Review of FanDuel.com
- World’s leading website for real cash fantasy league sports competitions
- Official partner of NBC
- Award winning website featured on Forbes.com, ESPN.com, and Foxsports.com
- Daily cash games and tournaments galore
- Play for free or for real money
- Generous Welcome Bonus
- Great loyalty rewards program
Fanduel.com is an innovative and highly entertaining site that obviously fills an important niche in the sports betting market. With legalized traditional sports betting currently an option in only a few states, Fanduel.com, which is 100% legal provides an alternative way for sports fans to participate in games for real money without fear of breaking the law. Winning is dependent on skill and strategy as well as luck, which also appeals to many players.
Fanduel.com was founded in 2009. Fan Duel is credited with having pioneered the daily format, the fastest growing way to play fantasy sports. Instead of leagues having to play out regular seasons that drag on for months, in which all kinds of unexpected things can happen, Fanduel.com offers players the thrill of fast game play format (leagues complete in a day or a week) with turbo charged excitement and fast payouts.
The phenomenal growth of Fanduel.com has made it the leader in the one-day fantasy sports industry, a position it is determined to keep by continually offering new formats and special promotions to maintain players’ interest. In 2011 the site paid out about $10 million in winnings, an amount that it is now paying out weekly. In 2012, the site out $50M, in 2012, it paid out $150M, and in 2014 it paid out over $400M. To date, Fanduel.com players have collected more than $600 million in winnings.
Bonuses and Promotions 8 /10
As if all the regularly scheduled cash games and tournaments don’t provide enough fun and excitement, Fan Duel gives players even more with its special promotions. Newcomers to the site get to play in a special New Depositor Freeroll awarding $1,000 in prizes. But that is only a small taste of many more freebies to come. Every Sunday the site holds weekly Depositor’s Freerolls. If you made a deposit the previous week, you are eligible to participate. In addition, many players qualify for the Monthly FDP (Fan Duel Points) Freerolls. Every month, there are four of them (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) with eligibility based on the number of FDP earned the previous month.
Another ongoing promotion is the Refer a Friend Program. You can earn a slice of their entry fees each time they play. See the website for details.
In 2014, several special Survivor Tournaments were offered. After each round, the top 75% would advance to the next round a few days later. The tournament continued until the field was reduced to five finalists. All five were treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and the opportunity to compete for gigantic prizes.
Then, for the icing on the cake, 100 lucky finalists in the Fan Duel Fantasy Football Event of the Year, the Fan Duel Fantasy Football Championship, won a three day weekend at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Vegas for the opportunity to be crowned the Ultimate Survivor. On top of some great runner up prizes, $500,000 went to the third place finisher, $1M to second place, and $2M to the winner! Look for similar types of tournaments this year.
All new real money players signing up to Fanduel.com for the first time receive a 100% match bonus up to $200 on their initial deposit.
As with any online gambling website, however, don’t expect to be able to withdraw this extra money immediately. At Fanduel.com, the bonus remains in pending status until you clear it by paying entry fees to cash games and tournaments on the site. Every time you play, part of the bonus gets released at a rate of 4%. Thus, for example, in order to clear a $100 bonus, you would have to enter $2,500 in contests.
As part of this Fanduel.com review, we do need to mention a few weaknesses of the site along with the strong points. One criticism that can be made about the Fanduel.com bonus is that it takes a long time to clear. You will need to give the site a lot of action. However, if you can’t afford the amount of play ($5,000) to clear the $200 maximum bonus, deposit less and be content with a smaller bonus. The minimum deposit is only $10 and you can enter a contest for as little as $1.
Banking Options 9 /10
Deposit options include MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards, Discover, and PayPal. The minimum deposit is $10, with a money back guarantee after your first $5 or $10 game if not completely satisfied.
Players get paid in real money as soon as the contests end. All withdrawals are processed within 48 hours. Fan Duel covers the PayPal fees for withdrawal. However, for players who don’t have a PayPal account, the only other withdrawal option is to wait for a check by mail. More options for deposits and withdrawals need to be made available.
Software and Games 10 /10
At Fanduel.com, fantasy sports lovers can get their fix, not just on NFL fantasy football, but on any of the major sports. Fanduel fantasy football includes both the NFL and NCAA. You can also play fantasy basketball (both the NBA and college basketball), along with National Hockey League (NFL) games and Major League Baseball (MLB) games. So if real time fantasy sports sounds like an activity you would enjoy, what you are waiting for? You can even play on your cell phone. In fact, using one of the Fanduel.com apps, you can access the same real cash games on your iPad or iPhone or Android smartphone or other mobile phone as on the computer.
First, before you can start playing, you will be directed to the Lobby where you will see the list of contests currently available for you join. Your decision won’t be easy since you have a choice of literally thousands of leagues to join every day. Once you choose your sport (NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball, NHL, or MLB) and your league, you must draft your players. You can pick any players you want as long as you stay under the salary cap, but strategy is important so take your time. You can edit your lineup, if you wish, right up to the real time start of the first game of the day.
You can compete against one opponent or many, and in tournaments, even thousands. The Fanduel.com player or players in your contest with the most points when the contest ends will win the prize money. Fanduel.com takes a 10% rake (a little less for contests with entry fees over $50).
Your many options include 1 day contests, week-long contests, head-to-head contests, and tournaments. When competing against individual players, a good Fanduel strategy is to click on the user names of potential opponents to see their history. You can review their win total and handpick those opponents you think would be beatable. Or, if you prefer, you can create private games with your friends to battle it out for real cash.
Fanduel.com offers an innovative way of playing called H2H Matrix that is unique to that site. The game is available at different buy-in levels. You play 20 opponents at once as if you are competing head-to-head against 20 separate players. For example, in a 21 person H2H Matrix, costing you $25 in real money, you play 20 different people simultaneously in separate head-to-head contests costing $1.25 each.
