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PointsBet H2 2020 Results: US handle increases 345% to $645 million – New York the next target for online sportsbook operator

PointsBet CEO Sam Swannell revealed the company’s 2020 H2 results this week and spoke of his belief that New York will be a multi-operator market

PointsBet’s 2020 H2 results showed a 345% increase in US betting handle Year-on-Year in the six months to December 31 and much of that has been attributed to new state openings over the period.

PointsBet is an Australian company but their expansion into the US market has been a rapid one, with the New Jersey app followed in 2020 by offerings in Indiana, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

This brand has a 10.8% market share in New Jersey, 8.9% in Illinois and 3.8% in Indiana. The other states are in their infancy and CEO Sam Swannell spoke of the problem of competing with the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel, who have DFS products across America and BetMGM, who have a database of bricks and mortar casino gamblers, when discussing the 1.4% initial market share in Michigan.

“They can light up their databases,” Swannell said. “Whereas we have to start slow and build as we don’t have that advantage. Even though the number looks small at 1.4%, you have to acknowledge that once they work through those players, then the playing field levels up.”

It would potentially be an even tougher market in New York, with Governor Andrew Cuomo having various different models and market access being a key concern for all operators. Swannell looked to address this though, adding:

“When the governor came out and talked about a single operator model, that was a surprise to the industry,

“But that’s allowed the industry to address that approach versus the preferred approach. Current legislation does allow three skins and we are confident it’s heading in the right direction.”

Jake Pollard

Jake Pollard is an experienced journalist and editor who has covered the online gaming and betting industry for many years. He has written for the leading media outlets as well as operators and suppliers in the igaming space. His current areas of focus are wide-ranging and include regulatory developments in the US, emerging markets in South America and how European countries are adapting to a decade of igaming regulation.

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