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FanDuel is the second-largest daily fantasy sports (DFS) provider in the United States, but the company now operates online and retail sportsbooks as well.
In May 2018, Paddy Power Betfair, an Irish sports betting company, acquired FanDuel. The transaction became official in July 2018, and just in time, too. FanDuel was primed for all the sports betting bills being passed across the country post-PASPA.
The online service in NJ is already available, and Fanduel Online Sportsbook will launch in summer 2019 in West Virginia.
In New Jersey, FanDuel Sportsbook has two downloadable mobile apps: One is for iOS devices and one for Android devices.
The former is available in the iTunes Store, while the latter is downloadable via the FanDuel website.
The mobile app layout is nearly identical to the desktop browser. However, the only notable difference is the betting slip, which takes up the entire screen instead of popping up on the side.
Consequently, switching between the mobile app and the desktop computer is intuitive. In New Jersey, all versions of FanDuel Sportsbook’s software give you access to the same betting options and features.
FanDuel NJ offers comprehensive event coverage, which includes the following professional sports:
NCAA markets for football and basketball are also available, but some of the events won’t get coverage due to New Jersey-specific regulations. Since betting on local college teams isn’t illegal in West Virginia, this shouldn’t be an issue.
In addition, FanDuel NJ provides markets for high-profile, non-sporting events such as the 91st Academy Awards.
FanDuel WV will not provide any betting options for local elections for that is also against West Virginia law.
The sportsbook should offer many bet types, ranging from moneyline wagers and spread bets to totals, props and futures. Also, DFS fans can expect a special treat: FanDuel supports betting on DFS point production of specific athletes.
When FanDuel Sportsbook becomes available in West Virginia, in-play betting should go live at the same time as pregame wagers.
Thus, local betting enthusiasts will likely gain access to dozens of additional live betting options per game, which is a significant improvement over what’s currently offered by BetLucky.
Even better, FanDuel Sportsbook is set to launch with a streaming service called FanDuel TV, which generally costs $9.99 a month but should be entirely free for all wagering customers.
The only shortcoming of FanDuel’s in-play betting package is the lack of early withdrawals.
This cash-out option gives punters an opportunity to exit winning bets before the match is complete or to cut their losses if luck doesn’t seem to be on their side. It appears that, for the time being, this option will be available exclusively with DraftKings Sportsbook, which is set for a 2019 launch in West Virginia.
Judging by the New Jersey operation, FanDuel is likely to support more banking methods than BetLucky and DraftKings.
In New Jersey, the available deposit options include credit or debit card, FanDuel’s prepaid card, PayPal, ACH, online bank transfer, wire transfer, PayNearMe and check.
For cash-outs, NJ punters can choose between ACH, PayPal, FanDuel’s prepaid card and check by courier.
In addition, it seems likely that West Virginia-based customers will be able to make a deposit or request a cash-out in person at The Greenbrier Casino, FanDuel’s official partner in the Mountain State.
West Virginia residents should enjoy access to similar promotions as New Jersey-based bettors.
If that’s the case, all new customers will get to take advantage of a $500 risk-free bet. Risk-free, in this case, means that if the wager loses, it is refunded in site credit, which can be spent on a new bet but can’t be cashed out.
In addition, West Virginia residents will likely enjoy access to a wide range of “insurance” promotions, which allow bettors to receive refunds on qualifying losing wagers. For example, the NHL’s Tuesday Overtime Insurance allows NJ bettors to get their money back if their team lost the Tuesday game during overtime.
FanDuel Sportsbook boasts excellent customer support in New Jersey, and we expect it to adhere to the same standards in West Virginia.
Support staff should be reachable via the following methods:
The FanDuel website should also feature a great FAQ section, which is likely to cover more subjects than similar resources hosted by its direct West Virginia competitors. If you have any questions or doubts, odds are you’ll find all the answers there without needing to contact the support team.
With a robust pregame and in-play offering as well as a decent streaming service, FanDuel is set to secure a large chunk of the West Virginia online betting market.
While it’s hard to predict how it will measure up to DraftKings Sportsbook, it’s all but certain to win over many BetLucky customers due to better promotions and event coverage.
Clean and simple to use, the FanDuel Sportsbook app should be near the top of your list for WV sports betting.
While we wish it featured a cash-out option, new functions are added to these apps all the time, so don't rule it out in the future.