Stardust Casino Rises From The Ashes In The Form Of An Online Casino

Written By Katie Kohler on March 8, 2021 - Last Updated on March 9, 2021
The famous Stardust Casino is primed for a comeback in online gaming form.

The Stardust Casino in Las Vegas was demolished in 2007. But unlike particles from the implosion, memories of the famous casino remain in the Vegas air, the hearts of guests, and in the pages of gambling history.

Stardust Casino has come alive again in the form of an online casino.

Boyd Gaming Corporation, which owns Stardust Casino, and FanDuel Group announced plans to launch Stardust-branded online casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Stardust online casinos anticipated arrival is April pending final regulatory approval.

Stardust online casino in PA

The Stardust Casino app will be available for iOS, Android and at in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The current FanDuel online casino will remain integrated with FanDuel’s sportsbook and still be available in the App Store says a FanDuel rep.

For New Jersey, FanDuel says it will rebrand its existing Betfair Casino under the Stardust brand.

The Stardust Casino will be built on FanDuel’s proprietary front-end, apps and player account management system. The PA and NJ Stardust online casinos will be linked to Boyd Gaming’s B Connected player loyalty program. Players can earn B Connected points and tier credits while playing  on Stardust online casino.

According to Monday’s press release, the new Stardust Casino will have:

  • Slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker and baccarat and live dealer games.
  • Quick and secure cash out. “The same level of customer support, convenience, safety and security that customers have come to expect from FanDuel.”
  • Various account protections for players that reflect Boyd Gaming’s and FanDuel’s shared commitment to responsible gaming.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania players will be able to sign up for a new account or login using either their existing Betfair Casino credentials in New Jersey or their FanDuel fantasy/sportsbook credentials in both states.

Sprinkling Stardust on FanDuel

FanDuel operates its online sportsbook and casino in Pennsylvania through its partnership with the Boyd-owned Valley Forge Casino.

Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming, commented:

“For nearly 50 years, the Stardust was one of the most famous casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.  And while the resort has been gone for more than a decade, the Stardust brand is still as well-known and popular as ever.  We are excited to work with our partners at FanDuel to launch our first real-money online casinos and are confident this legendary brand will give us a significant advantage in connecting with players looking for a distinctive online gaming experience.”

Last week, FanDuel Group announced the appointment of Amy Howe to the newly created role of President. She’s in charge of leading the company’s  Sportsbook, Casino, Racing and Daily Fantasy units. Before joining FanDuel, Howe worked at Live Nation Entertainment where she served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Ticketmaster.

Amy Howe, President of FanDuel Group said:

“The new Stardust Casino will retain all of the great games that customers love on Betfair Casino, while incorporating a new stylish look that captures the glitz, glamour and nostalgia of old Las Vegas. Stardust Casino allows us to take a market leading product to the next level, creating a unified platform across New Jersey and Pennsylvania and integrating Boyd Gaming’s B Connected player loyalty program to provide even more value to our customers.”

Record breaking month for iGaming

Online casinos in Pennsylvania posted a record-breaking month in January with more than $80.4 million in revenue.

It shattered the previous high ($71.6 million) set in December 2020.

In January, iGaming slot revenue was $51 million, a whopping  609%. year-over-year increase. Online table game games revenue hit $26.7 million, 479% YoY leap.

FanDuel online casino reported $14.7 million total revenue, with $6.8 million coming from slots and $8 million coming from table games. FanDuel was the only operator to produce more revenue from table games than they did from slots.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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