The leading sports betting brand in the United States is now live in Indiana. FanDuel Sportsbook made its emergence in the Indiana market in October 2019, mere weeks after going live with retail books at Blue Chip Casino and Belterra Casino Resort.
Players from the Hoosier State will be pleased to know that FanDuel’s Indiana sports betting product is every bit as good as it is in other markets. We’d even go as far to say that we don’t have any major grievances with the site — at worst, minor gripes. This is a site that offers fair pricing without discouraging winners, a slew of betting markets and bet types, a decent welcome bonus for new players, and a cool, responsive interface.
Read on to learn more about Indiana’s best sports betting site to date.
FanDuel Sportsbook IN bonus offer – January 2020
FanDuel isn’t messing around with its welcome offer, which gifts players a second lease on life should their first bet on the site fall flat. The book’s risk-free wager is capped at $500, and comes with few restrictions. To get started, click on any of the links on this page. There is no promo code required.
FanDuel Sportsbook 2020 bonus code and details
|FanDuel Sportsbook IN Promo Code||Just click this link|
|New Player Bonus||$500 risk-free bet|
How it works
This offer is for new FanDuel Sportsbook customers only. To get started, make a real-money deposit on the site, and follow this up by placing a wager on any sports events.
In the event that you win, you’ll receive your winnings, as usual. Lose, and you’ll receive the amount of your wager back as a bonus, capped at $500. Note, that only your first wager will count toward the bonus, so if you made bets of $200, $150 and $100, in that order, only the $200 wager will be eligible for the bonus. Because of this, we recommend betting as close to the full $500 in one shot as you’re comfortable with.
Players will receive their bonus within 72 hours of losing their first wager, at which time it can be used to place bets on sports. It’s important to note that only the winnings from bonus wagers are allocated back to your cash wallet, not the bonus amount. So if you bet a $500 bonus at -110 and win, your cash balance will be $450, and those funds can be withdrawn.
The downside to this offer is apparent — unlike a free bet, which is awarded whether you win or lose, you won’t receive a dime in bonus money if your first bet comes through. Because of that, some advocate taking risks with their first wager. That way, they either win big or receive their wager back as site credits.
Ultimately, the decision to play it safe or not is up to you, but do make sure you take advantage of this offer.
Advantages of playing on FanDuel online sportsbook
- Solid pricing: FanDuel sets competitive lines nearly across the board. It’s money lines are generally better than what players will find elsewhere, as are many of their prop and in-play lines. Futures tend to be solid too, with accurate, if not exceptional, pricing.
- Same Game Parlays: Correlated parlays, where players are allowed to select multiple legs within the same game, are something of a rarity in the legal U.S. sports betting market, due to their tendency to get exploited. FanDuel has begun breaking down the wall with what it calls Same Game Parlays on NFL and NBA, where players can parlay a limited selection of lines within the same event.
- Stellar interface: FanDuel Sportsbook is a new bettor’s dream. It’s easy on the eyes, and betting markets and bets are laid out in a way that just makes sense. Whether on PC or mobile, bettors will have no problem finding the bet they want, hopefully at the price they want!
- Tons of bet variety: Although it’s not breaking too much new ground, FanDuel offers plenty of traditional wagers. It’s not uncommon to find hundreds of bets for an NBA or NFL game, and dozens for in-game soccer or tennis matches.
- No player rewards program
- Lack of niche formats
Special offers and promos at FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel doesn’t have a sportsbook loyalty program, but it partially makes up for it by rolling out new promos quite regularly.
The majority of these promos are based around the concept of insurance. So for instance, an NFL “Close Lose” insurance promo might offer players a refund on money line wagers if their team only loses by a few points. Or for NBA, if a team is winning after three quarters but loses, then a money line bet on that team might qualify for a refund. You get the picture. Usually, the bonuses won from these promos are capped at $25 or $50.
Sometimes, FanDuel goes a little bit further, offering promos that award bonuses based on how many points a money line wager wins by. So if you bet the Pelicans to win outright and they win by 11, FanDuel will award a $3 bonus per winning point, for a total of $33.
And on occasion, FanDuel Sportsbook IN will roll out free-to-enter contests with mammoth prize pools. These contests can take the form of survivor pools, answering betting questions, or something else. Definitely worth checking out.
FanDuel, like most other Indiana online sportsbooks, also features Daily Odds Boosts, which are hand-selected bets with better than market odds.
FanDuel Sportsbook: Loyalty program
Simply put, FanDuel Sportsbook in Indiana does not support a loyalty program, and there hasn’t been much on whether it eventually will reward players for their loyalty.
The closest thing available is the FanDuel Players Club, but that’s only targetted at daily fantasy sports players. The Club is a massive 11-tiered program where players earn access to special promos, monthly free play, FanDuel merch, and a slew of other benefits. Five FanDuel Points (FDPs) are awarded per $1 spent on DFS contests.
