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After taking a stake in online gambling giant The Stars Group, Fox Sports will co-brand a sportsbook in Pennsylvania’s newly regulated market called Fox Bet.
The combination of the media giant and the world’s biggest online gambling company will likely be a powerhouse.
Sports betting fans, get ready: online sports betting will soon be live in Pennsylvania.
Our review of Fox Bet Sportsbook uses BetStars‘ site in New Jersey and the international platform to assess how the new platform will work.
We will provide detail on Fox Bet PA, including bonus and promo information, practical advice on deposit methods, plus an overview of the betting types and markets available.
There is a generous welcome offer. As a new customer, you’ll get a risk-free bet of up to $500. It’s simple: you make a deposit, place a bet and if it loses, Fox Bet will refund you a free bet up to $500.
After creating your account, you have 90 days to place your first bet. Should your bet lose, and you receive a free one, you must use it within seven days. This wager can be used for straight bets and parlays, though not round robins or teasers. Also, there are no betting market restrictions.
All sites within The Stars Group share a rewards system.
The program rewards you on the amount of your wager, but also on the types of games and bets you are placing. Wagers made in the online casino and poker room will contribute to your rewards, as well as sports bets.
This program works by awarding a virtual “treasure chest” as you reach certain wagering milestones.
There are different levels with ever-increasing rewards. The content of each chest will be personalized, based on your mix of gambling, which makes for a refreshing change from flat-rate reward programs.
Some of the chests can contain generous rewards, for example, you might find free bets, free spins on slots or even $1,000 in cash.
You will find a long list of offers on the promotions page at Fox Bet Sportsbook. These update regularly, mixing ongoing promotions with long-term ones. We recommend you keep an eye on the Fox Bet website frequently to make sure you don’t miss out.
Here are some promotion examples that show how well Fox Bet looks after its regulars:
Fox Bet should follow its parent company, The Stars Group, in offering existing bettors reload bonuses from time to time. When major events, like the Super Bowl or the playoffs, you can expect further promos and special bets for these.
You will be able to access the Fox Bet site via either apps or its website on your mobile devices.
While the website will respond to your screen size, many mobile users prefer the apps. With the graphics and navigation pre-installed, you use fewer data to download when you use the site.
We expect to see all the functionality of the main site available on the apps. Features will include the cashier, account management and preferences section, betting markets including live betting and cash-out betting, plus, help and customer services.
Since Google does not support gambling apps in its store, Android users will need to download the app from the Fox Bet website. It is simple and secure, though, keep in mind, you’ll need to approve the download as coming from an “unknown source.”
Apple users can look for the app in the App Store.
Most sportsbooks have a three-column layout on the homepage.
Fox Bet does things differently. Instead of the list of sports on the left, it puts this as a menu along the top of the home page. There are tabs for the major games, which will change depending on which sport is in season. If you can’t find your sport as a tab, the “A-Z” sports list if on the right-hand side.
Underneath this sports menu is a submenu with highlights, in-play, promotions and results for each sport. We like this navigation system, which leaves more space for the individual matches and bets on the central part of the screen.
There is still a lot packed in. You’ll see the next matches, links for minor leagues or special bets. The “Spin and Bet” option and games, which are running at the moment, and in-play betting on the main screen. If any odds boosts are available, these will be available at the top of this screen.
Moneylines are shown next to each match, with a link to the right of the team names showing how many more betting markets are available. If you click this, then you go to a screen specifically for that match with plenty of information and betting markets available.
Your bet slip is on the right. Once you select bets (you can select several then remove any you don’t want), you go to your bet slip where you can choose singles, parlays and other bet types.
Overall, Fox Bet offers a clean, intuitive website that manages to cram in a lot of ways to bet without things feeling too cluttered.
With operations already live in New Jersey and internationally, The Stars Group has shown that its sports coverage is world class.
Football, basketball, hockey and baseball have their own tabs via the homepage. Once you click on them, the number of markets for each gameday is vast. You’ll find moneyline, spread and totals, plus period betting player props and live (in-play) betting as the action unfolds. Futures bets will include championship winners and player props, too.
When the major league action is not enough, there are options to bet on college and minor leagues, and even international leagues for hockey and baseball.
Other popular betting markets include soccer, which focuses on the EPL and major Euro leagues. The Champions League and international fixtures also have multiple markets. You can bet on many countries league and cup matches via the links on the soccer tab.
Last but not least, tennis, golf and fighting complete the list of popular sports.
Niche sporting markets include a big selection of cricket, rugby and Aussie rules football bets. You will also be able to bet on motorsports with NASCAR and Formula One markets available.
PA sports betting is strictly for sports events, which means some props (e.g., NFL draft) will not have markets available.
Registering is a simple process, which can be carried out via the www.FoxBet.com website or through the apps.
You start by clicking the green “Join Now” button at the top right of the homepage that will take you to a registration screen for some necessary information, including your email address. You can use your email address or your Fox Bet ID to log in, along with a password which you specify.
Some personal information is necessary as part of this registration. Remember, regulated sports betting sites will need backup documents. These will prove you are not a minor, and protect both you and the sportsbook from fraud.
There is no need to be a permanent resident of the Keystone State to register at Fox Bet. You will need to be inside the state borders to deposit and to place real money bets.
Funding your account is simple. You need to choose whether to use your regular bank cards – or use a third-party system. The balance is between speed and convenience (for credit or debit card deposits) and keeping gambling purchases off of your banking records. Third-party methods, like PayPal, do charge small fees, although many people prefer the extra security that these options offer.
Here is a list of the deposit options expected at Fox Bet PA:
Fox Bet will ask for backup documents or pictures of your credit card when you deposit, which helps protect all players and Fox Bet from fraud. You are welcome to black out most of the numbers, leaving only the last four digits visible.
When it comes to withdrawing your profits, the rule of thumb with Fox Bet and all online betting sites is that the money goes back to the method you used for depositing. This element adds protection against money laundering.
If you used an electronic wallet, like PayPal, or have a branded debit card or verified ACH transfer setup, then withdrawing will be unaffected. You’ll generally need to allow two to three days for your request to be approved, at which point the money will be with you right away.
If you deposited with cash, bill pay or credit cards, then you need to find an alternative for your withdrawals. The default here is a paper check. While this may seem old-fashioned, it is a reliable way of getting your money out. I am not expecting any administration charges and minimum withdrawals should be reasonable, too.
You’ll be able to place both traditional and brand-new forms of bets at Fox Bet. There are two ideas that are new to Pennsylvania: live betting and cashing out. First, here are the traditional bets:
Note that there are many bets that are specific to individual sports in addition to these broad categories.
Innovations at Fox Bet give you two new ways to bet:
While the branding is new, The Stars Group — and its decades of experience in the global online gambling market — powers Fox Bet. For bettors using their apps and website, the experience will be easy to see. The navigation, betting options (that includes a cash-out option and live betting) and cashier functions will be smooth, fast and intuitive.