Betting resumes at two casinos and BetMGM launches iGaming app in WV

Betting resumes at two casinos and BetMGM launches iGaming app in WV

West Virginia’s second iGaming app, BetMGM casino is now available, and sports wagering will resume at Delaware North Casino and Wheeling Island Casino.

Lottery Director John Myers said: “Both of these will be a soft opening. They’re not going to be doing a lot of promotional activity at the beginning. There will be no promotional wagering either until they get things up and running a little better.”

Last month, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races began offering the betting option through DraftKings. Also, testing will begin next week at Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino in Chester on a new mobile sportsbook app from William Hill.

BetMGM iGaming app Launch

GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts’ betting brand, BetMGM has launched its online casino platform in the Mountain State.

The BetMGM Casino brand will operate under the license held by the Greenbrier Resort. The West Virginia BetMGM Android and iOS apps’ latest update includes a dedicated casino tab. While, website users can easily find a casino tab as well.

Adam Greenblatt, CEO of BetMGM, said: “The addition of the leading iGaming offering in West Virginia is a powerful differentiator for BetMGM”.

BetMGM online casino will launch with 30 games ranging from best-in-class Blackjack and Roulette games to a variety of slots, including West Virginia’s only online progressive jackpot-linked games.

BetMGM casino is also available in New Jersey. In the coming months, it will be available in Pennsylvania and Michigan, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals.

Delaware North set to resume Sports Betting

Being an innovative gaming operator in the country, Delaware North is ready to resume sports betting in West Virginia. Therefore, adding two more sportsbooks to the WV sports betting list. The state is already home to three online sports betting platforms with BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel.

Delaware North ended sports betting operations in March 2019 after a contract dispute between the management services provider Miomni and a third-party vendor. In January, it made a new deal with IGT. Unfortunately, it has to suspend sports betting operations again due to the pandemic.

Now, Delaware North is set to resume sports betting at its retail location at Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro and through its mobile app. Delaware North also owns Wheeling Island Casino which would resume sports betting on 2nd September.

Myers said it will be good to have the Nitro and Wheeling properties back up and running with sports betting.

Lottery Finances

According to Wednesday’s report, WV gambling revenue was $93.9 million for the month including $19.4 million in traditional game sales, a 28 percent increase from July 2019. In fact, profits from instant games were up 42 percent for the month.

Revenues were below estimates for the month in Racetrack Video Lottery. Whereas, Limited Video Lottery was $5.3 million above projections.

At the present time, casinos in West Virginia are operating limited hours. They are closing in the early morning hours for deep cleaning.

“Under the circumstances of people working at home and certainly not optimum opportunities,” Greear said. “This again reflects on the dedication of the staff, the efforts put forth, and the leadership here at the Lottery.”