We’re hoping to eventually see something similar in the sportsbook, but for now, players will have to content themselves with the promotions. Check back on this page for updates on the loyalty program.
Registering an account at FanDuel Sportsbook IN
Players must be at least 21 years of age to register an account on FanDuel Sportsbook. And to place real-money wagers, bettors need to have their location verified via geolocation technology in either New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Indiana. However, account registration can happen from just about anywhere, as can viewing the lines or making a deposit.
For existing FanDuel daily fantasy players, registering is a cinch. Simply hit “Join Now” and choose the option to register with your FanDuel account. This will prompt you to enter your FanDuel DFS credentials, and from there you’ll only need to input a couple pieces of info to link your DFS and sportsbook account together.
Players completely new to FanDuel don’t exactly have it rough either. We’re talking two pages of registration forms, and maybe three minutes of your time.
Players will have to enter the following:
- Full name
- Full address (doesn’t have to be in Indiana)
- Date of birth
- Security questions
- Phone number
- Last four digits of SSN: This is used for verification and reportable tax purposes only.
- Promo code (optional)
During the process, you’ll have the option to set responsible gambling limits (recommended), and set additional security options. Make your selections, then agree to the terms, and once your account is verified — which only takes a few seconds — you’re free to make your first deposit.
Software snapshot: FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel Sportsbook is available on desktop (PC and Mac) and as a mobile app for Android and iOS powered devices.
Note that the sportsbook app is independent from FanDuel’s daily fantasy sports app, so existing DFS users will need to download it before getting started on mobile. This can be done by either navigating to FanDuel Sportsbook via the links on this page from your mobile browser or by downloading the app from the Apple app store. The Google Play Store does not support gambling applications at this time.
When it comes to sports betting software, FanDuel sits head and shoulders above the competition. Players coming over from books like DraftKings, will immediately notice just how vibrant the FanDuel Sportsbook interface is, with visuals and text that pop without being offensive on the eye.
What we first noticed, is that FanDuel doesn’t hide its promotions behind a virtual wall. Instead, its best offers are on full display smack dab in the middle of the homepage.
Below that FanDuel implements a neat tabular structure that grants players ready access to popular events, live in-game matches, and the site’s daily odds boosts. Popular markets and a full list of betting markets are listed on the right.
On a market’s main page, bettors will find spread, total, and money line bets for today’s matches, futures, and live in-play matches for that market. Click into a game and find another set of tabs, which separates bets into popular wagers, same game parlays (if applicable), props, derivatives, and more. It’s all laid out very nicely and takes a lot of the grunt work out of finding a player’s preferred bet.
For live games, FanDuel adds a visual interface where players can view the action in real-time. It’s a little rudimentary, but a nice touch nonetheless.
In order to place a wager, simply highlight the line you want, and it will be ported over to the betslip. From the betslip, which is conveniently tucked away in the left-hand portion of the screen, never obscuring the main interface, players can keep their bet as a standard wager, convert it to a teaser, add more wagers to make it a parlay, or select round robin. They can also discard bets and review recent line changes.
A slew of account management features can be accessed from the platform, including quick access to the cashier, responsible gambling functionality, and betting histories.
We’re proud to say that FanDuel’s mobile sports betting app in Indiana is a near clone of its stellar desktop platform. All the features, markets, and lines found on desktop are also available on mobile. It’s just laid out slightly differently, due to screen real estate.
For instance, quick access to the homepage, betting markets, the betslip, and account information are tucked away in a small menu located on the bottom of the app. This works to reduce clutter, while still allowing the most pertinent info to be displayed prominently in the main interface. However, the bet slip does eat up most of the screen’s real estate when open, forcing players to jump back and forth between it and the betting menu. It’s a slight inconvenience, but nothing game-breaking.
Otherwise, the excellent tabular structure remains intact, as do portions of the live betting visuals. The account management features, including the cashier, are all present on mobile, and everything is handled with tap/touch functionality.
Overall, we were impressed with the performance of the app, with most of the server hangups and stability issues of its early days now a thing of the past. Bet submission turnaround times were very quick, which is critical for in-play bettors. Yes, there was occasional lag, but it usually didn’t impede our ability to get down on a solid line. Approved.
Depositing and withdrawing at FanDuel Sportsbook IN
FanDuel Indiana does a decent job in the cashiering department, offering a number of popular and accessible depositing and withdrawal options. They include:
- Credit card/debit card: MasterCard and Visa only. Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Union Bank, Huntington Bank will decline these transactions.
- ACH (eChecks): Simply deposit directly from your linked checking account. This method offers high approval rates.
- FanDuel pre-paid card: Fund a pre-paid card with Visa, MasterCard, or ACH, and attach it directly to your sports betting account. A physical card, that can be used wherever Discover is accepted will arrive after about two weeks, but it is not needed for use on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- PayPal: Link an existing PayPal account to FanDuel, and make deposits directly through the PayPal portal.
