The Stars Group to invest $40m into Fox Bet in H2

Funds to support launches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as product development and customer acquisition

The Stars Group (TSG) expects to invest up to $40m into its Fox Bet launch in H2, the operator confirmed today.

The funds will go towards the product’s launch in Pennsylvania, customer acquisition, product development and a relaunch in New Jersey.

Fox Bet is expected to go live in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania ahead of the upcoming NFL season, under its licensing deals with Resorts and Mount Airy.

Fox Bet just refurbished its Cherry Hill office in New Jersey head of its upcoming launch in the state

Fox Bet has also refurbished its Cherry Hill office in New Jersey ahead of its upcoming launch in the state

The operator also announced today plans to upgrade its pricing and product via deal with Banach Technology. Fox Bet will use Banach Technology’s advanced maths models and technology solution to provide pricing and product for soccer, basketball, football, baseball and ice hockey.

Banach was established by former members of Paddy Power’s quant team.

The firm said it would work with TSG to “deliver a superior customer experience through minimised suspension times, pricing accuracy, flash markets, and increased customer engagement via innovative and exciting new products.”

During this morning’s earnings call, Fox Bet CEO Robin Chhabra said the operator would continue investing next year and anticipates breakeven in the US by end of 2022.

Chhabra said the brand was expecting to launch in two to four states per year and will target big states or states where Fox is strongest.

“We don’t plan to sit on the sidelines now we have the strongest brands in the world and we aim to become market leader across all verticals,” Chhabra said.

The operator has just signed a deal with Penn National to gain access to nine new states. It now has access to 20 in total.

TSG’s share price dropped 12% in early trading this morning after the operator lowered its profit and revenue guidance for 2019 by $160m to $2.5bn-$2.75bn.

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