Fantasy sports fans have been playing at DraftKings for years, but now they bring real money wagering to the state of New Jersey, Indiana, West Virginia & now Pennsylvania. This top draw Sportsbook app is now available on mobile and they also have downloadable apps for Android as well as the iPhone & iPad. With over 10 million players around the world, is the DraftKings Sportsbook the best place to have a wager in the regulated US states?
So lets jump in, and with our detailed guide & review below, we are going to help you get the app on your mobile, talk you through joining, offer up some handy tips when wagering with them and go through the full features available with this real money Sportsbook.
Please note: Whilst you will find the Daily Fantasy DraftKings app (DFS) in Google Play, you will not find the real money sportbook app in there due to Googles stance on real money gambling apps in the US. They do not allow any form of real money gambling or wagering apps in the app store. To get the app, in NJ, IN, PA or WV just follow these simple instructions above.
You can actually download the DraftKings app in any state in the US, but you can only wager for real money inside New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana and as of November 2019, Pennsylvania. You need to be within state lines to be eligible and be aged 21 or over. You can play daily fantasy sports anywhere, however betting on the DraftKings Sportsbook is currently only available to wager real money in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia. This is a real cash wagering app, where you bet and win real cash. If you have an existing account already with DraftKings, you can log straight in without the need to register again.
It’s really easy to create a playing account with DraftKings Sportsbook. You can do it on the mobile site or website. Registration takes less than 5 minutes and you will need your social security number, address, cell number, email and date of birth. From here, you need to pick out your username, set a password then can go and place your bets.
DraftKings Sportsbook mobile
It is really simple and quick to install the app but if you don’t want a downloaded app, the great news is that you can still play and bet with DraftKings via their mobile site at https://sportsbook.draftkings.com It has the same wagering opportunities, same sports, layout and options as the Android & iOS app, just in a web based app. Built using HTML5 technology, it will render and shrink or expand to any cell or tablet screen size. You can save the link in your bookmarks to access it quickly, or just download the app. Casual bettors may not want to download an app and just play at the mobile site, which is not a bad thing. Like all regulated Sports betting apps, you will need to allow location services on the site to show you are within state borders. This is the case for IN, WV, PA & IN. No matter where you are, you need to prove you are in state lines.
Renowned for their DFS coverage and play, you would expect them to have an outstanding Sportsbook. Well you won’t be disappointed with whats on offer. The app lets you bet on all your favorite sports with the #1 rated mobile sportsbook. You can be at home, in the bar, in the car, at the stadium, as long as you are in state lines, just pull out your cell, pick your sport, find your market and place your wager. Sports choice is huge and you can bet on Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, MMA, Golf, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Motorsports, Rugby Union, Soccer and Tennis.
New players signing up to the book can get a nice generous, risk free first bet up to $20o. There is no need to use a Promo code, just sign up here at www.draftkings.com create your account, claim your free bonus offer. T&C’s do apply (see the site or app) and you need to be over 21 and in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana or West Virginia to get the offer.
You can also get a bonus up to $50 when you refer a friend. The good news? They also get 50 bucks too! Get them to treat you to a beer.
Design is very important to us when looking at and using a sports betting app. DraftKings Sportsbook have done a superb job with the look, usability, feel and navigation on the app. It is so simple to use and fast. The color scheme works really well and the layout is spot on. If you have used the DFS app before, the design will be very familiar to you. Anything you can do on the normal site, you can do from your cell too. No need to sit at home and watch the action with your laptop, you can now bet at the bar or mall too! This app really does blow the competition out of the water. It is so easy to use. New bettors and experienced punters can easily find what to bet on and place a wager.
