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NEWS 11 July 2018
PaddyPower Betfair completes US business merger
By Harrison Sayers

PaddyPower Betfair and FandDuel have confirmed the completed merger of their US businesses, creating the largest online sports destination in the US.

The new company will operate as part of FanDuel Group, consisting of a number of FanDuel's and PaddyPower Betfair’s brand’s including, FanDuel, TVG Network, Betfair Casino, and DRAFT.

Together, the combined businesses operate over a combined 45 states in the US, with a reach of eight million customers, and $265m in annual revenue.

“The new company embodies the strengths of TVG, Betfair US and FanDuel and brings together the brilliant talent, technological expertise, and shared resources to capture the US market opportunity in front of us,” said FanDuel CEO Matt King, who will serve as CEO of FanDuel Group.

“This is a pivotal time for the sports world in general, and we are poised to build upon our individual successes and join forces to build the best fan experience in the sports industry.”

The news follows Betfair US’s announcement that it has reached long-term agreements in both New Jersey and New York to operate sports books, at the Meadowlands Racetrack and Tioga Downs.

FanDuel have also said in a recent statement that they will be launching their first branded retail sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack, although they have yet to specify when it will launch claiming that it will go live in the next few weeks.

RELATED TAGS: Mergers & Acquisitions | Sports Betting
IN-DEPTH 10 December 2018
Tackling the issue of UK self-exclusion

Harrison Sayers asks three industry executives about self-exclusion in UK gambling. Jack Symons, founder of Gamban, tells us why he saw it necessary to create his own self-exclusion software. Tracy Damestani, Chief Executive, National Casino Forum, explains how SENSE has long looked after those looking to avoid land-based casinos. Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP, gives an update into the effectiveness of the UK’s National Online Self Exclusion Scheme.