Hollywood Casino To Launch West Virginia Sports Betting September 1
West Virginia is now the fifth state to launch sports betting.
The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will be the first to offer sports betting in West Virginia, with the operator set to start accepting wagers on September 1.
On Friday, Penn National Gaming - a casino operator that also has properties in Mississippi - became the first company to receive a sports betting permit from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
“Penn National is excited to soon begin offering sports wagering for our customers in West Virginia,” stated Timothy J. Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming. “The enthusiasm around sports betting has been growing since the federal ban was repealed in May, and we look forward to providing our patrons with another great amenity to enjoy at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.”
What To Expect At The Charles Town Races Sportsbook
Penn National execs have said that the sportsbook at Charles Town will be conveniently located by the sports bar. William Hill was the chosen operator for the new sportsbook. Patrons can expect to watch games on any of their dozens of wide-screen televisions.
West Virginia sports betting law authorizes bookmakers to conduct full-scale wagering, which means bettors can look forward to wagering on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and motorsports.
With the NFL preseason in full swing and the regular season kicking off on September 6 with the Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles, the timing couldn’t be any better.
“Our customers can’t wait to begin wagering on sports,” stated Scott Saunders, general manager at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. “This region is a hotbed of both professional sports and college athletics, and we look forward to becoming a destination for fans in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.”
Which States Now Offer Sports Betting?
West Virginia sports betting may have become months before the Supreme Court ruling on PASPA, but it is still behind a few other states when it comes to the actual launch of its sportsbooks.
Here is the list of states where sports gambling is currently and operational, according to launch date:
- Nevada (1949)
- Delaware (June 5)
- New Jersey (June 14)
- Mississippi (August 1)
What’s Next For West Virginia Sports Betting?
Penn National did get a bit of a jump on the competition by announcing their official launch date first. The only other casino to announce a sports betting operator is The Greenbrier, which selected FanDuel has their sportsbook partner.
Two other casinos have also been granted sports betting licenses, which are the Delaware North-operated Mardi Gras Casino in Charleston and Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling.
Neither casino has announced an official sports betting partner, nor an anticipated launch date.
There are also question marks surrounding sports betting in West Virginia. While the law authorizes three online/mobile betting platforms for each W.V. sports betting licensee, Penn National has not announced any plans for the release of a mobile sportsbook or betting site.
What we do know is that Penn National Gaming plans to continue launching sportsbooks across the nation, with Pennsylvania sportsbooks rumored to be up next.
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