DraftKings Sportsbook Review
DraftKings Sportsbook is opening up real money betting for PA residents who are now legally allowed to engage in online sportsbook gambling. The new sportsbook addition to the DraftKings fantasy site allows existing fantasy players to transition to real money gaming with ease and new members who sign up can enjoy both fantasy leagues and actual sportsbook betting with this one site. This DraftKings casino review will cover everything that you need to know.
About DraftKings Sportsbook
DraftKings is the online leader in fantasy sports leagues. Since 2018, the site has been offering sportsbook betting for players in states where online sports betting has been legalized, with its newest offering to PA bettors looking to join the online sportsbook world where they can make real wagers for real winnings. DraftKings offers fantasy sports nationwide with real money sportsbooks only available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the time of this review.
DraftKings was founded in 2012, based on the concept of offering daily fantasy sports instead of only season-long leagues. The site offers a variety of online contests, leagues, and events of various durations. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and is among the top online sites for daily and weekly fantasy sports in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Malta, and Austria.
Pros and Cons
- User-friendly, sleek interface and app design
- In-play and live betting offered
- Mobile and online sports betting from a leader in the industry
- Early ”cash-out” options limit losses and protect your winnings
- Sign-up bonus of up to $500 in credits for DraftKings sportsbook wagers, depending on the amount of the initial deposit
- Limited deposit and withdrawal options
- DraftKings is partnering with Penn National in Pennsylvania, looking to operate mobile betting through the Hollywood Casino, which also offers the William Hall sportsbook
Types of Games Available
DraftKings offers sports betting for most major U.S. sports and events, with collegiate options varying by state, based on state laws. In Pennsylvania, collegiate sports betting is legal and Draft Kings will have NCAA basketball and football bets available. Other games in the PA DraftKings sportsbook include:
- NFL Football
- NBA Basketball
- NHL Games
- Major League Baseball
- UFC, MMA, and other combat sports
- Soccer (including MLS)
- NASCAR, Formula 1, and other racing sportsbooks
DraftKings also offers Pools, which are a cross between standard sports betting and daily fantasy sports. These pools are set up in a tournament structure, allowing entrants to pay a small fee for entry and make a select number of picks, which are all straight-up bets. Prizes are paid out to players based on the total correct picks.
Initially, DraftKings was launched with the option to fund sportsbooks accounts through electronic bank transfer only. The website now also accepts deposits from credit and debit cards, along with PayPal transfers. Bear in mind, of course, that many banks will not allow EFT or debit card deposits into online gambling websites. PayPal offers a secure source of funding and users can also withdraw their winnings to PayPal when placing bets with the DraftKings sportsbook online.
DraftKings will offer the following options for deposit and withdrawal for PA sportsbook bettors:
- Direct bank transfer/EFT
- Debit or credit card (Visa, MC)
Withdrawals to debit or credit cards can take 2-3 business days, while e-wallet withdrawals will take around 48 hours to transfer. The site advises up to a five-day wait for electronic bank transfers. PayNearMe is available nationwide at 7-Eleven and other locations, offering near-instant access to cash deposits and withdrawals for the DraftKings sportsbook.
Other Useful Info and Tips
The mobile app for the DraftKings online casino and sportsbook requires all users to enable geolocation, as all online sports betting must be done within state lines for Pennsylvania residents and others in states where sportsbooks are now legal. High school events cannot be wagered upon in any state, including on the DraftKings app or website.
The types of bets available at DraftKings include:
- Straight-up bets
- Prop bets
- In-play and live betting
- Totals, Moneyline, and Points Spread bets
DraftKings has an iOS app for iPhone and iPad devices that can be downloaded in the Apple store, which requires iOS 10.0 or a newer version. Android users can download the mobile sportsbook app directly from the DraftKings website. There is not an app available in the Google Play store.
Customer service for PA sportsbook players will be available 24/7 via live chat, email, and phone. The site also has an FAQ section for players, which will provide answers for a variety of common questions and concerns. Email can take up to 24 hours for a reply, so those who need instant support are advised to call or use the live chat feature.