When it comes to daily sports fantasy sports, it is difficult for other companies to rival FanDuel’s massive user-base, variety of gaming formats or prize pools; but their real appeal lies in an interface which is so simple that gamers have no problem mastering the contests in next to no time.
FanDuel has been the US leader in Daily Fantasy Sports for several years, dominating an industry valued at a staggering $3 billion a year.
Founded by the husband and wife team of Nigel and Lesley Eccles, along with their business partner Tom Griffiths, the team built a venerable treasure-chest of a business which was bought by the international gaming conglomerate Paddy Power Betfair in May of 2018.
Bonus offerings are always a great draw card, and FanDuel bonuses do not disappoint.
Currently there is a $20 Deposit Bonus offer, meaning that you receive up to a $20 bonus on any deposit exceeding $5. As is standard practice, the bonus cannot be withdrawn, but is used for entering DFS contests on which the winnings can be withdrawn.
The bonus expires within three weeks of initial issue, so be sure to keep an eye on that to avoid disappointment.
Until the end of January 2019, gamers will be issued with FanDuel vouchers for signing up as a new account, giving those an additional incentive to get playing.
Vouchers can be found on the Vouchers page; and you need to be sure to enter in order to redeem this offer.
Once an account is created, you will be issued with a “Play Free Till You Win” contest voucher. This applies to NFL games and you will continue receiving vouchers until you win a prize.
FanDuel DFS run a full and rewarding promo program which keeps players coming back for more!
“Players Club” rewards you based on your monthly activity and qualifying for VIP level requires you to earn FanDuel Points. Your perks are then dependant on your monthly status level.
FDPs as they are known, can be used for entering cash games. The conversion of FDP to $ is approximately 5FDP : $1
Seasonal promotions are also frequently available enabling you to qualify for live fantasy events more easily.
FanDuel DFS based in New York offer free and paid, daily and weekly fantasy sports competitions online. There are nine different sports/leagues to chooose from with prizes as high as $1 million for some contests. This is a departure from the traditional season-long wagering options.
In DFS games you get a credit of 60,000 virtual dollars with which you create your own lineup of players. These are individually priced in accordance with their value on the pitch; hit rate and so forth in accordance with the sport.
DraftKings is FanDuel’s most significant competition, however Yahoo also launched a DFS site which is becoming a popular option with less experienced players.
Currently, FanDuel and DraftKings maintain their appeal mainly with the more experienced gamers. While DraftKings offer more sporting options (like MMA for example,) FanDuel and DraftKings are virtually on par when it comes to entry fees and prizes.
What may set FanDuel apart is the number of options within a contest for you to customize a game not only to your liking, but to your exact ability.
The other benefit to playing on FanDuel, as compared to playing the competition, is the range of contests designed for less experienced players. You get to familiarize yourself with all the functionality of the contests, allowing you to progress at your own pace.
Very attractive offers are available to beginner players on FanDuel.
Games can be customised in-line with the entry fee across slates, gaming styles and the number of managers involved. The clear layout gives you an easy overview of the entry fee, total prize and the number of players in a contest at a glance.
The best example of a FanDuel tournament that makes it so desirable is the $3 Million NFL Sunday Million Tournament which allows multiple entries for a mere $9 entry fee!
With over 390,000 entries in the past, what fuels this enthusiasm apart from the low cost of entry? This may give you a clue...
Fan Duel “Beat The Score” Challenge
Unlike the tournaments where you are pitted against your competition, this game requires players to beat a stated score. The prize pool is then equally distributed between all the teams who pass the benchmark score.
Private games can also be created where you can invite your own guests to battle in a private gaming session.
The Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs) are by far the best feature of FanDuel with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $1,000+. At times these can include thousands of players at a time.
The FanDuel web site is distinctive in that there are many options, but not so many as to confuse players with too much complexity on the lay-out.
The lobby page displays columns sorting contests, prize pools, start times and entry fees; experienced players can also be identified here by their badges for direct contests.
“Fantasy Insider” is the FanDuel news department on their website where you can find hot tips on strategy, how to set-up line-ups and other interesting developments.
Almost all of the desktop functionality is available via an iOS & Android FanDuel mobile app making this an excellent gaming experience. You can even top-up deposits via mobile on-the-go.
The mobile online version of FanDuel’s site is good, but it isn’t on par with the App or desktop version in our opinion.
New users can watch a tutorial to familiarize themselves with the mobile App offering; which we thought was a great plus for novice users.
Deposits can be made using credit cards, PayPal and Discover; while withdrawals are limited to check or PayPal.
PayPal would be our suggested method of withdrawing as it takes just two days as compared to 10 days using the check option.
Don’t be fooled by the apparent lack of options when it comes to Customer Service offered by FanDuel DFS.
FanDuel have perfected their customer service down to email as being the most effective form of contact for enquiries and problems alike; although you can also Tweet them for a quick and effective reply.
The same staff who trouble-shoot at Customer Service on the platform are the guys who regularly post on gaming forums and test new features - making them avid and committed to improving your gaming experience.
This also means that the platform is able to be more responsive to specific gaming requests within a season or series of games.
This creative and innovative approach to customer service has borne fruit as their customer service is not only excellent in terms of resolving enquiries, but it’s swift to boot.