FanDuel has launched and is expected to become one of Indiana’s most popular betting sites.
FanDuel, of course, is the pioneer of daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the US. Since then, the company has expanded into a powerhouse sportsbook operator.
FanDuel is new to the Indiana sports betting market, and the company brings with it generous welcome offers to entice new players from the Hoosier State.
Any new accounts are eligible to receive a free bet from FanDuel, one that is worth up to $500.
FanDuel may be one of the only online sportsbooks that distinguishes itself with its bonuses. Few other operators provide so many ways for players to get a great deal.
That generosity begins with the simplicity of FanDuel’s welcome bonus for new players. When you sign up for a new account, you automatically qualify to receive a free bet.
More accurately, this free bet is a refund of your first wager. If a bettor loses their first bet, FanDuel will completely refund the amount of the wager in the form of site credit.
This offer is good on wagers up to $500. So, in effect, every player’s first bet on FanDuel is a buy one, get one free.
The only catch is that the first wager has to lose to qualify. A bettor who wins the first bet will have to console themselves with his or her winnings only.
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FanDuel has some nice promotions for college sports bettors:
Also available this month is NFL Close Loss Insurance, NBA Win Bonus, NHL Goal Bonus, NBA 3rd Quarter Insurance and a Multi-Sport Parlay Insurance. This last one allows you to place a parlay bet of 5 or more legs in up to 5 sports and if you hit all legs except one, you get up to $25 back. (Each leg must have odds greater or equal to -200.)
Odds boosts tend to be one-offs for most sportsbooks. The same cannot be said for FanDuel, which has made the promotion an integral part of its offering.
At any given moment, there are odds boosts available on FanDuel for multiple games in multiple sports. They tend to cluster around the most popular options for that day.
Since odds boosts are ephemeral, FanDuel must choose brand-new options each day of play. So, it’s remarkable how many new opportunities the site can offer.
For those who don’t know, an odds boost is a promotion in which the sportsbook operator adjusts the odds of a particular wager in the player’s favor.
So, favorites find they have fewer points to beat the spread, and underdogs have more space in which to cover.
Generally speaking, an odds boost is a good bet to make, since the sportsbook is giving up some of its equity in the wager. So, these are worth a look most of the time.
FanDuel’s additional bonuses usually fall into a third category: insurance. FanDuel understands that sports betting is fickle, and players can use a bail-out every once in a while.
One of the standing bonuses of this type is the Multi-Sport Parlay Insurance. Parlays are risky propositions that require 100% accuracy from the player to pay off.
The worst feeling is when you hit all but one leg of your parlay bet; victory was so close to being in hand. So, FanDuel refunds any parlay bet, up to $25, that comes up one leg short.
While the $25 may not be enough to heal the player fully, it’s enough to ease some of the sting. Parlays are stress-inducers, and the insurance can help to calm things down a bit.
The other insurance-type bonus available is the NFL Close Loss Insurance. The outcome of a game can often turn on a dime, and come down to the final few minutes of play.
So, to relieve some of the misery, FanDuel will refund up to $50 of any moneyline bet where the bettor’s team loses by 6 points or less.
After all, 6 points is a two-possession game. Collapses of less than that are going to be torturous for someone, no matter what.
The FanDuel app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android. The FanDuel iOS app is easy to download from the App Store.
There was some amount of concern about their ability to do so during the summer of 2019. Google changed its policy to state that all gambling apps had to be written in code native to iOS.
Many gambling operators found themselves scrambling, as the majority wrote their code in HTML5. Fortunately, FanDuel was not one of them, and so, players can download from the App Store without trouble.
Android users may have a slightly longer road to using their devices on FanDuel. Google maintains its anti-gambling app stance on the Google Play Store.
Thus, Android users have to work around the issue by downloading the sports betting app directly from the FanDuel website. Then, players need to change settings to allow installations from other sources.
However, after all that, the Android version of the app should work as well as the Apple version. But, if it doesn’t, anyone can use the browser version.
The browser version maintains much of the functionality found in the app versions. However, the app version is a tiny bit smoother than its browser cousin.
In terms of markets available for betting, FanDuel offers sports found at most online sportsbooks. There are even some extra opportunities uncommon to other sites.
Here are all the markets that bettors will find on FanDuel Sportsbook:
Please note that esports is not on this list. Wagering on esports is prohibited under Indiana’s sports betting law. Check our complete guides to betting on the NFL, NBA and College Football here:
FanDuel Sportsbook, as befits a leader in online sports betting, offers many types of wagers for players to make. These wager types range from straight bets to options that are a bit more esoteric.
Here are the more common types of wagers that FanDuel bettors can make:
Live or in-game betting is a type of wagering that deserves its section. Live betting has quickly become a significant point of focus for online sportsbooks in the US.
Live betting is a series of wagering options that appear after a contest or match has begun. Since they involve actions ancillary to the outcome of the game, they are almost always a type of proposition bet.
Live bets tend to fall into two categories.
The first type of common live wager involves the outcome of a particular time period during a match. So, FanDuel could pose the question about which team will, for instance, “win” the second period of play, regardless of what team wins.
The second type of live bet common to FanDuel pertains to various statistical milestones. If a player or team seems to be moving toward a particular mark, the sportsbook may set odds on the probability of the player or team reaching the mark.
These types of bets can be extremely granular and hinge upon the outcome of a single point or score. As a result, there could potentially be dozens of bets available on every single contest.
This expansion of options reveals why live betting is becoming so popular for sports bettors and sportsbooks alike. The opportunity for players to enhance their wins or recoup their losses is a great value to bettors, while FanDuel can collect more commissions from each game than ever before.
While the cash-out feature is not an actual type of bet, it has the effect of converting every single wager on FanDuel into a potential proposition wager. Furthermore, the cashing out option allows players an extra layer of protection for their open bets.
