Fan Duel sports book now entering the Mississippi market with sports betting at IP Casino Biloxi
In a recent news the sports company called Fan Duel announced its sports betting expansion by entering the Mississippi’s gaming and betting market. This came under a partnership between the company and gaming hospitality operator Boyd Gaming, and it announced the rebranding of the sportsbook at its IP Casino Resort in Biloxi as FanDuel Sportsbook.
The sports betting facility debuted on August 3rd 2018 last month, shortly after the legalization of wagering on professional and college sports in the state of Mississippi. The betting stars from Mississippi Michael Lewis, Derland Moore, Dalton Hilliard, and Marcus Dupree, the former New Orleans Saints stars attended the ceremony placed the first four bets at the new FanDuel Sportsbook.
The IP Casino Sportsbook
The IP Casino sportsbook is the first one that will be operated jointly by Boyd and FanDuel as a result from the two companies’ agreement. According to the terms Boyd will have its 29 properties across 10 states connected with FanDuel’s 8 million customers across 45 states. The deal also extends to another gaming and hospitality giant – MGM Resorts International, which owns the Beau Rivage & Resort in Mississippi.
The IP Casino sportsbook will feature FanDuel branding and signs all over. In an interview with a local news channel Sun Herald Matt King, CEO of the FanDuel Group, told that they would look to provide bettors with sufficient information so that they make intelligent bets and create comfortable experience for both casual and more sophisticated sports fans.
Boyd Gaming will continue running the rebranded FanDuel Sportsbook. The company has more than four decades of sports betting experience, mainly in Nevada, where wagering remained legal after the implementation of the PASPA act, the long-standing federal ban on betting on professional and collegiate sports leagues.
Mississippi College Football
Mr. King also said this state of Mississippi is the only one to provide sports betting in the South and in the Southeastern Conference college football league region. According to the FanDuel CEO, people would be drawn to visit Mississippi to bet on college football, just as they had been drawn to visit Nevada when the state was the only one to offer full-fledged sports betting services.
IP Casino officials revealed that in the first few weeks of college and professional football and of sports betting at the gambling venue, activity has been heavier on Saturdays than on Sundays. In comparison, betting action in Las Vegas has always been at its peak on Sundays throughout the football season.
Mr. King pointed out that the trend in Mississippi would probably remain the same and betting would be peaking on Saturdays due to the fact that college football has a massive following in the state.
About Fan Duel
FanDuel is a U.S. daily fantasy sports provider and bookmaker based in New York City which was founded in 2009. In May 2018, FanDuel agreed to be acquired by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair, with FanDuel becoming its main U.S. brand for the recently-legalized market of sports betting. Paddy Power Betfair opened its first FanDuel-branded sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey this year on July 14th. It later on rolled out a mobile app to complement its offering at the racetrack.
As in New Jersey bettors can wager via their mobile devices anywhere in the state, in Mississippi mobile betting will only be allowed at casino premises. State regulators are yet to release rules and regulations in relation to the provision of mobile betting and it is yet to be announced when this type of service will be available at the state’s gambling venues. You must be 21 years and over of age to do sports betting.