DraftKings to launch first retail sportsbook with Mississippi casino

DraftKings to launch first retail sportsbook with Mississippi casino

Monday, November 12, 2018 Posted by News Team
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Operator set to launch real-money sports betting in second state after New Jersey

DraftKings has struck a deal to launch its first land-based sportsbook at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort.

The partners are to remodel the venue’s PRL Bar as the DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook, with the venue to open on November 16th after being cleared for launch by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

The new sportsbook will feature multiple screens and betting kiosks, in-play betting and an on premises mobile app, pending regulatory approval.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, whose leadership has a high bar for quality and a forward-thinking approach to sports betting; a perfect fit for DraftKings,” DraftKings chief revenue officer and co-founder Matt Kalish said.

“We’re excited to bring and offer an innovative sports betting experience to sports fans in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the US.”

To oversee the venue’s sportsbook operations, DraftKings has hired Las Vegas sports betting veteran Nico Sfanos from Station Casinos.

The casino’s chief executive LuAnn Pappas said she was excited to launch a new way for current and future guests to gamble.

“Our collaboration with DraftKings is an opportunity for us to continue to set high standards on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and give our players a new home for sports betting,” Pappas explained.

The launch of sports betting with Scarlet Pearl later this week will see DraftKings launch its sports betting offering in a second US state after New Jersey. The operator is also positioning itself to launch in New York once legislation is passed, with the Del Lago Resort & Casino, and has reportedly applied for a licence in West Virginia.

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