FanDuel, the fantasy sports company, is launching four new physical sportsbooks in two, key Midwestern US markets. The company, which is emerging as a major player in the emerging US sports betting market, is partnering with the Boyd Gaming Company of Paradise, Nevada on the outlets in Iowa and Indiana.

The new sportsbooks are located in Midwestern states where the very thought of regulated sports betting was nothing but a pipe dream just a few years ago. Both Iowa and Indiana have only recently taken advantage of their new found right to offer sporting wagers on sporting events, thanks to the Supreme Court.

Earlier this week ribbons were cut at the brand new facilities at the Diamond Jo casinos in Northwood and Dubuque, Iowa. Two states to the East in Indiana, similar ceremonies took place at the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence and the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa in Michigan City.

FanDuel’s CEO, Matt King raved about the partnership with Boyd in a statement reported on by saying, “Working] with Boyd Gaming to open four Sportsbooks across Iowa and Indiana in such a short timeframe 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.”

FanDuel clearly expects two operate more sportsbooks with Boyd and is setting itself up as one of the prime movers and shakers in American sports betting. It’s all very impressive for a company that once swore up and down that it was not sports betting company and merely a provider of fantasy sports.

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