Disclaimer: FanDuel Sportsbook is not yet online in Massachusetts. This review is speculative based on FanDuel Sportsbook in other states and will be updated once FanDuel launches in MA.
FanDuel has a presence in most states with legal online sports betting, and Massachusetts could soon be another such state for the online sportsbook. Should it launch in the state, FanDuel will offer new customers a risk-free bet for up to $1,000.
However, FanDuel wouldn’t be such a big name in sports betting if it excelled in just one area. Its other qualities include a quality promo program for existing customers and a standout sportsbook app.
This guide is a one-stop-shop for the key things to know as a potential FanDuel user in Massachusetts. We’ll cover the welcome bonus, the options you’ll have for placing bets, how the app stacks up and the site’s other features.
When you create an account at FanDuel Sportsbook, your first bet will be risk-free. If that bet loses, FanDuel will issue a refund in site credit for the amount of the bet up to $1,000.
|Online Sportsbook||FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts|
|Promo Code||None - Use Links|
|Sign-up Bonus||Risk Free Bet up to $1,000|
|Last Updated||November 2021|
Once you sign up for an account at FanDuel Massachusetts, here’s how the risk-free bet plays out:
You can’t immediately withdraw the site credits, but any winnings once you bet them are yours to do with as you wish. One of the benefits to receiving site credits at FanDuel is that they work similar to cash when you bet with them. At most other sportsbooks, if you place a bet using any similar type of bonus funds, the sportsbook generally removes the staked amount from your potential winnings — you would receive only the profit, not the original free bet amount. With site credits, you receive both the stake and the profit.
The only restriction you should be aware of with regards to FanDuel’s welcome bonus is the time limitation. If you don’t use the site credits within 14 days, they will expire from your account. Otherwise, you’re good to go and bet your credits on whatever you choose.
Yes, FanDuel is a globally respected brand that runs sportsbook apps in a significant and growing number of states. Owned by the esteemed Flutter Entertainment, FanDuel owns the biggest market share in many legal sports betting states.
In addition, to launch in Massachusetts, it will need to get the OK from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which imposes a variety of regulatory requirements. The regulatory framework is still in the pipeline, but it likely will mimic that of other states. Consequently, this would mean that you would need to be 21 or older to create an account at FanDuel, and to bet, you would need to be within Massachusetts.
Signing up for an account with FanDuel is pretty simple, and you can complete the entire process within minutes. On the sportsbook’s website, tap the green “join now” button, select Massachusetts from the list of states and fill in the following information:
If you have a FanDuel DFS account, you can use it to log on to the sportsbook.
FanDuel’s app is available for Android and iOS, and it’s just as sleek and functional as the website version of the sportsbook. To download, head to the sportsbook site, scroll down and look for a submenu labeled “FanDuel Apps.” Underneath, choose “Sportsbook (iOS)” or “Sportsbook (Android)” depending on your device. Follow the prompts from there to finish downloading the app.
There are a few ways to reach the promotions page. The fastest route is at the top of the site — the promotions link is right in the top bar of the website sportsbook. If you plan on betting regularly, checking the promos can be a good habit, as the sportsbook rolls out new deals every week.
FanDuel’s main promotions include insurance offers; some are related to specific sports while others cover multiple sports. Either way, for parlays you’ll get a site credit refund of up to $25 if only one of the selections on your parlay of five-plus legs loses.
You can also get a bonus by referring a couple of your friends to the sportsbook. If they register using your referral link and place a qualifying wager, everyone’s bankroll will receive a boost.
FanDuel is on the cusp of becoming the No. 1 sportsbook in America. Various factors have contributed to its success, but certain qualities have propelled the brand to be one of the best. Here are some of the ones that stood out during our review:
FanDuel has the edge over most, if not all, of its competitors when it comes to risk-free welcome bets. Most other sites impose steep terms and conditions on their sign-up bonuses, but the one at FanDuel is not as bad. If your first bet loses, you’ll receive a refund in site credits, which you can wager similar to cash. There are no odds or sports restrictions, though you will need to bet all the site credits within 14 days.
Odds boosts have become a norm among US sportsbooks, but FanDuel outclasses most of its rivals in this respect. As long as there is a marquee sports event happening somewhere in the world, FanDuel will likely provide special bets that come with amped odds. These will pay out just like any other wager, except the odds will be more in your favor, and you’ll be able to collect bigger payouts than you usually would.
FanDuel pioneered single-game parlays in the US market and continues to offer them. This feature lets bettors combine multiple bets from one game on the same slip.
FanDuel has cemented its position as one of the best sportsbooks in the country. And yet, it still has a few areas where we’d like to see it improve:
Currently, FanDuel’s loyalty program is in its beta stage, and it’s only available to select users. Those who enroll will collect loyalty points only via the sportsbook app — bets that you place on the sportsbook website don’t qualify. Once the program becomes more broadly available, though, this will likely be an excellent addition to FanDuel’s ever-expanding portfolio of perks.
