Fubo Sportsbook Review
With the legalization of sports betting becoming more and more prevalent in the United States of America, companies are jumping on board in order to create their sportsbook. It makes sense as the house always wins, but Fubo Sportsbook is beginning their soft launch stage and currently only live in Iowa but will expand as the company figures out their kinks and how to make sure everything runs smoothly.
They have seemed to figure out how to incorporate a simplistic out-of-country yet elegant design for their official sportsbooks to control the public consumption as well as use their ability to live stream games and incorporate it so you can watch the events through Fubo and continue to wager while watching whatever game you would like.
Sports Betting Menu
The sports betting menu is pretty much the same whether you are using this on a desktop or on the mobile app. As of this writing, you are able to wager on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, and MMA. They are looking to expand as it becomes more available to consumers outside of a handful of states and continues to grow.
Fubo is currently offering basic wagers as they are letting users wager on moneyline, spreads, totals, alternative lines, props, and in-game betting. This isn’t exactly groundbreaking as this seems to be the bare minimum that sportsbooks are offering, but they can create their own special wagers, similar to what other sportsbooks are doing, in order to try and get some extra eyeballs on their platform.
The user interface through their mobile app is straightforward as the top of the screen allows you to access wagers by sport or click the live tab to see games that are currently going on. The bottom of the screen has five different clickable things to help you out. The five are home, live, bet slip, all sports, and account, which are all self-explanatory.
The bet slip screen is one of the simpler ones that I have seen as it clearly states how much you are wagering, how much you would win if the wager is successful, and the total return. That small detail is impressive as knowing how much that singular bet will win you as well as the total return helps players understand, and that makes using the platform have a little bit of a leg up.
On the desktop side of the sportsbook, it is simplistic to the point of making it easy for the user to understand what is going on. Some sportsbooks make it difficult as they cater to a specific group of users.
On this version, there is a home tab and a live tab, so you can figure out which sports you want to bet on. If you click on a sport (NCAA Men’s Basketball, for example), you can bet on individual games or conference/national champion winners.
On the left-hand side of the screen, you can scroll by country to find sporting events being played around the world as there are over 30 different countries in which you are able to bet on their events as of this writing. This means they are looking to be one of the more expansive sportsbooks in the world as they understand that people are going to be wanting to wager at any time throughout the day.
Customer support is good for the sportsbook as they offer three different ways to contact in an attempt to resolve whatever issue is going on. They have a FAQ section where you can scroll through frequently asked questions and see if you are able to resolve it yourself.
Next, for less urgent situations, you have the ability to reach out via email, and they reply typically within 24 hours. Finally, they have a live chat where you will speak with a Fubo Sportsbook customer service agent that will help guide you through any issue you may face.
Bonuses and Promotions
Fubo Sportsbooks has a limited amount of promotions and bonuses as of this writing when comparing it to some of the other offshore sportsbooks, but their major sign-up bonus is what takes the cake.
Fubo is offering a promotion where new users can claim a $1,000 risk-free bet as well as a free month of Fubo TV for joining the new sportsbook. In order to claim it, you need to insert the promo code 1000RF when creating the new account. If you lose your first bet made, you will automatically be rewarded with the amount of your wager in terms of in-site credit.
However, there seems to be a lack of bonuses as this seems to be the only promotion currently on the site, but that could be as this is just beginning to launch.
The transactions for the sportsbook seem to be pretty solid as they are licensed in every area that Fubo Sportsbook is live in. That means that we can feel safer depositing our money compared to some of the offshore sportsbooks. In terms of deposits, you can deposit money into your account by credit card, skrill, ACH, Paypal, wire transfer, and sightline. With withdrawals from skrill, sightline, ACH, and a physical check.
The biggest issue on this site is the fact they are not involved with cryptocurrency, but again this could simply be because of this being the soft launch. The important part of this is the fact that your money is secure when depositing and withdrawing it out. The transactions could differ depending on what state you are in but as of right now, these are the options that are available.
These sportsbooks are going to have their own little avenues that they are able to travel down, and Fubo has figured out theirs. As they are a streaming service, they offer the ability to live sync sporting events that are being played on the sportsbooks. It is unclear if this will be available for every game on the sportsbook, but the fact that they are able to do even that and be compatible with Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung TV, and LG TV will make it unique compared to other sportsbooks in the field.
Now you can watch your event for as long as your bet is active and see it in real-time instead of having to surf around to find it, and that is a major plus. Not many sportsbooks are backed by a streaming service, and it seems like Fubo is prepared to flex its muscles in that regard. The only thing needed is either an active FuboTV subscription (full or free trial) and a supported TV device that is connected through the sportsbook.
Fubo seems to have hit a home run in their beginning stages as the incorporation of using their service as a complementary piece was brilliant. More users will watch their sporting events on Fubo to keep track of their wagers and create new ones as they watch. I like the sleek interface for users and the fact that live sync is what makes this sportsbook stand out compared to everyone else on the market.
As always, a few minor things need improvement, and that is usually the point of having a soft launch. One thing is having more promotions throughout the year for new and existing users as right now, the sign-up bonus seems to be the only thing being used as a promotion, and once you have your risk-free bet, you are thrown to the wolves without any help.
Also, the lack of cryptocurrency exchange seems a little odd as that is where the world seems to be heading and as a sportsbook, being able to accept bitcoin as payment seems to be something that they would want to have. Again, this is just a soft opening, and that could be seen more in the future once this becomes live in more places and officially opens.
All in all, I really enjoy this sportsbook, and once it is officially open, I highly suggest at least giving it a try. They are incorporating their use of promoting themselves well with the live sync aspect to get users involved with watching the games they are betting on instead of flying blind, specifically with out-of-country wagers. Fubo Sportsbook is making a great stride in competing with the likes of Barstool, DraftKings, and other offshore sportsbooks.