Should You Wait Until After the Election to Buy MGM? – Motley Fool

Should You Wait Until After the Election to Buy MGM? – Motley Fool

When investors think of MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) right now, they probably think of how much the casino industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But MGM also has a segment that has been growing throughout the pandemic, with its BetMGM online sports betting and gambling app. 

A number of U.S. states have already legalized sports betting, and three more have it on the ballot in the election. Those three states include Maryland, where MGM has a regional casino presence. Investors who want to get in on the sports betting action don’t need to wait until the election is over to get good odds on MGM. 

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Raising expectations

BetMGM was launched in 2018 and has been steadily expanding into more U.S. states. The app is a joint venture by MGM and GVC Holdings (LSE:GVC). BetMGM is currently live in eight states, and is expected to be added in three more by the end of the year. 

In its recently announced third-quarter earnings results, GVC touted its progress, and said the app “is firmly on track to be the leading operator in the U.S. online sports-betting and iGaming markets.” GVC said that it expects its U.S. sales to be ahead of expectations, as BetMGM has approximately 17% market share across its markets. 

A growing market

GVC said it believes the sports betting and online gambling markets will be worth over $20 billion