The FanDuel sportsbook that has been operating at Valley Forge Casino in Pennsylvania since March 2019 has finally launched an online/mobile incarnation and an interconnected online casino under the BetFair brand isn’t far behind!
The FanDuel online sportsbook is the fourth to go live throughout the Keystone State, following three others that launched earlier in the year:
- PlaySugarHouse (licensed under SugarHouse Casino) – online May 2019
- BetRivers (licensed under Rivers Casino Pittsburgh) – online June 2019
- Parx (licensed under Parx Casino) – online June 2019
Bonuses available on FanDuel and BetFair
Players new to FanDuel in PA have available to them a great introductory offer. New sign-ups can get one risk-free bet up to $500. Even more great bonuses will be coming in the future. The FanDuel bonus picture looks like this:
|FanDuel PA Online Sportsbook & BetFair Online Casino Bonuses|
|FanDuel PA Online Sportsbook Bonus:||Risk-free bet up to $500!||No bonus code required||Available now!|
|FanDuel PA Online Sportsbook Parlay "Insurance"||Make parlay bet with 4+ legs, get up to $25 back if you miss by 1 leg.||No bonus code required||Available now!|
|BetFair PA Online Casino No Deposit Bonus||Players receive $10 free to play on initial sign-up||No bonus code required||Coming soon!|
|BetFair PA Online Casino Initial Deposit Bonus||Players receive 100% up to $2,500 match on initial deposit||No bonus code required||Coming soon!|
|BetFair PA Online Casino refer-a-friend Bonus||Give $10 and refer a friend, get $25||No bonus code required||Coming soon!|
Breaking down the FanDuel $500 risk-free bet offer:
A “risk-free” bet is an industry standard as far as promotional gaming offers go.
To take advantage of this one, simply make your first bet on the FanDuel PA platform (online through a web-browser or through a mobile app on your Android or Apple iOS phone device). If your first bet(s) are multiple entries on the betslip ticket, the first bet listed will be considered your “first” bet for the purposes of this promotion.
If you win this first bet, not much happens – except you won your first bet!
If you lose this first bet, the “risk-free” aspect of the promo kicks in. FanDuel will credit your account with on-site credit in the amount of that bet up to a maximum of $500. To turn this “free-play” into funds you can continue to bet with or withdraw, you must play through (make bets on the site) this amount 1x (one time).
Easy! One important caveat: Be sure to convert your on-site promotional credits within seven days or they will expire.
A look at the FanDuel PA online sportsbook
FanDuel is probably familiar to most sports enthusiasts as a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operator – in the US it’s up there with DraftKings in terms of popularity. The new PA legislation that legalized sports betting in the state also cemented DFS legality which had already been operating in a “gray area” previously.
Recently, FanDuel was acquired by powerhouse UK sportsbook and online casino giant Paddy Power BetFair. The marriage produced a DFS/sportsbook synergy that makes them a strong sports betting provider. Proof of this can be found in neighboring New Jersey, where FanDuel has been a popular and successful online sportsbook for a while now. The accompanying online casino brand BetFair is linked to the FanDuel sportsbook in New Jersey and the same situation will play out in Pennsylvania as well – all under the license structure of Valley Forge Casino.
Expect FanDuel to do well in the PA market and continue to find partnerships allowing the DFS/sportsbook/online casino company to expand operations throughout the US.
A wide variety of sports to wager upon
FanDuel’s international nature gives them a broader pool of sports and contests for their customers to bet on. All the standard US pro and college sports can be found on the platform of course, as well as some more obscure offerings. Among these are darts, cricket, Aussie rules football, tennis, soccer, golf, boxing, mixed martial arts, auto racing, and many more.
The FanDuel online sportsbook allows bettors to make in-game bets as odds and lines update throughout the contest. It’s never too late to get a bet down on a game with Live Betting!
The FanDuel online sportsbook platform has a special section called Odds Boost that updates daily. This area offers unique betting opportunities with great odds and payouts in the form of special teasers, parlays, and prop bets often bundled together in unique ways for very interesting betting opportunities.
Check out Odds Boost often to see what cool bets they’ve cooked up to pique your interest!
The BetFair online casino – coming soon to the FanDuel platform in PA
Along with their $10 million PA sportsbetting license, Valley Forge Casino holds the $10 million package that allows them to offer online slots, table games, and peer-to-peer contests like online poker. Up until now, they haven’t made use of these online casino licenses yet, but that’s about to change.
