DraftKings Secures UK Gaming License

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Draft Kings ClearDraftKings announced that it has received a gaming license to operate in the United Kingdom, the first major U.S.-based daily fantasy sports site that will operate in a regulated market in Europe.

DraftKings announced that it had received the license in a press release on Monday morning. In the release, DraftKings relayed that it had received the U.K. license, which it applied for in June. The license can be viewed here; DraftKings is now licensed for “Gambling Software” and “Pool Betting,” according to the license. The domain DraftKings.co.uk is now active, with the message “DraftKings is launching in your country soon.”

The release also notes that DraftKings “expects to be operational in the U.K. in the fourth quarter.” The site will open a London office by the end of this year. Jeffrey Haas has been named DraftKings’ Chief International Officer. Haas was formerly bwin.party’s director of poker. He announced he was leaving that position last month.

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, from the release

“Our expansion into the United Kingdom marks a milestone moment in the growth of DraftKings as we introduce our world-class product to new audiences. We will add new sports and games to our burgeoning roster of offerings and further connect fans to their favorite teams and players. We also welcome the opportunity to forge new partnerships with leagues, teams and media outlets internationally as we have done with exceptional success in the United States.”

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