DraftKings Matches FanDuel With Introduction Of Separate Casino Games App In PA

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DraftKings customers can now use a stand-alone app to play casino games in Pennsylvania.

The company announced the launch of the app Tuesday, which gives players a new option on their phones instead of navigating through the same site they use for sports betting and daily fantasy sports.

The move comes on the heels of DraftKings doing the same thing in New Jersey with a separate casino app launched June 23. On that same day, competitor FanDuel introduced its own casino app in Pennsylvania so customers wouldn’t have to go through its sportsbook site to play.

DraftKings casino made almost $4 million in May

DraftKings is primarily known for its sports betting and fantasy sports, but in April it introduced its casino product to Pennsylvania. Its casino games embedded on the sportsbook site took in $3.7 million in revenue in May, sixth best out of the iGaming sites in the state. FanDuel’s online casino, which had a head start several months earlier, earned $8 million.

Up to now, the DraftKings casino site, operating under a skin from Hollywood Casino, has had 29 slot options, four roulette games, blackjack, baccarat, and video poker.

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“iGaming fans in Pennsylvania will now have the opportunity to experience a more holistic product suite and dynamic gaming experience in a DraftKings-created casino app,” a press release from DraftKings announced.

“Like in New Jersey, the app features new games only found on DraftKings, plus revamped classics, including blackjack and roulette. … In addition to popular slot and table games found only on DraftKings Casino, the new app will also offer games from third-party providers like International Gaming Technology. DraftKings customers in Pennsylvania will soon have access to the custom DraftKings Live Dealer Studio which will operate 24/7.”

Live dealing of blackjack and other games has been popular in New Jersey on iGaming sites for some time, but the requirements involved in creating that studio system in Pennsylvania has delayed its introduction in the state for now.

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Gary Rotstein

Gary is a longtime journalist, having spent three decades covering gambling, state government, and other issues for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in addition to stints as managing editor of the Bedford (Pa.) Gazette and as a reporter for United Press International and the Middletown (Conn.) Press. Contact Gary at [email protected].

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