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DraftKings Goes Live in Virginia Ahead of NFL Conference Championship Games

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David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images. Pictured: Entrance to DraftKings’ Boston offices.

Virginia sports betting went live Thursday, and we thought FanDuel would be in the only book available for at least this weekend.

Then Sunday, without much warning, DraftKings became the second sportsbook to launch in the state.

DraftKings is one of two leaders in the new American sports betting market; FanDuel is the other. Both have used their large databases of existing daily fantasy sports (DFS) users and massive marketing budgets to grow quickly.

DraftKings is running a special promo for new customers in Virginia this weekend: Bet $1, Win $100 on the Packers or Bucs moneyline.

DK offers all the things you’d expect in a mobile sportsbook — clean user experience and interface; some original markets and wagering options; and, quick transactions.

Virginia will become a more competitive market in the coming weeks, with BetMGMBetRiversPointsBet and several others launching soon. That will ultimately be a good thing for consumers.

Virginia should be a boon for U.S. sportsbooks. It has the 12th-largest population in the country and Washington D.C.‘s first year in sports betting has been a disaster. D.C. runs its online betting through the lottery, which means consumers have one option and are getting price gouged.

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