West Virginia February Sports Betting Down, But iGaming Up
West Virginia’s sports wagering activity continued to see decreases across the board in February.
The total West Virginia sports betting handle in February was $38.2 million, a decline of 24.6% from January’s $50.7 million, but down a modest 3.5% from February 2020 ($39.6 million), according to official numbers released by the state on Monday.
West Virginia mobile sports betting in February was $27.09 million, down 17.7% from $32.9 million in January, and down 1.3% from February 2020 ($27.44 million).
February sports betting revenue, at $1.4 million, dropped 66% from January ($4 million). In February 2020, it was minus-$626,470.
February’s state share of taxes in February was $115,954, down from January’s $337,990, according to figures posted at the West Virginia Lottery website.
West Virginia computes its sports betting figures weekly rather than monthly. February represents Jan. 31 to Feb. 27 while January represented Jan. 3-30.
WV Sports Betting Handle & Revenue, February vs January
|Total handle||Mobile handle||Revenue|
|Change||Down 24.6%||Down 17.7%||Down 66.0%|
Note: West Virginia reports numbers weekly rather than by calendar month. February represents Jan. 31- Feb. 27; January represents Jan. 3-30.
iGaming Sees Increases in February
West Virginia iGaming saw increases in a month-over-month comparison. February’s handle was $117 million, up 18.1% from January’s $99.1 million. The January iGaming revenue ($3.44 million) marked an increase of 23.3% from January’s $2.79 million.
West Virginia is one of five states that offers online casino games and peer-to-peer poker. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan, which launched its online gaming market in January, are the others. Nevada offers online poker along with the other five states, but not online casino games.
DraftKings Casino, BetMGM and NetEnt are live in the West Virginia online casino market and will soon be joined by Rush Street Interactive. Rush Street in December announced a deal with Century Casinos for online casinos at BetRivers.com. The online casino is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2021.
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