Rush Street to Enter West Virginia Online Gaming Market
Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive on Friday announced an agreement with Century Casinos to launch online casino in West Virginia at BetRivers.com.
Pending licensing and regulatory approvals by the West Virginia Lottery, the online casino launch is set for the second quarter of 2021, according to a news release.
“As RSI continues the collective expansion of our interactive gaming operations into more states, we look forward to earning the same trust and preference of West Virginians that we have earned of players across the country,” Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, said in the news release. “In neighboring Pennsylvania, RSI is the clear leader in online casino market share, thanks to our secure and reliable platform, player-first attitude, transparent approach to customer service, large game library, fast payouts and innovative playing experiences.
”In partnership with Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, we are pleased to have the chance to offer gaming fans in West Virginia the unparalleled experience and service our customers have come to expect via BetRivers.com.”
West Virginia became the fourth state to offer online casino games in the U.S. market when DraftKings Casino launched its mobile gaming product line in the state on July 16. It partnered with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town.
RSI, under BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com, operates online casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and currently has online sportsbooks in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
More on Century Casinos
Century Casinos owns and operates Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in New Cumberland, West Virginia, along with casinos in Central City, Colorado; Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Missouri; Edmonton and St. Albert, Alberta (Canada).
Century announced on Wednesday that it would temporarily close its Canadian casinos and racetracks Saturday to comply with quarantines issued by the Alberta government to contain the spread of COVID-19. The government mandate is expected to be reassessed in four weeks.
West Virginia iGaming
West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware offer online casino games. Those states plus Nevada offer online poker sites as well.
The November iGaming handle in West Virginia was $72.6 million resulting in revenue of $2.1 million. The November handle was up 36.6% from October’s $53.1 million and the November revenue was an increase of 30.3% from October’s $1.6 million.
NetEnt, a well-known maker of online slot games, in mid-September announced it was partnering with online gaming and sportsbook operator BetMGM to enter the West Virginia market.
BetMGM has an agreement with The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs for a sportsbook and iGaming. BetMGM launched its online casino in August.
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