West Virginia launched legal sports betting on Sept. 1, but neighbors including Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Kentucky and Ohio are hot on its heels.
Del. Marcus Simon, a Democrat from Falls Church, is working to bring sports betting to the state in 2019. He plans to introduce a bill in January.
Sports betting launched in West Virginia at the end of August 2018. Since then, it has has been earning revenue for the state, albeit slowly.
Since the fall of PASPA in May, five states have joined Nevada to bring sports betting to their inhabitants-and Washington DC may become the next locale.
There will be sports betting at all five casinos in West Virginia, eventually. The Mountaineer filed for its sports betting license.
The West Virginia Lottery has released the new numbers for sports betting, with just under $10 million in wagers handled and more than $2 million in revenue since launch.
Major League Baseball was pushing for casinos to pay them integrity fees or royalties for sports betting again, even as West Virginia just says no.
The odds still do not favor West Virginia winning the national title. But WV sportsbooks could have a lot of big payouts to make if it happens.
On Oct. 9, the Hancock County Board of Health voted to permit the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort to allow its patrons to smoke.
The West Virginia Lottery’s final rules for sports betting did not include any of the proposed changes that came from major sports leagues.