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Pros

  • Well known and trusted company
  • Customer-friendly mobile app
  • Huge number of baseball, football and soccer bets
  • Experienced software provider

Cons

  • New to sports betting
  • Small variety of payment options
  • Few options for customer support

Sports selection — normal

DraftKings specializes in offering popular American sports to bet on. All of the main leagues including the NBA, NHL, MLB and the NFL have offers available on the website. DraftKings has said that it plans to eventually offer over 60 sports to bet on. However, on its launch day the sportsbook had just 13 sports on display. The number is now up to 15, with the sportsbook adding cycling and Australian Rules Rugby. The main sports are all available, as well as bets on cricket and the Rugby Union. DraftKings also accept bet on darts, making it one of the few sportsbooks to do so. The website also features an “Odds Boost” section where the player can find different bets with largely inflated odds. This is a section featured on many sportsbooks but is especially interesting here because they will show you the previous odds as well as the boosted ones. They also have daily boosts where there are inflated odds for games of the day. For example, in a Premier League game there could be an inflated offer for Liverpool to win by three or more goals. The sportsbook is also especially good when it comes to the bets available for MLB games and the number of leagues available in soccer. There is also a decent number of leagues in tennis featured. In motorsports you can make bets on NASCAR and F1 races. A strong number of cricket tournaments are also available including the ICC world 20 and The Series-Ashes.

Betting options — good

Football

 DraftKings coverage of football is about as good as it gets for a sportsbook. The section offers bets on the NFL, CFL, NCAA and even on Arena Football. The number of bets offered vary by the prominence of the league. For example, on Arena Football you can find just one bet. It is usually a bet on the winner with a point spread. The CFL has more bets offered than just about any other sportsbook in New Jersey. You can of course bet on the winner, the spread or on totals. The spread and total point are also available for the first half only. However, there are also a couple of prop bets offered to the player. For example, you can bet on which team will score first or whether the total score will be odd or even. The NCAA and the NFL have the widest range of bets offered. With these leagues you can bet on the main bets of winner, handicap and over/under with multiple variations of numbers and odds for each. There are also individual bets available for quarters and halves of the game. These usually involve bets on the spread and total bets on the points. For the NFL, there is a wide variety of futures bets on like individual awards. You can bet on who will win Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year (Offensive/ Defensive), Comeback Player of the Year and more. Also, unique to DraftKings is a bet on the NFL Draft. Here you can make a prediction on which player will be taken first overall in the draft.


Baseball

There is also a very good selection of bets available for the MLB. This should come as no surprise as the MLB was one of the first businesses to invest in DraftKings. For the individual games, you can make bets on just about anything. There are several handicap lines and total runs bets that you can make. Meaning you can add more of an insurance on your bet for different odds. For the alternate total runs, you can select a run total all the way up to +14.5. The selection of prop bets on display is also very good. Bets here include home/away team to score first and win, total runs from each team and the last team to score among others. You can also bet on the first team to score a certain number of runs. The range for this bet goes from two to five runs. There are various bets available for certain innings and number of innings as well. You can make a bet on which team will win the first inning. Total number of runs bets are also available for the first inning, the first three innings and the first five innings. Handicap bets are also listed in this fashion with two different handicaps to bet on for the first three innings, and three variants for the first five innings. In the future bets category, you can find bets on four of the major individual awards given at the end of the season. These include the American League and National League MVP as well as the Cy Young award for both leagues. There are not yet bets available on division and World Series winners. This is something DraftKings will likely look to add in the future.


