As one of the largest fantasy sports providers, it’s not surprising that FanDuel the sportsbook, well established in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia also is quickly becoming a popular choice for bettors in Indiana.
Offering both mobile and retail options (at Belterra Casino and Blue Chip Casino) in the Hoosier State, FanDuel is a competitive option for those who want to place traditional bets or in-play wagers.
FanDuel also gets bettors’ attention and interest with a generous risk-free bet up to $500 on a first wager. Yep, if you lose your first bet, you could be eligible for a $500 refund. No code needed. Want in? Create an account, make a deposit and lay a bet and see what happens.
After that, deposit bonuses could use some tending by those in charge.
Competitive odds with solid value
Easy-peasy deposits, withdrawals and payouts
Full library of betting guides, house rules and tutorials
24/7 customer service
Recently expanded sports market to include soccer, golf, darts and boxing
Has live scoreboard but we’d like to see some live-stream contests
Could go deeper into some international contests such as rugby and cricket … but that’s a quibble
How ‘bout a loyalty program for your sportsbook?
BEYOND INDIANA, WHERE IT OPERATES
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia; retail only offered in Mississippi, Iowa and New York
DEPOSIT & WITHDRAWAL METHODS
Registration is simple and with its multiple deposit options across all state where it operates, so is feeding your account. Those include: Visa/Mastercard, ACH (eCheck), PayPal, PayNearMe, Online Bank Transfer or Wire Transfer, Check or FanDuel Prepaid Card.
List of withdrawal options is shorter: PayPal, ACH (eCheck), Check or FanDuel Card.
MOBILE INTERFACE *****
FanDuel has one of the easiest-on-the-eyes interfaces available in the company’s signature cornflower blue and white. It’s also intuitive and easy to navigate.
DEPOSIT METHODS *****
The site offers a variety of ways to fund and withdrawal from its user accounts. Those include Visa/Mastercard, ACH (eCheck), PayPal, PayNearMe, Online Bank Transfer or Wire Transfer, Check or FanDuel Prepaid Card. The site warns some credit card companies treat deposits like a cash advance and may apply a fee. Check with your credit card before you complain to FanDuel customer service.
EASE OF DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS ****
Popular eWallet PayPal is a popular withdrawal method. Be aware, if you use PayPal for a deposit, users must apply the same method for withdrawal with funds hitting user accounts under 48 hours. Other forms of withdrawals were equally problem free.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ****
FanDuel uses SSL encryption to protect bettors’ personal information, and the site monitors and informs if it sees out-of-the-ordinary activity.
CUSTOMER SERVICE *****
Got issues? FanDuel is dedicated to finding solutions providing a walking, talking person via forms or social media, a live chat or on the telephone.
USER EXPERIENCE ****1/2
If you’ve used FanDuel for your fantasy sports you will find this a very easy transition. If you don’t, you STILL will find this intuitive and if you need help, the site’s FAQ’s and educational FanDuel library, is more than helpful to newbies and seasoned professionals. Deposit bonuses are a bit lacking but could improve.
OVERALL **** 1/2
FanDuel landed into the sportsbook sector as an adult, not an adolescent with growing pains. Developers did their homework and made pre-emptive alterations and improvements.
QUICK INDIANA FACTS
Bettors must be 21 years of age
Bettors do not have to live in Indiana, but they must be in the state to execute the wager (geofencing will ensure this)
Wagering on esports and amateur athletes under age 18 is prohibited
Betting on in-state collegiate sporting events is allowed
In-game wagers are allowed, but the Indiana Gaming Commission reserves the right to restrict it if necessary
ACH / Echeck
Online Bill Pay