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After years as a pioneer and leading company in the DFS industry, FanDuel has now joined primary rival DraftKings in the new legalized sports betting space in New Jersey. The company announced its sportsbook intentions shortly after DraftKings, but it has been making up ground at a brisk pace since that point.

The first major public indicator that FanDuel would enter the sports betting realm came in April, when European betting giant Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) announced it was acquiring the company, pending regulatory approval. That eventually was granted July 11, giving PPB an initial 61 percent stake in the company that is poised to grow to full ownership over the next five years.

The leadership of both companies have publicly lauded the move as one that will provide multiple benefits and allow the newly christened FanDuel Group to expand into a market that the company has no prior experience in.

“FanDuel and Betfair US share an enthusiasm for innovation and, as a result of today’s announcement, are prepared to lead the charge into the US sports betting market,” FanDuel CEO Matt King said. “The combination of our brands and team, along with a shared culture and vision for the future, will allow us to create the leading gaming destination for sports fans everywhere.”

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FanDuel Sportsbook includes some of the most common and popular forms of sports bets. Additionally, the sportsbook features additional options such as in-game wagering, parlays (bets on multiple games) and proposition bets (wagers on individual players reaching specific statistical benchmarks within a game, for example).

With PPB now the majority owner of FanDuel and the European gaming giant already operating an online sportsbook, there is a significant amount of synergy between that entity and FanDuel’s iteration.

FanDuel’s online sportsbook includes the following betting options:

  • Point spread wagering: Bettors will be able to wager whether the favorite in an athletic contest will be able to win a game by the at least the margin of victory the sportsbook is predicting – aka “the spread”. Conversely, they can bet whether the underdog will win the game outright or lose by less points than the sportsbook’s predicted margin – in other words, “beat/cover the spread.”
  • Money line wagering: For each athletic contest, each participating team is assigned a three-digit number, either positive or negative, that is reflective of the team’s probability of winning the contest. The more the team is favored, the more a bettor will have to wager to win $100. Conversely, the bigger an underdog a team is considered, the more payout there is per $100 wagered. As an example, a relatively heavy underdog will have a positive three-digit number, such as +250, assigned. That signifies that $250 is paid out per $100 bet on that team. A heavy favorite meanwhile, might have a -225 assigned, for example. Thus, bettors will have to wager $225 to win $100.
  • Totals: Bettors will be able to wager on whether two teams in an athletic contest will score more or less combined points than that which the sportsbook is posting as its prediction.
  • Futures: As the name implies, futures involve wagers that are typically placed on a team’s final record/ standing at the end of a season. These are usually offered with straight odds or a moneyline, and involve propositions such a team winning a division, conference and/or league championship.

How the FanDuel Sportsbook is formed

Meadowlands

Days after the announcement that PPB’s acquisition of FanDuel was complete, the first FanDuel-branded sports betting product went live. The aptly named “FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack” made its debut Saturday, July 14, and it had a successful opening weekend, with reports indicating that more than $1 million was wagered.

PPB had reached an agreement with the Meadowlands earlier in the year to have North American subsidiary Betfair US (now FanDuel Group) operate their sportsbook. The decision to utilize the FanDuel brand is in line with the company’s previously announced strategy to do so on all U.S.-facing consumer platforms.

IGT

FanDuel Group is utilizing International Game Technology (IGT)’s sports betting software platform to power its aforementioned sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The agreement between the two companies was announced July 16.

As per the announcement, IGT’s technology will also be powering “self-service kiosks and other retail services” for FanDuel Group within the Garden State in “the coming months”. In turn, IGT’s software is in the process of being integrated into yet another platform as a result of a second business-to-business partnership that FanDuel Group forged later in the same week.

GAN

FanDuel Group announced an agreement with leading B2B gaming software supplier GAN on July 19 in which the latter’s overriding function will be to “launch Internet sports betting in New Jersey for FanDuel.”

The press release touting the partnership provided further details on how exactly what role GAN will play in making FanDuel’s online sports betting product a reality:

  • GAN is working to complete the integration into the GAN Platform of FanDuel’s nominated Internet sports betting software, which is a combination of IGT’s sports platform and Paddy Power Betfair’s leading pricing, trading and risk management technology, along with a user interface designed for the US customer by the FanDuel team.
  • FanDuel expects to launch a FanDuel-branded website and accompanying mobile app offering Internet sports betting that leverages GAN’s enterprise software later this year.

In essence, GAN will act as an “umbrella” software solution for FanDuel’s sportsbook, working with IGT’s existing software while also providing a number of services essential to online sportsbook operation and regulatory compliance.

These include:

  • Secure storage of regulated customer personal information and banking data
  • Single account/wallet for casino and sports betting
  • Comprehensive identification protocols- KYC and geo verification
  • Responsible gaming controls, including limits and exclusions
  • Federal W2G reporting and withholding on both casino and sports winnings
  • Financial, operational, and regulatory reporting, which includes sports betting history

Where did FanDuel start?

FanDuel’s origins in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry trace back to 2009, when it secured $1.2 million in venture capital funding. At the time, the company was one of the first to incorporate elements of traditional season-long fantasy sports into a real-money daily format.

Alongside its foray into sports betting, FanDuel will continue to offer it wide array of DFS contests. The company currently offers a variety its DFS product for the following leagues/sports:

  • NFL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • PGA
  • WNBA
  • NASCAR
  • FIFA
  • EPL
  • UCL

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