West Virginia Lottery Commission Encourages More Sportsbooks

Some West Virginia casinos are moving towards adding additional sportsbooks to their current sports betting operations, as the State Lottery Commission authorised a number of licence applications for suppliers at its regular monthly meeting in Charleston on Wednesday.

The State Sports Betting Act allows casinos to have up to three sportsbooks at their casinos. Currently, the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, the Greenbrier and Mountaineer Racetrack and the Casino have one each. State Lottery Director John Myers said the groundwork was being set to add to those numbers.

“You can have DraftKings, William Hill and a Fan Duel all at one casino if they want to work together,” Myers said, as reported by MetroNews. “Then each one of those brings maybe 15 suppliers with them.”

Everyone must have the Lottery Commission’s approval. The state has four different sports betting licences for those involved with sports betting at the casinos, including those for owner, maintenance service provider, contractor, and an occupational permit.

Although the casinos seem to move in that direction, official requests for additional sportsbooks have yet to be made, Myers said, adding that having more than one sportsbook would provide the casino’s customers with an option. “If you go on an app for FanDuel or an app for DraftKings or an app for William Hill you don’t see the same thing. Some people like certain things better so it gives them an opportunity,” he said.

Sports betting in October generated just over $3 million. The state made $306,000 out of its privilege tax of 10 percent. Charles Town reported $2.2 million in sports wagering revenue for the month.

Myers also said he didn’t have a new word from Delaware North on Wednesday of it will start moving closer to sports betting. A contract dispute several months ago forced both Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos to shutter the sports betting retail operations together with the company’s app.

Certain topics from Wednesday’s meeting included the commission’s acceptance of five casinos applications relating to table games, the majority of requests focusing on how to treat play cards.

As for the monthly revenue report obtained, Myers said at this time, while year – to-date revenue from Lottery is about $42 million above expectations, it is down around 4% from last year. Much of that has to do with the lack of big jackpots for Powerball and MegaMillions, Myers said.

In addition, a grand reopening celebration on Thursday was announced at Cross Lanes ‘ Mardi Gras Casino. The next committee meeting in Charleston was scheduled for Dec. 18.