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 generous welcome bonus currently, which takes the form of a matched deposit bonus up to a maximum of $250. How this works is you simply register, make your first deposit and the amount of this deposit will be matched with bet credits up to a maximum of $250.
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.