FanDuel Sportsbook at the Fremont Casino Going Live in Late 2022

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FanDuel Sportsbook at the Fremont Casino Going Live in Late 2022
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FanDuel is coming to Nevada after the Nevada Gaming Commission gave it unanimous final approval to attach its brand name to the sportsbook at the Fremont hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas. 

The approval gives FanDuel a presence in Nevada, one of the nation’s most desirable sports betting markets. 

The arrangement does not include a license for FanDuel to operate a mobile app in Nevada, though a request for that approval could come at a later date.

Earlier in August, the Nevada Gaming Control Board signed off on FanDuel’s request to co-brand the Fremont sportsbook. Final approval from the commission was required before the deal could go through.

What Will The Sportsbook Be Called?

An official name for the sportsbook has not been announced, but company officials have said it might be called something like “FanDuel Sportsbook at the Fremont.”

An artist’s depiction displayed during a presentation at the commission meeting showed signage labeled FanDuel Sportsbook inside the casino.

The sportsbook renovation will include an HD video wall, seating for 76 patrons, four ticket windows and seven self-service betting kiosks.

This deal further cements the relationship between FanDuel and Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp., which owns the Fremont, one of the longest-running gaming properties downtown since opening in 1956. Boyd also owns about 5% of FanDuel.

FanDuel’s parent company is Dublin, Ireland-based Flutter Entertainment.

How The Arrangement Will Work

Under the sportsbook co-branding arrangement, Boyd Gaming employees will continue to handle day-to-day operations, with FanDuel offering advice, according to Erica Okerberg, a Las Vegas attorney representing FanDuel.

At the commission meeting, FanDuel outlined its partnership with Boyd Gaming regarding the Fremont sportsbook. FanDuel already provides services for Boyd Gaming at 12 retail sportsbooks in six states.

Below are details FanDuel provided at the meeting: 

  • FanDuel and Boyd would like to redevelop and rebrand the sportsbook at the Fremont to utilize the FanDuel Sportsbook brand.
  • Boyd will continue to operate the sportsbook with FanDuel providing information, advice and support for trading, setting odds and prices and risk management.
  • Boyd and FanDuel plan to relaunch the FanDuel-branded retail sportsbook at the Fremont in late 2022.
  • Boyd and FanDuel will share in sports wagering revenue from the retail sportsbook at the Fremont.

FanDuel’s U.S. Offices

Asked at the meeting if FanDuel Las Vegas plans to construct a brick-and-mortar facility in Nevada or hire employees in the state, Los Angeles-based CEO Amy Howe indicated those things could happen someday. “Never say never,” she said.

Currently, FanDuel has three U.S. offices, with headquarters in New York City and branches in Los Angeles and Atlanta. FanDuel employs about 2,600 people in the U.S.

Sports betting is illegal is two of the states where FanDuel’s offices are located, California (Los Angeles) and Georgia (Atlanta). 

On Nov. 8, however, California voters will decide on two competing sports betting ballot items, one to legalize mobile betting apps in California and the other to allow in-person betting at tribal casinos and horse tracks.

In Georgia, the Legislature has rejected recent sports betting proposals, but the issue is expected to come up again at the 2023 session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

Sports betting is legal and live in Nevada and 29 other states and Washington, D.C. It is legal but not yet operational in six additional states.

FanDuel Sportsbook at the Fremont in Las Vegas 

Frequently asked questions about the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Freemont. 

1. Can you use FanDuel in Las Vegas?

You can't use a FanDuel mobile app yet in Las Vegas.  FanDuel has not been licensed to offer a mobile app in Nevada but is expected to be licensed in the future in the Silver State. 

FanDuel is renovating and rebranding the sportsbook at the Fremont hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas. The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Fremont is set to open in late 2022. 

2. Can Nevada residents use FanDuel?

FanDuel is not licensed to offer a mobile app in Nevada but is expected to apply for a mobile license at a future date. 

Everyone, including Nevada residents, will be able to use the FanDuel sportsbook at the Fremont hotel-casino in Las Vegas when it opens toward the end of 2022.

3. What states can you use FanDuel?

FanDuel sportsbooks are in 14 states, including New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana and Arizona. A FanDuel sportsbook will open soon in Nevada at the Fremont hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas.

The FanDuel mobile app is live in 15 states, including Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan,  Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Wyoming and Colorado.

4. Can you use DraftKings in Nevada?

DraftKings is not licensed to offer a mobile app in Nevada but is expected to go through the licensing process in the future. There are no DraftKing sportsbooks in Nevada.

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