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FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel, one of the best-known names in daily fantasy sports, is joining the fray when it comes to US sports betting.

Its first foray is in New Jersey. Read on for more information about FanDuel’s sports betting offering and its DFS site.

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FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel sports betting is a reality, already, thanks to European gaming giant Paddy Power Betfair taking over the company in the summer of 2018, and a partnership with the Meadowlands Racetrack near New York City.

Those maneuvers resulted in a FanDuel Sportsbook becoming the fourth brick-and-mortar location to offer legal NJ sports betting.

Paddy Power Betfair is already in New Jersey, via Betfair Online Casino. It’s likely that will be rebranded with FanDuel’s name down the road.

Where can you bet on FanDuel sportsbook?

You can place wagers via the aforementioned book at The Meadowlands. Soon, you will be able to bet online via both a browser-based platform and via a FanDuel mobile app.

When can you bet on FanDuel Sportsbook?

If you want to place a bet in person, you can do so now at The Meadowlands.

NJ online sports betting is not here quite yet, for either FanDuel or anyone else. FanDuel Sportsbook should launch before the end of the summer.

Who can bet on FanDuel Sportsbook?

Anyone physically located in New Jersey will be able to bet at the FanDuel online sportsbook, whether you are a resident of New Jersey or not. Bettors must be 21 years of age.

FanDuel Sportsbook platform

FanDuel in New Jersey is using IGT Sports to power the platform. Paddy Power Betfair is providing oversight and risk management. GAN is providing the online platform for everything to come together in one cohesive package.

We don’t know much about what the sports betting site or app will look like, beyond what we can see at the screens at The Meadowlands.

What can you bet on at FanDuel Sportsbook?

You can bet on just about any sport under the sun, including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf (among many other choices).

Bet types are standard for any sportsbook:

  • Moneyline
  • Point spread
  • Parlays
  • Prop bets
  • Futures

FanDuel daily fantasy sports

FanDuel has been doing DFS for nearly a decade. Here’s a look at what it offers to fantasy sports players:

Who can play at FanDuel?

You must be at least 18 years old and located in one of the following countries to participate:

  • The United States, excluding the following states: Hawaii, Arizona, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada and Washington
  • Canada (with some exclusions)

Players from Massachusetts must be 21 or older.

Registering a FanDuel account

Head over to FanDuel’s website and click the small “sign up” button in the top-right corner of the page. The registration form is very short – enter a username, email address, password, and that’s it. Click “register,” and you’ll be redirected to the contest lobby.

Employees of FanDuel or any other DFS provider are not allowed to participate in public contests.

If you are located in an eligible jurisdiction, you can now make a real-money deposit or participate in free contests. However, you must be at least 18 (or 21 if you’re in Massachusetts) to deposit.

Sports available at FanDuel

As of June 2018, the following sports are available. Keep in mind that new ones are added on a fairly regular basis.

  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • WNBA
  • NHL

FanDuel DFS contest types

Guaranteed tournaments are FanDuel’s most popular contests. These contests frequently feature prize pools worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for entries as small as a few dollars. Beat the score contests are great for beginners — all participants who meet a minimum score threshold split the prize pool evenly.

Multiplier tournaments allow you to win multiples of your entry, typically 2x. Head-to-head contests, on the other hand, pit you against a single opponent and award the entire prize pool to the winner.

For those who like reduced variance at the cost of smaller payouts, low-cap tournaments support a maximum of 100 players.

In 50/50 contests, the top 50 percent of teams receive payouts, while the bottom half of the field leaves with nothing.

New players can improve their odds by participating in beginner-exclusive contests, where only players with less than 50 contests under their belt can enter. Finally, FanDuel offers satellite tournaments, which allow you to win entries to other contests.

Creating a contest

The contest creation wizard is available at the top of the main FanDuel lobby.

Creating a contest is easy. First, choose the number of participants, from two to 20. Decide if you want your game to be public or if you’d like to play with friends exclusively. Next, choose an entry fee, which can range from $0 (practice play) to $10,600. Click “create,” and you’re all set.

