West Virginia Sports Betting

DraftKings WV Ready To Reignite A Fledgling Online Sports Betting Market

DraftKings Coming to WV

West Virginia sports betting finally has some good news. After another difficult week for WV sportsbooks in terms of generating handle, help is officially on the way.

DraftKings WV Sportsbook to the rescue

It’s been reported that DraftKings Sportsbook may soft launch in the WV betting market sometime this week. This information couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mountain State.

Two other online sportsbooks have been approved to operate, as well. It looks like both FanDuel Sportsbook and William Hill Sportsbook will be releasing mobile apps in WV in the near future.

Ever since WV lost access to the BetLucky Sportsbook, WV’s only online sports betting platform, sports gambling figures have been consistently falling. DraftKings Sportsbook should help revitalize the entire market and allow WV residents to wager on sports from the convenience of their homes very soon.

The newest online sportsbook in the state will service what is already the most successful retail sportsbook in WV, the Hollywood Casino. Penn National Gaming, Hollywood’s operator, agreed to a deal with DraftKings in Dec. 2018.

Hollywood consistently posts the best numbers for both handle and revenue every week – and it is not even close. With the assistance of DraftKings, one of the best mobile betting apps in the country, Hollywood Sportsbook could be reaching new heights soon.

As for the sportsbooks currently active in the state, they didn’t fare particularly well for the week ending May 18. Total handle dipped slightly again as it sits just above $2.1 million.

Revenue figures did enjoy a nice recovery, though. The state made more than $150,000 after losing around $10,000 a week ago.

Although the sports-betting industry in WV seemed to have become stagnant, a new online sportsbook could be the perfect remedy for this rural state.

This week’s report includes activity from May 12-18 for all five WV sportsbooks:

WV Sports Betting Summary

Here are the latest figures released by the WV Lottery since WV sports betting revenue tracking began in August 2018:

  • Handle: $116,335,923.18
  • Revenue: $11,165,195.73
  • Taxes: $1,116,519.67

The week of May 18 was slow for sports betting in WV. Overall handle dropped down to $2,176,969.32, a 2% decrease from the previous week.

Revenue figures, however, had a strong showing. After spending a week in the reed, it posted a healthy $156,985.95.

WV sports betting revenue for the week ending May 18, 2019

CasinoHandleMobile Sports Betting RevenueRetail Sports Betting RevenueTotal RevenueTaxes (10%)
Hollywood Casino$1,621,498.40N/A$123,323.15$123,323.15$12,332.32
Mountaineer Casino$525,156.67N/A$23,851.05$23,851.05$2,385.11
The Greenbrier$30,314.20N/A$9,901.75$9,901.75$990.18
Mardi Gras CasinoN/AN/A-$90.00-$90.00-$9.00
Wheeling Island HotelN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Total$2,176,969.32N/A$156,985.95$156,985.95$15,698.61

A Closer Look At WV Sports Betting Handle

The handle figures from the last two weeks look similar. Each active retail sportsbook lost around $10,000 in handle compared to the report from a week ago.

Hollywood Casino is at the top with just over $1.6 million in bets.

The Mountaineer Casino once again finished in second for handle. It pulled in just over $525,000 in wagers this week.

The Greenbrier finished in third with around $30,000.

It’s not surprising that the handle for the state continues to fall without an online option. Hopefully, that will all be changing soon.

  1. Hollywood Casino ($1,621,498.40)
  2. Mountaineer Casino ($525,156.67)
  3. The Greenbrier ($30,314.25)
  4. Mardi Gras Casino ($0)
  5. Wheeling Island ($0)

WV sports betting handle

A Closer Look At WV Sports Betting Revenue

All three active land-based sportsbooks were profitable this week. Hollywood led the way with almost $125,000. This is a nice rebound from a week ago when it only generated around $25,000 in revenue.

The Mountaineer Casino also recovered nicely. It made nearly $25,000 after losing more than $35,000 last week.

The Greenbrier was in the black as well. This is now the fourth-straight week it’s posted positive revenue.

Wheeling Island didn’t have any payouts, while Mardi Gras Casino settled $90 worth of wagers.

Here’s how the WV sportsbooks rank for weekly revenue:

  1. Hollywood Casino ($123,323.15)
  2. Mountaineer Casino ($23,851.05)
  3. The Greenbrier ($9,901.75)
  4. Wheeling Island ($0)
  5. Mardi Gras Casino ($-90.00)

WV sports betting revenue

Impact of DraftKings Sportsbook in West Virginia

The new DraftKings Sportsbook will truly change the landscape of sports betting in WV. Bettors in the state proved that only having retail sportsbooks available is not enough to sustain a successful gambling market.

People simply do not have the time, money or energy to constantly make the long-distance trips to the casino to place bets. Acquiring an online platform like DraftKings is a big deal for both residents and the industry.

As mentioned, the DraftKings online sportsbook will be a huge improvement over the previous online betting app in WV. It provides a long list of sports, betting types and promotional incentives that the state hasn’t had before.

These features have made DraftKings one of the top NJ online sportsbooks for revenue since its launch.

The release of DraftKings should create more urgency for the other online options to go live, too. The other casinos in the state will not enjoy sitting out as DraftKings works to grow its customer list.

On the board for WV Sportsbooks

NBA Finals

The NBA Finals begin on Thursday night as the Golden State Warriors look to win their third consecutive title. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors stand in their way after taking down the top-seeded Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The DraftKings Sportsbook in NJ has the following odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals:

  • Golden State Warriors -286
  • Toronto Raptors +225

Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals got underway on Monday night when the Boston Bruins protected home ice and beat the Blues in Game 1. Sportsbooks are now making them a sizable favorite to take home the Cup.

DraftKings NJ lists the following odds to win the Stanley Cup Finals:

  • Boston Bruins -305
  • Louis Blues +240

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Chris Imperiale covers sports betting and the online casino industries. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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