West Virginia Has Mixed Results in August for Sports, Gaming

West Virginia Has Mixed Results in August for Sports, Gaming

West Virginia sports betting handle — overall and mobile — increased during August, but revenue fell compared to July.

The total handle in West Virginia was $22,350,089 in August, up 5% from July’s figure of $21,290,275, according to the West Virginia Lottery.

Mobile betting handle for the month was $16,610,565, a 6.6% increase compared to the $15,578,482 in July.

WV Sports Betting Handle & Revenue, August vs. July

Total handleMobile handleRevenue
Change Up 5.0% Up 6.6% Down 13.2%

Note: West Virginia reports numbers weekly rather than by calendar month. August represents Aug. 1-28; July represents July 1-31.

The increases are a bit more impressive when you consider that August figures only covered a 28-day period, as opposed to 31 days in July. For West Virginia gambling, the state submits its figures weekly, rather than monthly as most states do. August covers Aug, 1-28; the figures reported in July were for the entire month, which began a new fiscal year in the state.

Sports betting revenue, which was $2,295,743 in July, dropped to $1,993,383 in a month-over-month comparison, a 13.2% decrease.

PointsBet Joins West Virginia Sportsbook list

In August, PointsBet became the newest WV sportsbook available, launching via a deal with Penn National Gaming.

PointsBet Sportsbook joins FanDuel, Caesars, DraftKings and BetMGM as a sportsbook operator in the Mountain State.

PointsBet, founded in Australia and expanding in the U.S. market, also announced plans to launch online casino in West Virginia late in 2021.

Handle, Revenue Down for iGaming

Speaking of iGaming, the August handle in West Virginia was $141,871,113, down 6.0% from July ($150,939,216). The revenue dropped further, from $5,295,441 in July to $4,471,480 in August, a 15.6% decline.

The number of companies doing online casino business in West Virginia has doubled in 2021, with FanDuel and BetRivers joining the more established DraftKings and BetMGM in the state.

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