Boston-headquartered sports activities betting firm DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) will quickly take its every day fantasy sports activities contests dwell in practically 50 parishes in Louisiana after securing a DFS license from the state’s playing regulators.
Following the July 15, 2021 (pdf) unanimous approval by the 8-member Louisiana Gaming Management Board, the digital sports activities leisure and gaming agency stated it might “quickly be dwell” in 47 parishes the place in November 2018 voters agreed to legalize fantasy sports activities betting that includes entry charges and prizes. The launch will see the Bayou State develop into the 44th U.S. state to supply the DFS product.
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In a Thursday assertion after the choice was made by the playing board, Matt Kalish, co-founder and president of DraftKings North America, stated…
“As DraftKings continues our nationwide enlargement, we welcome Louisiana to the DraftKings household, an space wealthy with tradition, heritage and die-hard fanbases in each skilled and faculty sports activities. The Bayou will now have entry to our world-leading Day by day Fantasy Sports activities product as we ramp up towards the kickoff of soccer season.”
The licensing request was submitted again in February, simply a short while after the applying interval was opened by the playing board. As a part of the method, DraftKings was topic to a background investigation and monetary evaluation, which was performed by Louisiana State Police gaming investigators with the intention to guarantee the corporate was in compliance with state laws.
The company was reportedly instructed by the Massachusetts-based agency that in its first yr of operations it expects to generate internet income of $15.5 million, practically $1.three million of which might be tax income for the state.
Louisiana residents who select to take part within the state‘s fantasy sports activities contests will should be aged 21 years or older whereas the competitions will solely be allowed in these parishes the place was approved by voters. Nonetheless, entry to the web websites shall be out there to anybody who’s bodily in one of many 47 parishes, together with all of metro New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
Every of Louisiana’s 64 parishes voted individually on the Louisiana Fantasy Sports activities Contests Parish Measures within the November 6, 2018 elections, with practically three-quarters of them concurring. Home Invoice 484 (HB 484) offered for the parish poll measures, whereas it’s as much as the Gaming Management Board to find out which particular person operators get licenses.
DraftKings, together with Flutter Leisure (OTC: PDYPY)-owned FanDuel, at the moment dominate the DFS trade, reportedly accounting for over 90 % of the market share. The previous was launched in 2012 and can seemingly be joined by its predominant competitor, having earlier this yr reportedly submitting its personal utility to the gaming board with hopes of getting into Louisiana in time for the beginning of the 2021 NFL season scheduled to kick off on September ninth.