My foray into the world of sports betting was as a punter, primarily following the ups and downs (well, mostly downs…) of my local team as they battled against the ever-present threat of relegation. Over time, I began to become more and more interested in the ins and outs of various strategies and became adept at spotting a good operator.
My day job was, at the time, writing and editing for a local newspaper, so turning my professional skills to my interest in sports betting followed naturally. I started writing about sports betting as a hobby initially with my own blog, analysing odds and providing betting tips where I thought I could find value. Eventually, I was headhunted to write the same content for a betting firm, which resulted in me leaving my local paper job behind and turning my professional interests solely to sports betting writing by 2017. Since then, I have been proud of the body of work I have been able to produce.
Using my interest in all aspects of the sports and gambling world to guide me, I now write for Betting.net, compiling operator reviews, bonus reviews, and sharing the tips and tricks across our various sports betting guides. When I’m not at my keyboard, I am an avid rock climber, with an ultimate goal of eventually ascending the Seven Peaks — if I can fit it in between penning the latest bookmaker review, that is!
DraftKings Review & Rating 2021
Is DraftKings Legit?
Ready to go on a journey to DraftKings Casino & Sportsbook?
Follow us as we take you on a DraftKings review tour around everything the operator has to offer! You’ll see all of the main attractions, such as ‘is DraftKings legal?’, and we will give you our DraftKings ratings along the way.
Our favourite stops on the tour – as you’ll see from our DraftKings ratings – are some enticing promotions, the sleek website design, and the unique fantasy betting element. Our DraftKings review should help you decide if this is your ideal getaway. But if DraftKings isn’t worth packing your suitcase for, check out our gambling sites list for more options.
DraftKings: Pros & Cons
One of the only fantasy sports betting sites
Hundreds of contests every day
A few decent bonus offers to choose from
Simple and stylish website
Not the greatest variety of payment methods
225 Franklin Street. 26th Floor. Boston, MA 02110. United States
We always check out the available promotions first whenever we visit an operator we haven’t been to before. And this DraftKings review is no different. So let’s take a look at what’s on offer, using the promotion advertised on the US site as an example. Bonus offers can and may vary depending on what region you’re from.
When we first get to the ‘Promos’ page, we notice a decent list of promotions. Most of them are eligible for existing customers, so we’ll discuss those later on. For now we’ll just take a look at the welcome bonus for new customers.
This promotion for new customers is a deposit bonus up to $1000. This sounds like an amazing offer at first glance, but don’t be too excited just yet. Let’s take a look at the fine print.
The bonus amount is equal to 20% of your first deposit (minimum $5). This means that you need to deposit $5000 in one go in order to receive the full bonus amount. The wagering requirements for this promotion are a little more complicated than usual: for every $25 you spend (on either the sportsbook, casino or the fantasy contests), you get $1 in bonus money released into your account.
That’s a roundabout way of saying the wagering requirements are 5x your deposit – if you deposited the full amount of $5000, you need to play through a total amount of $25,000. If you make bets on the sportsbook, the minimum odds are -300 (1.33). You have 90 days from your first deposit to meet the requirements.
As you can see, just to get $1000 in bonus money and any subsequent winnings, you need to spend a whopping $25,000. It doesn’t look so amazing anymore, does it? Still, if you’re a high-roller, you will probably find it very useful. Low-stakes or casual players may not find it beneficial – even if you deposit $50 and get $10 in bonus money, you have to spend $250 in wagering requirements. It’s not exactly worth it for ten bucks.
If you’re interested in learning more about this offer, you should take our dedicated tour of the DraftKings promo code. And be sure to let us know what you think!
This has a higher monetary value than most welcome offers, and the wagering requirements are far lower than most; yet it only seems useful for people willing to spend much more money than they get back in bonus money. So overall we’re giving average DraftKings ratings in this DraftKings review.
Usability, Look & Feel - A simple, sleek and stylish website desigN
DraftKings is essentially split into three separate websites for each product – daily fantasy sports, the sportsbook and the casino. Each of these has an alternative version of the DraftKings logo: daily fantasy sports has the original logo – a green ‘D’ wearing an orange crown with no background; the standard sportsbook logo and the casino logo both have a white ‘D’ and crown, with the former on a green background and the latter on a black background. These slight variations are a very nice touch, as they create the impression of separate arms of the same brand. It all feels very professional.
