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FanDuel and William Hill start mobile sports betting in New Jersey

Niji Narayan

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FanDuel Sportsbook and William Hill have launched their mobile apps offering sports betting in New Jersey.

Both the apps will have limited access at the initial period of the soft launch, because of the regulations.

FanDuel Sportsbook, based at Meadowlands Racetrack near MetLife Stadium, became the fourth NJ sportsbook to go mobile, joining DraftKings Sportsbook, playMGM and SugarHouse Sportsbook. William Hill quickly followed suit, making the mobile sports betting operator count to five.

It may be late to the party, but FanDuel Sportsbook still hit the mobile market in time for the NFL and college football seasons, though it was a buzzer-beater of sorts.

The in-house-built app developed with a combination of resources from FanDuel and new owner Paddy Power Betfair features the trademark blue and white color scheme of the daily fantasy sports company.

A carousel of suggested bets for users resides on the splash page upon the app’s opening. As players place more wagers, the carousel’s suggestions will more accurately reflect what events on which users might take action.

Like DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel’s app, which will feature in-play and prop bets, allows patrons to have a shared wallet for DFS and sports betting.

What sets FanDuel Sportsbook apart is the Gamecast feature that allows users to closely follow individual events without physically watching the action. The app also allows those outside of New Jersey to see the sportsbook’s lines, though bettors will obviously need to be within Garden State borders to place wagers.

Building on July debut

Initially, Meadowlands targeted a later opening date for its FanDuel Sportsbook. But when New York failed to pass a sports betting bill in June, Gural bumped up his track’s entry into the sports betting world.

“New York did me such a favor by not passing sports betting,” Gural told the Associated Press at the time. “There are 15 million people that live within 20 miles of the Meadowlands.”

Thanks to a partnership with Betfair US — then the American arm of Paddy Power Betfair, which acquired FanDuel to create FanDuel Group — Meadowlands was primed to introduce its DFS-branded sportsbook. Powered by IGT, FanDuel Sportsbook opened its doors July 14.

Even during a dead time of the sports calendar, Meadowlands thrived. Within the first nine days, the racetrack accepted $3.5 million in wagers. In July, the first full month of legalised NJ sports betting, Meadowlands led the five-sportsbook market with over $1.3 million in revenue.

With football season about to kick off, those figures should only trend upward. In preparation for such a boon, Gural hinted earlier this month that a mobile FanDuel Sportsbook will “hopefully” be operational in time for kickoff.

Mobile market expands

Within the past week, DraftKings Sportsbook has received its first bit of competition when it comes to the mobile NJ sports betting market.

For the better part of a month, the state’s first mobile platform reigned as the only online product in New Jersey. That is no longer the case.

Last week, playMGM rolled out its sports betting app, followed a day later by the SugarHouse Sportsbook – the state’s first casino-integrated mobile platform. Now, FanDuel Sportsbook has joined the mix.

 

Source: playpicks.com

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Century Casinos Enters into a Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Operations of Three Casinos from Eldorado Resorts

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Century Casinos Enters into a Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Operations of Three Casinos from Eldorado Resorts
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Century Casinos, Inc., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Lady Luck Caruthersville and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort from Eldorado Resorts, Inc. for approximately $107.0 million.

Simultaneous with the closing of the transaction, VICI Properties Inc. will acquire the real estate assets of the three properties for approximately $278.0 million and the Company will enter into a triple net lease agreement with VICI for the three casino properties. The lease will have an initial annual rent of approximately $25.0 million and an initial term of 15 years, with four five-year renewal options. The pro-forma rent coverage ratio at the acquired portfolio level is 2.1x.

The purchase price represents an implied trailing twelve month pro-forma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) multiple of 4.1x for the three casinos. The multiple excludes any potential cost synergies and operational improvements. The acquisition is expected to meaningfully enhance the Company’s free cash flow as well as be immediately accretive to earnings.

The Company will finance the $107.0 million purchase with a new credit facility that is anticipated to be issued by Macquarie Capital. On a pro-forma basis, the Company estimates this will result in total leverage of 3.5x and net leverage of 2.2x. The Company expects to quickly delever given the growth across its existing portfolio, newly acquired properties and the ramp up of Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.

“This transaction further highlights our commitment to enhancing shareholder value,” Erwin Haitzmann, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Century Casinos remarked. “Cape GirardeauCaruthersville and Mountaineer expand the strategic diversity of Century Casinos with attractive assets in strong, stable markets. The expected increase to our free cash flow will allow us to remain well positioned to reduce leverage and evaluate additional strategic growth opportunities,” Haitzmann concluded.

“The acquisition of the operations of Cape GirardeauCaruthersville and Mountaineer will transform Century Casinos into a premier regional casino operator in North America,” Peter Hoetzinger, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Century Casinos remarked. “We believe these assets are a great fit for our portfolio and will complement Century Casinos’ expertise in operating small to mid-sized casinos. We are pleased to partner with VICI Properties to structure this transaction in a manner that we expect will be immediately accretive to our operating results,” Hoetzinger concluded.

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, approximately 120 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, overlooking the Mississippi river. The property opened in 2012 and consists of a dockside casino featuring 41,500 square feet of casino space, 863 gaming machines, 20 table games, three dining venues, a pavilion and an entertainment center. The property also includes a wide variety of non-gaming amenities, including an events center.

Lady Luck Caruthersville is a riverboat casino located along the Mississippi river in Caruthersville, Missouri. The property opened in 1995 and consists of a dockside casino featuring 21,000 square feet of casino space, 507 slot machines, nine table games, two dining venues, a 40,000 square foot pavilion and a 28-space RV park.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is a hotel, casino, entertainment and live thoroughbred horse racing facility located in New Cumberland, West Virginia, one hour from downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The property originally opened in 1951 with the casino opening in 1994 and features a 357-room hotel, approximately 1,486 slot machines, 36 table games, a poker room, a racetrack and five dining venues.

Upon closing this transaction, the Company’s portfolio will increase to 10 casinos in North America that include over 6,700 gaming machines and 150 table games. On a pro-forma trailing twelve-month basis the Company expects to generate 96% of its Adjusted EBITDA* before rent from its North American casinos.

The transaction, which is expected to close in early 2020, is subject to antitrust approval and approvals of the Missouri Gaming Commission and the West Virginia Lottery as well as other customary closing conditions.

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Delaware iGaming Revenue Increases in May

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Delaware Lottery has reported an increase in revenue from Delaware’s regulated igaming market ($313,648) for the month of May.

Delaware Park retained top spot in the state’s online gambling market in terms of revenue with $127,932 off $2.96m in wagers for the month. This was down from April revenue of $144,084 and $5.2m in bets.

Dover Downs was the most popular platform for punters in May, processing a total of $8.1m in bets, up from $5.5m in April. Revenue hit $123,044 for the month compared to $75,323 in April.

Harrington Raceway remains some way off the pace after taking $1.0m in online wagers during May, down from $1.2m in the previous month. However, revenue was up month-on-month from $43,775 to $62,672.

During the first five months of the year, operators generated revenue of $1.41m, with consumers spending a total of $54.7m online.

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019
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GAN plc, the US based developer and supplier of Internet gambling software, has reported growth in internet gambling for the month of May 2019 in New Jersey.

The highlights include:

  • Internet Gaming Win was $38.3 million in May compared to $24.3 million in May 2018, reflecting an year-over-year increase of 57.8%.
  • Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle was approximately $263.6 million in May, compared to $254.0 million in April and $298.3 million in March.
  • Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenue was $13.7 million in May, compared to April’s $16.6 million and March’s $24.3 million.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months.

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