oyd Gaming Corporation and FanDuel Group announced Monday the debut of FanDuel Sportsbooks at four Boyd Gaming properties: Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa in Michigan City, Indiana; Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa; Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa; and Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana.
The openings follow the debut of the FanDuel Sportsbook at Boyd Gaming's Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in March, as well as the companies' launch of mobile sports betting across that state in July. In the coming months, the two companies also plan to introduce mobile sports products under the FanDuel brand in both Iowa and Indiana, pending the receipt of required regulatory approvals.
In honor of the kick-off of the 2019-20 professional football season, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel celebrated their newest retail sportsbooks with ceremonial first bets placed by four retired football stars: Chicago Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher (Blue Chip); Green Bay star wide receiver and world champion Antonio Freeman (Diamond Jo Dubuque); Minnesota Hall of Fame defensive end John Randle (Diamond Jo Worth); and Cincinnati's legendary quarterback Ken Anderson (Belterra Resort).
"Together, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group continue to successfully capitalize on the historic opportunity afforded by the legalization and expansion of sports betting in new states across the country," said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming. "The FanDuel Sportsbook is off to a great start in Pennsylvania, contributing to solid growth in visitation and profitability at our Valley Forge Casino Resort near Philadelphia. We are confident our partners at FanDuel will deliver excellent results in Iowa and Indiana as well, further expanding Boyd Gaming's customer base and enhancing our long-term competitive appeal."
FanDuel Sportsbook at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa
The grand opening of the partnership’s first retail sportsbook in the state of Iowa took place August 29, as Football Hall of Famer and Minnesota sports legend John Randle placed the ceremonial first bet as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The FanDuel Sportsbook features three betting windows, six video displays including a large video wall, 11 self-service IGT PlaySports betting kiosks and one sports ticker. FanDuel provides its proprietary risk and trading technology that leverages the IGT PlaySports platform. It offers bets on all major U.S. sports, including baseball, soccer, football, basketball, golf, boxing, motorsports racing, and more.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa
The grand opening of Boyd Gaming and FanDuel’S second retail sportsbook in that state was held at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque on September 4.
The FanDuel Sportsbook opened to the public today at noon, one day ahead of the kick-off of the 2019-20 professional football season. Legendary Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Freeman placed the ceremonial first bet as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It is located near the south entrance of Diamond Jo Casino’s floor and features four betting windows, 14 video displays including a large video wall, nine self-service IGT PlaySports betting kiosks and three sports tickers.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Indiana
The official debut of the FanDuel Sportsbook at Boyd Gaming’s Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City, Indiana took place September 5. Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher placed the ceremonial first wager, just hours before the kickoff of the 2019-20 professional football season.
“We are thrilled and honored to have a Chicago sports legend like Brian Urlacher join us to celebrate the debut of the FanDuel Sportsbook at Blue Chip,” said Ted Bogich, Executive Vice President, Operations for Boyd Gaming. “This state-of-the-art sportsbook – managed by FanDuel, one of the nation’s premier sports-betting brands – will be a tremendous addition to our first-in-class amenities, and give customers yet another reason to visit the leading regional entertainment experience we have created at Blue Chip.”
“Today is the perfect day to open our doors in Indiana, as the regular season kicks off tonight in Chicago,” said Keith Wall, Vice President Commercial Retail, FanDuel Group. “We are excited by the opportunity to bring the FanDuel Sportsbook to the Chicagoland market, and look forward to a highly successful partnership with Boyd Gaming at Blue Chip, Indiana’s leading entertainment casino resort.”
FanDuel’s new sports betting retail location is located near the main entrance of Blue Chip, adjacent to the property’s sports bar, The Game. It features five betting windows, 13 video displays along a large video wall, 13 self-service IGT PlaySports betting kiosks, two sports tickers, and ample seating for sports bettors interested in watching the game from the sportsbook.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Belterra Casino Resort in Southern Indiana
The partnership’s latest retail sportsbook and second in the state of Indiana opened its doors Monday, September 9, as legendary Cincinnati quarterback Ken Anderson placed the ceremonial first bet as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
FanDuel’s new sports-betting retail location is located near the main entrance of Belterra’s casino floor. It features five betting windows, 14 video displays including a large video wall, 13 self-service IGT PlaySports betting kiosks and a sports ticker.
"Working with Boyd Gaming to open four Sportsbooks across Iowa and Indiana in such a short timeframe is an incredible achievement and something our retail team is proud of," said Matt King, Chief Executive Officer of FanDuel Group. "Boyd Gaming continues to be a key partner as we further expand our offerings nationwide by bringing FanDuel's first-class sports betting experience to the Midwest."
The partnership between Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group includes collaborative efforts between the two companies in mobile and online sports betting and casino games, where permitted by law. The agreement includes states where Boyd Gaming holds gaming licenses, excluding Nevada, as well as additional states covered under Boyd Gaming's current market-access agreements. Boyd Gaming currently has access in 15 states nationwide, representing more than 36% of the U.S. population.
In addition to their retail and online gaming partnership, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel are engaged in extensive co-branding and cross-promotional efforts, as the two companies actively market each other's properties and products to their respective customer bases nationwide.