DraftKings, the popular daily fantasy and sports betting juggernaut entered the online casino space in New Jersey in December 2018.
Today, DraftKings is partnered with numerous entities in seven total states and growing, with casino and live casino products in a handful of states.
In NJ, the Atlantic City Resorts Casino Hotel and DraftKings Inc. became the first companies to offer online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey.
In West Virginia, Draftkings is partnered with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town.
Indiana, in partnershup with Ameristar Casino, Draftkings launched in the Hoosier State in early October 2019.
For Pennsylvania, they partnered with Meadows Racetrack & Casino and have been in operation since November 2019.
And finally, in Colorado, Draftkings launched in May of 2020, following the state approving online sports betting in November 2019.
We know its reputation on the sports betting and fantasy sports fronts, but how does DraktKings’ online casino and live casino stack up?
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DraftKings Casino has a welcome offer that is unlike any other we’ve seen around the industry. Strictly for new casino players, in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, new users will get 24 hours of risk-free wagers up to $200 in net losses. So, simply sign up, deposit some money and start playing. After 24 hours, this welcome offer will have expired and you will get back all net losses up to $200.On top of that, players can also enjoy a 100% deposit bonus up to $500.
If you’ve ever made an account for DraftKings online sportsbook or daily fantasy sports, you will already have an account for the online casino.
However, if you’ve never used DraftKings and any of its platforms, the DraftKings registration process is four steps. In these steps you are required to create a username and password, give your email, and give personal information such as your name, address, date of birth and last four digits of your social security number. All of this information is necessary and you will be asked to disclose this on any other online casino as casino winnings are reported to the IRS.
All of these methods require a $5 minimum. There is a maximum of $2500.
Note that the types of payment and withdrawal methods may vary due to state regulations, so it’s best to check before you sign up if you have a preferred method.
DraftKings Casino uses proprietary software, but have also brought in other companies for gaming such as Amaya, NextGen, IGT, Scientific Games, NetEnt, among others.
DraftKings Casino is available on all platforms—desktop, mobile web browser, Android and iOS. Starting with desktop, the casino can be accessed on the main screen along with the sportsbook and daily fantasy.
From here, there are three additional options: Games, Rewards, Help. The “Rewards” section features information about promotions and new player welcome offers. The “Help” section has links to FAQ pages with information on various things you may need help with and additional customer support services.
Now, back to the “Games” page. The games are filtered already by type, starting with Casino Games, and then the following:
All of the games in these categories are displayed in a slideshow manner, showing five per slide. The mobile app is set up in a similar manner and there are no issues with lag or buffering whatsoever. The games are displayed slightly different on the mobile app with different icons for the different game types that you can click on and then look at the offerings from there.
That’s really the extent of the desktop version. It’s incredibly easy to traverse and there is no lag or anything like that.
The app looks pretty much the same, only the games are sorted into clickable boxes/logos. Also, your wallet will be displayed in the upper-right-hand corner of the app where you can also deposit/withdraw.
DraftKings has done an excellent job of trimming out all the fat and getting to the root of just playing the games.
DraftKings has a versatile library of games, though the number and variety will vary by state. Still, DraftKings Casino has every kind of casino game you could think of!
The list includes the following:
In addition to its own branded games, DraftKings Casino partnered up with Evolution Gaming to assist in bringing this expansive library of games. Additionally, DraftKings has since enlisted other companies such as IGT for table games
Return to Player Percentages is basically this: How much money will be paid back to players over time? For example, if a game has a 90 percent “RTP”, this means that, over time, for every $100 spent, $90 will be paid back. These percentages are fairly standard for the industry:
With so many different titles, it’s hard to quantify the different limits. However, players can easily locate this, simply by clicking on the game they wish to play. Once this happens, a screen will pop up with minimums and maximums.
For slots, the minimum can be as low as $0.01, with maximums up and over $600. For casino games such as blackjack, minimum bets could be $1 with maximums of $5000. As you can see, it varies greatly with each title and type of game.
While there is a Rewards Program with DraftKings, it appears to only be for the sportsbook and not the casino at this time.
Note: DraftKings does not offer a Live Casino in every state in which it has an online casino.
Powered by Evolution Gaming, DraftKings offers five titles that can be played through a next-level engine that presents a product that makes you feel you are at the casino, being greeted by both male and female hosts. These titles include Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em.
While there may not be as many titles on DraftKings as other live dealer casinos, they have the five you’d most often play and they definitely have the capability of adding more in the future if it makes financial and fiscal sense for them to do so.
At the top of the page, there is a “Help” button. Here, you will find the FAQ section. However, if this does not solve your issues, there is a contact button at the bottom of that page.
From there, you can fill out an email form that will be sent to DraftKings and you will receive a reply via email. Additionally, there is a live chat available, a form to receive a phone call back and even an address if you wanted to mail something in to them directly.
At the very bottom of the page, there is a link to the “Responsible Gaming” page. Here, DraftKings Casino goes over the various hotlines and points of contact that are available should you or a family member experience problematic gambling.
DraftKings Casino also goes into detail about setting limits for yourself on the site in terms of session, spending, deposits and even a way to self-exclude yourself from the platform if that becomes necessary.
Lastly, DraftKings also has suggestions for parental controls to put on the site to prevent minors from gambling.
DraftKings Casino is atop the mountain in terms of not only an online casino, but the online wagering market in general. Of course, DraftKings has a ton of assets as a company, but DraftKings appears to understand what people want and it delivers through and through. There are really no holes in this online casino and it must be played if you’re in a state where it is available.
In terms of its Live Casino, it is clearly the third-wheel out of their three products. However, given the company’s resources, if it were to work to upgrade the product, it might be tough to match.
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