The expanding field of new Pennsylvania sportsbooks is welcoming another player to the pasture. FanDuel, the operators of the Meadowlands Sportsbook in New Jersey, is partnering with Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, just outside Philadelphia.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino will combine the experience of European gaming giant Paddy Power Betfair with the technology of FanDuel. Of course, FanDuel is already one of the biggest names in daily fantasy sports. Together, they should give Pennsylvania bettors one of the best gaming experiences in the country.
Wagers at FanDuel Sportsbook
The most important aspect for sports bettors is the flexibility to place the bets they want. A quick look at FanDuel’s operations (online and in person) in New Jersey indicates that the site offers just about every wager imaginable.
FanDuel offers straight bets, propositions, round-robins, teasers, parlays and futures bets.
You can wager on just about any sporting eventr on the planet, including
- College and pro basketball
- English Premier League soccer
- Cricket World Cup
Don’t worry if you aren’t an experienced gambler. FanDuel is familiar with novice gamblers who test out the sportsbook after dabbling in the fantasy sports world. To assist those bettors, FanDuel offers a Sports Gambling 101 section on its site.
Will there be in-play wagering?
All veteran gamblers hope the new PA sports betting apps feature in-play wagering. The in-play wagering feature allows players to place bets on an event after it has begun. Valley Forge and FanDuel should offer this feature.
In-play bets are new and popular means of wagering. Gamblers can play multiple games within a single game, with halftime totals and second-chance multipliers. There are also ways for players to pay their way out of bets as well as place new bets. And all this happens while the original game is still going.
How to register at FanDuel Sportsbook
As required by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), a retail sportsbook must be opened and operational before a corresponding online app can launch.
Signing up for a new account will be available at the Valley Forge Casino in its new 1,800-square-foot sportsbook.
All a player should need to register is:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Physical address
- Phone number
- Social Security Number
Next, the player will be prompted to choose a username and password.
For security purposes, a player will likely be asked two additional questions and be given the option to enable two-factor authentication.
Valley Forge sports betting app
As mentioned, a Valley Forge/FanDuel mobile app will launch once the brick-and-mortar sportsbook is open and operational.
Considering FanDuel’s experience in the world of daily fantasy sports, the app should be fast, responsive, and easy to use.
Available for both Android or iOS platforms, FanDuel’s current New Jersey app is most notable for how closely it resembles the webpage. The home screen comes with a series of shortcuts that take a player directly to his or her sport of choice.
There are also easy-to-find tabs that link to tables labeled “popular,” “live,” and “upcoming.” These tables feature the most popular events, all other games happening at the moment. Additionally, there are tables for future events.
Pennsylvania players should also be able to manage their accounts using the app, including registering for a new account, making deposits and withdrawals and filling out betting slips.
Will there be new player incentives?
As the sixth casino to file for a sportsbook license in the Keystone State, Valley Forge faces stiff competition in landing new customers. That’s where new registration bonuses come in.
FanDuel in New Jersey currently offers its customers a risk-free initial bet of up to $500. If a player loses the first bet after depositing, FanDuel will credit the account with the total of the losing bet, up to a maximum of $500.
All credited bonuses appear in the new account within 72 hours. Customers only need to wager the bonus money once before they are allowed to withdraw.
Valley Forge and FanDuel haven’t announced whether they will offer this same promotion to customers in Pennsylvania. Nonehteless, we expect something similar to be available.
FanDuel’s anticipated promotions in PA
Based on what FanDuel has done in New Jersey, we can get an idea of other bonus offers that could be coming across the river to Pennsylvania.
FanDuel likes to post daily odds boosts. These are specific wagers that change from day to day. The boosts change a half-dozen or more bets, making them more player-friendly, with bigger payouts.
Insurance is also a regular promotion for both NBA and NFL bets. For the NBA, it’s called “Overtime Heartbreak Insurance.” It pays back up to $25 for wagers that lose in overtime. For NFL bets, you can receive halftime insurance, which pays back up to $25 on wagers that were winning at halftime but ended up losing the game.
There is also parlay insurance for both the NFL and NBA. It is available on parlays with four or more legs. If the player hits on all legs but one, the payback is also up to $25.
It is expected that when the FanDuel Sportsbook starts taking bets in PA, there will be similar offers.
How do I deposit on FanDuel?
When depositing into a new FanDuel sportsbook account, online bill pay seems to be the most straightforward method. All that is required is an online banking ID and password. With those, a player can move funds without disclosing his or her bank account number.
Credit cards, debit cards, direct bank transfers, and PayPal are also quick and easy ways for a player to move funds electronically into a new account. Additionally, Pennsylvania houses hundreds of PayNearMe locations, which allow players to use cash for their Valley Forge deposits.
How do I withdraw on FanDuel?
To withdraw funds, players can reverse the process for PayPal, credit card payments, or bank deposits. If customers use PayNearMe or another deposit method, Valley Forge will likely send a check in the mail, requiring additional days for processing.
FanDuel’s loyalty program
The third and final way to entice players and keep them coming back is through a customer loyalty program.
FanDuel’s current point-based players’ club features automatic enrollment. The more points a player earns, the more bonus wagers they receive. One top feature of the club is that as long as a player places one wager in 12 months, all of the points roll over to the next 12 months.
Valley Forge Casino offers its customers membership in the Valley Club. Also points based, enrollment in this club results in a free $25 slot play. Perks of the Valley Club include:
- Birthday bonuses
- Discounts on food and drink
- Air miles
- Room upgrades at the casino and hotel
PGCB requires that Valley Forge be the predominant business name used by the new sportsbook, which means the new loyalty program’s name is likely to lean toward the Valley Club loyalty program. On the other hand, the benefits offered are expected to be a combination of the most popular features from each club.