William Hill Opens Sportsbook in Capital One Arena, DraftKings Q2 Earnings Surge

The legal sports betting market in the US is evolving at a rapid pace and there seem to be major developments every week.

This time around, William Hill US announced their expansion to Washington D.C. and Illinois, while DraftKings reported a solid quarter of growth

The ScoreMetrics Lab is here with the details.

William Hill is live at Capital One Arena

While we have already previously covered BetMGM’s upcoming betting lounges in Broncos Stadium, William Hill have beaten them in the race to be the first sportsbook in operation inside a US sports complex. 

The company announced that they are entering the Washington D.C. market and have already opened a temporary sportsbook in the box office area of the arena while construction is under way for a permanent location, which is expected to include a restaurant and a bar. 

Opening a sportsbook at an arena could be a huge difference-maker for an operator in the long run. Adding this type of new interaction with sports fans directly at games will surely be coveted by all sportsbooks. Expect to see lots of similar deals in the future. 

Currently, William Hill offers only a retail sportsbook offering in the state, but the company has indicated that a mobile launch is being planned for. Whether or not they can secure a permit for this remains to be seen. 

The district launched a D.C. Lottery powered sports betting platform at the end of May that was the only online operator that was allowed. The approach has backfired, and the platform has generated a measly handle of $1.2 million since its inception. For reference, the state of New Jersey reported a total handle of $315 million for the month of July.

William Hill expands to Illinois

Entering the D.C. market was not the only news from William Hill as the company also announced that they are entering the Illinois market. The company will start operating a sportsbook at the Grand Victoria Casino just outside of Chicago. 

The property used to belong to Caesars, whose sportsbooks William Hill is taking over after Eldorado Resorts acquired the company. The deal was a major win for the company – acquiring a competitor’s operations and gaining more exposure in multiple states is most definitely good for business. 

The Illinois sports betting market was launched in March and is showing a lot of promise. Mobile betting was allowed mid-June, and the big players are looking to enter the sports-crazy state as soon as possible, just like DraftKings did earlier this summer

William Hill is planning to launch a mobile betting offering in the state, pending regulatory approval.

DraftKings reports impressive Q2 earnings

Speaking of DraftKings, a major competitor for William Hill, the company recently announced their second quarter earnings and the numbers were looking good for investors. 

While the reporting period ended before the baseball and basketball seasons restarted, revenues were up almost 25% compared to Q2/2019. The company is expecting similar growth numbers for the rest of the year as well. 

As our head trader, John Todora, reported earlier, DraftKings has the second biggest market share in US sports betting at 29.55%, closely trailing FanDuel (33%)

Formerly daily fantasy sports operators, the two companies have done well to capture most of the market so far. With a 9.62% slice of the pie, William Hill is trailing them significantly at third spot. 

DraftKings went public in April and the stock price has more than doubled since. The company is live in ten states and operates mostly as a mobile sportsbook.

Legal sports betting is growing fast

2020 has been a big year for legal sports betting in the US. For some of the latest developments, have a look at our recent articles:

How Legal Sports Betting Has Grown in the Past Two Years

DraftKings Launches Mobile and Retails Sportsbook in Illinois

BetMGM, DraftKings and Circa Sports Making Moves in Colorado

William Hill Takes Over Caesars Sportsbook Operations

Sportsbooks Reopen in Las Vegas

Giannis Antetokounmpo Protects Greek Freak Trademark for Gambling Use

The Sports Trader: How Soaring DraftKings Stock Means Sports Trading is About to Explode

Four Sports Investing Trends for 2020

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