50/50 Leagues are another Fan Duel fantasy sports game format that is very popular. The leagues can contain anywhere from a few players competing to hundreds. Half of all of the entrants get paid. The 50-50 Leagues are ideal for good, but not great players.
Also, keep in mind that you can practice with play money, if you wish, before switching to real money.
Downloading the user friendly software takes just a few minutes. The site is easy to navigate, and regardless of whether you are a pro or a novice, you should not have any problems finding the perfect game. However, there have been complaints that the interface could be faster for high volume players who wish to participate in multiple contests simultaneously.
This reviewer was unable to find information on the website addressing minimum system requirements, whether or not the software is compatible with Mac and Linux computers and the availability of play in a no download flash version. Presumably a call to Customer Support will answer these questions if they are of concern.
Of course, many fantasy sports fans are on the go a lot, and the good news is that if it is more convenient for you to play the Fanduel.com real time fantasy sports on your cell phone than on your computer, Fan Duel has you covered. You can even deposit funds directly from your cell phone.
Fan Duel has developed apps that are optimized for both Apple iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and Android devices, including smartphones. If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can download the appropriate app on the App Store. Android smartphone owners can download the Android app directly from their mobile phone. So, either home or away, taking advantage of your countless options to enjoy NFL fantasy football, or fantasy college football, basketball, National Hockey League, or Major League Baseball is easy.
Compatibility 10 /10
FanDuel is a system that is perfectly aligned to go with you wherever you are. Whether you use a PC or Mac and use your game day skills at home or you prefer it on the go, it is completely compatible. Grab ahold of the iOS or Android app and enjoy it on your smartphone, mobile device or tablet.
Fanduel.com accepts players from the U.S. In fact, the U.S. and Canada are the only two nationalities that this NYC based website does accept. Betting legally on the NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB, or collegiate sports can be tricky if you don’t live in Nevada since very few other states allow any kind of sports betting, and where it is allowed, it is very limited. But at Fanduel.com, you can get your fix on fantasy sports anytime you wish. However, there are a few states (currently Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and Washington) where state laws specify that residents can only play for free.
Multi Player Options
Tournaments are big at Fanduel.com. In addition to the new depositor, weekly, and monthly freerolls, and Survivor tournaments mentioned earlier in this Fanduel.com review, there are lots of other tournaments taking place on this busy site. Keep in mind that the tournaments, compared to the cash game leagues, typically have many more entrants, frequently thousands. There is serious money to be won, but the problem is only about the top 10% get paid so you need a great score to cash. However, some tournaments allow multiple entries for a single user. This allows you to diversify your lineups with different combinations of players. This popular Fan Duel strategy will cost you more, but it is a way to hedge your bets and reduce risk.
Tournaments are offered for every level of skill and bankroll. Those with guaranteed prize pools have entry fees ranging from as little as $1 to as much as $1,070. Some tournaments have as many as 10,000 entrants.
Every time you play a game for real money, win or lose, you earn Fan Duel Points (FDP). As you accumulate enough of them, you can use them to enter more contests or play in monthly freerolls. The more you play, the more you are rewarded. Players receive 10 FDP for every $1 spent on entry fees in cash games or tournaments. For each 2,400 FDP accumulated, you receive the equivalent of $1 in entry fees free.
In addition, players who have earned 1,000 FDP (requiring $100 in entry fees) or more in the preceding month are eligible to take part in the monthly FDP Freeroll the following month. Players with a minimum of 1,000 monthly FDP qualify for the Bronze $500 NFL Freeroll. Those with at least 5,000 FDP can play in the Silver $2,500 NFL Freeroll. Those with at least 5,000 FDP can play in the Gold $4,000 NFL Freeroll. And those with 50,000 FDP or more get to play in the Platinum $7,000 NFL Freeroll.
Management & Integrity
Fanduel.com was founded in 2009. The fact that it is not only still in existence, but has shown phenomenal growth in every year of its operation is a strong indication that this is a reputable site that knows its fan base well and is giving customers what they want and more. Now paying out over $10 million in cash prizes every week, clearly this is a site that has many very happy customers. Fanduel.com is an official partner of NBC and has been favorably reviewed on Forbes.com, ESPN, and Foxsports.com. Fanduel.com is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and winner of multiple prestigious awards.
Things to Improve
The site can provide a higher level of support to both beginning players and advanced players. The sheer number of games and the likelihood of encountering many opponents with a much greater level of skill can be a deterrent to new players. The site could either provide these players with more Fanduel strategy tips and tutorials or direct them to other sources to get them. Advanced players with large bankrolls who want heavy multiple action should also be accommodated with a faster interface.
Another area that needs to be improved is banking. Not all players have a PayPal. More options need to be added for both deposits and withdrawals.
No site is perfect though, and all in all, the findings from this Fanduel.com review are very positive. The site is a great place for fans of fantasy football and other real time fantasy sports to have fun and, hopefully, win.
Like most online gambling sites today, Fanduel.com provides Customer Support whenever players need it, 24/7. The service can be accessed via live chat, phone, or email
Customer support is easily accessible via live chat and a messaging system that is readily available and rapid response times are the norm. If additional support is needed then it is vetted through the two primary systems of communications provided. The customer service personnel with FanDuel are regularly applauded for speed and accuracy.
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Fanduel is one of the easiest fantasy sports sites available. It is clean, crisp and engaging. Simply begin by choosing your contest, select your players and watch the scoring and winning. Because it is easily accessible from anywhere and anytime it is perfect for all levels of play. We really like it on many levels. It is the perfect way to get your game face on.