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There was some question regarding how quickly DraftKings Sportsbook could transition from being a daily fantasy sports company into a serious player in the growing US legal sports betting market.
It appears to be answering those questions with brick-and-mortar operations open in Mississippi, New Jersey and another to come in West Virginia. In addition, with the success of its web and mobile sportsbooks in the Garden State, skepticism should be muted.
DraftKings has made the transition from only DFS to one of the best and brightest players in the sports gambling market.
We can’t know for sure what DraftKings plans to do when it opens up operations in Pennsylvania. Comparing with what it has done in New Jersey, we can get an idea of what to expect at least for new-player bonuses.
Currently, in New Jersey, DraftKings matches the first paid bet, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $500. So, if your initial bet is for $500, you receive a credit to make an additional $500 wager. The only requirement is that you make that bonus bet within 30 days of placing the initial wager.
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In the New Jersey app, the amount of the free bet is not transferable or otherwise redeemable as cash.
Assuming Kambi and DraftKings don’t look to reinvent the wheel with the new Pennsylvania online sportsbook, registering should be a snap.
On the current DraftKings’ website and mobile app, all that is required is your name, date of birth, physical address, phone number, email address, and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
New Pennsylvania sign-ups will likely be asked choose a username and password and be given the opportunity to opt-in for “strong authentication.”
That’s another layer of security sends a pin to your mobile number for every login attempt. In addition, players should also be able to choose to login using a smartphone’s biometrics: fingerprint, facial, voice or iris recognition.
Upon registration, you should also be able to adjust account settings that limit deposit and bet amounts, as well as set self-imposed, cooling-off periods to ensure your betting habits remains within healthy limits.
Everyone within Pennsylvania, who is at least 21 years old, will be eligible to open an account and place wagers on DraftKings.
As per the rules laid out by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, all athletes, managers, coaches, referees and other officials who can influence the outcomes of sporting events are allowed to open an account and place bets. However, it is illegal for them to bet on events in which they are involved.
DraftKings will address a player’s eligibility during the sign-up process.
When connecting to the mobile app (downloaded through either the iOS or Android stores), the first thing you’ll likely notice is a large banner atop the screen. Here’s where you’ll likely see all of the promotions and bonus offers available that day.
Registering through the app should be easy. Though, you will likely need to verify that you are not a member of a sports team or organization that doesn’t allow you to place wagers. Once you do that, you should be able to place wagers that are found through quick links located directly below the banner.
Also, you’ll likely notice tabs along the bottom that display your bets, all available sports wagers and a quick link to in-play wagering.
In the upper-right corner of the app, you’ll be able to access your account. In fact, this is where you can make deposits and withdrawals, refer a friend and manage any earned bonuses and boosts.
But also, there should be a help center, located underneath your account info, which answers all tax questions you may have, among others.
It was European-giant Kambi that created the web connections for DraftKings in New Jersey. It combines the experience of creating vibrant sports betting platforms with DraftKings’ name recognition and fantasy know-how. The resulting DraftKings’ website is easy to navigate, easy to read and chock-full of desirable gaming options.
The DraftKings Sportsbook website runs on up-to-date versions of all available web browsers. However, to place bets at DraftKings in Pennsylvania, you will need to be connected to the internet through an IP address located within the state.
You will be required to download a plug-in for your computer that confirms your location through your wifi.
DraftKings offers no specific loyalty program at this time.
However, depending on its future casino and land-based sportsbook partners, it’s likely that some sort of loyalty program would include wagers made through DraftKings in Pennsylvania.
In a competitive world like sports wagering, keeping customers engaged and finding new ways to place bets is the name of the game.
As one of the last to hit the market, DraftKings is surely aware of what is required to maintain sportsbook customers.
One way to do that is through daily odds boosts, which DraftKings is set to offer in Pennsylvania. The specific events and sports that get odds boosts will likely rotate every day and should be available by clicking on a “promotions” button on the home page.
DraftKings New Jersey gives its customers a free $100 bet for referring a friend. The friend needs to be a new customer, deposit a minimum of $5 into his or her account, and register for a new account by clicking through a referral link from the original customer.
The New Jersey DraftKings’ mobile app also connects to online casino play. So, by betting $10 on video poker, you can qualify for a free $10 sports bet.
One difference we know we’ll see between DraftKings NJ and PA is that PA law allows wagering on college sports teams playing in the state. Local college sports teams will surely be included in the team- and sport-specific promotions.
Based on DraftKings’ past and Pennsylvania’s present, making a deposit into a new sports betting online account should be simple and offer multiple options.
Along with credit and debit cards, players should also be able to use PayPal or direct online bank transfer. Also, any of the hundreds of PayNearMe terminals located throughout the Keystone State are options.
If the same method, like PayPal or bank transfer, is chosen for withdrawals, then these transactions should be instantaneous.
If you use a deposit method with no corresponding means of electronic withdrawal, like cash through PayNearMe, electronic checks will likely be arranged through your account. However, you should expect delays in processing checks through the mail.
Although it’s new to the market, DraftKings covers the spectrum when it comes to the sports it offers. You can bet on:
As for available bet types, you can look forward to betting on:
DraftKings should also offer player pools, where you wager on a select number of events.
In betting pools, if you choose the defined events correctly, then you share in the payout of the total prize pool. In fact, you should be able to join a public pool or create your own amongst friends.
In play betting should also be on the menu, as you would expect from a new sportsbook.
Live betting is the placing of bets on sporting events that are already in progress. Typically, you can place bets on small outcomes within the event. For example, point-by-point betting for tennis or the outcome. It uses updated and changing odds, depending on the current score of the contest.
Live betting also offers second-chance multipliers, multiple halftime totals and the means of paying your way out of current bet so you can make a new one.
To find current in play betting options, you will likely need to click on a tab at the bottom of the home screen.