The lack of a loyalty program is by no means a serious misstep since not many sportsbooks offer it. Still, we’re judging FanDuel by the highest industry standards, so we have to nitpick the smallest weaknesses.
Like most other betting sites, FanDuel offers only a handful of withdrawal methods. We’d like to see the sportsbook add a few more options to the mix, like wire transfer and Play+.
FanDuel offers all the standard bets that you would expect from a sportsbook of its stature. Here’s an example listing to help explain the common wagers you’ll run across:
|Boston Celtics||+7.5 (-108)||+220||Over 205.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-7.5 (-114)||-248||Under 205.5 (-110)|
A moneyline bet is a wager on one side or the other to win a game. The favorite in the game will have a negative odds number, and the underdog will generally have a positive number. Given the greater uncertainty, a bet on the underdog will of course pay a larger return on your wager than a bet on the favorite. In the example above, a successful bet on the underdog Boston Celtics would pay a profit of $220 on a $100 bet, or an equivalent ratio. A winning bet on the LA Lakers, meanwhile, would pay a profit of $100 on a $248 bet, or, once again, an equivalent ratio based on the size of your bet.
This depends on which side you’re betting on. If you pick the Celtics, you need them to avoid losing by more than 7.5 points, so a loss of seven points or fewer or a win of any score by the Celtics would mean a successful spread bet. A bet on the Lakers, meanwhile, would mean they need to win by more than 7.5 points. As you can see, the spread balances the game out by handicapping the favored side.
It’s one of the three core bets that are available for most sports. The sportsbook will establish a ballpark figure for the total combined score of both teams in the game. You then can wager whether the actual total score will be over or under that number. In our example, FanDuel gave a 205.5 estimate. If the two teams scored a total of 203, people who bet on the under would win.
In the props section, you’ll find bets that are not solely concerned with who wins the game. Most of the time, these bets involve around statistical benchmarks for a specific player or team. Here are some examples:
Yes, it does. FanDuel will post futures odds on major championship winners, season awards and other long-term outcomes well in advance. Depending on whether team- or player-based futures are what you fancy, you’ll find odds on league winners, division winners, season MVPs and plenty of other options across all four major sports leagues.
For a parlay, you combine multiple individual bets into a single wager. To win, all of your individual picks (legs) have to be correct. If just one fails, the entire parlay loses.
As of 2020, FanDuel lets its bettors build parlays by picking multiple bets from the same game. For instance, you could simultaneously take the Celtics on the moneyline, pick a player from the team to score more points than the estimated line, and bet that the game will go to OT.
Teasers also involve making multiple picks, but bettors can move the lines in their favor, which would alleviate some of the risk involved with the wager. However, it also reduces your potential winnings.
With live betting, you can place many of the bets we discussed above at nearly any point during the live game. These bets come with ever-changing odds and prices, which means that there may be a small window of opportunity if you see some odds that you like.
Yes, you can bet on the Boston Red Sox along with the New England Patriots, the Celtics and the Boston Bruins. As a matter of fact, you can bet on all the teams from the big four North American sports leagues, along with college basketball and football and many other pro sports, although the betting options aren’t as extensive for NCAA games as they are for the main pro leagues.
If you’re a fan of baseball and the Red Sox, you’ll be able to put some money down on them at FanDuel. Betting options for MLB include most of the ones we discussed above, along with some additional options you might run across:
You can transfer funds on and off your FanDuel account using a variety of payment methods. The list is longer when it comes to deposits:
The sportsbook has a minimum deposit of $10 for all banking methods.
You can collect your winnings via a check in the mail, PayPal or online bank transfer. PayPal has the shortest processing time — up to 48 hours — while the other methods are significantly slower.
To initiate a chat with a customer support representative, access the live chat option under the “Support” or “Help” pages. When we tried this option, the service was responsive and showcased adept problem-solving skills.
For written solutions, send an email to [email protected]. There’s also a handy search tool that could help find the answer to your problem without interacting with the support staff.
FanDuel takes responsible gambling seriously, which is evident from its comprehensive page on problem gambling prevention. There are educational resources on this topic as well as tools that can help you manage your play, namely deposit and wagering limits. You can also limit the time you spend on the site per day or choose the Reality Check feature to inform you of the time and money you’ve spent at the sportsbook.
For tougher measures, you can activate the timeout option and take a break for a predetermined period. Lastly, you can self-exclude from gambling activities at FanDuel.
FanDuel online sports betting hasn’t released any plans to open a retail betting establishment in Massachusetts, though of course this could change.
FanDuel sports betting has risen to the top of most states where it has launched so far, and we have no reason to believe that the situation will be any different in Massachusetts. The sportsbook fires on all cylinders, from bonuses and market coverage to pricing, its app, and customer support. Other than a few minor nuisances, it’s an exceptional betting hub.