DRAFTKINGS SPORTSBOOK REVIEW
DraftKings became New Jersey’s first online sports betting app to go live in the state. That’s no mean feat given that it’s the first outside of Nevada. DraftKings Sportsbook is also live in New Jersey following a soft launch and a few days of testing.
For those who’ve never played at DraftKings previously, there is an offer of $25 dollars in free bets and no initial deposit. Players are offered five $5 bets each, as well as a free bet-match up to a maximum value of $200 when making an initial deposit.
The company synonymous with daily sports fantasy is rapidly evolving into sports betting. Keep reading to find out more about what sets them apart from their competitors.
DraftKings Sportsbook New Jersey First
DraftKings Sportsbook was first up in New Jersey; not just for online sports betting, but also having the first mobile sports betting app in the state, which meant that they beat the bigger players like Caesars and MGM and Borgata at their own game.
Betting carousels, in-play betting and a diversity of bets have made them very popular in a first month that saw virtually no competition on the NJ sports betting field.
DraftKings are doing well given their initial dominance of the market and have picked up a good number of players. The $25 of free bets is a significant draw card for most players.
Draftkings Sportsbook Locations
New Jersey is assured to have a sportsbook with more locations likely to be developed in the foreseeable future.
Resorts Atlantic City make good partners for DraftKings in New Jersey, and an agreement was concluded between them in 2018. Accordingly, DraftKings may enter the NJ sports betting market shortly, and given the licensing under Resorts and online casino is also possible.
Other than this, DraftKings future plans are not currently known. However, of interest is that the following states will shortly have legalized sports betting: Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Draftkings Sportsbook App
The DraftKings sportsbook app developed in association with the Kambi Group is due to be a separate app from the DFS app; and a web based option is due to be available as well. We are informed that its all well on its way.
What Leagues Can You Bet At Draftkings Sportsbook?
The offering is no different to what one might expect of a European or Nevada based sportsbook in this case – All major sports are available including
- Auto racing
The new comer to sports betting has said that they intend offering bets on all sorts of different things in the future – right the way down to hot dog eating competitions! Bets available are point spreads, futures, propositions, totals and moneylines.
DraftKings first set out in 2012 as a daily sports fantasy company and have grown in strength since then.
PLAYING FANTASY SPORTS AT DRAFTKINGS
Although traditional sports betting is only offered by DraftKings in New Jersey, USA, Fantasy Sports games can be participated in from any one of these jurisdictions;
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
Employees of DFS businesses are not permitted to participate in real-money contests, as are residents of Hawaii, Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Louisiana, Washington, and Nevada irrespective of their location.
Meanwhile Alabama and Idaho residents within their state borders are excluded from participating but can join when visiting a non-banned state or country.
The usual stipulation of being 18 or older to participate in gaming applies.
Draftkings Desktop App
Browser-based application is the fastest way to access DraftKings games, however the app is desktop, tablet and smart-phone compatible.
Signing in, one is immediately directed to a lobby zone from which one selects a sport. Filtering options then appear which can be sorted as follows:
- Contest type
- Entry fee (min. to max.)
- Slate date
- Field size (3 to 1,000+)
- Guaranteed tournaments
- Free contests
Clicking on the “Strategy & Research” link reveals game summaries and professional match analyses.
Tracking your real-money balance is to the top right corner of the page, and a deposit button lets you quickly top up your funds.
The entry fee, number of entrants , total prize pool, maximum capacity, and time until the tournament starts is displayed on the contest list.
It’s a good and sensible interface, but some might argue less so than Fan Duel’s equivalent.
Draftkings Sportsbook App – iOS & Android
Mobile apps are available for the following platforms:
iOS: for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, and iPod Touch.
– iOS version 10.0 or higher is required.
Android: minimum requirement for this is an operating system version 5.0 or higher. UK and US players may download the app from the Google Play store; however, Canadian players must use the link available on the DraftKings’ website.
