commonly refuse these requests are:
Furthermore, even if the bank accepts the transaction, it may still charge a fee on the deposit. Many financial institutions consider these deposits to be cash advances, and the price for taking such an advance may be unacceptable for various players.
Electronic check: Some Fox Bet customers might prefer, instead, to write a check for their deposit and draw against their bank accounts. Thankfully, Fox Bet offers electronic check deposits, which are the virtual version of the paper check. Fox Bet will go ahead and credit your account with the amount of the deposit when you make the request. You just won’t be able to withdraw anything until the check clears.
Stars transfer: For those who prefer a more direct connection between the bank and Fox Bet, the Stars transfer might be just the thing. With a Stars transfer, the money moves from the player’s bank account to their Fox Bet account. There is no intermediary involved with this method so that it can be very fast. However, the notion of surrendering one’s bank account details might be the most comfortable idea for some players.
Electronic wallets:It is possible to insert an entire third party into the process. Namely, two electronic wallets can deposit into Fox Bet. The two e-wallets to do so are PayPal and Skrill. Electronic wallets are precisely what their names suggest: A place to store money online. People use PayPal and Skrill every day as a clearinghouse for online transactions.
PokerStars Play+ Card: On the other hand, a player might want to give themselves the gift of gambling. So, they can invest in the PokerStars Play+ Card. This prepaid card works the same way as a gift card to Amazon or eBay might. The player buys the card and loads it with whatever amount of funds he or she wishes. This method may allow for credit cards and other transaction methods that are disallowed from depositing directly. It may also permit players to receive cash gifts for their favorite activity.
PayNearMe: Finally, some people eschew all of this electronic money stuff and use cash. Fortunately, there’s an option for them, too. The PayNearMe system will issue prompts to the player about what sort of deposit he or she would like to make. Then, the program will generate a unique barcode for the customer. The customer must take the barcode to the nearest 7-Eleven or CVS Pharmacy. Once there, the clerk will scan the barcode and the client can pay cash for the transaction.
So, even though Fox Bet is entirely online, it is possible to fund one’s account with physical money.
Withdrawal methods are usually a bit more limited than deposits. Some methods of deposit just don’t work in both directions.
Also, a bit more nefariously, the sportsbook knows that a delay on cashouts might encourage a few more bets from the player.
Nevertheless, there are a few options on Fox Bet to withdraw money. They are:
Of the four, an instant e-check is likely to be the most painless.
Even though players must surrender bank account information to Fox Bet, there’s no reason to suspect that info will be compromised in any way, shape or form.
The other three methods will likely have a bit more of a delay. In addition, PayPal and Skrill are known to charge fees for withdrawals at times.
So, as always, make sure that you understand the withdrawal terms before you hit the final submit button.
The one area where Fox Bet falls short is its customer support.
While other sportsbooks often maintain live chats and phone numbers staffed 24/7, Fox Bet has but a support email address.
Now, the email response time is quite short; they do not ignore anyone over there.
But, given the competitive environment for customer communication, it seems foolhardy to only provide email contact information.