The industry leader in New Jersey and rising power in Pennsylvania introduced an online sportsbook in the Mountain State on Aug. 26, bringing an end to the state’s tumultuous battle with mobile wagering.
Country road, take me to FanDuel
It’s not like FanDuel is brand new to West Virginia.
Since fall 2018, the sportsbook has operated the brick-and-mortar location at The Greenbrier private club, which has totaled less than $500,000 since going live last September.
Understand, however, that bagging The Greenbrier as a partner was a mere avenue to open online sports betting for FanDuel.
Indeed, the operator is taking full advantage, debuting a regulated mobile wagering service that is available on desktop and mobile for Android and iOS users.
“We are incredibly excited that this new app is available for download,” Greenbrier President Jill Justice said in a statement, “and the timing couldn’t be better with football season and a military tribute at The Greenbrier right around the corner.
“We hope sports fans across the state will try out the app and then some visit the amazing FanDuel Sportsbook retail location here at America’s Resort.”
Peeking into the FanDuel online sportsbook
Naturally, in its attempt to capitalize on an essentially untapped market, FanDuel is offering markets in all the major sports:
- College football
- March Madness
- US Open Tennis
On top of it all, FanDuel offers in-game wagering and round-robin parlays, a format that combines at least three selections into smaller parlay bets.
No GAN means shared wallet for DFS users
One difference between FanDuel’s services in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia: The operator will not utilize GAN account management in the Mountain State. Instead, FanDuel’s betting app runs standalone, completely powered by in-house technology.
That may mean little, if anything, to customers in West Virginia. But simplified, this translates to a shared wallet for those residents who participate in daily fantasy sports (DFS) and sports betting.
FanDuel brings an industry-leading product to WV
It is no secret that FanDuel Sportsbook has established itself as a sports betting powerhouse.
In New Jersey, the operator has accumulated more than $67 million in revenue since going live in September 2018, reflecting roughly a 44% share in the Garden State during that time. FanDuel has led the online sports betting market since February, and since then, it has claimed about a 53% revenue share.
FanDuel remains relatively new to the Pennsylvania online sports betting scene. The company went live in late July. Even in a short time, in just over a week of operations, FanDuel took in nearly $3.3 million in wagers, just $400,000 less than Parx Sportsbook.
Now, FanDuel looks for similar success in a state that has already struggled to maintain online wagering.
FanDuel resurrects WV online sports betting
Though FanDuel’s launch now makes online sports betting accessible to those in the state, it wasn’t the first, technically. Once upon a time, West Virginia boasted mobile wagering, only to pull the plug shortly after. Courtesy of a partnership with Delaware North, developer Mionmi Gaming collaborated with the casino operating group to produce the BetLucky online sports betting product.
However, a pricing dispute between Mionmi and a third-party group, Entergaming, threw a wrench into the system. This past March, BetLucky was suspended. And it has remained sidelined for nearly six months.
FanDuel now represents the hero that West Virginia sports betting needed. And it might not be the only one.
According to Legal Sports Report, DraftKings Sportsbook could introduce an online sportsbook within the week. Additionally, bookmakers William Hill, PointsBet and The Stars Group boast partnerships that allow them to enter the West Virginia market.
So, in essence, this could be the beginning for the revitalization of West Virginia online wagering.