FanDuel launched in 2009 as a daily fantasy operator and operated purely in that space for nearly the first decade of its existence. In 2018, FanDuel entered the sports betting business with the launch of a retail sportsbook and mobile betting in New Jersey.
FanDuel Sportsbook came to Michigan in March 2020 with the launch of a retail sportsbook at MotorCity Casino in Detroit.
In a press release announcing its partnership with MotorCity, FanDuel did not issue a start date for mobile betting or online gambling. However, both products are very likely coming to Michigan sooner rather than later given FanDuel’s history of rapid expansion in other states.
FanDuel comes to Michigan as one of the country’s largest sports betting operators. Backed by the deep pockets of Flutter Entertainment (parent company of FanDuel, FOX Bet, TVG and several other name brand operators), FanDuel Sportsbook will have no lack of funding to advertise its wares in Michigan and beyond.
In other words, expect to hear a whole lot more from FanDuel Michigan in the near future. With that in mind, this FanDuel review will explain what to expect in a detailed and straightforward manner.
FanDuel Michigan Bonus
- Welcome offer: Up to $500 Risk Free Bet
- Bonus code: None needed
FanDuel welcomes all new customers with a first bet refund guarantee worth up to $500. New bettors who sign up for an account and place their first wager automatically qualify to get their money back as a free bet if their first bet is a loser.
Any money refunded may not be withdrawn but may be used to place additional sports wagers on FanDuel. This offer comes with a reasonable 1x rollover, which means bettors must place a total sum of wagers equal to the bonus amount in order to withdraw any winnings obtained by wagering the bonus.
As an example, if a new user signs up for an account and places a $100 wager that loses, FanDuel will give that user $100 in site credit. The customer would then need to place at least $100 worth of wagers in order to withdraw anything won with the bonus funds.
Moving beyond the welcome bonus, FanDuel Sportsbook maintains a regular stream of short-term promos for new and existing users alike. On any given day, customers can log in to FanDuel and find about 10 or so promotions on offer.
Common types of promotions on offer at any given time include refund guarantees similar to the welcome offer, bonuses for every 3-point or homerun scored when betting on select games, bonuses for every win a team gets along the way when betting on select futures and parlay refunds when every leg but one is a winner.
The promotional offerings are always changing, but customers can expect to have at least a few options similar to those described above available at all times.
FanDuel Michigan Sportsbook Review
We’ll go into more detail shortly, but the basic summary is that FanDuel is overall a well-rounded sportsbook as to be expected for an operator of this size. The mobile app and desktop interface are polished, all major US sports are covered, market depth is adequate, and the lines are for the most part competitive.
With that being said, bettors should note FanDuel is not a perfect sportsbook. Like most sportsbooks, FanDuel will limit winners who consistently place sharp bets. Additionally, FanDuel does not always have the best odds – the competitiveness of their lines varies game by game. Sometimes FanDuel does indeed have the best odds for a particular bet, sometimes not.
Something else worth noting up front is that FanDuel has some of the best promos in the industry.
Most free bet promos offered by FanDuel, for instance, function as actual cash. Whereas most sportsbooks only pay net winnings to players who win money with a free bet, FanDuel often returns the full amount. In other words, placing a $20 free bet on an even money wager and winning would return the full $40 rather than just the $20 in winnings as is the case at most sportsbooks.
Mobile App Download and Interface
Sports bettors in Michigan may download the FanDuel mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Desktop and mobile users may also visit sportsbook.fanduel.com to place wagers directly through the website.
The mobile app interface features clean styling that strikes the right balance between providing sufficient information and not overloading the user.
When viewing all upcoming games, users are provided the current moneyline, point spread and total odds along with the time to start and an option to view all that game’s wagers. If a game is open for in-play betting or live streaming, icons indicating as such are also displayed.
Other noteworthy features provided by the app include live streaming for select sports, historic statistics for all matchups and real time data displays during in-play events. In short, the FanDuel sports app delivers on all key points. Technology wise, FanDuel is a strong operator.
FanDuel Sportsbook accepts wagers on all major US sports, international sports and college games.
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Gaelic Games
- Indy Car
- Formula one
- Rugby Union
- Rugby League
- Winter Sports
The betting options for individual events covered by FanDuel are extensive. Customers can bet on standard outcomes (point spread, moneyline and totals) along with all manner of props, parlays and even same-game parlays.
FanDuel customers can visit the page dedicated to a specific game or tournament to view the full menu of betting markets for that event. A tab system categorizes wagers by type, allowing users to view all wagers, same game parlay options, player props, team props, 1st half props and more.
Customers may also buy and sell points under the “buy/sell points” tab that provides a lengthy list of alternate lines for spreads and totals.
Betting markets are tailored to each sport as well to provide bettors with no shortage of options. For example, users can bet on who will score the first/most 3-pointers in an NBA game or on a player’s points + rebounds total. Meanwhile, NFL betting markets provide options such as passing yards and reception totals.
