What Can You Expect from Our FantasyBet Review?
FantasyBet are not a bookmaker in the traditional sense, so this review is going to work a little differently. As the name suggests, this is a fantasy sports platform, and for the time being, they will be concentrating on football. This is a growing sector of the market, and if you have played fantasy sports online before, we think there are many reasons why you should give FantasyBet a try. Similarly, if you are completely new to the concept, this could be the perfect operator with which to test things out.
Let’s Start with the Impeccable Credentials
We know that this isn’t going to be the most exciting section of our FantasyBet review, but it is always important to check a company’s credentials. By scrolling down to the bottom of the homepage, we can find out all of the information that we need. Firstly, we can see that the company is licensed in Malta and that they are regulated both by the Swedish Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission.
FantasyBet continue to take their credentials seriously, and we can also discover that they work with third-party companies, including GamStop, BeGambleAware and IBAS, to promote safe and responsible gambling. All of this represents a positive first step for our FantasyBet review.
A Guide to the Registration Process
We sign-up with all of the sportsbooks on our review site because we want to give you a real and genuine appraisal of their qualities. We want to be able to play as quickly as possible so let’s see how FantasyBet shape up in this respect.
Getting things started is easy, and it all begins with the big white ‘Register’ button, which is exactly where you’d expect it to be in the top right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on this, and you will open the first of three forms. The first section is very easy, and all you need to do here is enter some online contact details, choose a username and password.
On the second form, you will be asked for additional personal details, including name and date of birth. Finally, it’s a case of entering a physical address and then accepting some terms and conditions before clicking on the big green button marked ‘create account’. There is no FantasyBet bonus code to enter on sign-up, and that really is it as far as a simple and quick registration is concerned.
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What Funding Methods Can I Use to Access My FantasyBet Account?
Having completed that registration process in double quick time, we now wanted to add some funds in order to start playing fantasy football games. Our personal preference is to use a debit card, but we know that many punters prefer e-wallets, so our FantasyBet review needs to take a close look at the available options.
We can quickly tell that the company likes to promote MuchBetter as this is set as a default option. They will help you to set up an account quickly, and while this can be a useful option, you do have alternatives.
In terms of e-wallets, you can use Skrill, NETELLER and paysafecard, and there are, of course, those debit and credit card options. The minimum deposit in each case is £10.00, and your funds should hit your FantasyBet account instantly. For withdrawals, you should allow up to 48 hours for the money to appear in your account.
That’s a good list, and there should be at least one payment method for everyone. If there is one criticism that we can make as part of this FantasyBet review, it’s the fact that this information isn’t easy to find. We had to register before we knew which payment providers were available.
Are There Any Bonuses That I Can Take Advantage Of?
We know that FantasyBet work differently to standard sportsbooks, but it would still be a positive sign to see some bonuses and promotions listed on their site. Firstly, it’s important to note that there is no welcome bonus as of February 2020 so there is no matched deposit or any other FantasyBet promo code to take advantage of.
Promotions certainly do come along here, but you have to be very attentive in order to spot them. Usually, they appear on the blog pages and in 2019/20, the operator was providing a 100% matched deposit that was released slowly as cashback while you were playing their games.
To summarise this section, we need to accept that there are no regular bonuses available and that’s an area of this FantasyBet review where we were hoping to bring you some more positive news. It is, however, very early days in terms of the website and we suspect that more regular deals will follow. In the meantime, we urge you to keep checking that blog for new promotions as and when they arrive.
What Markets Can Be Enjoyed at FantasyBet?
We’ve stated that this is a fantasy sports site and now it’s time to fully underline how FantasyBet works. There are no traditional sporting markets available so, if we’re using football as an example, you cannot bet on match result, correct score, both teams to score or any of the regular side bets that you might get involved with in any game.
Instead, this is a fantasy game where you pick a national team and go up against an opponent, and there are great benefits in carrying this out with FantasyBet. Firstly, if you’ve played fantasy football before then, you may have had to wait for a whole season to be played out before any results are known. You pick a fantasy team at the start of that season and, while you can make transfers and other adjustments, you had to wait until the end of the campaign before any prizes were awarded.
With FantasyBet, there are far more options, and you can even pick teams for specific games, meaning that any returns will come back far more quickly. Monthly, weekly and daily competitions are here too, and FantasyBet clearly show the entry prices for each league. In short, there is far more choice and more options to fantasy football play than you may have expected.
What Sports Are Involved in This Fantasy Platform?
