Finally, West Virginia has become the fourth US state to legalize online casino gambling
, with DraftKings as the first operator to lead the industry. Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are the other three states legalized industry. It has been hinted that more will follow the operators will follow DraftKings’ footsteps.
Online Casinos Arrive in West Virginia
Following years of dragging considerations, the Mountain State has finally approved online gambling. The process of legalizing casino and poker sites began when the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act was approved in March 2019. Since then, everything was converging into facilitating the industry to kick-off, and even the emergency rules were drafted to keep things moving faster.
Like sports betting, the online gaming framework depends on the five land-based casinos as primary licensees. Each of them is authorized to launch up to three casino skins.
DraftKings Takes the Lead
West Virginia became the fourth US state after Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, to provide online casino gambling and its online market kicked-off with the launch of DraftKings.
Amid the launch, WV Lotter Director, John Myers, announced:
“We had discussions with all of our casinos, and we expect one could be in a position to launch in July if their suppliers get licensing approval.”
DraftKings paired with Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino to launch in WV. However, it would be nothing unusual if Penn National also uses its sports betting brand, Barstool, for online gambling. Flutter is rumored to launch with FanDuel Casino.
Following the launch, Director John Myers said:
“This is the culmination of a great deal of toil and planning over the last year. Now, we are looking forward to the licensing and approval of our other venues (casinos) and the affiliated providers…”
Online Casino Games Portfolio
Currently, DraftKings is the sole casino provider in West Virginia. It has kicked-off with a single internet casino app that serves all four states with regulated online casino market.
DraftKings’ app is available for both Android and IOS devices across West Virginia. So any adult can download it and start enjoying the games provided by it.
For now, DraftKings offers table games available at various betting ranges. So, players can enjoy poker, baccarat, blackjack, and online roulette, besides other table games.
Last in the Game
Some of the games are even the own creation of DraftKings. WV residents will have to wait for a little for the slots selection, seeing that real money online slots are often the last category of game regulators allow. In addition, live dealers are currently off-limits.
Sports bettors in the US are familiar with DraftKings since 2012 it has been operating its Daily Fantasy Sports site. In that year, the Supreme Court had revoked the sports betting ban. DraftKings launched its online casino in Pennsylvania in May 2020, and a month later in New Jersey in June 2020.
The Future of US Online Casino
Later this year, Michigan is planning to launch the first real money online casino. It is rumored that DraftKings will also make its presence felt there, considering its tribal partnership.
However, the US online gambling plan that had been witnessing sudden spike since the annulment of PASPA
could dramatically change in the wake of the pandemic. The fears of the virus have led to the closure of many land-based gambling venues. As a result, many traditional gambling players have been switching to online alternatives. The popularity of online gambling in the US is increasing like never before.
Its establishment and the subsequent success in the three states before WV amid the pandemic reflects that it is a crucial income source during the crisis. More states are likely to consider regulating online gaming to increase a significant revenue source.