- The Mardi Gras Casino, located in Cross Lanes, WV, accepted its first sports bet in the last days of December 2018.
- The Wheeling Island Casino is located in Wheeling WV and started operations at the same time.
- Combined, these two sportsbooks have seen their betting handle exceed $14 million over 10 weeks of operations
Charleston, W.V. – The two Delaware North sportsbooks in West Virginia have had operations suspended since the middle of March. While the three other sportsbooks have seen nearly $32 million wagered at their venues since the suspension, both Wheeling Island Casino and Mardi Gras Casino have been left on the outside looking in.
These two were the first venues to offer mobile sports betting in West Virginia but were forced to stop after a technology rights dispute with Delaware North’s supplier, Miomni Gaming. They have now cut ties with the company is expected to get back to offering legal West Virginia sports betting before the start of the college football season.
In their near three months of operations, these two sportsbooks were holding their own in the WV market. Mardi Gras Casino has watched over $8 million enter their system, with over a quarter of that coming over the course of two separate weeks. Wheeling Island Casino wasn’t as powerful but still averaged roughly $600,000 a week in betting handle, making their total upwards of $6 million.
While the WV Lottery doesn’t release reports on the betting handle in terms of online versus land-based, they do break down the revenue in these terms.
Nearly every month at Mardi Gras Casino saw mobile revenue exceed retail, with the exception of the first three weeks of operation. For Wheeling Island, similar numbers presented themselves.
LegalSportsBetting.com knows only time will tell when both of these venues go live again, but it is believed that mobile betting will continue to outrank that of land-based. In other legal sports betting states, revenue (and handle) from mobile betting has become nearly four-fifths of all action.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.