The Boyd Gaming Corporation and online gambling giant FanDuel Group are launching a new Stardust Casino, an online service that would serve patrons in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Under the agreement announced on March 8, FanDuel is rebranding its existing online “BetFair Casino” under Boyd’s Stardust brand. Patrons in either would be able to download a single “Stardust Casino app” on their phones.
The new online product is slated to go live at some point in April, and first requires regulatory approval from both state’s gaming regulating bodies.
Fanduel President Amy Howe assured that the casino would “retain all of the great games that customers love on Betfair Casino,” and it would meanwhile incorporate “a new stylish look that captures the glitz, glamour and nostalgia of old Las Vegas.:
Products will include casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette and video poker, as well as live dealer games. Customers can “securely and 1uickly cash out winnings,” and with “the same level of customer support, convenience, safety and security that customers have come to expect from FanDuel,” reads the March 8 announcement.
“Stardust Casino allows us to take a market leading product to the next level, creating a unified platform across New Jersey and Pennsylvania and integrating Boyd Gaming’s B Connected player loyalty program to provide even more value to our customers,” Howe added.
The move comes at a time when the state’s casino market relies heavily on remote internet and mobile gaming amid the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced in-person capacity.
Reduced capacity at restaurants and casinos, as well as a three-month closure last year of the state’s nine brick and mortar establishments, cratered gambling revenue for most of 2020. The industry was reliant on internet gambling as a lifeboat.=