Betting App Delays Launch of Sports Betting at West Virginia’s Wheeling Island Casino
Development of betting app among the main reasons behind the delayed launch of sports betting at the property
Sports betting kicked off in West Virginia with the start of the NFL season and more and more state casinos have been opening sportsbooks to claim their share of a market many seem to be extremely bullish of.
However, while Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack has already confirmed that it will join the sports betting mix, it is still unknown when exactly this will happen. The venue was first expected to launch its wagering operations by the end of September. Owner Delaware North then announced that it has decided to delay the start of sports betting at the property as well as at its other West Virginia casino – Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro.
The latest round of sports betting news from the state have brought the important piece of information that while it is still unclear when Wheeling Island Casino will go live with wagering, owners are striving to make that happen within the ongoing NFL season and that testing has already begun at the property.
It has also become known that one of the main reasons for the delayed start of betting is the development of a mobile app that would allow West Virginians to wager on sports from wherever they want on the territory of the state.
Owners have told local media that since mobile betting has not been done yet in the state, they want to do it right. Kim Florence, President and General Manager at the property, told local media outlets that figuring out how the technology works is really important to them.
There is no official date for the launch of sports betting, both physical and mobile, at Wheeling Island Casino, but the venue’s General Manager said that will happen soon.
How Is Sports Betting Going in West Virginia?
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was the first gambling venue to go live with sports betting in the state. The property launched its sportsbook at the end of August along with the start of the new NFL season.
West Virginia legalized wagering on professional and college sporting events this past spring, ahead of the May 14 ruling of the US Supreme Court that allowed states to individually legalize and regulate sports betting, if they felt so inclined to do so.
With Hollywood Casino commencing sports betting operations, the state became the fourth one to offer a legal wagering product. According to figures released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, the state’s sportsbooks handled around $10 million in wagers during the first six weeks since launch and generated revenue of more than $2.3 million.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is set to add wagering to its existing operations on Wednesday with the opening of its sportsbook. It has also become clear earlier this month that testing has commenced at Mardi Gras Casino, Wheeling Island Casino’s sister property.
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