Rush Street Interactive, one of the fastest-growing online casino and sports wagering companies in the United States, and dMY Technology Group, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which RSI and dMY will combine.
As a result of the transaction, RSI will become a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, and the combined company is anticipated to have an initial enterprise value of approximately $1.78bn. Upon closing, dMY intends to change its name to Rush Street Interactive, Inc. and its NYSE trading symbol to “RSI.”
Following the closing of the transaction, Neil Bluhm will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Greg Carlin will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Schwartz will continue to serve as President of the combined company, supported by a deep and talented management team with substantial expertise in the online gaming industry.
The combined company’s Board of Directors will include dMY’s Chairman Harry You and CEO Niccolo de Masi. Mr. You is the former EVP of EMC and previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Accenture and Oracle. Mr. de Masi is the current Chairman and former CEO of Glu Mobile, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices.
“We started RSI in 2012 to create a fun and engaging online experience for the U.S. gaming customer and we now have a great opportunity to accelerate our growth in this dynamic market,” said Mr. Carlin. “We are looking forward to investing further in market expansion, product innovation, and growing our talented team.”
“RSI has achieved leading online casino and sportsbook market positions by focusing on what players want – a high-quality product, helpful customer service, and transparency and honesty,” Mr. Schwartz said. “This transaction will help enhance and broaden our product offerings and attract more players.”
“This transaction with dMY Technology will provide RSI access to growth capital to allow for the expansion of the business in this fast-growing market and we expect it will serve our customers and investors well,” Mr. Bluhm said.
“With their dozens of years of online casino and sports wagering experience, RSI has developed a leading customer-focused online gambling platform,” said Mr. de Masi. “Harry and I are tremendously excited about RSI’s positioning and the long-term growth opportunity they have in the expanding U.S. market.”
Founded in 2012 by gaming industry veterans Neil Bluhm, Greg Carlin and Richard Schwartz, RSI is a market leader in online casino and sports betting in the United States.
RSI currently operates online gaming sites in Illinois and Pennsylvania, the two largest populated U.S. states that have legalised online gaming and where a scarcity of online gaming licenses also exists, as well as in New Jersey, Indiana, and Colorado. The total estimated size of the US market for online casino and online sports betting is approximately $33bn according to Eilers & Krejcik and RSI estimates.
The company launched its first online gaming casino site, PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey, in September 2016 and subsequently became the first online gaming company to launch online sports wagering in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado and, most recently, Illinois. Additionally, RSI is the first US-based gaming operator to launch a legal and regulated online sportsbook on a national basis in Latin America. RSI only operates in legal and regulated markets.
The company’s proprietary, innovative iGaming platform provides a rich and differentiated user experience, and a wide range of specialised bonusing tools. RSI offers premier in-game and live event streaming and expects to launch a new iOS sportsbook app later this year.