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Fanatics launches online sports betting and casino in Michigan

Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) has announced the launch of its online sportsbook and casino in the state of Michigan.

Players in Michigan can now access both the Fanatics Sportsbook and Fanatics Casino. The online casino offering has been embedded in the sportsbook app.

Fanatics Sportsbook replaces the PointsBet brand in Michigan. Existing PointsBet customers’ username, password, account balance, rewards points and responsible gaming settings will automatically be migrated to the Fanatics platform.

FBG has been phasing out the PointsBet brand across the US following its acquisition of PointsBet US in August 2023.

Fanatics fended off DraftKings with improved PointsBet US bid

Michigan marks the 13th state in which FBG has launched its Fanatics Sportsbook. It is also live in Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, retail betting venues operate in both Pennsylvania and West Vi..

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Fanatics replaces PointsBet in Iowa

Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) has announced the launch of its sportsbook in Iowa, replacing the PointsBet brand in the Hawkeye State.

Players in Iowa can now download and place bets on the Fanatics Sportsbook mobile app. Existing PointsBet customers’ usernames, passwords, account balances, rewards points and responsible gaming settings will automatically migrate to the Fanatics Sportsbook.

The existing PointsBet retail sportsbook at Catfish Bend Casino will also be rebranded as a Fanatics Sportsbook. This project will include installing new self-service betting kiosks from Suzohapp.

Iowa marks the 12th state for the Fanatics Sportsbook. It is also the latest phase of FBG phasing out the PointsBet brand across the US following its acquisition of PointsBet US in August 2023.

The Fanatics Sportsbook is also online in Colorado, Connecticut. Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, retail betting venues opera..

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Fanatics takes over from PointsBet in Colorado

The Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) arm of Fanatics Holdings has taken a step closer to completing its acquisition of PointsBet US after launching its sportsbook in Colorado.

Players in Colorado can now download the Fanatics Sportsbook and begin placing bets on a range of sports and events.

Existing PointsBet customers in Colorado can log in to the Fanatics Sportsbook using their existing credentials. Any open bets, balances and responsible gambling settings will also be moved across to the Fanatics Sportsbook.

Colorado marks the eighth US state in which FBG has rolled out the Fanatics Sportsbook. It follows launches in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. The latter two took place towards the end of last month.

Fanatics edging closer to completion

FBG in June agreed to acquire the US operations of PointsBet in a deal valued at $225.0m (£178.4m/€208.1m).

This was around $75.0m more than the $150.0m it agreed to pay in May, primarily d..

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PointsBet CEO: On course to deliver growth in FY25

PointsBet chief executive Sam Swanell has outlined a focus on technology to deliver growth in Australia and Canada following the group’s departure from the US.

Swanell told investors at the AGM that PointsBet remains on course to break even this year and deliver growth in FY25. The CEO reiterated the rationale behind the $225.0m sale of its US business to Fanatics. He also gave an update on growth targets in its remaining Australian and Canadian markets.

PointsBet CEO Sam Swanell

Central to its performance, Swanell said, will be the proprietary technology powering its own platforms as well as Fanatics. In total, PointsBet’s platform handled more than $7bn in wagers during the most recent financial year.

PointsBet also retains the rights to use and further develop the Banach “Oddsfactory” technology assets. This drives in-play, parlay products and cash-out features in Australia, Canada and the US.

“The strength of our technology has also been validated through our sale of the plat..

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Fanatics launches in Virginia as PointsBet switchover continues

The Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) arm of Fanatics Holdings has rolled out its online sportsbook in Virginia, marking the latest phase of its acquisition of PointsBet US.

Virginia players who previously had accounts with PointsBet will now automatically switch over to the Fanatics Sportsbook.

Existing PointsBet users can log in to their Fanatics accounts using their original username and password. The migration will also include their account balance, rewards points and any responsible gaming settings.

New customers can also download the Fanatics Sportsbook app and start betting in the Old Dominion State.

The launch means that Fanatics has completed the acquisition and subsequent migration of PointsBet US in seven states. Fanatics is also active in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The Virginia roll-out comes less than a week after Fanatics also went live in West Virginia. Last week’s launch also included a pilot of its new online casino, wi..

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Fanatics continues PointsBet US takeover with West Virginia launch

The Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) subsidiary of Fanatics Holdings has announced the launch of its online sportsbook in West Virginia, with customers in the Mountain State switching over from the existing PointsBet platform.

West Virginia consumers can now download the Fanatics Sportsbook app and begin placing bets.

Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) will also pilot its new online casino in West Virginia, with this being embedded in the Fanatics Sportsbook app. The product features a range of slot titles and table games such as roulette and blackjack.

The Fanatics Sportsbook replaces the existing PointsBet brand in the state. Players registered with PointsBet in West Virginia will be automatically migrated to the Fanatics Sportsbook.

Existing PointsBet users can login to the Fanatics Sportsbook using their original credentials. The migration includes their username, password, account balance, rewards points and responsible gaming settings.

