After capturing the top position in online sports betting in New Jersey, one of the leaders in daily-fantasy contests is putting a sportsbook inside the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, located on the Gulf Coast near Biloxi. The company has obtained a license from the Mississippi Gaming Commission, among other required regulatory approvals.
The venue could be the first of what may be many retail locations nationally where fans can bet on everything from college sports to pro football, Bloomberg reports.
"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," said Matt Kalish, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings. "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 U.S."
“We’re going to be able to offer a lot of different bets that it would have been very difficult for us to do on own,” said LuAnn Pappas, chief executive officer of the Scarlet Pearl.
"We are excited to introduce DraftKings, a 'New Way' to game for our current and future guests," Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort CEO LuAnn Pappas said. "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."
DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook will offer a superior customer experience that includes the opportunity to wager on dozens of sports. In addition, the sportsbook will soon offer live, in-game betting with three windows, giving sports fans a variety of ways to place their bets. Pending regulatory approval, the sportsbook will incorporate on-site kiosks and an on-premise mobile app.
Sports betting is spreading rapidly across the country since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May that states besides Nevada can offer it. Half a dozen now do so, including Delaware, New Mexico and West Virginia.
Betting must be done through existing gambling license holders, such as casinos and horse tracks, though rules vary by state. In Mississippi, betting is limited to patrons physically in the casinos. In New Jersey and Nevada, bets can also be placed on mobile devices.
Directing the Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook team will be Nicholas "Nico" Sfanos, who previously ran sportsbooks for Station Casinos throughout Nevada.
Boston-based DraftKings introduced its mobile app in New Jersey in August. The company is hoping to capitalize on the renown it built with daily-fantasy contests, where players assemble theoretical teams of athletes and win money based on their performance. With the sportsbook push, the company is relying on ads featuring basketball great Charles Barkley.
DraftKings earlier signed a deal to offer sports betting in conjunction with the Del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York, though that state has yet to sign off on rules allowing them to do so.