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FanDuel launches new sportsbook in WV with Scientific Games


FanDuel Group has relaunched its West Virginia online sportsbook with Scientific Games’ OpenBet, the first state to launch on the platform after parent company Flutter announced plans to migrate the brand to the technology. 

FanDuel has operated a sportsbook in West Virginia since 2019, but the revamped offering is powered by  Scientific Games, rather than International Game Technology (IGT).

OpenBet is also used to power Flutter’s sports betting platforms for brands in other regions, including Betfair, Sky Bet and Paddy Power in Europe, as well as Sportsbet in Australia.

The relaunch comes after Flutter in August announced that upon its integration of The Stars Group business, it would migrate all sports betting brands to the OpenBet solution powering its Paddy Power Betfair division.

FanDuel had previously been using IGT’s PlaySports solution for betting, and GAN for online casino.

Fox Bet and BetStars sportsbooks operated by The Stars Group, which have been powered by Amelco since 2015, will remain on that platform.

“Our global sports betting platform will offer customers an unrivaled betting experience and will cement FanDuel’s place as America’s number one sportsbook,” FanDuel chief executive Matt King said.

Jordan Levin, group chief executive of SG Digital, added: “Going live with FanDuel’s new sportsbook is a truly landmark moment in our rich history of servicing Flutter Entertainment brands.

“Utilizing OpenSports technology is a game changer for FanDuel and will introduce a new way of betting for its customers.”

The launch comes after Flutter last week set out details of the cash-generating new share issue launched to raise £1.1bn towards its increased stake in FanDuel.

Approximately eight million new ordinary shares have been placed by Goldman Sachs International and J&E Davy at a price of 14,000 pence per placing share.

The placing is set to raise gross proceeds of approximately £1.1bn, around a third of the $4.18bn due to be paid to Fastball for its 37.2% stake in FanDuel – increasing its total stake to 95%.