The West Virginia Lottery released sports gambling revenue numbers with cellular betting football season ahead and now live. The start of the college football gambling season generated the NFL along with chain revenue numbers must add to that.
For the week ending Aug. 31, handle reached almost $4.5 million. That is a jump of nearly $2.5 million from the previous week –??surely a positive signal.
Even more positive is that the $649,000 in sportsbook earnings plus an additional $25,000 from only a few days of sports betting at West Virginia.
Soccer season will also be helpful for state taxation earnings with over $67,000 heading to government coffers. That’s $19,000 more than the preceding week.
While those cellular numbers seem paltry, it’s essential to remember it was the very first week West Virginia online sportsbooks were accessible. FanDuel Sportsbook only found in the marketplace on Aug. 26 and also DraftKings Sportsbook started two days afterwards.
That gave both programs just a few days of surgery to the state revenue report.
Along with time in the state, there has also been restricted exposure to bettors. A betting option hasn’t been accessible since the BetLucky program closed in March. Mobile has been out of mind out of sight for months.
There were also some launching issues that may have hurt those very first few days during this launch phase. Bettors didn’t recognize FanDuel assembled a different program for the state.
There were also a few kinks to work out in regards. Some bettors reported mistakes within the country not allowing them. With both apps now established, those mobile handle numbers should grow.
With all the NFL and college football seasons WV bettors have plenty of wagering options. Football remains the most popular gambling season and plenty will bet on the gridiron action throughout winter and the fall.
A look at the BetLucky app may provide some insight to the potential for the market. The app reached peak football season manage during the week ending Jan. 19, bringing in nearly $123,000.
The platform debuted on Dec. 29 with manage frequently in the $25,000 to $80,000 range during its presence. Handle numbers that were nice were seen by betLucky again before March Madness.
BetLucky was subsequently closed down in March and mobile was gone for months. Now, FanDuel and DraftKings both bring some advantages to the market that BetLucky might not have had. A few of them include:
Both programs likely live before football season offers an opportunity for growth. Handle isn’t broken out by retail and mobile, but earnings is. Here’s a look at betting revenue from that first week:
Clearly, the FanDuel amount proved to be a start in the market. An early line about the WVU game is considered by some to have been the culprit. With loads of action wager about the Mountaineers, the match was made a lopsided affair for the book by a triumph.
One challenge for wagering may be WVU’s battles. The team has begun 1-1 with its lone win coming over FCS group James Madison (20-13). Missouri trounced on Saturday 38-7 the Mountaineers.
Will bettors in the state continue to wager the Mountaineers? It will be intriguing to see weekly earnings totals in the coming weeks.
Hollywood leads the pack when it comes to shopping that is retail. Here’s a look at deal from all of retail sportsbooks for the week ending Aug. 31:
With mobile wagering now lawful, it is going to be intriguing to determine if Hollywood will remain as the revenue and manage leader. Conveniently located near Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the house has topped $100 million in total handle.
That location should allow the house to retain its position on the industry. Mobile wagering throughout the DraftKings sports app provides an added revenue stream in the country that is rural.
Reaching the $200 million manage mark may prove more easy in the country with an internet sports gambling option. That includes throughout the whole soccer season.
Despite competition from the FanDuel sports gambling app, bettors from the country needs to be in a position to wager with Hollywood having a great chunk of that.
A continuing challenge in the retail marketplace is still the closure of the Wheeling Island along with Mardi Gras sportsbooks. Both properties are managed.
Together with the program’s closed and shuttering of those 2 properties’ sportsbooks, that has left a void on the market. Mobile wagering must help relieve some of that.
But bettors in the northern part of the country (Wheeling) and fundamental (Charleston area) still do not have a retail choice. That’ll continue to hamper handle despite a mobile choice.
In an August interview with PlayWV, West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers mentioned that Delaware North is trying to solve this situation.
„I have been told by Delaware North control they are negotiating to substitute their first system, but we have not got any requests or plans from them.”
With cellular betting now in place and numbers, the WV sports is showing signs of life again. Because college soccer reaches the next week of activity, that is fantastic news and Week 2 is moved to by the NFL.
Sean Chaffin is currently a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas. His work appears in books and numerous sites. Follow him. He is also the sponsor of the Legitimate Gambling Stories podcast, available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn Radio, Spotify, Stitcher,,, along with other platforms.
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