Subject to receiving licences and approvals, DraftKings will host a retail sportsbook at the tribe’s casino in Puerto Rico’s capital. The sportsbook is expected to open “in the coming weeks”.
The two operators have already partnered to allow the DraftKings brand access to the Connecticut market. In Connecticut the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is one of only two permitted online gaming operators and three permitted sportsbook operators.
“We have made tremendous strides in the sports betting space in our relationship with DraftKings, who has continued to be a valuable partner, through our online and retail experiences in the state of Connecticut,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation chairman Rodney Butler. “As we expand our partnership with DraftKings to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico at the Foxwoods El San Juan Casino, we are confident that we will continue to create unforgettable memories for customers and sports fans alike.”
In addition to sports betting, DraftKings said it also hoped to offer daily fantasy sports in Puerto Rico if it receives the necessary approvals.
Sports betting became legal in Puerto Rico after outgoing governor Ricardo Rosselló, signed the Betting Committee Act into law in July 2019.
“Since establishing our relationship with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods more than a year ago, we’ve seen immense success, which can be attributed to the collaborative efforts between the organisations and shared vision for providing customers with the very best,” said Matt Kalish, president of DraftKings North America and co-founder. “Puerto Rico is known for its rich and vibrant sports culture, and we look forward to being able to provide fans with a safe and legal form of sports betting through our retail and online sportsbooks.”