The home screen is well designed with tabs for the Sportsbook, Casino, Flash Bet, Pools, Stats hub and Daily Fantasy options at the top of the page. There is a further menu located in the footer of the screen with Home, In Game, My Bets, A-Z Sports and Promotions tabs. This set up makes navigation a breeze. In-game is where to head to if you want to bet on the action as it happens. In Play or In Game betting is a must have these days for any top rated sportsbook, and we are please to say DraftKings does it very well and offers a wide choice of markets. Bet during the game on a wide choice of options and sports. We find in play betting can be a lot more profitable as you can get a feel for which way the game is going to go. Lines and odds are quick to update and it’s easy to get your bet on during a game. We have always found the vigs with DraftKings high compared to other books and especially compared to the the physical, bricks & mortar sportsbooks.
Also on the home screen you will find a betting carousel. This essentially is several images/offers that rotate at the top of the screen that are tailored to you. The platform uses a variety of sources, like your betting history and/or indicated preferences, to generate a list of suggested wagers for you. Don’t like the look of these? Well you don’t have to select these as there are lot’s of other things to bet on.
My Bets is where you can find your betslip and see all your up and coming wagers as well as your settled bets. There is an option to fund your account in here too. The A-Z list every sport available with the book and also features a handy search facility to narrow down your sport of choice. Tap the Promotions tab and you can keep track of all the latest offer like free bets, odds boosts, money back specials and more.
The amount of lines and sports is one of the most impressive features with the DraftKings Sportsbook app. No matter if you are using the Android or iOS variant, you will get exactly the same great experience. If you are a fan of betting big on alternate lines such as expanded totals on soccer, you will see that it is covered extremely well.
The sportsbook aims to provide bettors with a wide chose of features to help maximize your betting. You can Cash out your bet early on selected games and sports to claim some money back if your bet doesn’t go the way you thought. It is available on single bets, parlays and prop bets and before the bet is settled, you can end it early for a lower return. If you close/cash out before an event starts, you will not get the full amount of your original bet back. This is available in select sports but does include selected NFL and soccer matches.
There is almost every bet type available with the sportbook, including Parlay, Prop Bets, Round Robins, Spread, Over-Under, Moneyline and Futures. You wont ever be short of something to bet on. Odds boosts are also available on the mobile app, these generally feature on higher-profile or nationally televised game or event like Super Bowl or a big NFL game.
Its not just sports available on the app. The great news is that it also features an inbuilt mobile casino. Added back in December 2018, it is a great addition to an already pretty decent gambling set up. OK there are New Jersey & Pennsylvania casino apps with more games, bigger jackpots etc but it is handy to have built in to the app. We can’t bet on sports all the time and the casino provides a bit of the Vegas excitement in the palm of your hand. There is a good range of games including slots, video poker, and blackjack all of which offer really good game play and graphics.
The full list of games available are – Video slots, Jackpot slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Slingo, Table games, Video poker and finally, Virtual Sports. if playing live is more your thing, you can also find an excellent live games set up provided by world renowned software provider Evolution Gaming.
What could be improved on the app?
If you compare the NJ sportsbook app to those available in Europe, there is a lot more focus on in game visuals and stats to help you understand what is going on in the game. It is far easier and better to see what is happening to aid us in placing a bet. Whilst there are some stats on selected games, a live visual of what is happening would be perfect. We have heard of some people say the app is slow or laggy but we have not had that issue. Make sure your cell has good coverage or on a WiFi hook up and you shouldn’t have any issues.
DraftKings are fully licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement so you can feel safe betting and playing with them. They are also licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Indiana Gaming Commission and also the West Virginia Lottery. DraktKings Sportsbook will be available in more states across the US over coming months too as more states open up to regulated gambling. Check out our news blog for the latest information.
A good customer support system is always welcome when money is involved. You can get in touch with DraftKings via live chat and email. There is also a call me back facility where support staff can call you back at a convenient time. This is good but there is no number to call them directly. Their email, should you need it is firstname.lastname@example.org
There are not yet that may deposit and withdrawal methods available with DraftKings but this is slowly increasing and we expect to see a few more methods available in the coming months. At present, you can use:
- Credit card
- Debit card
- Bank transfer
- Play+ Prepaid