DraftKings Sportsbook Hires New Sports Betting Director In Nevada
DraftKings made a high-quality hire to help their expansion plans move quicker. The company announced the addition of Johnny Avello to a director-level position based in Las Vegas. Avello was an executive director at Wynn Resorts & Sportsbook.
“Johnny is considered a legend in Las Vegas. He is very respected in the gaming industry and brings well over 30 years of experience, insights, and ideas to DraftKings. We’re committed to building a world-class sports betting operation by putting together amazing talent with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and Johnny’s arrival brings us one step closer to that goal”, said DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish in a newsletter.
Avello is 65-years old and has spent 13 years at Wynn. He has been involved in Las Vegas sports betting operations since the 70s. His new role will be director of retail sportsbook trading and risk management. Wynn Resorts said they had no comment about Avello’s departure. After May’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed all U.S. states to legalize and regulate sports betting, DraftKings has announced its plans to enter the racetrack and sports book industry.
For the first year, their number one goal is to add as much talent and high-level names as the industry has to offer. It all started with the hiring of Sean Hurley as the new DraftKing ‘Head of Sportsbook’ back in February. The move happened before the Supreme Court ruling.
“Hurley will be based in DraftKings’ newly opened office in Hoboken, New Jersey. He will focus on preparing Sportsbook as a potential new line of business for DraftKings in anticipation of the pending Supreme Court decision in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association”, said DraftKings CEO Jason Robins back in February. Late in August the company added Frank Kunovic (Caesars) and Jamie Shea (IGT) to their new team. Avello and Kunovic will be in charge of retail operations for DraftKings Sportsbook. Shea will oversee the online/mobile platform.
The rumors say DraftKings is making a massive run to getting into the Nevada sports betting market. The hiring of these names seems to confirm it. DraftKings Sportsbook was the first online/mobile sports betting platform to launch in New Jersey. Yet, they don’t have enough muscle in the state just yet. DraftKings will have to apply for a Nevada Gaming license to start operations. But their efforts don’t end there. Two months ago the company announced the opening of a new office in San Francisco.
“…Our success in being first to market in New Jersey with mobile sports betting is the direct result of our skilled team. I am excited to welcome this new group of executives, while expanding the company to San Francisco and Las Vegas. Presence in these international hubs of technology and gaming, respectively, allows us access to a tremendous talent pool and strengthens our position as leaders in this dynamic industry”, Kalish explained in a statement. DraftKings now has offices in five cities: Boston (headquarters), New York City, Hoboken, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.