West Virginia May Sports Betting Handle Dips; Revenue Rises

West Virginia May Sports Betting Handle Dips; Revenue Rises
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West Virginia sports betting handle for May dropped for the second consecutive month, although it was a modest decline. But there was some good news as sports revenue was up nearly 38%.

May sports betting total handle came in at $25.5 million, down 3.8% from April ($26.5 million), but up 412.6% from May 2020 ($4.97 million), according to figures released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission on Monday.

The month’s mobile sports betting handle at West Virginia sportsbooks was $18.4 million, down 7.3% from April ($19.8 million) and up 269.7% from May 2020 ($4.97 million), when casinos were closed and all of the action was online. Mobile was 72% of the total sports handle in May in West Virginia.

The good news in West Virginia was sports betting revenue in the state was $2.7 million, up 37.7% from April ($1.95 million) and up 396.7% from May 2020 ($541,188). More good news for the state was its share of taxes was $228,485, up from April’s figure of $165,922.

West Virginia reports sports betting figures weekly — May represents May 2-29, while April represents April 4-May 1.

WV Sports Betting Handle & Revenue, May vs. April

Total handleMobile handleRevenue
Change Down 3.8% Down 7.3% Up 37.7%

Note: West Virginia reports numbers weekly rather than by calendar month. May represents May 2-29; April represents April 4-May 1.

WV iGaming Numbers See Increase

West Virginia iGaming saw increases in May. The handle of $138.2 million was an increase of 16.7% from April ($118.4 million). Revenue came in at $4.3 million, up 14% from April’s $3.8 million.

The numbers reflect a boost from early in May, when The Greenbrier partnered with FanDuel's online app. It was the fourth online casino to go live for bettors in the state. The app features slots, blackjack, roulette and other games and is available in the Apple or Android stores for casino players in West Virginia or those visiting the state. The app is also live in New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The Greenbrier deal with FanDuel came just after the April entry of Rush Street Interactive, which launched a West Virginia online casino on BetRivers.com. Partnering with Mountaineer Park, the BetRivers online casino says it is the only one in West Virginia offering free bingo games in which customers can try to win prizes. Rush Street also is in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan online casino markets.