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Located in what is commonly known as the panhandle, a thin strip of land in the northern part of West Virginia, lays Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack. Owned by Delaware North, Wheeling Island is the sister operation to another player in WV sports betting – Mardis Gras.
Wheeling Island has opened a sports betting lounge on its property however it has not yet launched a sports betting app or website. We anticipate the app to launch in December 2018.
As its name would suggest, Wheeling Island is in fact an island. Set in the Ohio River, Wheeling Island was first established back in 1866 and has a storied history as one of the very first racetracks in the United States.
The horses ruled the track from 1866 until 1976 when it became the premier destination for greyhound racing. Today, fans of the hasty hounds can still enjoy dog racing every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with up to a maximum of 20 races taking places each day. This division of the Wheeling Island is also home to an off-site betting parlor that operates 7-days a week and takes bets for both greyhound and horse racing.
In 1995 Wheeling Island once again emerged from a cocoon, this time it had transformed itself into a casino. In its earliest days as a casino Wheeling Island only catered to punters who preferred the one-armed bandits and video poker titles. By 2007 it had evolved along with most modern day casinos, ironically, to include the classic hallmarks of the traditional casino with the addition classic table games and poker.
Today Wheeling Island Casino and Hotel operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is home to a 151-room hotel, greyhound racing, casino with over 1000 slots, 20 different table games and 9 poker tables along with the its latest addition – the Wheeling Island Sportsbook.
West Virginia Sports Betting was officially meant to kick off 1 September 2018, just in time for the start of 2018/2019-football season, but thanks to delay caused by Governor Jim Justice and his final push for “integrity fees”, Wheeling Island were late to the game. But with the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Charles Town bringing in an astonishing $640,000 in the first 4 days, Wheeling Island made sure they were still able to benefit from the excitement that came with the introduction sportsbetting to the state.
So, on the day sports betting could be enjoyed by the masses, Wheeling Island opened its doors to allow sports and betting fans into their brand new sports… bar. In rather shrewd move, once it became clear that the Wheeling Island Sportsbook would not be operational on Day One, they quickly set up sport bar, which looked just like a modern day sportsbook, just without the betting. Occupying the exact same space the sportsbook would occupy when up and running, the temporary sportsbook gave the public a very good idea of what to expect when it shifted from sports bar to sportsbook.