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Gambling Stocks Are Big-Time Election Winners: 5 to Buy Now

Earlier this year, Penn National bought a 36% stake in Barstool Sports valued at $450 million, along with options to increase its stake to 50% in the future. Barstool is a sports media empire that claims 66 million monthly active users, roughly 100 million social media followers and two of the top 30 podcasts in the country.

Last month, Penn and Barstool jointly debuted Barstool Sportsbook, a digital sports betting app now available in Pennsylvania. The early success has been astounding. In its opening weekend, Barstool Sports Book surpassed the DraftKings and FanDuel preliminary download records. Penn’s and Barstool’s platform now boasts 48,000 Pennsylvanian users as of Penn’s most recent update.

With a huge growth potential, and a big drop in the share price, this is an incredible play for aggressive growth investors.

The Barclays Overweight rating comes with an $85 price target. The consensus target is $74.64, and Penn National Gaming stock was last seen trading at $63.85.

Scientific Games

This is a play on the technology side of the sports betting potential. Scientific Games Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMS) develops technology-based products and services and related content for the gaming, lottery, social and digital gaming industries in the United States and internationally.

Its Gaming segment sells new and used gaming machines, electronic table systems, video lottery terminals, conversion game kits and spare parts; slot, casino and table-management systems; table products, including shufflers; and perpetual licenses to proprietary table games. It also leases gaming machines; provides gaming operations and licensing arrangements; and installs and supports casino management systems, such as ongoing hardware and software maintenance and upgrade services of customer casino management systems.

Scientific Games digital segment provides digital gaming and sports wagering solutions and services, including digital RMG and sports wagering solutions, distribution platforms, content, products and services; software design, development, licensing, maintenance and support services; Open Platform Systems; and content aggregation platforms.

Back in September, institutional investors, including highly credentialed gaming industry investor Caledonia, bought a 34.9% stake in Scientific Games. The company expects capital expenditures in the range of $210 million to $240 million and positive free cash flow for fiscal 2020.

A $50 price target accompanies the Jefferies Buy rating. The consensus target is much lower at $29.11. The last trade posted on Wednesday came in at $35.26, after a more than 3% pullback following third-quarter results that disappointed some. Scientific Games stock traded at $36.15 Thursday morning.

Wynn Resorts

While a more traditional gaming play, this high-end company is a prime Las Vegas destination and its stock offers a superb entry point. Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN) operates Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau resort located in the People’s Republic of China.

The Macau resorts feature approximately 284,000 square feet of casino space, which offers 24-hour gaming and a range of games, with 458 table games and 708 slot machines, private gaming salons, sky casinos and a poker room. Its two luxury hotel towers have a total of 1,008 guest rooms and suites, as well as casual and fine dining in eight restaurants, about 57,000 square feet of retail shopping in stores and boutiques, around 31,000 square feet of space for lounges and meeting facilities, and the Rotunda show. Recreation and leisure facilities include two health clubs, spas, a salon and a pool.

In Las Vegas, the company also owns and operates the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas resorts, with a total of 4,748 hotel rooms, suites, and villas; 232 table games; 1,866 slot machines; a race and sportsbook and poker room in approximately 186,000 square feet of casino gaming space, including a sky casino and private gaming salons.

BofA Securities has a Buy rating and a $95 price target, while the consensus target is $90.81. Wynn Resorts stock was trading at $78.10.


It is clear that states need revenue. While some cringe at gambling as a source, for many it is more palatable than, say, recreational marijuana. All these stocks offer aggressive growth investors a great way to play the trend, while some serious selling recently has put prices at an outstanding level.

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