Top Gambling Stocks to Buy in 2021


Most of 2020 felt like a roll of the dice. 

Going out to the store became a roll of the pandemic dice: Will I be able to buy hand sanitizer or find any toilet paper? Am I going to catch Covid-19? What do I do with 4,000 masks once the disease is no longer a threat? Every day feels like a gamble.

Speaking of gambling, it's been front and center on many trader's radars. Stocks like Penn National Gaming (PENN) - Get Report and DraftKings  (DKNG) - Get Report have been some of the most active and best-performing trading names. I don't expect that to change for either stock in 2021, but those are the obvious names. What about a few other names to consider owning in the space for 2021?

Bet on the Basics

If you're unfamiliar with the sector, it would be best to start with the basics. Roundhill offers the Roundhill Sports Betting and iGaming exchange-traded fund  (BETZ) . For an investor, this is going to get you broad exposure to the entire sector at a very reasonable 0.75% expense ratio. You'll get PENN and DKNG exposure here, as those two names are the ETF's largest holdings, but what I find most appealing is the reach into foreign-listed names. Many investors aren't comfortable venturing beyond the big exchanges in the U.S. to get exposure. 

BETZ's U.S. exposure sits around 34.5%. Investors are going to get good-sized exposure to Britain, Australia, Malta, Sweden, and the Isle of Man. Honestly, this holding is probably my only exposure to the Isle of Man. Additionally, the fund touches sportsbooks, technology, casinos, and iGaming with a mix of small-, mid-, and large-cap names. Admittedly, a few of the names will come up below, but this should be the go-to starter for anyone wanting exposure in the space.

While we talk about DraftKings non-stop, it's important to note FanDuel is a serious player in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) and sportsbook arena. Investors can get exposure via Flutter Entertainment  (PDYPY) , which also gets them PokerStars. FanDuel defines itself as an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. In addition to FanDuel, it also has Betfair US and TVG.

The company recently expanded its reach to South America and the Caribbean via a deal with CAGE Companies. FanDuel will operate over-the-counter sportsbook at retail locations for CAGE, as well as online. Given the huge competition in the U.S., getting international exposure is a huge plus. In terms of the U.S., FanDuel already has a big reach with retail sportsbooks in 11 states and online better in eight states. That will expand soon as they add Michigan and Virginia. Once that is complete, FanDuel will have exposure to about one-fourth of the U.S. population.