New iGaming App to Launch in WV; Retail Sportsbooks to Return

New iGaming App to Launch in WV; Retail Sportsbooks to Return
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West Virginia gamblers are about to have more options for iGaming and sports betting.

Lottery Director John Myers told lottery commission members Wednesday that The Greenbrier Resort would be launching its MGM iGaming app Wednesday evening, according to Randy Burnside, assistant director of the lottery. It will be the second iGaming app in West Virginia.

DraftKings launched its mobile gaming product line in West Virginia on July 15 through the DraftKings Casino app or through the DraftKings Sportsbook app. It has a partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town.

West Virginia joined Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in offering online casino games. Those four states plus Nevada offer online poker sites.

In addition to the iGaming apps, two retail sportsbooks will return in the next week, it was announced at the commission meeting, according to Burnside. Also, David Bradley, the lottery’s deputy director for LVL/Casino/iGaming, informed the commission that the William Hill mobile sports book for Mountaineer Park will be going through testing next week.

Two Retail Sportsbooks Returning

International Game Technology and Delaware North have indicated they plan to launch their retail sportsbook and mobile app for Mardi Gras Casino as early as Thursday and at Wheeling Island Casino on Sept. 2, according to Myers.

IGT and Delaware North announced a deal earlier this year for the operations at Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island. But the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sports world and casinos in mid-March.

Delaware North offered a mobile sports betting app in West Virginia in January 2019. Its BetLucky app was in partnership with technology vendor Miomni. But after a contract dispute, Delaware North shut the app down in March 2019.

After months without online sports betting in West Virginia, FanDuel launched its mobile app in August 2019 through The Greenbrier Resort. DraftKings soon followed in partnership with the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town.

BetMGM joined the West Virginia mobile sports betting market in early 2020 through The Greenbrier.

Mobile Sports Betting Strong in WV

In July West Virginia sportsbooks had their strongest mobile sports betting since February. The mobile handle for July was $11,168,731, up 94.5% from June’s $5,742,051. Total sports betting handle was $15,853,463 for July, a 150.1% rise from June’s $6,338,618.

The Mountaineer Casino (in New Cumberland), Wheeling Island (Wheeling), Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs) and Mardi Gras (Nitro) all reopened June 5 with new social distancing and health measures in place.

West Virginia also had iGaming revenue to report in July since the DraftKings Casino app launched. With just a couple of weeks of activity with the one operator, the state had $28.5 million in iGaming handle in July and $553,145.50 in revenue.

The iGaming numbers should grow with the MGM app going live and sports betting handle should increase when the Delaware North properties reopen their sportsbooks.

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