It is beginning to look more and more certain that legal sports betting is coming to Connecticut. The biggest question right now is which online sportsbooks will people in the state be able to bet with when launch day arrives? With one online betting license per casino, with a third for the Connecticut Lottery, there will be a limited number of operators.
Given FanDuel’s status as one of the two major operators in the US, the company seems likely to at least try to get into Connecticut. If the company does get a license, here’s a rundown of what Connecticut sports bettors can expect from the mobile sports betting app.
Will Connecticut have FanDuel Sportsbook?
DraftKings already has staked its claim in the Constitution State via a partnership with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which runs Foxwoods Resort Casino. Where does that leave top sports betting rival FanDuel? Depending on how things shake out, FanDuel Sportsbook could partner with the Connecticut Lottery Corp.
The Mohegan Tribe runs the other casino in the state. The casino has a strategic partnership in place with Kambi. If you’re not familiar with the name, Kambi is not an actual sportsbook. Rather, Kambi is a sportsbook technology provider as well as an odds provider. Kambi works with several notable sportsbooks in the US, but FanDuel is not one of them.
That leaves the Connecticut Lottery as the other option. The lottery received 15 different proposals from online sports betting operators for partnerships. The group plans to have a final choice by May 17, but may not publicly announce its choice at that time.
The lottery also should get 15 retail sports betting licenses, one of which might be for a FanDuel-branded retail sportsbook, should they pursue that partnership.
Assuming FanDuel is able to gain market access in Connecticut, what can users expect from one of the top sportsbooks in the US? Here are the answers.
What to expect from FanDuel Sportsbook Connecticut app
First off, you’ll be glad to know whether you’re an Apple lover or Android diehard that FanDuel has you covered with both its sports betting app. The app functions just as well on Android devices as it does on iOS, and the two apps are nearly indistinguishable.
FanDuel also has a desktop site that allows users to place bets and handle their account management just like they can using the FanDuel app. Transitioning from the website to the app is uncomplicated because the products are so similar in appearance and functionality. The desktop version will not work on your phone though.
Navigating around the FanDuel app and website is effortless thanks to how well everything is labeled. Whether you’re looking for a specific sport or game to bet on, or just need to access the FanDuel cashier or help desk, you can clearly figure out what you need to click on to take you there.
FanDuel pros and cons
The ease of use of FanDuel clearly is one of the reasons the online sportsbook has been so successful, but that’s far from the only one. FanDuel has some stellar bonus offers and also provides myriad ways for users to bet on sports.
On top of that, the FanDuel betting slip has everything new and experienced bettors need. Not only can you see exactly what you’re betting on, but you also can choose whether you want to bet a certain dollar amount or if you want to win a certain amount. If you choose the “to win” option, the slip calculates and enters the correct bet amount.
There are a few areas where FanDuel still could upgrade before a potential launch in Connecticut, though. Currently, it does not have a loyalty program of any sort. Adding something that rewards customer loyalty would be welcome.
Additionally, this is a little nitpicky, but the login process on the app can be a little bit clunky, though to be fair, it has improved recently. For instance, at DraftKings when you open the app, you immediately can use your fingerprint to log in. At FanDuel you need to either stand by for an option to pop up asking if you want to log back in or go to the login screen and then wait to sign in before getting to go back to the main page. Again, nothing major, but definitely could be improved upon.
Types of bets available at FanDuel
One area where the FanDuel sports betting app is not at all lacking is in the bets department. You can place all the typical sports wagers like moneylines, spreads, totals, and parlays, but you also can create single-game parlays and more complicated round-robin bets.
If you are new to sports betting, here is a synopsis of the most common types of sports bets:
- Moneyline bets are wagers on which side will win the game.
- Point spread wagers are where the team you bet on must either win by more than a set number of points or avoid losing by more than a set number of points.
- Totals are bets on the final combined score of a given contest. These bets are also known as over/unders.
- Parlays and single-game parlays are wagers where you combine multiple bets. For your parlay to win, all your selections have to be correct. FanDuel allows for parlays to consist of bets on multiple sports or even from just one game (NBA, NFL, and MLB only at this time). This is something that not all online sportsbooks offer.
Sports betting on the FanDuel app obviously can be profitable, and thanks to all the promos, at times it can be almost impossible to not win.
FanDuel gives new users a risk-free first bet as a welcome bonus. FanDuel will refund that first bet, up to $1,000, if it’s a loss. The offer is a strong one when it comes to welcome bonuses in the business because your refund is paid out in site credit, which you can wager however you like. The only stipulation is you get 14 days to wager before the credit expires.
Additionally, FanDuel has other promotions and bonuses year-round. One of the best is called “Spread the Love.” For this, FanDuel moves the line by a point on a select game for every 500 or 1,000 users who make a bet. Usually the spread becomes so extreme (think 100 points or more) that winning is a foregone conclusion. Bets are capped at $50 per user, which still wins you over $45.
Additionally, FanDuel provides daily odds boosts and a handful of parlay insurance offers. The odds boosts allow you to walk away with more money on certain bets than you otherwise would. As for the parlay insurance, the way it works is pretty straightforward: If your parlay misses by just one leg, you get a site credit refund, usually topping out at $25.
The biggest thing to be aware of with FanDuel, though, is that you have to opt in to virtually all of its promotions. So make certain you do exactly that. Otherwise, you will not be eligible.
FanDuel sports betting history
FanDuel began as a daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator in 2009. It is safe to say it really came to power in the 2010s as DFS took off in the US and FanDuel was vying with DraftKings for the top spot.
There was a time when it appeared FanDuel would become the clear No. 1 daily fantasy site in America, but DraftKings was able to close the gap and the two continue to go head-to-head in a battle for users to this day.
When the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2018, that set the stage for FanDuel to add sports betting to its repertoire.