DraftKings and FanDuel with new casino apps in the US

Simona Boshkova | Published 25 Jun 2020, 11:05 a.m.

On the topic of daily fantasy sports, yesterday we reported that Louisiana approved daily fantasy sports legislation. If the bill gets signed by the Governor, the major daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel will have to apply for licences in order to be able to operate in the state.

In the meantime, both companies are launching new standalone online casino apps in the US. DraftKings is launching in New Jersey, while FanDuel in Pennsylvania. This should bring more gaming options to the players as well as a dynamic gaming experience, as the companies stated.

DraftKings introduces a standalone casino app in New Jersey

The iGaming market in New Jersey is constantly increasing. At the beginning of this month, Playtech has received approval to start supplying operators to the New Jersey sports betting market. Now, the American daily fantasy sports provider DraftKings launched a standalone casino app in the state.

The app will feature new games that will be available only there, plus it will have updated classic games like roulette and blackjack. Moreover, the DraftKings casino app will look very similar to the daily fantasy and sportsbook platforms. According to the company, it should bring a “more holistic product suite”. 

DraftKings Casino and the DraftKings sportsbook apps have been available in New Jersey since 2018. Now, the company offerings are increasing in the state, with the introduction of the new standalone app that has built-to-scale games and a customisable user interface. Along with the regular slot and table games, the DraftKings casino app will feature games from third-party providers such as Scientific Games and IGT.

Jason March, the vice president of gaming at DraftKings, said that the company is happy to break new ground in the gaming space with the launch of the casino app. He added that such a casino app is operating year-round irrespective of the annual sports schedules. Mr March further explained that DraftKings is looking forward to continued innovation and nation-wide expansion of the company as an all-inclusive gaming experience.

FanDuel goes live with an online casino app in Pennsylvania

On the other side, another popular daily fantasy sports provider, FanDuel, is going live with an online casino app in Pennsylvania. The launch comes at a good time for the state as Pennsylvania saw gaming revenue increase in the previous months. Now, players that live or visit Pennsylvania will have access to an online casino through the FanDuel app.

The standalone FanDuel online casino app will have slot games, video poker, roulette, and blackjack. According to the company, the app will eventually have an expanded game library. This is the first casino app for FanDuel in Pennsylvania which is available to Android and iOS users.

Jessee Chemtob, the general manager of the FanDuel Casino Group, said that Pennsylvania is an exciting state for the company as it represents the first state where FanDuel introduced their product. Plus, he added that FanDuel saw great engagement and interest amongst their customers and now the company is providing them with another product. He sees the FanDuel casino app as a natural next step to provide a full-service gaming experience.

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