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DraftKings Sportsbook Brings Online Sports Betting To West Virginia
28th August, 19:07DraftKings Sportsbook has launched its online sportsbook in West Virginia, making online sports betting available to WV sports fans.
The move has been expected for some time since West Virginia Lottery Director John Meyers said his office had given DraftKings the go-ahead for launch. All along it was known that DraftKings, thanks to its exclusive partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, would be among the first to enter the legal online WV betting market. BetLucky had previous launched in the state but has since come offline following issues with its provider.
"We are thrilled to continue our DraftKings Sportsbook expansion by getting our product into the handsof West Virginians," said Matt Kalish, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at DraftKings. "We look forward to serving our fans with the top-rated DraftKings Sportsbook app, that features numerous consumer protection features and strives to provide the broadest selection of betting options with the best odds and rewards in West Virginia. DraftKings knows the American sports fan better than anyone, and we look forward to proving that in the Mountain State."
As is the case in other states, DraftKings Sportsbook in West Virginia will be available to anyone in the state of West Virginia. Desktop users will have to install an app that will confirm their location in the state. Mobile users will use their phone's GPS tracking to confirm their location. DraftKings' sports betting app in West Virginia will be the same as the one in New Jersey, and soon, in Pennsylvania, when DraftKings Sportsbook PA launches.
To bet with DraftKings Sportsbook in WV, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid United States Social Security Number and physically be located within the state.
New users will get a $200 first bet match along with a deposit match up to $500. No promo code is required. You can sign up here .
The full smorgasbord of betting options from DraftKings Sportsbook will be available. West Virginia folks will be able to bet on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, MMA, and, of course, West Virginia football.
Users can deposit money into their DraftKings account through a range of options. The app offers betting on spread, moneyline, total, props, parlays and more. Also available is DraftKings' more unique options, like cash out, live betting, and sportsbook pools. The real-time nature of the first two options allows bettors to have an in-game experience, while the latter allows them to compete against others in leaderboard type contests.
West Virginia sports betting did not get off to a great start. Three sports betting offerings - Mardis Gras and Wheeling Island casinos, and the BetLucky app - were all suspended and then shuttered due to a problem with a data provider, who reportedly did not have all of the relevant licenses to offer betting solutions to the casinos and app. It left a sour taste in the mouth of the WV betting public, and rightfully so.
But there should be no such concerns with DraftKings Sportsbook entering the market. They are backed by the popular data provider Kambi, and obviously has a number of compliance and other checks to ensure that a similar situation doesn't happen.
This is a whole other ballgame with DraftKings Sportsbook in West Virginia.
The app is available for download now in the iOS App Store and as a direct download on Android, which doesn't allow real money gambling apps. New users can get DraftKings' $200 first bet match.
DraftKings and Hollywood Casino are a good partnership. Located in the eastern part of the state, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races took in $79.7 million of the $114.2 million wagered on sports in West Virginia.
"We are pleased to help welcome DraftKings to West Virginia," said John Finamore, Sr. Vice President of Regional Operations at Penn National Gaming. "They provide a quality online sports betting experience that will benefit their customers and the state."
Some expect that DraftKings' mobile app won't be able to surpass Hollywood's physical location, but as we've seen in New Jersey and projections for New York, mobile betting can account for anywhere from 80%-95% of the total market. West Virginia is a unique case as the fixed size of a physical location won't have to compete with a massive population base, as it does in New York and Pennsylvania, but it would be unwise to underestimate DraftKings Sportsbook's online betting offering in WV.