For roughly an hour Tuesday night, America had a legal betting option for a presidential election. FanDuel sportsbook in West Virginia technically became the first regulated entity to offer bets on a political event, posting lines on the 2020 presidential election. A day after lines opened, the political betting option is closed.
West Virginia has legalized online casinos and poker sites after Governor Jim Justice allowed HB 2934 to pass into law without his signature yesterday. With this new law, West Virginia becomes the third state in the US with a regulated online gaming industry encompassing the full range of sports betting, casino games and poker.
The sportsbooks at Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island along with the BetLucky WV mobile app have been shut down since March 6th and information is still sparse more than three days later.
West Virginians received a pair of belated Christmas presents this afternoon with the launch of the state’s first mobile sports betting app and the grand opening of two new retail sportsbooks.
DraftKings is getting into the casino business. This week, the fantasy-site-turned-sportsbook took yet another step in remaking its image as an all-around gaming destination with the launch of real money blackjack tables for New Jersey gamblers.
The West Virginia Lottery did sports bettors across the state a favor yesterday by simultaneously approving permanent sports betting rules and rejecting provisions that the NBA, MLB and PGA insisted were necessary to protect the integrity of their games.
A second sportsbook has opened for business in West Virginia. On Thursday, FanDuel Sportsbook at the Greenbrier Casino Club began taking its first sports wagers.
The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races booked the first legal sports wager in West Virginia this morning after launching two days ahead of schedule. The Hollywood Casino Twitter account broke the surprise news this morning:
DraftKings Sportsbook is close to establishing itself in West Virginia. DraftKings opened its first online sportsbook in New Jersey earlier this month and has a deal in place with del Lago Resort in New York for when that state passes additional legislation permit online sports betting.
West Virginia appears to be next in line to commence sports betting. The WV Lottery Commission has issued the first operator’s licenses to Hollywood Casino and FanDuel, the latter of which having an agreement with the Greenbrier casino to provide it with sports betting services.
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