It looks like DraftKings might soon be set to finally launch its online sportsbook app in West Virginia.
In March 2018, West Virginia became the fifth U.S. state to legalize sports betting. However, bringing a sportsbook app to the Mountain State has been an uphill battle because of concerns over the Federal Wire Act — a law that prohibits certain kinds of gambling and wagers across state lines via electronic wires — but West Virginia got its first mobile sports betting app on Monday morning.
Just in time for college and professional football, FanDuel launched its sportsbook app on Monday in conjunction with The Greenbrier Resort’s casino.
The DraftKings sportsbook app, in conjunction with Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, is reportedly set to be released later this week. Monday, State Lottery Public Relations Manager Randy Burnside spoke of the two popular sportsbook apps, The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington reported.
“The Greenbrier went live this morning,” he said. “FanDuel went live at between 6 and 6:30, and we should have DraftKings any day.”
New Jersey legalized sports betting in 2018 with the hopes of boosting its economy and, in particular, that of Atlantic City. The move to legalize sports betting has been a big success for the Garden State, and in large part because of DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s respective mobile sportsbook apps. DraftKings’ sportsbook app in New Jersey generated $4.8 million in revenue, only second in the state to FanDuel’s drawing of $8.6 million.
Now, folks keen on West Virginia sports betting will hope DraftKings and FanDuel are as great for the business of the Mountain State as they are for the Garden State. West Virginia’s previous effort at mobile sports betting, BetLucky WV, failed after several weeks because of a contract dispute.
DraftKings lobbyist Larry Puccio revealed on Monday that officials will be in West Virginia on Wednesday to prepare for a Thursday launch, The Herald Dispatch documented.
The FanDuel app in West Virginia will operate slightly different than the one in New Jersey, FanDuel said in its official press release.
“While the West Virginia Sportsbook shares some similarities to the FanDuel Sportsbook app in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the use of the IGT PlaySports platform, there are some differences making the app unique for the residents of West Virginia,” the release said.
“FanDuel Group developed its own account and wallet technology in-house that is the backbone of the new operating system on the FanDuel Sportsbook app in West Virginia. The Sportsbook now connects to FanDuel’s popular fantasy sports app, so customers can use fantasy sports and sportsbook winnings interchangeably.”
The FanDuel app has arrived at an opportune time in West Virginia for golf fans. The launch came just a couple of weeks ahead of the PGA Tour’s 2019-20 season opener, The Greenbrier Classic, which takes place Sept. 12-15 at the same Greenbrier Resort and Casino in White Sulphur Springs which partnered with the FanDuel app.