The launch of online sports betting in Maryland is here. And FanDuel was one of the first entrants to the market.
The name is already a familiar one for many Marylanders thanks to FanDuel’s in-person sportsbook, and the app is well worth checking out now that online betting is live.
FanDuel Sportsbook introduces retail location to Maryland
The FanDuel Maryland in-person sportsbook has certainly helped establish the brand in the Maryland market. That book is at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover; it’s next to the Sports and Social sports bar, and includes both self-service kiosks and retail windows. In September, that book led the seven books in Maryland with a handle of almost $13 million. We’ll soon see if FanDuel is as dominant a player in Maryland online betting. But since its app has so much to offer sports bettors, all signs already point to yes.
Here are the top three reasons why Maryland residents should test drive FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. FanDuel’s $100 sign-up bonus
Now’s a great time for Maryland residents to sign up with FanDuel, as they’re offering $100 in free bets to those who sign up as a new customer. To claim $100 in free bets, simply sign up with the app. They also have a $1,000 no-sweat first bet promotion, which replenishes your account with free bets in the amount of your first bet (up to $1,000) if your first bet loses.
Note: if free bets win, they don’t pay out the stake — just the winnings.
2. Top-notch media integration
A big part of what’s made FanDuel stand out in a crowded sports betting marketplace is the brand’s emphasis on media. In particular, it inked a massive four-year deal last December to continue as the official sportsbook of The Pat McAfee Show. In October, they signed a multi-year deal to continue as the official sportsbook of Spotify’s The Ringer.
Those deals mean that McAfee and Ringer content is easily accessible via FanDuel’s app, and the brand offers special featured bets and promotions for those shows’ viewers and listeners. These include bets designed by hosts like McAfee, Ringer founder and CEO Bill Simmons and others.
Beyond that, FanDuel also has its own TV network and over-the-top streaming service. In September, FanDuel majority owner Flutter rebranded its TVG network as FanDuel TV and launched the corresponding FanDuel+ OTT service ($3.99 a month), making content on that network available to both those who have cable/satellite bundles including it and those who don’t.
Offerings there include the new daily morning show Up and Adams, hosted by former NFL Network host Kay Adams. Content from McAfee, Simmons, other Ringer hosts, and former ESPN anchor Lisa Kerney is also available.
3. Same-game parlay pioneers
FanDuel’s content, and the integration of that content with its betting offerings, make the sportsbook an appealing destination for many. This also makes the brand stand out from competitors.
For instance, some sportsbooks restrict parlay betting to wagers placed on different games. But not FanDuel.
Same-game parlays have become quite popular for them, and they’re easy to build and track in the app. FanDuel’s app also offers options to track popular same-game parleys and easily add them yourself. The app also offers the ability to combine multiple same-game bets with bets from other games via Same-Game Parlays+.
Fellow operators have followed FanDuel down this path, but the nation’s leading sportsbook led the way for SGPs.