Fanatics edging closer to full Points..

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Fanatics completes PointsBet US purchase in New York and Wyoming

Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) has edged closer to taking full control of PointsBet US after completing the acquisition of its operations in New York and Wyoming.

PointsBet New York LLC has been transferred to FBG. This follows the satisfaction of certain conditions in the state including approval from the New York State Gaming Commission.

Meanwhile, ownership of PointsBet Wyoming LLC has also transferred to the FBG division of sports retail giant Fanatics.

Transfer of additional US state operations to FBG will take place as approvals are obtained in each state. PointsBet says subsequent completion in this market is tracking as planned.

The double completion come after PointsBet last month also secured approval for acquiring PointsBet US in eight other states. These comprise New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

PointsBet will continue to operate in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and Ohio until FBG closes on selected sta..

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Fanatics completes PointsBet deal in eight US states

Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) has closed on the first eight states in its previously announced acquisition of PointsBet’s US business.

Following regulatory approvals, the deal has now completed in major markets such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. FBG has also completed in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

PointsBet confirmed that the Fanatics subsidiary has now paid the initial instalment of $175m of the $225m headline purchase price. The price was agreed in June 2023.

From today, customers in each of the eight states will see PointsBet rebranded to “PointsBet, a Fanatics Experience”. The rebrand will complete in Indiana and Illinois in the coming months.

PointsBet USA will continue to operate in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York and Ohio. This will be until Fanatics is able to close on selected states individually.

“We are excited about what we are building at Fanatics Betting and Gaming and this acquisition accelerates our plans,” ..

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Ontario: The state of play

More than a year on from the regulation of the Ontario gaming sector, gambling businesses have each adapted to the market in their own way. But how can operators stand out from the crowd in North America’s most competitive market?

With every gold rush comes the prospectors.

In the 16 months following the regulation of the gaming sector in Ontario, gambling operators of all shapes and sizes have thrown the dice to get a slice of the biggest and most dynamic market in North America.

Those involved range from former grey market players trying to make the regulated transition, the big European operators, media brands which have grown a betting wing and land-based companies trying to get in on the action – plus everything in between.

The landscape

Ontario has become an incredibly competitive market, with iGaming Ontario recording 46 companies operating 71 brands as of Q1 2023.

However, one trend to note is its diversity. This is especially striking when compared to the US which, butt..

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DraftKings enters race to acquire PointsBet US

DraftKings is looking to outbid Fanatics for PointsBet US, prompting a strong reaction from the ecommerce giant's CEO Michael Rubin.

Tabled today (16 June) – weeks after Fanatics announced plans to acquire the business – the unsolicited non-binding indicative proposal is worth $195.0m (£152.2m/€178.5m). It states DraftKings would purchase the business on a debt-free, cash-free basis with no financing conditions.

PointsBet said its board will now assess the proposal. The group added that the proposal does not constitute a binding offer or commitment from DraftKings to place a firm bid.

The group did not set a date as to when a decision would be reached.

Fanatics’ Rubin: “They are trying to block us”

Responding to news of the DraftKings proposal, Fanatics CEO Rubin said he was “skeptical” of the move. He added that it was a “desperate” attempt to slow progress on Fanatics’ own deal with PointsBet.

“We are skeptical of the DraftKings proposal, which seems like a desperate move ..

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Fanatics Betting and Gaming to acquire PointsBet US

The Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) arm of sports retail giant Fanatics has agreed a deal to acquire the PointsBet US division of PointsBet Holdings for $150.0m.

Under the agreement, which remains subject to shareholder approval and certain regulatory and other conditions, PointsBet will retain both its Canadian and Australian business and operations and continue as an Australian Stock Exchange-listed company.

PointsBet will keep hold of its proprietary sports wagering, racing and igaming platform and be granted a perpetual, royalty-free licence to exploit the Banach technology assets, which were acquired by PointsBet in March 2021.

The deal also states that PointsBet will retain its teams in Australia, Canada and India, as well as its Australian-based technologists, traders and quants.

Other aspects of the deal include that PointsBet will provide services to FBG prior to the final closing of the deal and be reimbursed for the cost of these services by FBG.

In addition, the exis..

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PointsBet confirms North American sales talks

Australian gaming operator PointsBet confirmed that the business is “currently in discussion with multiple parties” regarding the sale of its North American business.

The company also said that it has terminated previously reported talks to sell its Australian business to the News Corp-backed gaming venture behind the Betr brand. Despite this, PointsBet said it remains in discussion with “other third parties” who have expressed interest in acquiring the business.

“Consistent with commentary previously provided to our investors and the market more generally, PointsBet continues to engage in discussions regarding strategic transactions that offer the potential to add value for our shareholders,” said the company.

pointsbet also confirmed that it had terminated the talks to sell its Australian business to a news Corp-backed venture

Losses mount despite revenue growth

For the three-month period ending 31 March, the business recorded gross gaming revenue of AU$106.6m (£56.4m/€63.9m/US..

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