The highlight of the second quarter for Paddy Power Betfair was the completion of the deal to acquire US daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel
“Fantasy sports will continue to be an important feature in the US market, especially in states where it could take a while for sports betting to be regulated,” said CEO Peter Jackson.
Jackson added that he envisages a “different market construct” in the US in terms of the balance between free-to-play games and sports betting, given the strength of the DFS market.
“Having 100,000 customers in New Jersey is a good starting point,” he said.
“Our US strategy is to go after the B2C market under the FanDuel brand. We have secured market access agreements covering 15 states and 36% of the US population, including markets where regulation is expected by the end of 2019.
“It’s worth remembering that our US business is not a start-up. We have established brands, with FanDuel in sports and TVG in racing, an extensive product suite, operational expertise and we already operate in 45 states, including real-money wagering in 33.