Legal Online Casinos Come To West Virginia Via DraftKings

Posted on July 16, 2020 - Last Updated on July 15, 2020

Make it four! West Virginia officially joins the exclusive club of states offering legal online casino gambling.

By way of a short press release, DraftKings announced that it had launched a WV online casino in association with Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races. Customers can now download the app for both iOS and Android devices.

In 2021, the group of states offering online casinos will grow when Michigan online casinos launch.

DraftKings does it again

The Mountain State joins Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as the only states with online casinos. From a company perspective, this marks the third state where the DraftKings Sportsbook and DraftKings Casino are now live. Players can find both apps in PA and NJ.

The app will have a few significant features considering that DraftKings uses a single online casino app to serve all three states.

Some WV features include:

  • A catalog of over 300 slots
  • 60 individual table games
  • Bets starting at $0.01
  • Live-dealer tab (not available yet)

A brief recap of West Virginia online gambling

West Virginia legalized online casinos in 2019 with the passage of the WV Lottery Interactive Wagering Act. The bill authorized online poker and casino games for customers 21 and older who are within state lines. Land-based properties, like Hollywood Casino, can apply for one of the five available permits.

The other four casinos are:

  • Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
  • The Casino Club at The Greenbrier
  • Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
  • Wheeling Island Hotel

Licenses will cost $250,000 and can be renewed for $100,000 every five years. Additionally, the state will tax online gambling revenue at 15%.

For now, the only other company expected to launch an online casino product in West Virginia is Flutter, via FanDuel Casino. With online gambling picking up momentum across the US, it’s no surprise that DraftKings and FanDuel are again the first to the table.

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Nick has had stints in Chicago, writing about local politics, and in Washington, D.C., covering the expanding gambling industry. Now back in Chicago, he continues to write about the emerging sports betting market with a focus on the Midwest. Originally from West Texas, he graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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