When you visit each of the separate product sites, you’ll see that they each have a similar layout but slightly different colour schemes. The themes match the individual logos. All three sites have an aesthetically pleasing appearance; they are uniform but distinct at the same time. The interface is easy to navigate around, even if you’re not used to online betting. All of the important links and information are across the top, down the left-hand side in the website footer. And on the sportsbook, you’ll find the BetSlip on the right.
As for the mobile app, you’ll find that it’s just as attractive and easy to use as its desktop counterpart. It has most of the same features, so you should find it a perfect substitute for the website when you’re betting on the go.
Taking everything into account, we believe that the desktop site(s) and the mobile app deserve above-average DraftKings ratings in our DraftKings review tour.
Payments - Better than the average US operator
Next up: the payment options that the operator accepts, as well as any transaction fees that may be incurred, and general withdrawal times.
The available payment methods include:
Online Bank Transfer
Prepaid DraftKings Play+ Card
Cash at the Casino Cage
The minimum deposit is $5. In terms of maximum deposits, if you’ve recently created an account, it will have a relatively low maximum deposit limit, but you can get it raised by contacting customer support.
The minimum withdrawal is $20. DraftKings have a policy of issuing your withdrawal via your original deposit method. If there are any withdrawal funds higher than your initial deposit, you will receive them via Paypal or check.
Withdrawals are processed between 9am and 5pm, Eastern Time, from Monday to Friday. It can take up to three days for your withdrawal to be initially processed. It will then take between 2 and 7 days to receive your funds. There are no transaction fees.
Though not the greatest number of payment methods when compared to international operators, this is a better variety than most US-based online betting sites. Therefore we’re giving average DraftKings ratings in this section of our DraftKings review.
Customer Service - Helpful staff at DraftKings
The fourth stop on our guided DraftKings review tour, we will discuss the customer support options available to you – specifically the FAQs and the different ways you can get in touch with the support staff, as well as how helpful and responsive they are.
Whenever you have an issue, particularly one that is common or minor, the first thing you should do is check the site’s FAQ section. Whether it’s your account, your bets, your bonus offers, payments, or anything else you may encounter a problem with, you’re likely to find some kind of answer yourself. Therefore there’s no reason to contact customer service, unless you absolutely need to.
At DraftKings, you’ll find not one but three separate FAQ sections – one for each product site. This makes each of the three sections concise, so you don’t have to go scrolling through loads of irrelevant questions to find what you’re looking for. For example, the daily fantasy sports FAQs contains 9 sections, while the sportsbook only has 5.
If it comes to contacting customer service, it depends on which product site you are using. The daily fantasy sports site has an email address and a query form. The support staff are available from 6am to 11:59pm, 7 days a week. The sportsbook has the same two contact options, but its support staff is available 24/7. The casino only has the query form – also available 24/7.
We found that DraftKing’s customer support is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and friendly. Overall they are very helpful in all regards. Though the support staff themselves deserve high DraftKings ratings, unfortunately the means of contact aren’t as good as most sites, as there doesn’t seem to be a live chat feature or any phone support. Therefore we’re forced to give average DraftKings ratings overall.
License & Security - Is DraftKings legit?
It’s finally time in our DraftKings review to answer arguably the most important question you will ask yourself when trying to decide which betting destination is the one for you; and that is, of course, ‘is DraftKings secure?’ Because unfortunately there are a small minority of operators out there whose only aim is to scam as many unwitting customers as possible before word travels around, especially in recent years. So now it’s more essential than ever to find an online betting site that you feel you can definitely trust with your time, effort and – most importantly – your hard-earned money.
So what about this operator? Is there any possibility of you falling foul to a DraftKings scam? Well the answer to that is a resounding ‘no’. And here’s why. There are certain rules and restrictions according to US law that an operator must adhere to stay above board. Three of the most important are listed below:
An operator must be independently licensed and regulated with every state it operates in.
