WynnBET now has online casino and sports betting market access in West Virginia after partnering with Delaware North. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
WynnBET now has market access in West Virginia for its online casino and sportsbook after striking a partnership with Delaware North.
the 18th jurisdiction that WynnBET will have market access in
Wynn Resorts announced the deal with the global entertainment and hospitality company on Tuesday. West Virginia is the 18th jurisdiction that WynnBET will have market access in.
Delaware North is the owner and operator of two casinos in West Virginia – Mardi Gras Casino & Resort and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Betly retail sportsbooks have already opened at both of these properties, with Delaware North also operating its own online sportsbook under the Betly brand.
Expanding its reach across the US
WynnBET has steadily expanded its reach across the US. As well as securing this partnership in West Virginia, the operator is also currently in negotiations that could lead to access in another seven states. Its current market access agreements cover about 44% of the US adult population. If it secures access in the additional seven states, this would rise to cover about 77%.
sportsbooks in Virginia, Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana, Colorado, and Arizona
The market access agreements are dependent on certain gambling activities being legal in the given jurisdiction, as well as WynnBET securing the relevant approvals and licensing. To date, WynnBET has sportsbooks in Virginia, Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana, Colorado, and Arizona.
WynnBET is an approved sportsbook operator of the NFL, as well as an authorized gaming operator of NASCAR, NBA, and MLB. It also has partnership agreements with numerous major league teams. These include the Colorado Rockies, Memphis Grizzlies, and the New York Jets.
Gambling options in West Virginia
West Virginia was the fifth state to legalize sports betting, doing so in 2018. Anyone who is at least 21 years old and within state lines can place a bet at a retail or online sportsbook. Currently, five retail sportsbooks are in operation, in addition to numerous online sportsbooks.
The total sports betting handle was $60m in the state in September, representing the first time that total handle had passed the $30m mark since March. Of this total, about $45.8m came through online sportsbooks. The beginning of the college football and NFL seasons were the main reason for this strong performance. Sportsbooks earned revenue of more than $7.1m for the period.
Online casinos have catered to customers in the state since July 2020, with West Virginia one of only a handful of states that currently have an iGaming offering. In September, online casinos in West Virginia generated $6.2m in revenue.