Soccer

The most popular sport in the world deserves an adequate sportsbook section and DraftKings does not disappoint. The sportsbook features the top five leagues as well as the MLS at the top. However, DraftKings offers bets for many leagues besides the most popular. Here you can find the main leagues from countries like Estonia, Romania, Ukraine, Finland and more. Perhaps the most interesting offer on display are bets available for the Faroe Island’s Premier League. In addition to the numerous amounts of leagues, there are also a good deal of tournaments offered as well. Champions League, Euro, International Champions Cup and many of the league cups are all available. You can even bet on the qualifying for the tournaments where it applies (Euros, World Cup, etc.). One of the coolest things featured in this section is the opportunity to bet on who will win the league for just about all of the leagues they have listed. The number of bets depends on the popularity of the league so in order to receive the most options you should stick to the more popular leagues. That does not just mean the top five however as most of the leagues have a good amount of variety in the bets offered. For a league like Premier League however the possibilities are endless. You can bet on which player will be the first or last to score. The main bets are all there with many variations for each. The list of prop bets available is almost endless. You can bet on whether a team will score a penalty or not, on if there will be a comeback win, a player given a red card or not, etc. For totals bets you can bet on the total number of corners, cards given, points in the first and second half, total scores of the away or home team and more. Asian odds are also readily available for individual games. If you are a fan of soccer and want to make the game more interesting in your own personal way, then DraftKings has you covered.

Live — normal

DraftKings has recently rolled out a new, more comprehensive live-betting section called Flash-bet. The Live-Section of the website shows all of the games that are currently being played. The odds constantly update as new events unfold. This is a good way to view all of the live games from each sports being played and to find that perfect split-second live bet. Although there are no live streams on the site, you can still feel comfortable making bets with the live scoreboard in the Flash-Bet section. 

By clicking the Flash-Bet section you will have a way to view a single game up close with the next best thing to live TV. This is a place where you can watch the action of a game with real ball movements and updating scores. On the left side of the screen will be all of the other live games being played, allowing you to switch through games with ease. You can also place bets in this section. The markets for all the available bets will be below the screen in a drop down format. It will also show the player’s previous bets as well as the main odds for both of the competitors. If you are focused on a bet in one game, then you will still gain the added excitement that comes from live betting by focusing on the match tracker.

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Sportsbook with big bonuses

Newcomers to the DraftKings Sportsbook can receive a very lucrative bonus. Upon registering a new account, the player will receive up to $500 of a matched deposit. These bonuses are subject to change and you need to find the right time to create an account for the best bonuses. For August 2019, new users can receive a $200 risk free bet upon signing up. This is in addition to a deposit bonus available for both new and current users. The sportsbook offers to match the player’s deposit 50% up to $500 from the company. This means in order to get the full amount; you will need to deposit $1000. This promotion is only for August and could change to something new with each upcoming month.

Sportsbook with big bonuses

Newcomers to the DraftKings Sportsbook can receive a very lucrative bonus. Upon registering a new account, the player will receive up to $500 of a matched deposit. These bonuses are subject to change and you need to find the right time to create an account for the best bonuses. For August 2019, new users can receive a $200 risk free bet upon signing up. This is in addition to a deposit bonus available for both new and current users. The sportsbook offers to match the player’s deposit 50% up to $500 from the company. This means in order to get the full amount; you will need to deposit $1000. This promotion is only for August and could change to something new with each upcoming month.

About the bookmaker

DraftKings started out as a daily fantasy sports provider and has recently expanded into sports betting. The company was started in 2012 by three former Vistaprint employees. This group of guys were quickly well-respected for their vision. Investors in the company started pouring in, including the MLB in 2013, becoming the first professional sports league to invest in daily fantasy sports. By 2014, the company reported up to one million registered users on the site along with 50,000 active users. In the same year, DraftKings signed a deal to become the official fantasy sports provider for the NHL. The company has also signed deals with ESPN, Fox, NFL, Bleacher Report and Walt Disney for various exclusivities to their product. By 2017, the company was approaching eight million registered users. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. 

In August of 2018, DraftKings opened their first online sportsbook in New Jersey. They have quickly become one of the industry frontrunners. The company has already expanded its sportsbook to its second state, West Virginia. To maintain and run its sportsbook, DraftKings partnered up with software company Kambi Group plc in 2018. The software company is active in six continents while providing odds compiling, risk management and customer intelligence software. As of now, Kambi Group plc provides its software to nineteen customers, including well-known companies such as Kindred Group, 888, Napoleon Games and Rush Street Interactive. The deal is for multiple years between the two, however there are reports that DraftKings is looking to acquire another software company, SBTech. What this would mean for the current agreement is unknown.

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