An operator must either have at least one existing physical location in the state or partner with one that does.
An operator has to confirm that you are within state limits using geolocation tracking.
We can confirm that DraftKings follows these guidelines to the letter in all 11 states it currently operates online in. Furthermore, DraftKings uses 256-bit encryption, which is the level of encryption banks use to keep your (and their) money and information safe. So you know it’s top level security.
So in terms of the question ‘is DraftKings reliable?’, it’s clear that the answer is yes. That means we’re giving top DraftKings ratings in this DraftKings review. However, if you’re still unsure, it may be worth you comparing this operator to one of its competitors. You can do that by reading our review that answers the question ‘is TwinSpires legit?’
Rewards & Loyalty Program - DraftKings has an invite-only VIP program, but that’s not all
In this section regarding the promotions that DraftKings have available for existing customers, we will again use the US offers as an example. Remember that these may vary depending on region.
There is a promotion offered to existing customers called ‘Get a Free Bet’. Basically, you can get a free bet up to $100 for referring a friend. Sounds straightforward enough, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
To qualify, the friends you refer need to click on your personal referral link. Also, it goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway), your friends can’t already have a DraftKings account. Once your friend(s) create an account and make a deposit, both you and they will earn a prize. Here’s how it works:
If your friend deposits $25-49, both of you will receive a $25 free bet.
If your friend deposits $50-99, both of you will receive a $50 free bet.
If your friend deposits $100+, both of you will receive a $100 free bet.
This is limited to 5 referrals per offer period. Free bets are valid for 30 days.
And finally, the invite-only VIP program. This is only available to DraftKings’ most loyal customers – so the only way you can get that sought-after invite is through long-term frequent play. This VIP program works the same way many rewards and loyalty programs do: as you spend money, you receive loyalty points (called ‘crowns’); the more ‘crowns’ you get, the higher your loyalty level eventually becomes (there are 6 tiers, from bronze to black); and the bigger and better your rewards get.
There are more promotions geared towards existing customers than you’ll see at quite a few online betting sites, though they’re not exactly the most spectacular. The biggest downfall is that the VIP program is invite-only – most operators have very similar programs that are available to all customers. Overall we’re going to give average DraftKings ratings in this part of our DraftKings review.
Draft Kings Sports Betting
Betting Markets - 18 sports to choose from!
There are 18 sports for you to bet on, from everyone’s favourites like basketball, football and soccer, to slightly less common options such as Australian Rules, snooker and table tennis. Unlike many other online betting sites, there are no really uncommon options – no futsal, handball, surfing, etc. DraftKings seems to stick to the top most bet on sports. The only highly bet on sports that seems to be missing are horse racing and greyhounds. Also, there are no eSports available.
You can get all of the common wager types, including moneylines, spreads, results, totals, props, futures, parlays, teasers and more.
Odds - Slightly better than one of the industry leaders, but the juice is high
To test DraftKings’s odds, we decided to perform an odds comparison between DraftKings and one of the most popular online betting sites in the world: 888. We used the full time result odds for the upcoming MLS match between New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire. Here’s the breakdown:
NY Red Bulls to win: DraftKings = +108 (2.08); 888 = +110 (2.10)
Draw: DraftKings = +265 (3.65); 888 = +260 (3.60)
Chicago Fire to win: DraftKings = +225 (3.25); 888 = +225 (3.25)
The results are close, but overall DraftKings actually have slightly better odds.
Live Betting & Streaming – DraftKings have got it all
In-play betting is available for most of the listed sports, with a broad range of betting options. The odds are updated instantly, and DraftKings have some of the most detailed stats around, not just for how teams have performed against others, but how they’ve performed relative to the bets placed on them.
DraftKings is also one of the few US online betting sites where you can live stream select sports – though currently the options are very select. This is available on both the desktop site and the mobile app, you just need to make sure your account balance is greater than $0 to watch.
Limits - Set your own at DraftKings
There are no specific betting limits, but you are able to set your own via your account settings.
Product Summary - Great for casual bettors
While Draftkings doesn’t have as many sports to bet on as we’re accustomed to, it does have all but two of the most popular betting sports markets. It also has competitive odds and the option for live streaming on a small number of niche sports and leagues.
