Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is set to become the first online sportsbook to make betting available for players in West Virginia.
The new sportsbook, which is partnered with William Hill US, may enjoy a period of exclusivity because no other partnerships have yet announced opening dates.
The casino’s reputation with those in the state and William Hill’s status in the sports betting world make this a formidable collaboration.
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The sportsbook is likely to follow the lead of other William Hill mobile sites that are already operating in the United States. If that is the case, new players will receive a 10% bonus up to $50 on their initial deposits.
To be eligible, players will likely need to set up new mobile accounts and make a qualifying deposit of $50 or more. The bonus will not be available to existing users.
Players will likely be required to play through their deposit amount within the first 90 days. The bonus should be made available within 30 days of the qualifying bets being settled.
Pari-mutuel bets are not expected to be part of the bonus, which means they’re not likely to count toward the playthrough requirements.
For sports that are popular in the United States, players can expect to find standard options, such as Asian handicap, moneyline, and totals markets, as well as a selection of futures and prop markets.
These sports include NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, golf, auto racing, MMA, and tennis.
Other sports that should be available are soccer, cycling, cricket, and rugby. While other sportsbooks are likely to offer a more extensive selection – and Hollywood Casino may eventually follow suit – we expect the initial offerings to be limited to the sports listed above.
Betting on high school sports is not likely to be on offer.
In-play wagering is expected to be available. If the site follows William Hill’s international lead, players can look forward to dozens of markets on major sports, especially soccer.
As with pre-match props, the number of wagers available on any given event will vary based on the particular sport and the popularity of the event.
Players who like multi-bet options are likely to find at least the two most popular types of multi-bets – parlays and teasers. Parlays, which are sometimes referred to as “accumulators,” allow punters to place multiple, typically unrelated, wagers on a single card. Teasers, which are available for American football and baseball, enable players to purchase an equal number of points on multiple games.
Other William Hill sites in the United States offer a loyalty program, and the Hollywood Casino sportsbook is likely to follow in their footsteps.
Players can expect to earn points at a one-point-to-one-dollar ratio for straight bets, two points for every dollar wagered on teasers, and five points for each dollar wagered on parlays.
Although points should be available on pari-mutuel bets at the one-point-to-one-dollar ratio, such wagers are unlikely to count toward those that are redeemable for free bets. Every 1,000 points accumulated will probably be exchanged for $1 in free wagers.
Many brick-and-mortar casinos feature loyalty programs of their own. It is possible that the loyalty program at the online sportsbook will be tailored to dovetail with existing ones at Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races.
Deposit and withdrawal methods
Which deposit and withdrawal methods will be available for Hollywood Casino West Virginia sportsbook players has yet to be announced.
The most likely scenario is that the site will follow the lead of TVG, which already operates wagering on horse racing in the state. If that is the case, players will be able to make deposits with Visa and Mastercard, PayNearMe, PayPal, and BetCash. BetCash is a type of transfer from a bank account, so it requires an account number and a routing number.
TVG also offers players the opportunity to deposit funds with prepaid TVG cards. As of now, it appears that players at the new sportsbook will not have this option – at least initially.
Bettors can expect to be able to withdraw funds through the same method they used to make their deposit.
When it comes to customer support, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races sportsbook is expected to follow the example of its partner, WilliamHill.us. The company currently offers support by phone at (855) 754-1200 and by email through a form on its website.
The new site is unlikely to feature live chat support – at least when it first opens.
Many sportsbooks offer players the opportunity to request lines, but William Hill goes one step further by placing a “Suggest a Bet” link on the homepage. This option is ideal for players who enjoy prop bets, as well as those who would like to bet on sports that are relatively obscure in the United States.
Potential partners & launch date
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is one of five casinos in West Virginia. Each land-based casino that is granted a sports betting license is permitted to partner with up to three sportsbook operators.
So far, the Hollywood Casino has announced only one partner, William Hill US, and it is expected to begin offering online sports betting to players in West Virginia.
The companies appear to be the only partners who are ready to begin operations on the first full day of the college football season, September 1st and may be the only online sportsbook in West Virginia for some time as no other partnerships have announced a start date.
William Hill is a global leader in the sports betting industry, especially in Great Britain and other parts of Europe.
The company’s strong reputation and positioning as the first online sportsbook to open in West Virginia are likely to help this partnership gain considerable market share in what may soon be a crowded West Virginia market. This reputation may also help to establish trust among customers who are considering delving into the world of online sports betting.