DraftKings Sportsbook - The Review
Kings of Daily Fantasy Sports, DraftKings have only gone and nailed sports betting too.
For a company born out of a passion for DFS, its fascination of all things sport is a given.
But rolling out the best online offering on the sports betting market has come from a desire to think about every aspect important to a sports bettor.
From a beefy set of sports to wager on, to inventive betting options, a slick user interface to an easily navigable app, the Boston-based operator has covered all bases to leave sports betting fans purring.
What makes DraftKings so good?
Let's start with the all-in-one account which allows users to switch between sports wagering and casino games seamlessly.
No need to log out of one account and log in elsewhere - simply go from spinning the roulette wheel to betting on the Redskins in the matter of seconds.
DFS players can bet on sports directly from their DFS account too.
We're in awe of the DraftKings mobile app. Why? Because we love the emphasis placed on personalizing the user experience.
Rather than be blinded by a board filled of bets of no relevance to you, DK present a betting carousel from where you'll find suggested bets in keeping with your sporting interests and your betting habits.
By the end, it's as if you've designed the app yourself.
Other observations include the highly responsive Cash Out and Live betting functions to complement a healthy range of sports and betting lines.
Also, it's our view sportsbooks can often overlook the needs of a new bettor to the industry. But newbies are well taken care of at DraftKings!
Betting jargon is toned down into plain, easy-to-understand terms, beginners can jump straight on board with, while the betting guide dedicated to new players is a nice touch we've yet to see elsewhere.
What's holding back DraftKings?
The banking side of things needs improvement.
As you’d expect, depositing money isn’t an issue - you’ll find all the standard options available.
But when withdrawing, the choice is limited to say the least; at the time of writing, you can only access winnings via a check or in-person.
Customer support sits under this umbrella too. Don’t get me wrong, DraftKings aim to please with useful Help Guides and the like but failing to resolve problems in a swift manner could prove taxing.
Players have to leave a message or fill out a form with a view to being called back.
We appreciate it's the best way of filtering calls but waiting around is frustrating.
Customer support is available 24/7 at DraftKings via its Livechat function, email, website contact form and post (yeah, you better believe it!) But we'd like to see the options extended to include a phone number too for such a time when, y'know, you need to speak with an actual human (this is possible at Fanduel).
The betting lines also left a little to be desired with odds less favorable than other sportsbooks.
We’re talking small margins in terms of the juice but it's those small margins players rely on to breakeven or turn a profit.
The Bottom Line
DraftKings have succeeded in meeting expectations. In fact, you could say they’ve smashed it!
The app, in particular, is a joy to behold and adds another layer of fun to sports betting
If you want to be treated like betting royalty, then DraftKings is the place to head.
How do I download the DraftKings app?
The app operates on both Apple and Android devices. iPhone users can download from the App Store. Android users have to begin the download process from the desktop site. Click here to go straight there.
Where else is DraftKings live aside from NJ?
The next stop for DraftKings is West Virginia - once online betting in The Mountain State resumes. After, it's possible for DraftKings to launch in one of New York, Pennsylvania or Nevada, or, maybe all three. As has been the case since PASPA was toppled in May 2018 though, it's one big waiting game.
How do I create a DraftKings betting account?
Simply, click on any one of the green “Claim” buttons on this very page to be instantly redirected to the DK sportsbook. Here, you’ll be guided through the four step process to signing up. Step number one requires you to create a username, email, password and promo code (if applicable). You’ll then need to enter and verify your personal details, select a payment method and confirm your location.
How do I receive my DraftKings bonus?
Once you’ve deposited to your new account and placed your first bet, your account will be credited with a free bet, equal to the stake made, up to $500. Note, only new customers are eligible for welcome bonuses.
Do I need separate accounts for sports betting and casino games?
No. The fact you can switch between combine sports betting and playing on casino games is one of the refreshing features of the app. Use the same account to do everything: wager, play, deposit, withdraw - no unnecessary time spent logging in and out of accounts here!
DraftKings Sportsbook NJ Promo code 2019
All new customers to DraftKings sportsbook are eligible for a risk-free bet up to $200 upon sign-up and making their first wager - not too shabby hey!
The offer requires no code. Just simply complete the registration process and make a bet.
Shortly after, you can expect the same amount staked initially to be matched, regardless if your first bet wins or loses.
As straightforward as it gets, I think you’ll agree.
