Hollywood Casino Takes First Legal West Virginia Sports Bet

Written By John Mehaffey on August 30, 2018 - Last Updated on October 5, 2018

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races accepted the state’s first legal sports bet this morning. It became the fourth state to launch sports betting after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

It opened two days ahead of schedule. The projected date for the sportsbook’s opening was September 1. That is just in time for the last week of NFL preseason games and just before the first full weekend of college football action.

William Hill operates the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The company also operates sportsbooks in all states where sports betting is legal. Those states are Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada and New Jersey. William Hill also has a large international presence in the sports betting industry with both live betting shops and a popular website.

It is fitting that the first wager was made on the University of West Virginia winning the NCAA College Football Championship Game. The bet was for $50. The odds on the wager are at 60 to 1.

While it may be thought that West Virginia’s odds of winning the national championship may be lowered to fit the demand for it in the market, it matches those posted for the same bet in Nevada. William Hill, Station and Westgate all have 60/1 odds posted for the Mountaineers to take home the title at Las Vegas sportsbooks.

Mobile betting option expected within 60 days

The only way to make a legal West Virginia sports bet currently is to visit the Hollywood Casino sportsbook in Ranson. William Hill expects its sports betting app to go live within 60 days. Once approved, bettors will be able to make a deposit at the Hollywood Casino sportsbook and use an iOS or Android device to make wagers anywhere in West Virginia that a cell signal can be received.

More West Virginia sportsbook coming soon

While Hollywood Casino and William Hill won the race to be first to the market, other West Virginia sportsbooks are in the pipeline. FanDuel and The Greenbrier announced a partnership earlier this year. The daily fantasy sports giant will operate a retail and mobile product out of the White Sulphur Springs resort. The sportsbook will go live after the licensing process is complete.

Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras Casino, both owned by Delaware North, have applied for a sports betting license. These casinos have yet to announce a sports betting partner. Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings also applied for one of these licenses but does not have a partner at this time. Mountaineer Casino has yet to apply for a sports betting license in West Virginia.

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