When many people in the US think of DraftKings, they think of the platform that launched in 2012 and that has gone on to attract considerable acclaim for its daily and weekly fantasy sports contests.
What they might not associate this Boston, MA-headquartered brand with quite so much, is traditional sports betting. However, this looks set to change with the site's launch of a dedicated sportsbook for New Jersey residents.
Those signing up to DraftKings' sportsbook for the first time can help themselves to an instant matched free bet as soon as they put down a bet with their own money. However, there are naturally conditions attached to this, as are explained in greater detail on the main DraftKings site.
Other perks on offer once you have joined the site include:
A refer-a-friend scheme
The list of sports on which you can gamble as a DraftKings member continues to expand, meaning the selection generally resembles what you would expect from any leading international bookmaker.
The current assortment of options includes:
It's important to note that while you are able to wager on college sports at DraftKings, the current sports betting regulations in New Jersey prohibit you from doing so on collegiate sports that take place in New Jersey or that feature an NJ college or university. Thankfully, the vast majority of collegiate teams, sports, and events that aren't affected by this restriction are offered on the site.
One of the best things about DraftKings as a sports gambling portal is unquestionably its downloadable app for both iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users. When you combine this with the already very tidy-looking and easy-to-navigate desktop site, it should become clear to you how committed DraftKings really is to enabling you to bet whenever the mood takes you, wherever you happen to be at a given time.
The app allows you to bet on more than 60 sports around the world, and also presents you with many types of bets to select from, including live/in-game bets, cross-sport parlays, futures, prop bets, and more.
Both the desktop site and mobile app of DraftKings are based on a green, grey, and white color scheme that draws upon soft hues with no signs of garishness. They're also both informative and slick to navigate, with the mobile app having been specifically designed to be clean-looking and pleasant to use on the smaller screens of such devices.
DraftKings rewards its most loyal customers with a VIP scheme that gives them one Frequent Player Point (FPP) for every dollar they spend on tournament entries. These points can then be used to purchase free tickets, with 550 FPPs buying a $1 ticket, 1,650 FPPs a $3 ticket, 2,750 FPPs a $5 ticket, and so on.
This works out as a rate of 550 FPPs a dollar, or the equivalent of 0.18% in cashback, which makes DraftKings broadly competitive in this regard with such industry rivals as FanDuel.
You can add money to your account via any of a wide range of accepted payment methods, such as:
When you request a withdrawal, the money will be issued to you as a refund on payments made during the 90 days prior to the withdrawal request, with any remaining funds being sent via PayPal or check. This means that if, for example, you make a $50 deposit using Visa and ask for a $200 withdrawal a few weeks later, the initial $50 will be sent via your Visa card, and the remaining $150 payment made through PayPal or check.
You can expect to wait between two and eight business days for a withdrawal to PayPal or a credit or debit card to land in your account, with this processing period being two to three weeks when the payment is made via a check.
A comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page is available for your perusal, answering the most common queries ranging from "What is DraftKings?" and “How is my information protected?" to "What can I use to deposit?" and "How are contests scored?"
But if you want to get in touch with the site support team directly, that's easy enough, too. A support email address is provided in the aforementioned FAQs section, and the customer support hours are from 7am to 12am EST Monday-Friday, and 9am to 12am EST on weekends.
Given its strong association with daily fantasy sports, you could have possibly forgiven DraftKings for serving up a mediocre sports betting experience. This simply isn't the case, however. There's a vast and expanding range of sports on which you can gamble here, and the mobile app is as good as any we've seen. And of course, the fantasy sports element remains as potent as ever, should you ever get bored of the sportsbook side of the site.
Register an account at DraftKings now, and we suspect you'll be just as impressed as we are by the site's completeness as a sportsbook, as well as in its long-time capacity as a place to enjoy fantasy sports.