Essentially, when FanDuel players place a bet, the site will generate a bet slip to keep track of the wager. At various points during the game, some bettors may receive a green button at the bottom that displays a changing dollar amount.
Bettors can press that button at any time to receive the displayed cash amount. Doing so will close out the open bet and conclude the activity on that bet slip.
The cash-out option is an excellent way for players to guard against any type of late collapse on a winning bet. By giving up a bit of profit, the bettor can put a guaranteed amount of payout in their pocket.
FanDuel has several online banking options for bettors to move cash on and off the site.
Many people live their entire lives using only credit or debit cards for transactions. Thankfully, FanDuel accepts requests from plastic users.
In fact, any Visa or Mastercard users can deposit into their FanDuel accounts with their cards. There is no fee immediately associated with the transaction.
However, there are a few caveats. The first is that some issuing banks, like Capital One and Chase, will decline transactions to gambling sites.
The other thing to note is that, even if the bank accepts the transaction, it may consider the deposit to be a cash advance. As such, even though FanDuel charges no fee, the bank may do precisely that. Be sure to check the terms and conditions at the bank before hitting the deposit button.
Like many gambling operators, FanDuel maintains its own branded prepaid card. This mode of banking functions much the same as a gift card.
So, players can deposit into the card, then transfer from the card’s balance into the FanDuel account. As methods go, the prepaid card is one of the least painful or onerous to complete.
PayPal is among the best-known transaction services known as electronic wallets, or e-wallets. An e-wallet serves as a central collection point for funds moving around the virtual space.
PayPal also works to fund a FanDuel account. This option is likely best for players with an existing PayPal account and familiarity with the service, but anyone can use it. Funding a PayPal account may have more options available for deposit, too.
An electronic check or e-check functions exactly like the paper version of a check. A player writes out the instructions about which account to debit, and where to send the money.
Like any check, e-checks must pass through a clearinghouse (ACH) before the transaction is fully complete. This process can take a week or two, even though it’s virtual.
Thankfully, FanDuel will speed things along by making the deposited amount immediately available in the player’s account. The only catch is that no withdrawals can take place until the check clears.
Amazingly enough, FanDuel also accepts paper checks, too. Few other online gambling sites of any kind will do so.
In fact, the site will process deposits from personal checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders. So, even the most technologically suspicious players can participate in online sports betting.
An online bill pay is much like online bill pay. A player can set his or her bank account to send money directly to FanDuel, just like the account can pay a utility or other merchant.
Functionally, online bill transfer is not much different from a wire transfer. There is no intermediary, like PayPal or a clearinghouse, to slow down the transaction.
Like online bill pay, wire transfers involve direct connections from the bank to FanDuel. However, a wire transfer is communication between bank accounts.
So, in actuality, a wire transfer moves money from players’ accounts to FanDuel’s bank account. From there, FanDuel moves the money into the players’ FanDuel account.
For players who deal in cash, getting money online can be a challenge. PayNearMe is a service that bridges the gap for those people.
To use PayNearMe, players need to submit a request to make a deposit at FanDuel. The service will then generate a custom barcode for the request.
A player can take the barcode to any 7-Eleven convenience store. There, a clerk will scan the code, and the player can pay cash to finalize the transaction.
A popular method to fund one’s account in other legalized states is to make a deposit at a casino cage. Specifically, bettors can make a deposit at the cage of the retail partner for the online sportsbook.
In Indiana, FanDuel is the strategic partner of Belterra Casino Resort. So, players should be able to proceed to the cashier in Florence and deposit that way, too.
Making a withdrawal from an online sportsbook can sometimes be a bit more challenging than depositing. Fortunately, FanDuel maintains several options that players can use to get their money offline.
One thing to note, however, is a common restriction on withdrawal methods. A method may only be available to bettors if they used that method to deposit in the first place.
In the list below, specific methods that are subject to this kind of restriction at FanDuel are denoted with an asterisk:
*Available for those who deposited with this method only.
With any online sportsbook, the hope is that things proceed smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, so players need to have options for getting in touch with the staff at the book itself.
FanDuel players can reach out to FanDuel at any time of the day. There are four methods of contacting FanDuel Sportsbook if a bettor has a problem or needs support. They are:
For most people, sports betting is a fun hobby. A few bettors take things a step further and make it a career.
However, some players find that they cannot stop playing, even when they want to do so. Sadly, gambling addiction is a real problem that destroys lives every year.
FanDuel Sportsbook is committed to helping its players who have a problem. The site has numerous resources for those who would like to get help for their affliction.
For one thing, FanDuel allows players to limit their play voluntarily. Players have the flexibility to set deposit and wagering limits for themselves. They can even set their accounts to limit the amount of time they can play on site.
FanDuel also allows players to exclude themselves entirely, either temporarily or permanently. The site’s timeout and self-exclusion forms are simple to use.
In addition, FanDuel players can close their accounts at any time. This option is available through any of FanDuel’s customer support channels.
There are also numerous resources available for players who need help. Players suffering from addiction can contact the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling for support.
Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is another well-known organization that can aid bettors who would like to get clean. A quick search of the GA site states that there are 21 weekly meetings in Indiana for chapters of Gamblers Anonymous. So, those wishing help can likely find a meeting nearby.
Don’t suffer any longer. If you have a problem, make sure to reach out.
Gaming operator Boyd Gaming has launched four retail sports betting operations at its properties in Indiana and Iowa. The four new sportsbooks are to be managed by Boyd’s sports betting partner, FanDuel Group.
The four properties with new sportsbooks are:
The retail launches are the first for Boyd and FanDuel since the companies opened the sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in March 2019. Boyd Gaming and FanDuel also maintain an online sportsbook in Pennsylvania.