Software - DraftKings also has exclusive games they developed themselves
DraftKings is supplied by a handful of software developers, including some of the iGaming industry’s most popular like NetEnt. Though unfortunately you can’t filter the games by these exterior developers. You can’t filter or search at all, in fact, just choose from sections on the left of the page.
However, there is a section called ‘DraftKings Games’, which will show you all of the games (currently 26) that DraftKings have developed themselves. These are exclusive, so you won’t see them anywhere else.
Game Portfolio - Almost 500 games in total
There are over 400 slot games at DraftKings Casino. Some of the more popular titles include Dead or Alive, Gonzo’s Quest, Reel Rush, Starburst, Twin Spin and Zeus God of Thunder. There are only three DraftKings exclusive slot games: 2 Tribes, Hippie Chicks and Monster Mash.
When it comes to jackpot slots, there are only four options: Cleopatra, Golden Goddess, Siberian Storm and Wheel of Fortune. The jackpot is the same for each – $644K. Not the highest.
There are also 55 table games (not including live tables): 4 baccarat games, 21 blackjack games, 14 poker variations, 9 roulette games and 2 games of 21, as well as Casino War, Dragon Tiger, Football Studio, Monopoly and Wheely Wheely Big Win.
You will also find 30 variety games (mainly Slingo), 4 video poker games and 2 virtual sports.
This isn’t the greatest variety of casino games you’ll ever see, but it is a fairly decent range of options.
Live Casino - A few options available
There are only 7 live dealer options. There are two for blackjack, one each for baccarat, game shows, poker and roulette, and an exclusive DraftKings lobby.
Limits - A very wide range of limits
Here are the minimum-maximum betting limits for casino games:
Table Games: $0.10-$10,000
Variety Games: $0.01-$500
Video Poker: $0.10-$500
Live Dealer Games: $0.01-$10,000
We’ve stated the limits in USD here, but they are generally the same no matter what region you’re from.
Product Summary - A decent casino option
DraftKings Casino isn’t the best online casino out there, but it is a decent option overall. There is an average number of casino games (though few live dealer options) and the wide limits are perfect for anyone, whether a low-stakes bettor or a high-roller.
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DraftKings Review FAQ
🏅Is DraftKings one of the top operators on the US market?
There are a whole host of operators in the US, especially in recent years since online gambling has become legal in some states. And more are springing up every year. Some will suit your needs better than others, so you need to do your research. Check our DraftKings review to find out if the operator is right for you.
💸What offers does DraftKings currently offer?
There are countless online betting sites out there, and most if not all of them have one or more bonus offers available. And these offers are changing all the time. Head over to our guided tour of DraftKings to see their most recent promotions.
🌟Is DraftKings reliable?
These days there is an unfortunate number of operators out there who ruin it for the trustworthy majority by trying to scam as many unwitting customers as possible before word travels around. So now it’s more essential than ever to find the answer to the question ‘is DraftKings legit’? Our dedicated review contains all the answers you need.
Overall Conclusion - Worthwhile for anyone looking to bet on fantasy sports
Our DraftKings ratings show that DraftKings is an above average betting destination. Though the bonus offers for new and existing customers aren’t the best in the world, every other aspect of the operator is relatively impressive. It’s the perfect getaway for anyone who enjoys or is looking to try their hand at fantasy sports betting.
If for whatever reason, you have decided not to book your ticket, pack your suitcase, and travel over to DraftKings, then check out our TVG review for another possible destination.
DraftKings is now fully licenced in West Virginia
That’s right, DraftKings is now fully licenced and legalized in WV. This means you can sign up for DraftKings today and claim the operator’s amazing welcome bonus. All you need to do is join DraftKings, make a deposit of up to $1000 and you will receive a 20% bonus, plus a free bet of up to $50. Whilst this offer is not the most lucrative you will find on the market, it does give you a fantastic opportunity to try out some DraftKings contests without risking any money.
