West Virginia will be one of the first states to legalize sports betting the post-PASPA landscape, after New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The 10th of March 2018 was a day that forever changed gaming industry in the US when a bill based on legalizing and regulating sport betting became law in the state of West Virginia.
Currently, only a single casino, out of five in the entire state, accepts bets on sporting events. There is, however, an optimism among West Virginia lottery officials that by the middle of October 2018, the remaining four will be operating as well.
In Hollywood Casino Charles Town, the break of dawn for West Virginia’s sports betting industry has already occurred, with the soft-launch of its sportsbook on Aug. 30. As of September 1, the book will be officially introduced with the participation of Joe Theismann - NFL commentator and former player.
Hollywood’s live sports betting business is supported by its partnership with the industry giant William Hill. Customers will be able to bet on straight bets, straight odds, point spreads, money lines, totals (over/under), parlays, match-ups, futures, propositions, in-play (in-game). Wagers can be placed on all major sports, as well as auto racing, cycling, cricket, soccer, MMA and rugby.
This casino is the candidate voted most likely to be the second casino in West Virginia with an open sportsbook. It runs a unique business operation, being the only private casino in all of the United States.
While we can only speculate about Greenbrier’s plans and preparations to become a host for live sports betting, it’s not too difficult to follow the breadcrumbs. Its partnership with the Daily Fantasy Sports trader FanDuel and FanDuel’s already obtained license to run a sportsbook in West Virginia both point to the conclusion that live sports betting will appear on the grounds before long.
Both casinos are the property of Delaware North, a gaming operator headquartered in Buffalo, New York. Together, the two establishments have about a thousand slot machines and 30 table games at their disposal.
While it has not been publicly announced when will Mardi Gras be offering its patrons sports betting services, it is surely expected in the near future, as Mardi Gras is the casino with the most central location of all 5 in the state. Reports about mid-summer construction and the fact that the casino has already obtained a West Virginia betting permit are the reason why locals have got their eye set on Mardi Gras Casino with anticipation.
The Wheeling Island Casino also possesses a permit, however, its remote location makes news about its current operations scarce and non-specific.
Mountaineer Casino is the only casino in the state that doesn’t seem to have obtained a license to provide sports betting services. Rumors have surfaced that the management is looking in the direction of forming a new business partnership and hopefully, this could lead to a speedy and profitable turn of events for the casino’s anticipated introduction to the industry of live sports betting.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (more commonly known asPASPA) bans sports betting across the U.S., with the state of Nevada being exempt. Essentially, there are 4 parts to this act:
As of Aug. 30 2018, West Virginia has joined Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware and Mississippi as the fifth state in the country where residents can participate in legal sports betting. This event was marked by a special occasion - the state’s largest casino, Hollywood Casino Charles Town, soft-opened its sportsbook for the general public to place wagers.