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Fanatics Closes Purchase For PointsBet’s US Businesses

Written By Katarina Vojvodic | Updated:
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Fanatics Betting and Gaming has officially closed its previously announced acquisition of PointsBet businesses in the US. Illinois was the final state in this ongoing process, which started in May 2023 when Fanatics announced its acquisition plans.

PointsBet Holdings Limited (ASX: PBH) confirmed receipt of the final installment of the headline purchase price of $225 million and has transferred the remaining entities to Fanatics. The transaction includes all the remaining entities:

  • PointsBet’s US sports betting
  • Advance-deposit wagering
  • iGaming operations
  • Banach Technology
  • A copy of the PointsBet platform
  • A license to use that proprietary technology platform

The completion came after the company’s expansion, where the Fanatics Sportsbook app went live in Kansas earlier this week.

Fanatics online sportsbook is available in 20 states, online casino in four states

According to the company’s press release, the acquisition accelerated Fanatics’ growth plans, making its sportsbook available to 95% of the addressable US online sports betting market.

Pending regulatory approvals, by the end of April, Fanatics Sportsbook will be operating online in 20 states.

Embedded in the sportsbook app, Fanatics online casino offering is available in four US online casino states:

  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • with New Jersey to follow

While Fanatics Sportsbook features fast signup, easy betting and transparent withdrawals, Fanatics Casino comes with a range of classic and popular favorites like roulette, online slots and blackjack.

Fanatics Betting and Gaming will also oversee betting operations at nineteen retail locations, including the only retail sportsbook within the NFL stadium at Commanders Field in Maryland.

Matt King, CEO of Fanatics Betting and Gaming, said in the press release:

“The acquisition of the US businesses of PointsBet has super charged our expansion plans. In addition to our migration of PointsBet customers and technology to the Fanatics Sportsbook and Casino platform, we have also added an incredibly talented team of passionate leaders from the ranks of PointsBet USA that have already made an impact on our business.”

The release further states that more than 200 PointsBet employees will join Fanatics in various roles, including Mark Hughes and Aonghus Mulvihill joining the executive leadership team.

Fanatics won the bidding war against DraftKings

On May 15, Fanatics initially offered to purchase PointsBet for $150 million. About a month later, DraftKings put in a non-binding offer of $195 million cash to buy PointsBet’s US assets.

Ten days later, Fanatics increased a bidding offer to $225 million. According to PointsBet’s press release regarding the sale, DraftKings failed to submit a new offer, although PointsBet gave it additional time.

PointsBet shareholders then accepted Fanatics’ increased offer. The deal said it would give Fanatics access to 15 US states that PointsBet operated in at the time.

Despite PointsBet’s presence in those markets, the company’s US division struggled in terms of online gambling market share. That was one of the main reasons the company decided to sell its US operations.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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