DraftKings is the perfect destination for Michigan sports betting fans
Michigan sports and casino fans love to try out new operators. So they will be delighted to know that DraftKings is now fully licenced and legal within MI. If you are at least 21 years old and in Michigan, you can join DraftKings and claim their excellent new customer offer. This offer gives you a $50 free bet and a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000. It means you can try out some of the DraftKings contests and (hopefully) land a few big wins.
DraftKings casino and sports betting and New Jersey: A winning combination
Think of gambling in the United States and New Jersey will be one of the first states to come to mind. Now New Jersey residents who gambling can become a member at DraftKings today and try their hand at the operator’s unique sports betting offering and fantastic online casino. To help you get to grips with the site, new customers can claim $50 in bonus money, plus a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000.
Discover DraftKings sports betting in PA
Pennsylvania is a hot bed for online casinos and sports betting. So it stands to reason that DraftKings is fully licenced and regulated in the Keystone State. DraftKings is a unique operator that allows you to take part in a variety of fantasy contests in order to win cash prizes. Intrigued? Then head over to DraftKings today, sign up and try your hand at some of the contests on offer. And don’t forget to claim your DraftKings new customer bonus so you can get a risk-free $50 to use on the site, plus a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000.
A fresh option for Indiana sports betting fans
As you can see from our guide, DraftKings is a unique and original sports betting operator. Indiana sports betting fans can now discover DraftKings for themselves, as the operator is fully licenced and regulated in the Hoosier State. So if you are in IN, get over to DraftKings right now to sign up, claim your exclusive new customer offers and try out DraftKings groundbreaking sports betting markets.
Attention Iowa sports betting fans: You can now sign up at DraftKings
That’s not a typo, DraftKings is now fully available for sports betting fans in the Hawkeye State. So if you are located in Iowa, get over to DraftKings and join the operator today. To help you begin your DraftKings adventure in style, Iowa players can enjoy a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000, plus up to $50 in bonus money. Perfect for exploring DraftKings unique sports betting site and trying out some of their contests.
DraftKings has finally come to Illinois
Finally, the long wait is over. If you are an online casino player in Illinois, you can play at the DraftKings sports betting site. What’s more, use an exclusive DraftKings promo code and you can claim not one, but two fantastic welcome offers – a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000, plus up to $50 in bonus money. It’s a great way to give your profits an early boost and allows you to explore the unique collection of sports betting markets at DraftKings.
Sports betting fans in New Hampshire: Time to join DraftKings
If you have read our review, you will know that DraftKings is one of the most original sports betting operators in the United States. And now, betting fans in New Hampshire can join in with all the fun. That’s because DraftKings is now available in the Granite State if you are aged 21 or older. Better yet, new NH players are also eligible for DraftKings’s superb welcome offer. Just sign up for DraftKings NH and not only will you get a 20% matched bonus of up to $1000 on your very first deposit, but you can also enjoy $50 in bonus money to start you off.
DraftKings: A brand new option for sports betting fans in Virginia
Virginia sports fans: It is time to take the next step in your betting journey. That’s because DraftKings is now licenced and regulated within VA. Visit DraftKings today, open your account and prepare to be immersed in DraftKings incredible range of betting contests. To help you on your way, DraftKings are offering new players up to $50 in bonus money, plus a 20% matched deposit bonus up to $1000. Perfect for trying out the sports betting contests at DraftKings and making a nice early profit.
DraftKings sports betting has come to Tennessee
You read that correctly, DraftKings really is available to residents of the Volunteer State. If you are in Tennessee, at least 21 years of age and love betting on sport, you can sign up for DraftKings today and play their unique sports betting contests. And if you want an added incentive to join DraftKings, you can claim their exclusive new customer offer when you join. This offer gives you bonus money of up to $50 plus a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000.
Colorado sports betting fans can now play at DraftKings
Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. DraftKings sportsbook is now fully available in Colorado. So if you are located in CO, you can not only join DraftKings and check out their unique sports betting markets and contests, you can also claim both of their superb welcome offers. That’s right, you can have a 20% matched deposit bonus of up to $1000, plus $50 in risk-free bonus money. So what are you waiting for? Head over to DraftKings today. We guarantee that you won’t regret it.