The FanDuel Sportsbook Indiana is lacking compared to other markets, like New Jersey, which in addition to the aforementioned, offer online bank transfers, PayNearMe, wire transfers, and cash at an affiliated casino’s cage as depositing methods. But we expect at least some of these to be added over time.
For withdrawals, players can choose from ACH, the FanDuel pre-paid card, PayPal, and a check by mail (5-7 days processing time), which is pretty par for the course.
Our recommendation would be either to deposit with a debit card from a bank that won’t decline the transaction, or ACH. If neither works, the pre-paid card is your best bet, as it offers a near 100% approval rate.
FanDuel Sportsbook betting lines
Overall, FanDuel’s betting lines are solid, and often very good.
Pregame NFL and NBA lines are almost universally 20-cent spreads, which is the industry standard. We also noticed that future pricing tends to be more competitive on FanDuel, with the occasional value find available.
As for money lines, compared to its direct competitors, FanDuel offers players the best bang for their buck. Yes, other sites will often offer better pricing on one side — FanDuel tends to pay out better on favorites — but the spreads on FanDuel are generally a little tighter. For instance, we commonly noticed spreads like +148/-174 when the competition was offering +150/-182. This wasn’t always the case, but it’s common enough for us to conclude that FanDuel charges the least juice — at least for money lines — in the market.
Other points worth noting:
- Two-leg parlays at -110 pay out at +264, and three-leggers at +596, which is just a smidge worse than DraftKings.
- Six-point NFL teasers were priced at -130 (two teams), and +160 (three teams). At seven points, this jumps to -150 and +120, respectively.
- Game and player prop pricing was also fair. FanDuel offers two-way props and derivatives, with lines on even odds wagers as tight as 20-cents, with most falling in the 20-to-25 cent range, but sometimes as high as 30-cents.
- In-play pricing was hit or miss. It really depended on the event, and in this case it’s going to pay to shop around.
If punters only go with one out for their online sports betting needs — never recommended — FanDuel is probably their best bet, as there is no one area where the pricing is flat out bad. And oftentimes, it’s market best.
FanDuel Sportsbook in Indiana supports a decent array of betting markets, including popular staples like NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and college basketball and football (in-play prop betting on college sports is not allowed). Tennis and soccer matches are offered in droves across many leagues, and golf, boxing, and MMA are all represented.
The book also runs with some niche markets like Grand Prix motor racing, darts, cricket, Aussie rules football, and the Oscars. We’ll say that the number of markets as a whole isn’t quite as diverse as found elsewhere, but then again, how many American bettors are really wagering on super niche contests anyhow?
FanDuel does a tremendous job with the number of bets it offers. But if there is maybe one area where FanDuel Sportsbook lags a tad, it would have to be that it doesn’t get too creative with its bet formats. That’s not really a criticism, it’s just that primary competitor DraftKings has opened up its playbook a bit more.
All the standard types of wagers are represented, including point spreads, totals, money lines, in-play, futures, parlays, teasers, round robins, and two-way props. FanDuel also provides tons of alternative betting lines for most contests. And FanDuel does not suffer from a lack of bets, offering dozens, if not hundreds, of prop and derivative wagers for all major professional sporting events.
Truthfully, the sheer number of bets is really a treat. Want to bet the over/under on longest pass in the Colts game? Done. How about whether the number of goals in the third period of the Senators game will be odd or even? You got it. The list goes on and on, with enough individual wagers to satisfy the appetite of even the most ravenous bettor.
FanDuel also brings “Same Game Parlays” to the table, which in our opinion, was much needed. Traditionally, bettors can only select one wager per game for a parlay. FanDuel is experimenting with a format where multiple legs of the same parlay can originate from one game. There are a few restrictions, however, with the most prominent being that FanDuel hand-selects the bets that are eligible for correlated parlays. Additionally, only NBA and NFL contests appear to be eligible at this time.
There is also the cash-out feature, which enables bettors to book smaller wins or losses by cashing out their tickets at in-play pricing, before a contest concludes. It’s a decent enough option to have, but the added juice makes its value questionable. Use sparingly.
Otherwise, FanDuel opts for traditionality over nuance, foregoing formats like betting pools, and other niches that can be found on alternative Indiana online sportsbooks.
Does FanDuel have a retail sportsbook in Indiana?
Yes. In fact, it has two. The first opened on September 5, 2019 at Blue Chip Casino, just in time for the NFL Season. The retail outlet features five betting windows, 13 IGT PlaySports betting kiosks, and 13 video displays.
Blue Chip also happens to be the licensing partner of FanDuel’s online sportsbook in Indiana.
Just days after, on September 10, FanDuel opened its second retail book in Indiana, this one at Belterra Casino Resort in Florence. It’s primary features include 14 video displays including a wall display, 13 IGT PlaySports kiosks, and a sports ticker.
Both Blue Chip and Belterra are Boyd Gaming casinos. FanDuel has an existing relationship with Boyd and stands to launch retail-books in Boyd casinos throughout the country in the coming years.
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