Penn National (PENN) launches online betting in Ontario


Penn National Gaming, Inc. PENN has spared no effort to expand its online betting presence. Subsidiary of Score Digital Sports Ventures (Canada) Inc. (“theScore Bet”) launched theScore Bet mobile Sportsbook and Casino in Ontario.

The company is very optimistic about its success in Ontario, as the region is likely to be the largest regulated market in North America. The company said theScore Bet is integrated with its flagship media app, theScore, to deliver a cutting-edge suite of features, which brings media and betting together in one ecosystem.

Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National, said: “With its large user base, superior technology and mobile gaming expertise, theScore Bet is in a strong position and I am very encouraged by the opportunity ahead.”

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Online betting: a major growth driver

Most gambling companies are now betting on sports betting following its legalization outside of Nevada. The company has focused on collaborating with various game companies to leverage its unique brands, large audience, and commitment to serving sports fans.

Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company is quite optimistic about the endless brand value of Barstool and theScore. The acquisition of theScore, Canada’s strongest sports brand, will automatically expand the Penn National brand in the country. Along with amplifying the company’s brand value, it will help cross-promotion and cross-marketing between two big brands.

On January 22, 2021, the company unveiled the Barstool Sports online sports betting app in Michigan. It has witnessed strong demand and acquired a significant number of new clients through Barstool’s media partnership tools. The company’s Barstool Sportsbooks and iCasino offerings in Michigan and Pennsylvania continue to drive performance.

Shares of the company fell 38.2%, versus 22.4% for the sector. However, the stock has gained 8.1% over the past month.

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Zacks’ consensus estimate for Funko’s sales and EPS (earnings per share) for the current fiscal year suggests growth of 22.6% and 26.8%, respectively, from reported levels. last year.

Boyd Gaming currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). BYD has a four-quarter earnings surprise of 48.8% on average. Shares of the company have gained 5.6% over the past year.

Zacks consensus estimate for BYD’s current-year sales and EPS indicate growth of 2.3% and 2.9%, respectively, over reported levels in the prior year period .

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