During a busy media week in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, FanDuel’s chief financial officer, David Jennings, kept quiet about the company’s future in Nevada during his appearance before the Nevada Gaming Control Board on February 7.
The Irish-born Jennings, who has held the CFO position at FanDuel since March 2022, appeared before the three-member board as they unanimously recommended his licensing. The application will now progress to the Nevada Gaming Commission for review in two weeks, according to CDC Gaming Reports.
FanDuel, the largest market share in the US, currently operates in partnership with Boyd Gaming, providing branding and betting odds for the sportsbook at the Fremont Hotel Casino in downtown Las Vegas. While FanDuel holds licenses in Nevada for information services and technology provision, it has yet to activate and use the latter.
When questioned about FanDuel’s plans for Nevada by board member George Assad, Jennings remained evasive, stating that no announcements had been made at that time by FanDuel’s New York headquarters.
David Jennings was appointed as FanDuel Group’s chief financial officer in March 2022, bringing extensive experience from his previous role at parent company Flutter Entertainment. He oversees finance functions across FanDuel’s divisions, including Sportsbook, Casino, and Racing, as well as corporate operations.
In a separate decision, the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended approval for Durango Casino & Resort’s general manager and vice president, David Horn, for licensing by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Durango, a property under the Red Rock Resorts umbrella, recently opened in the southwest Las Vegas valley.
Horn, whose Las Vegas journey began in 1994, recounted his 27-year tenure with Station Casinos, starting from humble beginnings as a valet attendant to assuming managerial roles at various properties, including Red Rock Casino Resort.
Board Chairman Kirk Hendrick commended Horn’s ascent, calling it “a great Las Vegas story.” Horn expressed satisfaction with Durango’s initial reception, noting unexpected enthusiasm surrounding the casino’s natural lighting, among other amenities.
Horn remarked that the reception had been great and expressed confidence that much of what they had done at Durango Casino & Resort would establish standards for their future endeavors and potentially for others too.
In September, ahead of its opening, Durango Casino & Resort received a staggering 25,000 job applications, indicating significant interest in the $780-million project by Station Casinos. The resort, which opened doors on December 5, 2023, had already hired 55% of its workforce in September and had plans to employ a total of 2,000 people, providing a substantial boost to the local economy.