The West Virginia sports betting market grew in size with the addition of a new online sports betting app, as well as the return of two retail sportsbooks.
The new online book will help service The Greenbrier. The resort already features the FanDuel betting app under its license.
BetMGM joins the WV sports betting market after already having success in the Garden State. It released in the New Jersey sports betting market in Aug. 2018 and is one of the most popular betting apps available there.
Besides adding another new online platform, WV also welcomes back two retail sportsbooks that haven’t been open in 11 months. Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island are both back accepting wagers at their retail sportsbooks.
The timing of the BetMGM launch and the return of the two sportsbooks couldn’t have been any better. They all were active just in time for this year’s Super Bowl, which should bring record-setting figures to legal sportsbooks across the US.
BetMGM WV Mobile App
BetMGM is among the best online sportsbooks available in NJ and is a quality addition to the mobile options in WV. Similar to the two betting apps already offered, BetMGM is easy to use and provides a wide variety of betting options.
Unlike DraftKings and FanDuel, however, BetMGM is only available for mobile devices. You’re unable to place bets through a browser on a computer like you are with a lot of online books.
BetMGM is available for both Apple and Android, though, so bettors in the state can still place a wager whenever and wherever they’d like.
In order to acquire new customers to the online sportsbook, BetMGM is providing users a very competitive welcome offer. Upon creating an account and depositing funds, bettors will receive a risk-free wager up to $500 on their initial bet.
This means that the sportsbook will credit your account up to $500 if your first bet on the mobile app loses.
The BetMGM app in WV also gives plenty of other incentives for users to place bets. It will feature several different promotions depending on the time of the year and the sports being played at that time.
Promos like Bet Basketball Live and Follow The Puck will earn bettors free money for wagering on basketball and hockey this winter.
There’s also a way for bettors to earn a free $10 in credit weekly by just using the sportsbook regularly. If you accumulate $50 worth of wagers in the previous week, BetMGM gives you $10 to start the following week with the Money Monday Club.
The book showcases a large selection of betting options, including live wagering for just about every sport available. It even has a media section for live streaming certain live sporting events.
Although it might not match DraftKings and FanDuel’s production to start, BetMGM is another great sports betting app that is likely to do well in WV.
Return of Retail Sportsbooks
Of course, the addition of another online platform is major news for gamblers, but so is the return of two land-based WV sportsbooks. After shutting down their betting windows almost a year ago, Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island can now accept your bets again.
Both retail books are owned and operated by Delaware North. The company was forced to stop taking bets due to a legal dispute with its former partner and betting provider, Miomni Gaming.
With that in the past, the sportsbooks reopened in time for Super Bowl betting with a new brand name called betly. Delaware North announced a partnership with IGT at the end of January to introduce its latest sportsbooks.
According to the WV MetroNews, Mardi Gras Casino’s Brian Knost, said:
“We have worked for months and months to get something that we feel is an exciting way for our guests to come in and place wagers on their favorite sporting events.”
Part of the relaunch at these casinos include new betting kiosks. The kiosks to allow people to place wagers without the assistance of a teller. Bets that exceed $1,000 do need to be put in at the teller windows, though.
As far as an online betting option to help service these sportsbooks, one might be available sooner than later. Neither casino has had a mobile betting app since their BetLucky sportsbook was shut down along with retail wagering. Knost said that one will release “very soon.”
In the meantime, the retail sportsbooks are open at both locations. They will surely be looking to make up for lost time. It’s a great point in the sports calendar right now, even with the NFL season completed.
The NBA and NHL seasons are about halfway through and March Madness is just around the corner. WVU Mountaineers basketball is having a great year. It should provide a massive boost to the WV sports betting industry with a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.