Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel Group has opened four new sportsbooks across Indiana and Iowa through its partnership with casino operator Boyd Gaming.

The FanDuel-powered sportsbooks have opened at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa and Belterra Casino Resort in Indiana, and the Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque and Diamond Jo Casino Northwood in Iowa.

The new venues follow the successful launch of the FanDuel Sportsbook at Boyd's Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania in March, and the subsequent mobile launch in the state in July.

FanDuel and Boyd also plan to introduce mobile sports products under the FanDuel brand in both Iowa and Indiana, pending the receipt of required regulatory approvals.

“Together, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group continue to successfully capitalise on the historic opportunity afforded by the legalisation and expansion of sports betting in new states across the country,” said Boyd Gaming president and chief executive Keith Smith. “The FanDuel Sportsbook is off to a great start in Pennsylvania, contributing to solid growth in visitation and profitability at our Valley Forge Casino Resort near Philadelphia.

“We are confident our partners at FanDuel will deliver excellent results in Iowa and Indiana as well, further expanding Boyd Gaming's customer base and enhancing our long-term competitive appeal.”

FanDuel chief executive Matt King commented: “Working with Boyd Gaming to open four Sportsbooks across Iowa and Indiana in such a short time frame is an incredible achievement and something our retail team is proud of.

“Boyd Gaming continues to be a key partner as we further expand our offerings nationwide by bringing FanDuel's first-class sports betting experience to the Midwest.”

Boyd Gaming and FanDuel celebrated their latest retail sportsbook launches with ceremonial first bets placed by four retired football stars: Chicago Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher at Blue Chip; Green Bay star wide receiver and world champion Antonio Freeman at Diamond Jo Dubuque; Minnesota Hall of Fame defensive end John Randle at Diamond Jo Northwood; and Cincinnati's legendary quarterback Ken Anderson at Belterra Resort.

Shares in Flutter Entertainment plc (LSE:FTLR) were trading up 2.12 per cent at 7,324.00 pence per share in London Wednesday morning, while shares in Boyd Gaming Corporation (NSQ:BYD) closed up 2.44 per cent at $25.57 per share in New York Tuesday.

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