Follow these 3 simple steps to qualify for your bonus:
- Fill-in personal details on registration page at DraftKings Sportsbook
- Make a first deposit up to $200 and place your bet
- Receive your stake amount bet back as a free bet, regardless if wager wins or loses.
Note: The free bet has to be used within 30 days and only potential winnings as a result of using the free bet can be withdrawn as hard cash, not the value of the free bet itself - this is common practice across many online bookies.
In addition, new customers can also receive $25 worth of free bets (five, $5 free bets) just for putting pen to paper, as it were.
Just by signing-up here you will become eligible without needing to deposit a single dime!
Note: As above the free bets need to be used within 30 days and the amount of the free bet ($5) won't be included as part of any potential winnings.
When you think of DraftKings, DFS and sports betting automatically spring to mind but you wouldn’t necessarily consider casino games being available too.
Well, that’s where you’re wrong.
DraftKings have added a well constructed casino to their ever-growing portfolio, offering a whole multitude of casino games that can be played alongside wagering on sports.
All gambling verticals under one roof
The casino is an add-on to the sportsbook. If you’re on the website, just scroll along the menu tab at the very top and select ‘Casino’ from the options. It is the final option of seven that includes ‘Home’, ‘My Bets’, ‘Live In-Game’, ‘Promos’ etc.
Once on the page, your eyes will shine bright at what’s on offer. Like a kid in a sweet shop, I think they call it.
Play on the following and more:
- Video Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em
- Double Diamond
- Wheel of Fortune
The mix of different Slots available means there's something for everyone to enjoy at DraftKings.
High rollers, hobby players, novices, men and women are all catered for with a catalogue of games nearing 100 by our last count.
As one would expect, graphics and gameplay are right on the money making for an enjoyable experience, even if you're not lucky enough to win one of the big payouts on offer!
Casino NJ Promo Code 2019
The generosity for new players at DraftKings doesn't stop with the sportsbook.
In fact, you could say the offers just keep on getting better.
If you haven't played at DraftKings Casino before, you're entitled to free cash.
Receive a no strings, no deposit required free bet of $35 when you open an account - a 'no brainer' if you've ever heard of one, right?
Follow these 3 simple steps to qualify for your free bet:
- Open registration page at DraftKings
- Fill-in personal information on registration page to create account
- Receive $35 free bet available to play on over 100 casino games
DraftKings mobile app
You can access both the sportsbook and casino through the same app. None of this logging out, logging in nonsense - download once, sign-in once. Simple.
Waiting for the geolocation to pin your location and works its magic means getting started can be slow to start with. T
To speed up matters however, we suggest connecting to Wifi and checking your phone location services are enabled.
Scanning lines has never been so satisfying
Once done with the set-up, you can place a sports wager within seconds, such is the processing speed of the app. Scanning lines has never been so satisfying.
DraftKings are on board with sports betting coming across as intimidating for beginners.
Hence, they've presented a betting carousel which highlights bets based on the betting habits of the individual.
A regular NFL bettor for instance will see lines for the upcoming round of games pop up almost immediately, which not only makes you feel right at home but saves you time traipsing through irrelevant bets.
The use of simple and direct language gets a big thumbs up from us.
Specific betting terms can often be difficult to grasp, especially for those just starting out on the sports betting path.
To make it easier to understand DraftKings replace the technical terms with simple questions, for example, 'Money line' = “Who will win?”
DraftKings - Banking options
You can deposit money using one of the following methods:
- Credit card (VISA/Mastercard)
- Debit card (VISA/Mastercard)
- Bank transfer
The recent addition of Paypal to the list of options is of significance given the dififculty many have experienced with credit card transactions.
Withdrawing monies doesn't carry the same flexibility unfortunately. At present you can access winnings via a physical check or in-person at Resorts Casino, only.
It’s thought the options will gradually be extended to at least match-up with the deposit methods available.
Deposit money to play at the online casino via:
- Credit card (VISA/Mastercard)
- Debit card (VISA/Mastercard)
- Bank transfer
- Play + Prepaid
As mentioned above, this isn't an area DraftKings have particularly excelled in.
Also, due to the potential for winnings to be higher playing casino games, processing winnings are known to take longer with Paypal payments taking up to eight days at times to be processed.
This said, there's absolutely no danger of you not receiving your money, so don't worry about that!
- NJ residency not required to sign-up
- Must be physically located in state to wager online or via app
- Betting on high school sporting events forbidden
- No betting permitted on collegiate events