The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Bally’s adds to buying spree, snags Monkey Knife Fight

- By Wayne Parry

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. » Bally’s continued its acquisitio­n juggernaut Monday, acquiring the daily fantasy sports company Monkey Knife Fight in an all-stock transactio­n that further widens the fast-growing company’s drive to add casino, online sports betting and media companies.

Providence, Rhode Islandbase­d Bally’s becomes the third U.S. sports betting company to have a daily fantasy sports component, along with DraftKings and FanDuel.

Bally’s has been on a tear in recent months, adding gambling and media properties as it aims to become a major national player.

“With this acquisitio­n, we are pleased to enter into the highgrowth (daily fantasy sports) market,” said George Papanier, the company’s president and CEO. “Monkey Knife Fight is a unique asset that we look forward to incorporat­ing into Bally’s constantly growing omnichanne­l portfolio of land-based casinos and iGaming platforms.”

Bally’s recent moves include the purchase of Bally’s casino in Atlantic City, a media partnershi­p with Sinclair Broadcast Group and its pending acquisitio­n of Bet.Works. The company plans to integrate Monkey Knife Fight’s geographic presence in 37 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, with Sinclair’s portfolio of 21 regional sports networks.

Monkey Knife fight has about 180,000 registered users, 80,000 of whom have made monetary deposits in order to play.

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