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Gone are the days of the Pete Roses and Cosa Nostra and back alley bookies with names like Johnny Two-Times and Shorty Mac (who was actually 7 ft tall). The digerati stepped in and America finally caught on that sports betting - whether fantasy, real money wagering or prop bets - is just. Plain. Fun.

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If your TV commercials are anything like ours, you may have noticed the absolute explosion that's been going on in the sportsbetting industry lately. There are so many great offers and new platforms, it can be a bit overwhelming. Lucky for you, we've been doing our research and found everything you need to know about the top two sports betting platforms in the market: FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings. Here's how they compare.

Key Similarities

  • Both allow you to place bets on their app or website
  • Both offer a huge variety of betting options and sports
  • Both registration processes are easy and can be done in a matter of minutes

Key Differences

  • FanDuel Sportsbook's new user offer is unbeatable- - a $1000 risk-free bet!
  • DraftKings has a $1,000 risk-free bet, but you only get 20% of that bonus upfront and need to bet $25 to get each remaining $1 in bonus credit.
  • FanDuel Sportsbook's website is packed with tips for newbies
  • FanDuel offers amazing enhanced odds on a regular basis

FanDuel Sportsbook Overview

FanDuel Sportsbook nailed the betting game with their informative website and easy-to-use website. They have betting for every sport you can think of - football, soccer, NBA, MLB, golf and tons more!

What we love about FanDuel Sportsbook is that their offer for new users is really no strings attached. All you have to do is place a wager up to $1,000, and they'll match the bet-- no strings attached. If you win, then you get the amount returned to you, and the winning amount as site credit. No hidden criteria; it's really that easy.

Signing up for a FanDuel Sportsbook account couldn't be easier, and can be done online or on the FanDuel Sportsbook app. They'll ask you for your SSN, but don't worry, this is just to make sure coaches and players aren't making any bets.

The app runs smoothly, and as we said, if you're new to sports betting, FanDuel Sportsbook makes getting up to speed a total breeze. Keep an eye out for special enhanced odds, too. These guys come up with some unmissable odds you're gonna wanna take advantage of.

DraftKings Overview

DraftKings also has a convenient app, and offers a huge variety of sports and betting types. But, what really made us not even want to place a bet is how misleading their "$1,000 risk-free bet" is.

First of all, that's not as good as FanDuel's offer, and secondly, you only get 20% of that bonus upfront and need to bet $25 to get each remaining $1 in bonus credit. That wasn't made very clear and kind of put a dampener on our whole experience.

DraftKings also doesn't have as many tutorials and tips, which can alienate new users.

Final Notes

Sports betting has become a huge part of the fun of watching sports and following your favorite players and teams. But if you're trying to choose what platform is best, our pick is FanDuel Sportsbook.

The app is so straightforward, you can cash out your winnings at any time (no matter how big or small) and most importantly, FanDuel Sportsbook's risk-free bet is exactly that: risk-free.

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My wife once called me a human Wikipedia for the NBA. (I'm obsessed with the sport.) She even joked, "if only you could actually make money off this useless knowledge." I decided I would do just that.

I'd heard about FanDuel Sportsbook already but now it's available in my state so I thought I'd give it a shot. They actually have 2 separate apps: FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and the FanDuel Sportsbook feature for legit betting. Sportsbook is what I was after and knowing my first bet was risk-free was HUGE. Even if I lost, I could get up to $1000 back no strings attached.

FanDuel Sportsbook is now available in multiple states, including Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and West Virginia (and more to come!!). To sign up, I input my email, credit card, and SSN - the social blocks players from betting on themselves (and everyone else in the NBA). Even though I'd never bet before, FanDuel Sportsbook made it easy.

They list all the sports on the left, and you can make every kind of bets you want like straight, parlay, teasers, and round robins - I didn't know what round robins were before I started, but after reading FanDuel's betting guide, I knew what I was doing.

The first game I'd placed money on felt completely different than any other game I'd watched - I had missed live sports so much but now having money on it made it even more exciting. Plus the bonus of showing my wife I could, in fact, make some money off this "useless knowledge".

Sweating bullets, I watched my team pull ahead and WIN. I was screaming just like being at the game. My wife asked when I'd be collecting my pennies, I when I got to show her my actual winnings, her jaw dropped.

The app makes it all super easy - very user friendly and nothing like those those old dinky gambling sites. It's free to sign up, and you can play as much as you want whenever you want. Once, for fun, I even put money on a UFC fight - every day there are Daily Odds Boosts, which are bets with a higher chance of winning. It was really fun, and my friends are getting in on the action, too.

I've always been a sports fanatic, but betting with FanDuel Sportsbook has taken it to the next level.

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