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DraftKings set to launch mobile sportsbook in New York

6 Jan 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- DraftKings Inc. today announced the company will launch its mobile and online sportsbook in New York on Saturday, 8 January. The company is set to become one of the first operators to launch in the Empire State. The launch comes ahead of the NFL Playoffs, one of the busiest periods for betting activity in the year. The State authorized mobile and online sports betting in New York this past April.

“As a longtime Boston sports fan, I can personally attest to countless fiery rivalries against various New York teams, and that passion is what makes these fanbases so special within this globally revered sports entertainment mecca,” said Jason Robins, CEO, co-founder and chairman of the board, DraftKings. “We are pleased to bring new levels of access and immersive engagement to New Yorkers with the arrival of mobile sports betting. A special thanks to Governor Hochul, Senator Addabbo, Assemblyman Pretlow, the New York Gaming Commission along with the tireless efforts of our dedicated DraftKings team.”

Home to 10 professional sports teams spanning six major leagues with an additional three teams located within 15 miles of New York City, the state boasts one of the strongest sports cultures in the world with millions of passionate sports fans. DraftKings customers ages 21 and over will be able to place bets on thousands of sporting events including pre-match and in-game markets. This includes same game parlays and micro-betting; a result of the completion of DraftKings’ migration to its in-house bet engine. New York sports betting regulations prohibit fans from betting on New York colleges in any sport.

“Growing up in New York and having spent the last 30-plus years in Las Vegas, I am thrilled that my worlds are finally set to collide,” said Johnny Avello, Director of Race and Sportsbook Operations, DraftKings and Poughkeepsie native. “Millions of New Yorkers will soon discover what we believe makes our DraftKings Sportsbook the very best in customer service and real-money gaming and entertainment.”

In August 2019, DraftKings opened a 6,000 square-foot retail sportsbook in Waterloo, NY at del Lago Resort and Casino. The retail space features LED video screens, a full-service bar and restaurant, ticket windows and 23 self-service betting kiosks that mimic the look and feel of the DraftKings Sportsbook app.

DraftKings is committed to creating inclusive and responsible pathways for people to build, create, imagine and innovate through the DraftKings S.E.R.V.E.S. program, with a focus on Service, Equity, Responsible Gaming, Vitality, Entrepreneurship, and Sports. Responsible gaming is a key pillar of the DraftKings S.E.R.V.E.S. program and DraftKings’ collective mission is to protect consumers with groundbreaking technology, employee training, resources for customers, and the support of evidence-based research.
 
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