FanDuel, Boyd Gaming Casinos Announce Deal For Sports Betting Nationwide

Written By Adam Candee on August 2, 2018 - Last Updated on September 6, 2018
FanDuel Boyd sports betting partnership

FanDuel Group continued its rapid expansion into US sports betting Thursday by partnering with Boyd Gaming for mobile and online wagering.

FanDuel Group — the new US arm of Paddy Power Betfair –– will power mobile and online sports betting at Boyd properties throughout the country. The deal takes FanDuel’s sports betting operation from New Jersey to national less than two months after its creation.

How the deal will work

According to information from the companies, both the Boyd and FanDuel Sportsbook brands will be in operation. Boyd spokesman David Strow said the companies will determine which brand will be used in which state based on laws and regulations as they develop.

The agreement includes properties covered in Boyd’s deal earlier this week with MGM Resorts International:

This agreement will cover all states where Boyd Gaming holds gaming licenses currently and in the future, excluding Nevada. It also covers states included under Boyd Gaming’s market-access agreement with MGM Resorts International. Upon completion of Boyd Gaming’s pending acquisitions of the four Pinnacle properties and Valley Forge, Boyd Gaming will have access in 15 states nationwide.

MGM and Boyd have casinos in 15 states. In theory, Boyd could operate a FanDuel Sportsbook-branded mobile operation under MGM’s license in a state such as New Jersey. Strow said both brands could operate in some states.

The agreement gives FanDuel Group enormous reach via Boyd and MGM properties:

State MGM and/or Boyd?Legal status of sports bettingLegal status of online casino and poker
NevadaBothLegal with mobileOnline poker only
MarylandMGMExpect bill in 2019None
MassachusettsMGM opens Aug. 24Expect bill in 2019None
MichiganMGMBill introduced this yearBill introduced in 2018
MississippiBothLegal and about to launch land-based wageringNone
New York MGM (pending)Land-based commercial casino betting is legal, not launchedOnline poker bill introduced in 2018
IllinoisBoyd buying property from MGMBill introduced in 2018None
IndianaBoydBill introduced in 2018None
IowaBoydBill introduced in 2018None
KansasBoydBill introduced in 2018None
LouisianaBoydBill introduced in 2018Bill introduced in 2018
PennsylvaniaBoyd (pending)Legal pending finalized regulationsWill launch early 2019
OhioBoyd (pending)Bill introduced in 2018None
MissouriBoyd (pending)NoneNone
New JerseyMGMLegal and launched with mobile pendingBoth online poker and online casino legal

Boyd gets an ownership position as well

Financial terms of the deal were not released. Paddy Power Betfair did announce that Boyd will receive a 4 percent equity stake in FanDuel Group, with an option to purchase another 1 percent in the future.

Paddy Power Betfair acquired FanDuel earlier this year to give the European operator a recognizable presence for its push into US sports betting. When the deal to acquire FanDuel closed in early July, Paddy Power Betfair had access to three states for sports betting. Less than a month later, the company has a nationwide partnership — growth reminiscent of FanDuel’s roots in daily fantasy sports.

Major partnerships popping up quickly

Boyd’s deal with FanDuel Group is the second such earth-shaking partnership in less than a week. Amid a torrent of news made by the company, MGM announced its own sports betting partnership with European giant GVC.

The deal will function similarly to that of Boyd and FanDuel Group, in that GVC will provide the technology for the operation. A significant difference is that MGM plans to operate primarily under its own playMGM brand.

What they’re saying about the agreement

Boyd President and CEO Keith Smith said in a statement that his company hopes to gain from FanDuel’s established customer base.

 “By joining forces with FanDuel’s nationally-known brand, as well as their considerable technical expertise and resources, we will be positioned to build market-leading sports-betting and online gaming operations in each state as they move forward with these new forms of entertainment. We will also see immediate benefits from our cross-marketing agreement with FanDuel, introducing millions of FanDuel customers to Boyd Gaming’s properties nationwide.”

FanDuel’s rapid expansion now takes on both a major partner and bigger expectations.

“There is incredible momentum in the sports betting space and we look forward to partnering with Boyd Gaming to bring the FanDuel Sportsbook to more customers across the United States,” FanDuel CEO Matt King said in a statement.

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