Drafting your daily fantasy team

Creating a roster is a simple and intuitive process.

Browse the contest lobby and click on a contest to reveal details such as payout structure, total prize pool, number of entrants and contest rules. Click “enter new lineup” to launch the drafting page.

Available players will be listed along with their recent scores, performance rankings and salaries. You can sort players by their playing position or view all of them in a single grid. To add a player to your roster, click the plus sign next to his salary. For contests that limit spending, the maximum salary is usually around $60,000.

You can upload a CSV file with multiple lineups for a specific contest. You can download a template for that file from the drafting page.

FanDuel deposits

You can deposit with FanDuel using PayPal or credit/debit cards. Deposit limits per transaction vary based on location:

  • Massachusetts and Maryland: $1,000
  • Tennessee: $2,500
  • Other eligible states & Canada: $10,000

You can contact FanDuel’s support team and ask them to increase your limits. However, you may have to provide proof of assets or income before they will grant your request.

FanDuel withdrawals

Available cash-out methods are:

  • PayPal: Takes up to 48 hours.
  • Check by courier: Up to 10 business days.

You must verify your identity by providing scans of personal identification before FanDuel will process your first withdrawal. Additionally, if you cash out more than $600 in a given year, FanDuel will submit a 1099-MISC miscellaneous income form for you.

The maximum cash-out limit for PayPal is $10,000 per transaction, but you are allowed to initiate as many transactions as you want. There is no maximum limit for check withdrawals.

FanDuel VIP program

FanDuel’s loyalty program awards 5 FanDuel Points (FDPs) per $1 spent on entries. As of June 2018, FDPs can be exchanged for contest entries at a rate of 2,400 per dollar. This means that for every $480 spent on tickets, you’ll receive $1. This is slightly better than DraftKings’ cashback, which awards one dollar per $550 spent.

Additionally, earning FanDuel Points allows you to level up your account. There are 11 tiers available, and each tier is associated with perks and bonuses. The most interesting prizes include free entries to monthly contests with guaranteed prize pools:

  • Free agent – 50 FDPs required – access to monthly $250-guaranteed contest
  • Practice squad – 250 FDPs – $500 monthly contest
  • Reserve – 250 – $1,000
  • Prospect – 500 – $2,000
  • Rookie – 1,250 – $3,000
  • Pro – 2,500 – $4,000
  • All-Star – 7,500 – $7,000
  • MVP – 25,000 – $25,000
  • Hall of Famer – 125,000 – $25,000
  • Legend – 600,000 – $25,000
  • GOAT – 2,500,000 – $25,000

High-tier members additionally receive access to weekly promotions, dedicated account managers and FanDuel merchandise.

If you don’t earn FDPs during a 365-day period, any FDPs remaining in your balance will expire.

Accessing FanDuel’s lobby

Mac and PC users can use FanDuel’s browser-based platform, which is compatible with all popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can download a dedicated iOS application from the App Store. Android users can download a native application from the Google Play store.

Smartphone users who do not wish to install a dedicated application can access the FanDuel lobby through the browser-based platform, which automatically resizes to fit the screens of most modern devices. However, we recommend the dedicated apps as they were designed from the ground up with mobile users in mind.

Regarding functionality, the experience will seem very familiar to anyone who spent time at DraftKings or another major DFS site. The lobby lists upcoming contests along with the total number of entrants, guaranteed prize pool size (if any) and entry fee. The top menu allows you to sort contests by sports discipline and to view upcoming and live matches from your slates.

FanDuel customer support

You can contact FanDuel support through:

  • Live chat – between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern
  • On-site email contact form

No phone number is listed on the website.

Our experience with FanDuel live chat support was decent. We were connected to an agent in around 30-45 seconds. The responses we received were detailed but came in rather slow.

The FanDuel website features a support center with answers to many vital questions. Topic categories include general gameplay, account verification, promotions, rules and live scoring methods, safety and banking.