After months without a mobile option, West Virginia could welcome industry heavies FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook by next week.
Sources tell LSR that DraftKings Sportsbook is ready to go, while a WV Metro News report indicates FanDuel Sportsbook could be as well.
“I can say we’re getting very close,” WV Lottery Director John Myers told Metro News on Wednesday. “Testing is completed on one and ongoing on another. I don’t have an official roll-out date yet.”
The sports betting app launches are months in the making for both state regulators and the operators. Sources first told LSR about a potential DraftKings launch for online WV sports betting two months ago.
The arrivals would provide the first mobile sports betting choices for West Virginia since the BetLucky app shuttered in March. Online WV sports betting came to a stop then because of a messy dispute among three companies.
FanDuel, DraftKings Sportsbook first into new pool
The DraftKings Sportsbook mobile launch for sports betting in West Virginia marks just the second state for the operator. DraftKings started the first NJ sports betting app last summer and enjoyed a month-long head start on the competition.
DraftKings partners with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town to offer its WV sports betting app.
Top competitor FanDuel operates a small retail sportsbook at The Greenbrier, a private resort owned by the family of Gov. Jim Justice, in West Virginia. FanDuel Sportsbook also features an app for sports betting in Pennsylvania. Its Greenbrier retail operation accounts for a very small amount of monthly sports betting revenue.
A launch by next week for DraftKings and FanDuel would give the companies a clear playing field for the start of NFL and college football season. In a state crazed about college football with the West Virginia Mountaineers, that could provide a major advantage for them in 2019.