- Generally favorable odds on futures.
- Reduced juice on local teams.
- Robust casino options thanks to their partnership with PokerStars.
- FOX Bet Super 6 free-to-play game.
- Not a strong player in prop bets.
- Welcome bonus only half of what competitiors offer.
- Ongoing promos are weak compared to industry standards.
- Tedious I.D. verification process can lock your money for weeks.
- Obnoxious usage of T.V. personalities everywhere you go.
FOX Bet Welcome Bonus
If you’re a new user, you won’t be floored by the welcome bonus offered at FOX Bet. While the industry standard has been set at $1,000 by leaders such as DraftKings and FanDuel, FOX Bet has decided to provide new users just $500 insurance in the form of a risk-free bet. This is about half of what you can expect to find at other top sportsbooks.
With the risk-free bet, your first qualifying bet placed will be refunded if it’s graded a loss in the form of free bets for up to $500. You need to play through that bonus money 1x before you can cash it out. If your first bet wins, congratulations. You get nothing for signing up. But at least you won your bet!
In addition to a subpar monetary value for your first bet, FOX also makes you work for it. You’re required to opt-in within seven days of registration under the promotions tab. Then you will view the challenges you’re allowed to bet on under the terms and conditions of the promo. Your first bet has to be on odds at -200 or below, which means a -150 bet will count, but a -200 moneyline will not.
FOX Bet Promos and Bonuses
FOX Bet leverages their sports coverage from T.V. personalities to drive most of their ongoing promos and odds boosts. Some examples of these are Cris Carter’s Bet Boost Call, where Carter will announce a wager for Monday Night Football that will receive a basic odds boost. There are specials like this each day, mostly revolving around odds boosts for free bet credits if the featured bet loses.
Like all sportsbooks, free bets have rollover requirements, and wagers featured with odds boosts have low maximum bet limits. They offer little profitability, and also, like most sportsbooks, FOX Bet will even restrict sharper bettors from even participating in such ongoing promos. They’re just used as ploys to get recreational bettors to drop money in their account to lose, which is expected due to the traffic their high-risk casino games receive thanks to their partnership with PokerStars.
Stars Rewards Program
FOX Bet doesn’t offer a standalone rewards program, but they have tagged along with the PokerStars rewards program to say they offer some sort of loyalty perks. Reward points are earned when a bet is settled. Players earn 1.1 reward points for every $1 wagered for singles bets. For multiple/accumulator bets, players earn 3.1 reward points for every $1 wagered. Collect enough points to complete your progress bars, and you’ll unlock chests with personalized rewards based on the games you like to play.
You have to accrue 333 rewards points to unlock the first chest in their rewards program, which has a whopping value of $0.50 U.S. cents. So, spend about $300 in bets and get fifty cents back. Sweet deal. Their top reward, the Black Chest, requires you to reach 100,000 points and has a value of $250.
But wouldn’t you know it, more terms and conditions make this program a headache for bettors to navigate. Reward points are not awarded for bets cashed out if the cash-out value is equal to the initial bet amount. Basically, if you bet $10 and cash out for $10, you will earn no reward points. But if you bet $10 and cash out for more or less than $10, you will earn reward points. This is random and unnecessarily confusing. Some rewards won may also be subject to play-through requirements.
FOX Bet Company History
FOX Bet has a roundabout connection to the Fox Corporation despite the likeness to Fox media company. Ireland-based Flutter Entertainment operates FOX Bet after its 2019 acquisition of Canadian gambling operator The Stars Group. Fox Corporation (who held a minority stake in The Stars Group) took a minority stake in Flutter Entertainment as part of the purchase. In short, FOX Bet is operated by Flutter in a toxic partnership with Fox Corporation, co-branded with its Fox Sports division.
This arrangement has created a less than ideal working relationship between all parties, mainly due to Flutter’s majority stake in FanDuel. In April 2021, amid discussion of an initial public offering by Flutter, Fox Corp. sued the company over its option to acquire a stake in FanDuel Group, stating that the company wanted Fox’s purchase price to be based on fair market value rather than based on its valuation of FanDuel as of December 2020. Fox Corp is currently in arbitration with Flutter under some of the elements of their options, such as their 50% option in FOX Bet and their 18.6% option in FanDuel. Fox expects that arbitration to be complete by June of 2022. So, it’s safe to say we won’t see any meaningful change from this sportsbook for a while as it sits in purgatory through this legal process.
