Las Vegas headquartered gaming and hospitality firm Boyd Gaming Corporation has extended its partnership with FanDuel to six states after detailing a sports betting launch in Illinois.

The extended link-up will see the debut of the FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook in the state of Illinois, including retail operations at the East Peoria, Illinois located property, which incorporates more than 800 slots and 25 table games, pending regulatory approval.

Sports bettors across the region now also have access to FanDuel’s online and mobile sports-betting platform, with wagering options available in professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey and more.

“Sports are back and FanDuel, America’s No. 1 sportsbook, is coming to Illinois with our friends at Boyd Gaming and the Par-A-Dice Casino,” said Matt King, chief executive officer of FanDuel Group.  

“Boyd Gaming and the Par-A-Dice are perfect partners for us to bring our innovative sports-betting app and retail sportsbook experience to sports fans in Illinois.”

Since launching their partnership in mid-2018, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel have introduced mobile sports betting apps in Indiana and Pennsylvania, as well as retail FanDuel sportsbooks at eight Boyd Gaming properties in five states.  

The partnership contains collaborative efforts between the two companies in mobile and online sports betting and casino games, where permitted by law. The agreement includes states where Boyd Gaming holds gaming licenses, excluding Nevada, as well as additional states covered under Boyd Gaming’s current market-access agreements.  

Boyd Gaming currently has access in 15 states nationwide, representing more than 36 per cent of the US population.

Keith Smith, president and CEO of Boyd Gaming, commented: “Given the tremendous success of our existing FanDuel Sportsbooks, we are confident that the FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook will quickly become Illinois sports bettors’ mobile app of choice. 

“We are excited for the opportunity to offer both mobile and retail sports betting in one of the most populous states in the country, as we continue to expand our strategic partnership with FanDuel Group.”