FanDuel Review

FanDuel Review

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Complete FanDuel Review for July

In this FanDuel Review, we’ll cover the brand, company behind the brand and the product itself. FanDuel was founded in 2009 by Nigel Eccles, Lesley Eccles, Tom Griffiths, Rob Jones and Chris Stafford and is currently owned by Paddy Power Betfair. Something of a phenomenon, FanDuel alongside DraftKings is a leader and pillar in the daily fantasy sports industry. When you’re ready, be sure to use our FanDuel Promo Code when setting up your new account.

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Recently, FanDuel has been pivotal in paving the way to legalized sports betting in the United States.

On January 28th, 2008, Nigel Eccles, Lesley Eccles (husband & wife team), Tom Griffiths and Rob Jones founded a company called Hubdub Ltd, which was based in the United Kingdom.

Hubdub was an extremely clever and fun idea that allowed users to make predictions on future events in a variety of categories, though predominantly United States subjects. The platform utilized a virtual currency and tracked user performance via a front-end leaderboard.

Shortly after, in June of 2008, the Hubdub team created a website known as PunditWatch. PunditWatch was created to track the performance of featured ‘pundits’ across a variety of topics.

Chris Stafford comes into the picture upon the launch of FanDuel in 2009. He is often referred to as a co-founder and technical director of FanDuel. We also found that Stafford was listed as working on the FanDuel project as early as 2007.

The picture becomes clear that the Hubdub team, along with Stafford had been working on FanDuel for quite some time. Which of course makes sense given their Hubdub & PunditWatch website’s functionality and development.

You know much of the rest of the story – FanDuel took the world by storm and dominates a large portion of the daily fantasy sports market. FanDuel would go on to notably acquire Zynga 365 Sports, numberFire and AlphaDraft.

FanDuel earned a $1 billion evaluation in 2015.

Paddy Power Betfair acquired FanDuel in mid 2018 for $158 million.

After the acquisition, the FanDuel business would fall under a newly created subsidy of Paddy Power Betfair known as FanDuel Group. The FanDuel Group consists of a leading portfolio of US daily fantasy, gaming, wagering and media assets. It operates out of New York, but has offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon and Scotland.

In late 2018, the National Hockey League (NHL) entered a partnership with FanDuel.

Former CFO of FanDuel, Matthew King became CEO in November of 2017.

The entire founding team of FanDuel no longer works with the company. Due to the tremendous amount of capital raised in the early stages of FanDuel, the Paddy Power Betfair acquision didn’t leave much on the bone for the original and or founding FanDuel team.

FanDuel Review of Contest Types

We’re talking about the crème de la crème of daily fantasy sports here.

FanDuel has an absolute plethora of different contest types. Whether you’re a complete newbie or a veteran daily fantasy player, there are options upon options to choose from.

For example, FanDuel offers traditional contests such as Tournaments, Head to Heads and 50/50s.

In addition, FanDuel offers a variety of contests that most other dfs platforms don’t.

Those contests include but are not limited to Satellites, Qualifiers Free Plays, Beat The Score, 3 – 100 Players and Beginner Contests. It’s also note worthy that they have a ton of filtering options to enter the exact type of contest that you’re interested in.

A few of these filters include but are not limited to Entry Fees, Entry Types, Quick Entry, Late Swap, Experienced and Highly Experienced, along with Full Roster & Single Game options.

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FanDuel Review of Entry Limits

This is an incredibly important aspect of daily fantasy sports, especially as it relates to new players, rookies and or newbies. While it’s not a bad or evil aspect of the FanDuel experience, new players simply need to understand it.

That is to say, FanDuel is incredibly successful in part to it’s gigantic payout type of contests, such as ‘Millionaire Makers’ etc.

However, many of the large prize pool type of contests entail enormous multi-entry rules. For example, it’s very likely that a new player enters a contest that features a large prize pool. They proceed to insert their 1 lineup and cross their fingers. What they have failed to realize however, is that the rules stated that each player could actually enter a maximum of 300 lineups for example.

Therefore, the new player and his 1 lineup are potentially facing other players who have inserted up to 300 lineups, which drastically decreases the new player’s odds.

When it comes to FanDuel and entry limits, understand that they vary greatly. It’s perfectly fine that this is the case, but new players need to be more aware of entry limits. Almost all new players should be sticking to single-entry contests only.

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FanDuel Review of Player Pricing / Team Budget

FanDuel’s player pricing and team budgets vary from sport to sport and from contest to contest. When playing on the FanDuel platform, you’ll be confronted with a number of different salary caps or team budgets including but not limited to $60,000, $55,000, $50,000 and or $35,000.

The reason for the differences is somewhat unclear. However, it’s all essentially the same thing. You have a total budget that will be used to build a lineup of extremely meticulously priced players.

In other words, don’t sweat the budget or how FanDuel prices players, you’ll find little advantage in that strategy. You’ll win by deciphering value and value alone.

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FanDuel Review of Platform / App UI & UX

Again, FanDuel is one of the two major players in the daily fantasy sports market (the other being DraftKings). They didn’t become a leader by chance, circumstance or brand recognition.

They’re a leader because they’ve built an incredibly advanced platform via desktop, mobile and native app.

From the actual development and functionality of their product to the intense level of detail in design, FanDuel stands out because their platform is beautifully designed and intuitively developed.

Even DraftKings takes second place to the overall user interface and user experience that FanDuel offers. In addition, FanDuel features a native app for both iOS & Android.

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FanDuel Review Summary 2019

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re colossal fans of FanDuel.

FanDuel Review Details
  • Contest Types
  • Entry Limits
  • Player Pool
  • Prize Pool
  • Mobile Use

FanDuel Rating Overview

FanDuel scores off the charts in terms of website & app design, as well as in-game experience.

All of their products are state of the art and they are clearly the industry leader in product quality.

They also outscore competitor and potential merger partner DraftKings in terms of winability and customer service.

They cater more to new players than almost any other DFS platform in the industry.

It's one of the first daily fantasy sports products that we fell in love with after a decade of having to rely on outdated platforms.

If you're completely new to daily fantasy sports, start with them.

If you've tried them in the past, try them again with the additional knowledge that you've gained through this FanDuel Review and the rest of the Hello Rookie platform.

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