West Virginia now has two mobile betting options.
On Wednesday, fantasy sports provider turned sports betting operator DraftKings, launched its mobile betting app in West Virginia.
This news comes just two days after FanDuel Sportsbook rolled out its mobile betting app in the Mountain State.
West Virginians will now be able to place sports wagers with either FanDuel or DraftKings from anywhere within the state.
DraftKings was granted entrance into the Mountain State via a licensing agreement with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races back in December last year.
It’s also worth noting that DraftKings Sportsbook was the first online sportsbook to complete testing in West Virginia back in May. However, the West Virginia Lottery delayed the app’s launch due to concerns over the revised Wire Act interpretation.
Matt Kalish, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at DraftKings said: “We are thrilled to continue our DraftKings Sportsbook expansion by getting our product into the hands of West Virginians.
“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 and sports betting
This is DraftKings’ latest move in the rapidly growing US sports betting market.
Last week, DraftKings unveiled its land-based sports betting lounge at Del Lago Resort and Casino in upstate New York.
DraftKings also has plans to launch its sports betting app in Iowa after partnering with Wild Rose Entertainment last week. The agreement will also see DraftKings branded sportsbooks open up at each of Wild Rose’s Iowa venues.
Last week, sports betting provider Kambi announced today it had signed a multi-year extension for its existing contract with DraftKings to cover eight states: Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The sportsbook operator also plans to launch its betting app in Pennsylvania very soon.
Sports betting in West Virginia
Sports betting arrived in the Mountain State in August 2018 after Hollywood Casino located at Charles Town opened the state’s first sportsbook.
In March, the only online betting platform in the Mountain State, BetLucky, was shut down over a contractual dispute between Delaware North and Miomni Gaming. This also led to sports betting operations being suspended at the Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos as both sportsbooks were powered by the BetLucky platform.
As a result of this, West Virginians have been left with three land-based sportsbook and no online betting options.
It has been a tough few months for the West Virginia sports betting market but with the launch of the FanDuel and DraftKings betting app, things are looking up.