In the nascent phase of American sports betting, FanDuel has emerged as one of the most successful brands. New Jersey residents were amongst the first to experience this exciting sportsbook in its full glory.
While offshore websites were the stiffest competition one could ask for, FanDuel effectively recognized the need for a compelling product. They were fighting an uphill battle but still managed to prevail thanks to key aspects that caused scores of bettors to migrate to their platform. In this review, we intend to dissect and elaborate on those aspects.
Psychologically speaking, blue is a color that instills feelings of security and serenity, whereas darker hues can only amplify such impressions onto a user. FanDuel cleverly noticed the advantages of such a color scheme, so they’ve used it as the basis for their design. From that point onwards, they’ve constructed an entire image based on blue and white tones. Of course, aesthetic appeal is nothing without functionality. FanDuel managed to create a platform that is indeed very functional and pleasant to the eye.
This is true for any version of the FanDuel sportsbook. Whether you’re using an app for iOS or Android, or even the mobile browser version, you’ll have a smooth experience. There are no bugs and each category is highlighted and easily discernible from other areas. For instance, it’s easy to create a new slip on the iOS app, as you only need to click on the wager you’re interested in. It’s also possible to minimize this window, which we don’t see that often.
FanDuel has always been known for having a solid portfolio of payment options and players from New Jersey get the exact same experience. PayPal, ACH (eCheck) and the FanDuel Prepaid Card are the best options if you ask us, but we couldn’t help but notice that VISA and MasterCard credit/debit cards can only be used for deposits. It’s a minor flaw, but we see how bettors could be irked by it.
Customer service is stellar, with phone, email and live chat support available around the clock. There have also been reports of glitches related to odds and payment amounts, but FanDuel usually honors these bets and pays more than they really have to. Superb.
Sports and Betting Odds
FanDuel offers many sporting events for users to place bets on. Among the covered sports are: Australian rules, basketball, baseball, boxing, college basketball & football, cricket, darts, American football, golf, hockey, MMA, motor racing, rugby, soccer, tennis, horse racing. Betting odds at FanDuel are competitive overall. Soccer betting margin is 4.7%, tennis betting margin is 3.6%, ice hockey betting margin is 5.0%, basketball with 4.0% and so on. The overall betting margin is 4.3%. These betting margins have been calculated using odds from different events in each sport. Please note that margins may be different from a sport to another, and even from a league to other.
While you can only bet on 10 sports, FanDuel cleverly selected them according to their popularity with US bettors. The soccer section has been particularly amazing from the get-go, with new markets and leagues being constantly added. Special bets are abundant, especially for NBA and NFL games. You can experiment or focus on the basics, which is a choice not many bookmakers offer.
Security and Fairness
FanDuel is fully licensed by the Division of Gaming Enforcement in NJ, with SSL encryption and multiple firewalls protecting your data. This alone would be excellent, but we just can’t omit FanDuel’s bounty program, created together with HackerOne. Players with knowledge about security and code can try and find exploits. If they succeed in doing this, they will be compensated and publicly commended. An unorthodox, but nevertheless great way of creating a safe environment.
You can find here a list of the most frequent questions regarding FanDuel, along with answers. While we are trying to keep the info up to date on this page, please note these details may change in time and is needed to double-check it with FanDuel website, where most info comes from.