The mobile apps enable you to enter contests, deposit and withdraw funds, create lineups, and modify account settings. The interface is clean, and all options are prominently displayed. The app does require a little adjustment, but once accustomed to it, you won’t want to return to the browser option.
Draftkings Daily Fantasy Sports – Drafting Players
To create your lineup, click the enter button to the right of any contest in the lobby section. This will direct you to the drafting page where you able to sort players either by position or by FPPG score. Clicking on a player’s name displays the analysis of their previous performances.
Frequent Player Points (FPP) are visible on the drafting page and you will receive a list of all games, and the contest start time. To reveal the prize payout structure, click on “full contest details” in the top menu.
Import any saved lineups previously created or export the player list to a CSV file.
Flexible rosters appear in many, but not all, DraftKings contests.
Keep the $50,000 salary cap in mind when drafting a team. Usually, top athletes will set you back $10,000 to $14,000, while a lesser player will cost you $2,500 to $5,000.
Draftkings Daily Fantasy Contest Types
The following contest types are available –
Head-to-head: a game for two players
50-50s: the top half of the field is rewarded
Double-ups: receive double your contest entry price
Qualifiers: win entries to other related contests in the place of cash
Multipliers: these pay a 3x-10x the multiple of your entry
Steps: these comprise multiple levels and the final level awards large payouts
Tournaments with guaranteed prize pools: the game pays out irrespective of the number of players
Beginner contests: this is purely for inexperienced players
Players can also create their own custom competitions. Custom competitions can be private or public in nature and can be played in multiplayer mode or heads up. Entry fees can range from zero to $10,600. Click on “create a contest” to create your own tournament.
WHAT ARE the SCORING RULES?
These vary according to sport, so please refer to DraftKings’ rules for a complete list.
WHAT SPORTS ARE AVAILABLE?
The lineup size for each sport is indicated in brackets:
- NFL, 9
- MLB, 10
- MMA, 6
- NASCAR, 6
- NBA, 8
- NHL, 9
- Golf, 6
- Soccer, 8
- CFL, 7
- League of Legends, 8
Draftkings VIP REWARDS
The loyalty program awards Frequent Player Points (FPP) for every dollar you spent on real-money games. You can exchange points in the VIP store for game entries at a rate of 550 Points per 1 dollar. That equates 1/550 = 0.18 percent cashback.
Frequent Player Points permit you to level up your account and earn entries to guaranteed contests. This is a list of available tiers, and the FPPs required to reach a tier. The guaranteed prize pools a given tier gives access to:
- Bronze (100 FPP/month): $15,000 total prize pools
- Silver (500): $25,000
- Gold (2,000): $85,000
- Platinum (10,000): $90,000
- Diamond (25,000): $60,000
- Black (125,000): $90,000
Refer-a-friend is the only other promotion available, access it by clicking your username corner of the lobby. Your friend must click a designated link, and register their own account. When your referral makes his first deposit, you will receive a $20 bonus.
This is better than the FanDuel’s referral promotion, which awards only $10 instead and only after spending a minimum of $20 on tickets.
Draftkings Sportsbook Deposit Methods
All popular credit/debit cards, Pay Pal and VISA and Mastercard gift cards. Deposits cannot be under $5 and may not exceed $2,000. You can contact DraftKings’ support and request a limit increase, with identity confirmation by uploading scans of your ID and a utility bill.
Draftkings Sportsbook Withdrawal Methods
Withdrawals are made through PayPal and cheque via courier. Refunds will be made on any deposits over the last 90 days and you will be sent the excess through your selected withdrawal method.
As an example: if you deposit $30 with a card and request a $70 PayPal withdrawal within a month, your previous $30 payment will be refunded to you, while the remaining $40 will be credited to your PayPal account.
Draftkings Sportsbook Customer Support
The DraftKings’ website has an extensive FAQ section with detailed answers. Further help can be accessed through live chat support which is available 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST.
The chat operators are exceptionally well trained on all topics related to DraftKings and offer excellent service.