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Article By Scott Jack

Updated on October 2nd, 2015

Founded in 2009 – FanDuel has become the authority in daily fantasy sports (DFS). There’s over $10 million paid out weekly in prizes from one-day fantasy leagues. Put your sports knowledge to the test against other fans.

*FanDuel has been passed by DraftKings as the largest daily fantasy site*

Here are some quick facts about FanDuel before getting into the review.

Play at FanDuel now.

  • URL: FanDuel.com
  • Email: Support@FanDuel.com
  • Employees: 125
  • Offices: New York City (HQ) and Edinburgh
  • Funding: $88 Million
  • Paid out to Date: $560 Million
  • Countries Allowed: United States and Canada
  • Restricted Regions: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Washington and Quebec

How to join FanDuel and claim a welcome bonus in October

Joining FanDuel couldn’t be easier and it’ll only take a few moments.

Join FanDuel Today!Here’s what you need:

Full Name
Email Address

That’s it – you don’t need any other information initially. After completing the registration form you’ll be brought to the bonus page where you’ll be able to choose the bonus you want, plus complete your first deposit.

Your first deposit bonus will range from 30% to 75%, depending upon the amount you deposit. When you’re making the deposit you’ll be able to see what bonus you’ll receive. Be sure to read over the “How it Works” link too.

Basically, bonuses at FanDuel are released as you play real money DFS contests. The bonus is released at a 4% rate of the entry fee. For example, if you buy-in to a $100 tournament – $4 of your pending bonus will be released as cash.

Want even more promotions? FanDuel offers weekly freerolls, depositor freerolls and a refer friends bonus.

As you play in contests you’ll also earn FanDuel Points (FDP). Your points can be viewed under your balance and they can be used to enter real money contests. There are also four VIP freerolls every month with $15,000 in prizes.

  • Bronze VIP Freeroll: $1500 Prize Pool (Open to players that earned 1000+ monthly FDP’s).
  • Silver VIP Freeroll: $2500 Prize Pool (Open to players that earned 5000 monthly FDP’s).
  • Gold VIP Freeroll: $4000 Prize Pool (Open to players that earned 15,000 monthly FDP’s).
  • Platinum VIP Freeroll: $7000 Prize Pool (Open to players that earned 50,000 monthly FDP’s).

How to join a FanDuel contest and create a line-up

FanDuel has been designed with the beginner in mind – making joining a contest a breeze.

Here’s a screenshot of the FanDuel lobby – I’ll explain everything below the image.


Learn how to join a FanDuel contest.

FanDuel Lobby

As you can see, you can do everything from the lobby.

Look at the left sidebar – this is where you can select the sport you want to play, select the type of DFS contest you want to play and select the range of buy-ins you’re interested in playing using the entry fee slider.

Once you select your ideal filters it’s time to join some contests.

The contest information available from the lobby includes the contest name, whether it’s a multi-entry contest (M) or guaranteed prize pool contest (G), the size of the contest, how many entries are in, buy-in and prize pool.

So, you found a contest you want to play? Click the big green “Join Now” button.

Now you’re on the contest page – this is where the magic happens.


Create a FanDuel line-up.

FanDuel Contest

On the right of the screen you’ll be able to view “Your line-up”, the salary cap and the amount of cap room you have left to construct your perfect daily fantasy line-up.

The “available players” pool is listed on the left with multiple search functions. You can view players from a single game by clicking the game on the schedule at the top of the contest page or search individual players as well.

When you click on a player’s name a pop-up will appear with lots of great information. The “Summary” provides season statistics, injury news and player updates, but the “Game Log” has the best information.

From the game log you’re able to view how well a player has scored on FanDuel in their last ten games.


View player stats and game log at FanDuel.

FanDuel Player Stats

Be aware – once a contest starts at FanDuel your line-up is locked in. You can’t change any players even if the game for that specific player hasn’t started. Make sure you avoid questionable or probable players in the late games.

What daily fantasy sports can be played at FanDuel

What DFS are available at FanDuel?
FanDuel has stuck to what’s popular and that’s major American sports. Some of the smaller DFS sites have branched out to offer international sports, such as soccer and UFC, but at FanDuel you’ll only find the major US sports.

The big four – NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL — plus college football and college basketball are available. September and October are usually the biggest two months at FanDuel due to the start of the NFL season.

In every tournament – a player buys-in, receives X amount of salary cap to build a line-up, submits a line-up and then sits back to watch the games in progress to see whether or not he or she will win a prize.

Become familiar with the line-up requirements and scoring rules. We discuss these in detail in our individual sports guides for the DFS player, so head over to those guides to read up on all sorts of great strategy and tips.

Here’s a list of the types of daily fantasy tournaments available at FanDuel:

  • Tournaments: Daily tournaments all have guaranteed prize pools (GPP) and include the large field contests with massive prizes, double-ups, triple-ups and quadruple-ups.
  • Leagues: These contests will have 3 – 250 players in the field, but it’s important to note that a league will only run if full. The most popular leagues are 50/50’s – a contest paying out the top 50% of entries.
  • Head-to-Head: Test your knowledge against one other player in head-to-head contests. FanDuel also run H2H Matrix tournaments – a unique format that combines head-to-head contests and double-ups.
  • Satellite Tournaments: FanDuel constantly run satellite tournaments, which are contests that allow you to win a seat into a bigger and better tournament. You could turn a $1 entry into a huge cash prize.

FanDuel host several annual live tournaments across the United States. There’s the World Fantasy Baseball Championship and World Fantasy Basketball Championship – two prestigious daily fantasy sports contests.

You can start playing at FanDuel with as little as $1, but buy-ins go all the way up to $10,600 currently.

How to get paid at FanDuel

Payouts are extremely fast at FanDuel and couldn’t be easier.

If you use Paypal as your deposit method you’ll receive payouts back to your Paypal account. Paypal withdrawals only take 48 hours to process and receive in your account – by far the quickest method.

The other payout method, available to those that deposit using a credit card, is a check. Checks take 7 – 10 days to process, plus the time it takes to receive in the mail. Checks are free though, whereas Paypal has a small fee.