Hollywood Casino became the first legal on-land sportsbook in West Virginia and with William Hill confirmed as its strategic partner, an online offering was expected to quickly follow. However, it appears this is no longer the case with ‘technical issues’ cited for the delay so far.
For Mountaineer Casino, the picture regarding matters online is even less certain at present. They have yet to complete the testing of a prospective app required before mobile wagering can begin. There’s little to suggest this situation will change anytime soon but seen as William Hill can call on their experience of apps created for Nevada and New Jersey, the process may not be as far away as we think from being complete.
The early uninspiring performance of the sportsbook up at The Greenbier isn’t thought to have much of an impact on the online side of things.
We all know how difficult the resort is to get to.
It’s believed FanDuel would’ve viewed any success on the back of its land-based operation a bonus anyway with the operator’s main aim of trying to tap into a market based on the assumption this is something residents of WV not only wish for but, in actual fact, needs.
There’s the potential for all three casinos to be eclipsed by the state’s two other casinos aiming to launch physical and online wagering at the same time.
Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island to debut before them all
Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island are both owned by Delaware North, already a name in the gambling industry through the nine other casinos it owns across the US.
According to state lottery officials, both casinos are known to have completed the testing required, opening the door for each to roll out retail and online sports betting concurrently in WV.
No date has yet to be announced but it’s a foregone conclusion online sports betting will be live in West Virginia early in 2019.s