All of this awkwardness flows over into the FOX Bet product. Considering it’s is run by the same parent company as FanDuel, you would expect a better product. Instead, FOX Bet seems to rely on name value and heavy marketing via the Fox Sports programs.
There is an overwhelming feeling of gimmicks, and the use of T.V. personalities makes it feel like it is geared towards recreational bettors instead of regulars. This is apparent in their less-aggressive presence in all active betting markets and substandard offers and promotions.
The only thing that would make them more appealing is if you could often take advantage of mispriced odds, but since their odds are outsourced by Kambi, the same company that supported FanDuel, there usually isn’t a significant edge to be had.
FOX Bet’s connection to Poker Stars seems to be a driving factor in their traffic. However, you can still get quality casino games in the BetMGM or Caesars app, and they have higher quality sportsbooks with better promotions.
The best product FOX Bet has offered thus far is probably their market-leading free-to-play game, FOX Bet Super 6. With nearly 100 million contest entries since launch in September 2019, over 50,000 winners nationwide, and a user base of more than 5 million, the FOX Bet Super 6 app has given away close to $5 million in prizes. FOX Bet Super 6 boasts by far the most downloads in the free-to-play category of sports prediction apps (includes fantasy) since July 2020.
FOX Bet is only available in Colorado, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Sports betting is only legalized in six of the 18 FOX markets according to CEO Lachlan K. Murdoch in the Fox Corp. Q1 2022 earnings call and they don’t seem keen on expanding in areas where they don’t already have a media market access, and some states just don’t want them.
FOX Bet was one of the many sportsbook operators who applied for an online casino and betting license in New York, but their solo bid was rejected by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC). Other sportsbooks denied access to The Empire State were Barstool Sportsbook (via Penn National) and theScore Bet.
Funny enough, FanDuel was a primary applicant in New York and allowed competitors Bally Bet, BetMGM, and DraftKings Sportsbook to tag along on their approved bid, but not FOX Bet.
Sports Covered at FOX Bet
Given they’re powered by Flutter and Kambi, FOX Bet offers a standard array of sports to bet on, such as Aussie Rules, Baseball (MLB, NCAA), Basketball (NBA, NCAAB, Intl), Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football (NFL, NCAAF, CFL, XFL), Golf, Hockey (NHL, Intl), MMA (UFC), Motor Sports (NASCAR, F1), Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Tennis, and Track & Field.
Online and Mobile Sports Betting Experience
The desktop at FOX Bet has many collapsed menus everywhere, making navigation difficult. As mentioned, there is an overuse of T.V. personality ads that clutter the screen. There’s an overall gimmicky feel compared to competitors. Their platform is entirely geared towards inexperienced bettors who see a bet mentioned on T.V. and want to try their hand in betting.
As for the app, there are frequent pop-ups and occasional glitches, and freezing. Separate apps are required for individual states, and bankrolls are separated per state, making this a mess if you’re betting on the go. That’s likely not a real issue given their limited market exposure, but it’s odd nonetheless based on industry standards.
Overall, the FOX Bet platforms are unattractive with their signature bright yellow color dominance, clunky, and need updating. Regular bettors will feel the lack of TLC throughout the product. Novice and casual betting crowds might not care as much.
Live Betting and Streaming
FOX Bet offers users an average live betting platform and ironically does not offer live streaming. Considering they are branded by one of the leading sports media providers in the nation, you would expect this to be an area that they make sure they excel. That’s simply not the case.
Perhaps if Fox Corp. ever takes complete control of the sportsbook and decides to implement proprietary technology, the live betting and streaming functions could see a boost. But for now, the live betting here is average at best.
Other Gaming Options
The feature that shines the most at FOX Bet sportsbook is not the sportsbook and that tells you everything you need to know about their sports betting platform. FOX Bet features a unique partnership with Flutter-owned PokerStars. PokerStars partnered with Paddy Power Betfair to create the world’s largest gambling and betting companies.
PokerStars is a world-renowned online poker brand with celebrity backing from legendary Olympian Usain Bolt, actor Kevin Hart, and soccer star Ronaldo. If you’re a casino-first customer looking for a bit of side action at a sportsbook, then FOX Bet is probably OK as a perk to PokerStars users. But, as a standalone sportsbook, FOX Bet is subpar.