Since Valley Forge has partnered with FanDuel, it’s highly likely they will also use them (under the BetFair) brand to operate an online casino under their licenses. If/when this happens later this year, the FanDuel/BetFair combo platform will probably function exactly as it does in New Jersey.
BetFair Bonuses and promotional offers
Most of the expected introductory BetFair bonus offers are outlined above, including $10 free to play for signing up and a hefty 100% initial deposit matching bonus up to $2,500.
When BetFair is up and running we will detail all their ongoing bonuses and promotions as they are introduced.
Online casino games on BetFair PA
It’s unclear at this point how Valley Forge Casino is intending to use their online poker license. They could try to launch one from scratch (unlikely) or they could partner with a better-known online poker brand. They may even abandon the notion and the licence all together.
What is clear is that they will use their online slots and table games licenses – and almost certainly do so with BetFair. A look at the BetFair NJ site tells us what to expect from BetFair PA:
Lots of online slot titles
BetFair has a wide variety of online slots with over 300 individual titles and including some of the most popular licensed versions like Guns N Roses, Jeopardy, Family Guy, Slingo, Yahtzee, and many more.
Exciting progressive jackpot slots
BetFair has attached a progressive jackpot to some of their online slot games. A progressive jackpot is a top prize (or prizes) that increases in payout as players play the game. This feature makes the game more exciting and creates opportunities for players to shoot for substantial payouts
Slot games with progressive jackpots on BetFair include:
- Gong Xi Fa Cai
- Lucky Shih Tzu
- Divine Fortune
- One Red Cent
- Soaring Stallion
- Colossus Frac/Pot
- Jackpot Jester: Wild Nudge
A virtual pit with casino table gaming
The Betfair online casino has a solid offering of casino table games, including many different versions of pit staples like Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat as well as more exotic games like Hi-Lo Solitaire.
Virtual video poker
It wouldn’t be a casino without video poker and BetFair doesn’t disappoint in this department. The platform hosts Bonus Poker, Double-Double Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and more esoteric variations like Poker Bet.
Synergies on the FanDuel/BetFair platform
Using a big, integrated online gaming partner like FanDuel allows Valley Forge Casino to offer their online customers some nice features. Since the sites will be linked together on the same website/app, players will be able to easily switch from one aspect of internet gaming to another (sports to casino) as well as use the same wallet, cashier, and payment processing systems as they go.
Transferring funds between the sportsbook and the casino will be easy as well.
Customer service at FanDuel
PA players needing help with any aspect of their FanDuel account have lots of options for accessing customer support. In addition to the many contact options outlined below, there is a very helpful FAQ section on the site’s home page.
|FanDuel PA Customer Support Options|
|Live online chat support||Live Chat is available from the FanDuel website home page||Available 24/7|
|FanDuel email firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include username in your query)||Available 24/7|
|FanDuel telephone support||(877)689-0662||Available 24/7|
|FanDuel snail-mail support||Betfair Interactive US LLC; PO Box 158; Jersey City, NJ 07303|
Since FanDuel is licensed and regulated, if all else fails, players can turn to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).
FanDuel deposit/withdrawal options
Depositing money on FanDuel can be done in many ways:
- Credit/Debit card
- FanDuel prepaid card
- ACH (bank deposit)
- Online bank transfer
- Wire transfer
- Cash or check (at retail FanDuel sportsbook located in Valley Forge Casino)
Withdrawing money on FanDuel is easy too:
- Prepaid cards (within 48 hours)
- PayPal (within 48 hours)
- ACH bank transfers (within 3-5 business days)
- Check (within 5-7 business days)
FanDuel’s PA retail location at Valley Forge Casino
FanDuel’s physical presence in Pennsylvania (just one spot for now) is at Valley Forge Casino, located in the suburban King of Prussia region north of Philadelphia. This sportsbook is new, having opened in March 2019. It has 1,800 square feet of betting space, seven betting windows, and 27 television screens that let on-site bettors follow the action.
It’s not all sports at Valley Forge. The main casino has over 850 slot and video poker machines as well as over 50 traditional casino table games like blackjack, craps, roulette, and many others.
The FanDuel sportsbook is located just left of the main casino entrance and is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are:
- Monday-Friday (10am-1am)
- Saturday (9am-2am)
- Sunday (9am-11:30pm)