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DraftKings Opens Sportsbook In Mississippi, Atlantic City Up Next

DraftKings Partnership With Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort To Start Taking Bets Friday

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Three months after launching an online sports betting platform in New Jersey, DraftKings is expanding it’s offerings to the live arena. Thanks to a partnership with the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, announced earlier this week, DraftKings will start taking live sports bets this Friday at the D’Iberville, Mississippi gaming facility.

The new sportsbook takes over a space previously occupied by the PRL Bar in the casino. Gamblers will be able to place wagers both before and during the games at three betting windows and watch the action on multiple big screen televisions. Nicholas Sfanos, who previously ran sportsbooks for Station Casinos in Nevada, will oversee the operation.

“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 DraftKings Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer Matt Kalish. “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.”

Mississippi hasn’t yet legalized mobile betting, so DraftKings won’t be able to offer online betting in the state. But in Atlantic City, where the Daily Fantasy Sports operator has already reported a first-month mobile haul of nearly $9 million, the company will soon be able to offer both.

DraftKings is already partnered with the Resorts Casino Hotel, and will open a live betting location at the property next week. The 5,000 sq. ft. space is just off the casino floor near the boardwalk.

“It is critical that DraftKings’ offering is the best-of-breed in both digital and physical sports book,” said Kalish. “Both are very large markets within the legal, regulated sports book industry.”

DraftKings also has a deal with Del Lago Resort in New York to offer sports betting, and has applied for a license to do so in West Virginia, as well.