Delaware North - Wheeling Island Casino

  • West Virginia will be adding two more sportsbooks to their mobile list with Delaware North and both of their locations.
  • The state is already home to three online sports betting platforms with BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel.

CROSS LANES, W. Va. – More West Virginia sports betting options will be available for use on Thursday with Delaware North launching a land-based and mobile sports through its Mardi Gras Casino location.

The second Delaware North sports betting option in the state will be with Wheeling Island Casino, who has plans to open their wagering platform on September 2, less than a week later.

The gaming operator ceased all gambling on sporting activities because of a dispute between them and their sports betting supplier. The company then held off from relaunching presumably because of the suspension of major sports.

However, now that sporting events have begun to resume, Delaware North has decided to resume their business operations along with them. This will make two new sportsbook openings for the state that sports bettors in WV can use to gamble on the upcoming NFL season games.

“Both of these will be a soft opening,” said John Myers, the Director of the West Virginia Lottery. “They’re not going to be doing a lot of promotional activity at the beginning. There will be no promotional wagering either until they get things up and running a little better.”

West Virginia’s Sports Betting Landscape Is Growing

While Delaware North will have soft openings of their two sportsbooks, a third outlet will begin the “testing phase” to be able to iron out any kinks before a full roll out to the public is set up.

A William Hill mobile sports betting application will begin this phase starting the first week of September through their Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino location.

With any luck, they’ll be able to reach the total West Virginia sports betting market soon after testing begins, allowing for a total of five sportsbooks for the state in just as many weeks.

West Virginia is already home to three mobile sports betting applications with BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings, each affiliated with their own retail location. Once Delaware North and William Hill launch, that will make six online platforms for sports bettors to choose from.

The three books that have been open for business brought in a combined handle of $15 million for the month of July as sports was brought back on the scene and over $1.4 million in revenue.

Of that, DraftKings was the most successful, attributing most of the 70% of July’s online handle and 54% of the overall revenue through wagers from the use of their application.

The Sports Betting Outlook In WV

With collegiate and major league sports looking to begin their seasons and some already active, the addition of more wagering operations is good news for West Virginia.

Although sports betting did start to bring in more money for the state in July, other aspects of gaming like the lottery continued to suffer losses due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and fewer people going to stores to purchase tickets.

An increase in sports betting options, especially that of mobile sportsbooks should help ease some of the financial burdens for WV and bring in more revenue.

By the beginning of September, the Mountain State will have five sports betting applications, likely to be six by the end of the month.

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