Prophet Exchange Secures Over $10 Million in Funding

By | April 12, 2023


Prophet Exchange, the first fully regulated, peer-to-peer, high-frequency sports betting exchange in the United States, has announced a new line of funding to the tune of over $10 million. Prophet Exchange officially launched in New Jersey in August 2022 and has more recently celebrated a successful Super Bowl, where the company saw over $1 million traded on the event.

Founded by Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen in 2018, Prophet Exchange is an entirely peer-to-peer sports betting platform that matches users’ potential bets with others from across New Jersey.

“As excited as we are to enter the emerging market of sports betting, we are a tech company at heart,” said Dean Sisun, CEO and co-founder. “We are a scrappy, lean and agile firm in a sea of behemoths, which allows us to respond to changes and capitalize on opportunities at a moment’s notice. This round of funding will let us continue as disruptors in the betting space and push our fast-moving product forward in this blossoming market.”

Built entirely on proprietary technology, Prophet Exchange is uniquely situated to capitalize on the rapidly changing and expanding sports betting market. As gambling legislation continues to roll out nationwide and change the face of gambling in the U.S., Prophet aims to position itself as the people’s exchange of choice.

The platform offers money line, spread and total markets for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA football and basketball games, and will continue to add new sports and markets as the platform scales. Soccer, tennis, golf, UFC and other Tier 2 sports will also be going live in the immediate future. And while only users within New Jersey can place bets, users across the country can download the app, view their lines, and learn the ins and outs of peer-to-peer exchanges, free of charge.

In the midst of challenging conditions across the financial markets in 2023, Prophet Exchange’s announcement of $10m in funding, securing backing from MIXI, Inc., Ninjabet and Chicago Trading Company, is a validation for their peer-to-peer exchange model.

While common across Europe, Africa and Asia, peer-to-peer exchanges were absent in the U.S. until 2022, when Prophet opened its doors in New Jersey.

Prophet is using this additional line of funding to look inward and develop the best, most innovative product in a rapidly emerging market. Prophet aims to work toward profitability while growing their already industry-leading tech offering. Additional pro-consumer pieces like increased liquidity, growing the roster of events, adding smart-wallet technology to let users trade more with less, and moving into in-play betting are in the immediate pipeline.

From here, Prophet can roll out its proprietary multi-state technology into new markets as licensing fees and market access agreements continue to come down.

Prophet’s operation first began in the United Kingdom in 2018, as it passed all of the necessary licensing and compliance overseas in order to prove its concept before peer-to-peer exchanges were being considered in the United States. After gaining the relevant experience, the team returned home in 2020 to work with New Jersey regulators to develop exchange rules and regulations in a then-sportsbook-dominated environment.

“To be frank, something has always bothered us about ‘the house always wins,’” COO and co-founder Jake Benzaquen stated. “At Prophet, we win only when the user wins. As the first pro-consumer betting exchange in the country, we believe it’s time for the house to lose a few hands.”

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