In some cases, FanDuel Sportsbook provides 250+ unique wagering markets for a single game.
FanDuel Sportsbook rates well in both in-play betting options and the interface itself. A busy calendar provides numerous events to wager on real time each day – with sometimes several dozen events running at the same time.
The in-play betting interface does well in providing information and data to users. Live baseball betting, for example, provides real time updates that show the location of every pitch on the batter’s box, current score and count, weather conditions and more. Similarly, live football markets display the location of the ball on the field and provide running updates on every play.
The breadth of betting options for in-play events is generally expansive for the most popular sports. During an in-play game, FanDuel customers can bet on standard game outcome markets plus alternate lines, alternate totals and all manner of player and team props.
Live Streaming Video
FanDuel customers with a positive account balance may login to the website or mobile app to stream certain sports live for free.
Most of the streaming options are limited to smaller, international sporting events, but FanDuel was the first operator in the US to gain the NHL’s permission to stream its games live. Currently, FanDuel streams up to two NHL games per day throughout the regular season.
As of today, FanDuel provides live streams from the following sports:
- Table Tennis
FanDuel Michigan Casino
FanDuel Casino offers a medium-sized collection of slots and table games via standalone mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.
In its current iteration, FanDuel Casino feels more like a work in progress rather than a finished product. Upon opening the casino app, users are simply presented with a list of casino games displayed in no particular order with no sort or search options, or much of anything else for that matter.
Game variety is steadily growing, however, and FanDuel suffers no shortage of experience in this arena as parent company Flutter Entertainment operates several large online casinos on the international stage.
FanDuel Casino Bonus
- Welcome Offer: Up to $200 in Refunds on First Day’s Losses
- Bonus Code: None needed
New players who sign up for an account can essentially play risk-free for their first 24 hours as customers. All players who register and make a first deposit will be refunded if they have net losses after 24 hours have passed since placing their first wager.
For example, if a player signs up for a FanDuel Casino account and ends up down $50 after 24 hours have passed, FanDuel will refund that player with $50 in cash.
This bonus is offered free of complicated terms and conditions. The most important thing to know is the refund is only issued if the player is down overall after 24 hours. This welcome offer does not refund all losing bets; it only triggers if the player is down overall.
- 42 games
- Minimum wagers start at $0.01
- Maximum wagers reach $1,980
The FanDuel games collection skews heavily toward slots with several dozen games on offer. This is a relatively small number of slots compared to other casinos, but a wide range of stakes and the presence of Divine Fortune with a large progressive jackpot are pluses.
FanDuel slots are provided by NetEnt and IGT, which together offer a decent variety in terms of playstyle and theme.
- 6 games
- Minimum wagers start at $0.10
- Maximum wagers reach $10,000
With just six table games on offer, FanDuel Casino comes up short compared to the competition. The full list of table games includes Blackjack, American Roulette, Blackjack Classic, European Roulette, French Roulette and two variations of Baccarat.
- 1 game
- Minimum wager: $0.10
- Maximum wager: $50
Game King Video Poker by IGT stands as FanDuel’s only video poker option currently. However, the game itself provides several variations within to give players a few options such as Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Joker Poker and other popular variations.
Security and Responsible Gambling
FanDuel comes to Michigan as an experienced operator first as a daily fantasy site dating back to 2009 and as an online sportsbook dating back to 2018. As such, FanDuel is a known entity with a documented track record in states that regulate online sports betting and gambling.
To date, FanDuel has maintained a positive reputation among the betting public and regulators alike. Security and fairness are not concerns at this time, especially with the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) monitoring the conduct of all operators.
FanDuel also provides a standard suite of responsible gambling tools that allow customers to set limits or self-exclude for varying lengths of time:
- Daily, weekly and monthly deposit limits and wagering limits
- Daily time limits
- 3 to 365-day timeouts
- Temporary or permanent self-exclusion
FanDuel’s customer support area provides a self-help knowledgebase that is useful in most cases. Customers in need of additional assistance may contact FanDuel via live chat, e-mail and phone 24/7.
FanDuel Sportsbook accepts a standard range of deposit methods:
- Credit card: Visa and Mastercard
- Debit card: Visa and Mastercard
- Play+ Card: Deposit online instantly; receive a prepaid debit card by mail linked to Play+ account for ATM access to winnings plus in-store purchases where Discover is accepted
- ACH eCheck: Electronic transfer from customer’s bank account to FanDuel
- Online Bank Transfer: Customers with accounts at several national banks may authorize a FanDuel deposit by choosing an amount in the cashier and then logging in with their existing online banking info to confirm the transaction with their bank for an instant deposit
- PayNearMe: Deposit with cash at a nearby pharmacy or convenience store; payment processed in minutes
- Cash at the Casino: Deposit in-person at FanDuel Sportsbook