Expected Value: This Week’s Top 5 Sports Betting Industry Developments

5. DraftKings Opens Up to Wall Street on Investor Day

In an effort to deeper explain its business, which has been weighed down by Wall Street doubters, DraftKings had its investor day on Thursday. The response? Shares were crushed to nearly all-time lows, down 8.6 percent to $21.19 in the first two and a half hours of the trading day. The stock closed down 9.83 percent to $20.91. The stock is down nearly 66.2 percent over the last year.

In its presentation on Thursday, DraftKings said the overall sports betting and iGaming business is bigger than they thought it was, with a total addressable North American market at maturity of $80 billion, up from $68 billion.

Sports betting is currently legal in states that make up 44 percent of the population, and DraftKings currently has a 25 percent share, second only to FanDuel and ahead of BetMGM. DraftKings estimates the top three own an 80 percent share of the online betting market.

4. Rush Street Interactive Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

Rush Street Interactive Inc. (NYSE: RSI), a leading online casino and sports betting company in the United States, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $130.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 31%, compared to $100.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss was $38.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a net loss of $41.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $31.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2020.

Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $488.1 million during full year 2021, an increase of 75%, compared to $278.5 million during full year 2020.
  • Net loss was $71.1 million during full year 2021, compared to a net loss of $131.6 million during full year 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $65.1 million during full year 2021, compared to $4.4 million during full year 2020.

RSI is initiating revenue guidance for the full year 2022. It expects revenues for the full year ending December 31, 2022 to be between $580 and $630 million. At the midpoint of the range, revenue of $605 million represents 24% year-over-year growth when compared to $488 million of revenues for 2021.

3. Flutter Earnings Fall on Run of Punter-Friendly Sports Results

Paddy Power and Betfair owner Flutter Entertainment has revealed tumbling annual earnings as it was hit by an “unprecedented” run of punter-friendly sports results. The group, which also owns the PokerStars and Sky Bet brands, posted a 24% slump in underlying pre-tax profits to £620 million for 2021, despite revenues rising 17% on a constant currency basis to £6 billion.

In the UK and Ireland, unfavorable sports results cost the division £232 million in revenues last year, of which £149 million was in the fourth quarter alone. It said in one week last October, 15 out of 16 of the favourites won in the Champions League, which cost the company in hefty payouts.

Underlying operating profits in Flutter’s UK and Ireland business fell 4% to £490 million as the division was also knocked by lower levels of gambling due to the easing of Covid restrictions.


Weekly Performance of Top Sports Betting Companies

CompanyTickerPrice ($)Weekly Change (%)Market Cap (s/o)
Evolution ABEVVTY97.84-11.17US$20.8B
Flutter Entertainment PlcFLTR.L8,4000-23.07US$18.5B
Penn National GamingPENN46.35-7.74US$7.8B
Boyd GamingBYD67.05-4.86US$7.3B
Betsson ABBETSB.S.DX50.50-8.01$6.9B
Genius SportsGENI5.61-14.61US$918M
Rush Street InteractiveRSI8.04-19.19US$487M

In the news

888 Holdings group confirmed they received market access through an official press release. As one of the biggest online betting and gaming companies in the world, 888 is bringing a wealth of experience to this emerging sports betting market.

Arkansas casinos are still hoping to launch their mobile sports betting apps Friday, it could be some time next week before they hit the market.

Bet365 reported revenue of £2.81bn (€3.39bn/$3.76bn) in the full year ended March 2021, largely even with its 2020 revenue, as growth in gaming helped offset a pandemic-related drop in in-play betting volume.

Coloradans dropped more than $573 million on sports bets in January, the most in any given month since sports betting was legalized in the state and it went live in May 2020, the Colorado Division of Gaming announced Tuesday.

Delasport announced a new strategic partnership with Winpot, supplying its comprehensive sports bettings solution to the Mexican licensed operator.

DraftKings has been fined $150,000 by New Jersey regulators for allowing a Florida man to make online sports bets from his home by having a friend who was present in New Jersey place the bets for him.

DraftKings has halted betting on all Russian and Belarussian sports as Russia’s war with Ukraine is entering its second week.

Iowa: House votes 71-28 to make betting on e-sports legal in state. “Cashless” wagering would be allowed at Iowa casinos under legislation that’s cleared the Iowa House.

Mississippi: Online sports betting won’t be coming to the state anytime soon. Legislators have killed all measures to legalize mobile sports wagering in Mississippi, the state’s top gaming regulator told Gambling.com.

New York State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., D-Queens, has introduced Senate Bill 8412, which would allow bettors to use their smartphones and computers anywhere in New York to wager on table games and slots.

New York State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow has recently spoken on the Empire State’s sports betting industry and expressed his discontent with the current tax rate for operators.

The Ontario online sports betting market is heating up in a major way as more companies have become registered iGaming operators in the province. In addition to registered online sportsbooks such as theScore Bet and PointsBet, there were a few new additions to the list of registered iGaming operators on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website on Wednesday.

Private equity firm Apollo might be looking to get into the sports betting game. The firm, which acquired Yahoo for $5 billion last year, is in discussions to take Yahoo and merge it with a sports betting property, with the new company keeping the Yahoo name, CNBC reported on Wednesday.

Rhode Island mobile sports betting handle set a state record in January, but casino revenue was down by double-digits percentages for both video lottery terminals (VLTs) and table games. January’s total was the second-best in state history, behind only the $60.16 million wagered in October 2021.

Unibet and Turf Paradise in Arizona are teaming up to open nine retail sportsbooks in the state, the company announced today. Unibet also has a sportsbook lounge at Paradise Casino in Yuma and has launched its statewide mobile platform.

USFL announced that 15 states have approved betting on the upstart spring league. The list of states that have authorized licensed sports wagering on the USFL includes Iowa, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Virginia Lottery released its report on sports wagering activity submitted by official licensed operators for January 2022. In the month of January 2022, Virginians wagered $485,544,417, setting a new monthly record for wagering. That is an increase of 14% from the month prior.

WynnBet’s market share of sports betting downloads in the US rose dramatically in February 2022 to 10%, increasing 9% from a market value of just 1% in January 2022 and December 2021.


2. Kentucky Makes Another Play to Legalize Sports Betting

Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill that would legalize sports wagering in person and off-site in the commonwealth, if it’s approved. While many already have legalized it, there wasn’t enough support in Kentucky’s General Assembly to approve it in past years. A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed states to legalize sports wagering.

We already have the costs of expanded gaming. Whether it be casinos, whether it be sports betting on our borders or whether it be the offshore accounts that you can access with an app on your phone or the bookies that exist in every corner of this state.

Kentucky Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlange

House Bill 606, which was filed Monday, is similar to the bill introduced last year that didn’t make it through the legislature. People would be able to place wagers on-site at licensed tracks, online or via a smartphone. Wagers could be made on professional sporting events, college sporting events, international events such as the Olympics and World Cup Soccer and, after co

1. Sports Betting Takes Step Forward in Missouri

A plan backed by Missouri’s professional sports teams to legalize betting on games advanced to the full House Wednesday. The measure, a combined effort of the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis City soccer club and their pro counterparts in Kansas City, could bring in more than $96 million in revenue to the state and another $10.8 million to local governments.

After years of falling short, the proposal emerged from the House Special Committee on Public Policy on a 4-2 vote.

Under the plan, each of Missouri’s 13 casinos could offer wagering on sports, including college sports, while the teams also could offer betting at their stadiums through partnerships with sports betting websites like FanDuel and DraftKings. The revenue estimates are based on fees paid by the teams and companies and a 10% tax rate on bets.

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