The state of West Virginia was one of the first to legalize sports betting after the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban in 2018. Casinos and racetracks began offering sports betting just a few months later, but most of these locations were not easily accessible to everyone in the state. Sports betting fans were waiting for mobile or online betting options, and that finally launched early in 2019. The new way to bet didn’t last long, as contract disputes with the providers and the casinos forced the only online betting app to shut down in the state. Residents of West Virginia lost the ability to place mobile or online bets on sports for a few months, but things have changed again. Just this week, two sportsbook apps have been launched, and another is set to follow suit in the next few weeks.
FanDuel Sports Betting App Gets Things Going
FanDuel sportsbook launched their mobile betting app in the state of West Virginia on Monday, August 26 to become the first sportsbook app in the state. Sports betting fans had been waiting for six months to be able to bet online, and FanDuel delivered just in time before the start of the college football season. State regulations require FanDuel to operate this app as a separate entity from their parent company; this will operate differently from their other apps that have been launched in other states. Daily fantasy sports will also be offered through the FanDuel app, and that is what this company is known for. The app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices, and can also be accessed via a desktop computer. FanDuel is partnering with the Casino Club at Greenbrier to launch this app, and they also run the sportsbook on location.
DraftKings App Gives FanDuel Some Competition
DraftKings was not going to let FanDuel have all of the fun in West Virginia, and they launched their own sports betting app just two days after FanDuel. DraftKings is partnering with Penn National Gaming to offer the app through Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. There were initially rumors that DraftKings would be the first to launch in West Virginia, but it took them a little bit longer than FanDuel to work through the kinks. The app is available on both Android and iOS devices, and can also be viewed on a desktop computer. In-play wagering will be offered through the DraftKings app, and traditional betting options will also be available to bettors.
Mountaineer Casino and Resort Partnering With William Hill
A third sportsbook app appears to be imminent as Mountaineer Casino and Resort has announced their own plans to launch an app in September. Mountaineer Casino and Resort is partnering with William Hill to provide this app. William Hill has been opening up sportsbooks in several states that have recently legalized sports betting. William Hill currently runs the sportsbook on-site at the Mountaineer Casino, and their app is in the final testing stages before it is launched.