At the time of writing in February 2020, the only sport being offered by FantasyBet is football. Those that are familiar with this area of betting will know that the list can be expanded. Operators originating in India like to offer cricket fantasy markets while the American providers also have fantasy options for basketball, American football and others.
That’s not the case at FantasyBet, and for now, it’s all about the football markets. In time, that has the potential to change, but this is the most popular sport from the betting community’s perspective, so it’s equally possible that things won’t change. Just keep in mind the position when you sign-up as football is currently the sole focal point.
How Do I Start to Play a Fantasy Football Game?
Firstly, make sure you have deposited enough money into your FantasyBet account to cover your entry fee. Find a game or league that you like and then click on the button and you are taken to a virtual football pitch.
Your next task is to pick 15 players – 11 starters and four substitutes. Place them in your team and then hit the button to confirm. Your team is now declared, and you wait for the match, or matches in question to play out. The FantasyBet scoring system awards points for goals scored, assists and clean sheets and at the end of the games in question, you will win a cash prize if you have scored more points than your opponents.
- Established: 2016
- Company: Viral Interactive Ltd
- Licence: UKGC 42739
- Live chat: Yes
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adress: Elija Zammit Street, Edge Water Complex, Floor 4, St Julian’s, STJ3150, Malta
Once again, this is a section of our FantasyBet preview which is unlike a traditional sportsbook, but the method of entering a competition and effectively placing your bet is very straightforward.
Is There Live Betting and Live Streaming Here?
At the moment, the FantasyBet platform does not work in such a way that live betting is possible. You are effectively making a bet pre-match, and then you wait for the games to be played and the points to be allocated.
We can possibly see a future for daily fantasy sports where there is the opportunity to make changes while a match is taking place. In the real world, a manager will make some substitutions, and it would be a good marketing move for any operator to allow this. For the moment, however, we have to wait and just focus on the pre-match markets.
It’s not, therefore, a great surprise that live streaming is also absent, but this could come in at some point in the future.
Can I Play with FantasyBet on Mobile?
Once again, we have an area of this FantasyBet review where there could be some room for improvement. As of early 2020, there is no mobile app for Android or iPhone, and there is a gap there which could certainly be plugged.
Remember, this is a very new site, so we do need to give them time to develop, and we’ll surely see apps come along in the near future. This would give all customers the flexibility that they need to choose teams and enter matches on the go.
In the meantime, the mobile site is very well designed so you can bookmark this in your browser and make full use of it.
How Do We Rate the Design and Functionality of the Site?
Talking of design, this is one area where we rate FantasyBet very highly. It’s really very simple to follow, and when you log on to the site, all of the available games are clearly shown in the middle of the page. FantasyBet also provide a guide as to how fantasy betting on football actually works and the rest of the functions, such as the register button and the help centre, can be quickly located.
There is also the blog which offers handy hints and predictions so while the design may look a little basic, it’s putting functionality above everything else and that is a big plus.
Is It Safe to Play Here?
We’ve mentioned that FantasyBet are fully licensed and regulated by the relevant authorities, and that is the first step towards keeping you safe when playing online. That’s a reassurance that you are playing with a certified website, and that’s good to know.
In terms of the site security, it’s protected by strong Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, and there are firewalls in place to keep your sensitive details away from third parties.
How Do I Contact Customer Support?
There are a lot of areas on the website where you can access some frequently asked questions. These are logically laid out and will answer the majority of basic questions, but undoubtedly there will be the need to take things further at times.
At the start of 2020, there was no live chat operator at FantasyBet, but there is a customer support email, and it responded to us in a very short space of time. Scroll down the homepage, and in the centre, towards the bottom, you will find the help link. The list of customer options could be expanded in the future but what is here is fast and effective.
- Ability to bet in-store
- Mobile App
- Variety of Markets
- Customer Care
- Easy Registration
- Bonus Offer
- Banking Options
- Loyalty Program
We don’t want to keep repeating ourselves: FantasyBet is a football fantasy portal and not a conventional sportsbook. Having established that point and given you all of the positives and occasional downsides that are attached to the operator, we now need to use this section of our FantasyBet review to summarise why we think you should look into signing up here.
Firstly, the site operates in a different way to many other fantasy portals because there is simply much more choice. It works to the same fantasy betting principle, but instead of waiting for a whole football season to play out, results come through much quicker, and there are some great cash prizes available.
With effective customer support and a choice of funding methods, things are looking very positive at FantasyBet, and when they bring in mobile play and some more promotions, it will be even better.