West Virginia would become third state with legal online sports betting

West Virginia Mobile Sports Betting Is Just Weeks Away, Hollywood Casino Exec Says

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If you want to bet sports online in West Virginia, you may only be weeks away from being able to do so.

An executive for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races indicated recently that its launch of mobile WV sports betting is around the corner.

WV sports betting apps are almost here?

Erich Zimny, the vice president of racing and sports operations at Hollywood, was speaking as part of a webinar for ICE Sports Betting USA when he dropped this bit of knowledge:

“So we expect to launch our mobile app, I don’t have a firm date. It’s not going to be next week, it’s not going to be three to four months from now; we hope to get it up and running in the next few weeks.”

Hollywood is home of just one of two active sportsbooks in the state; it was the first to launch. (The other is FanDuel Sportsbook at The Greenbrier.)

So far, the two sportsbooks have combined to handle more than $3 million in wagers, but that is just via their on-premises wagering, as no one has online betting up and running yet.

More about WV mobile sports betting

The West Virginia Lottery has not yet indicated a date for any mobile launches, as it’s been in the midst of some tumult.

The mobile app would presumably be powered/managed by William Hill US, which takes care of the casino’s retail operations. Will Hill also has a mobile sports betting app in New Jersey.

There is no sense yet of when FanDuel’s mobile offering might be live in the state.

Two other WV sportsbooks slow down

While things are escalating for Hollywood, they are deescalating for two other WV casinos.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, the launch of sportsbooks at Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos has been delayed. More from the casinos’ parent company Delaware North via the G-M:

“Delaware North has pushed back their timeline for opening the sportsbooks at both Wheeling and Mardi Gras,” Burnside said. “The Lottery is waiting to hear back from them to schedule testing at some point in October.”

That means Hollywood continues to occupy the catbird seat for sports betting, both on land and online.
Dustin Gouker
- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.