UPDATE: W.Va. casinos work to get sports betting up and running

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More casinos are working to start offering sports betting in West Virginia, according to a state lottery official.

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Lottery Deputy Director Doug Buffington told Lottery Commission members Tuesday that the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester has paid a $100,000 annual licensing fee.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Mardi Gras Casino and Resort and Wheeling Island will soon conduct field tests of sports-betting equipment.

The only two casinos offering sports betting so far are the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

West Virginia collected more than $198,000 from sports betting wagers in September. That is 10 percent of the revenue that casinos earned from sports betting.

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UPDATE: 10/3/18 16 P.M.

The parent company of two West Virginia casinos it will launch sports betting this fall.

Delaware North said in a news release that it has chosen Miomni Gaming to handle sports books at Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling and Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro.

Hollywood Casino in Charles Town started offering sports betting last month.

On Wednesday, the West Virginia Lottery Commission approved final sports-betting rules.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that the commission rejected proposed "integrity fees" that had would have given some pro sports leagues 1 percent of the total amount wagered on their games.

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UPDATE: 9/28/18 11:55 A.M.

The implementation of sports betting at two West Virginia casinos has been delayed, according to state lottery officials.

Sports betting had tentatively expected to open by the end of this month at Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling and Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro.

However, lottery spokesman Randy Burnside told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in a statement on Thursday that Delaware North, the casinos' parent company, planned to delay launching the sports books.

No reason for the delay was given.

Burnside says the lottery is waiting for a response from Delaware North to schedule testing in October.

The newspaper could not reach Wheeling Island Casino President Kim Florence for comment on Thursday.


The West Virginia Lottery says the first official tax week of legal sports betting in the state will yield around $29,000 in tax revenue.

Acting Lottery Director Doug Buffington's office said in a news release that the first three days of operation at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races showed taxable revenue of more than $295,000.

The West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association president, John Cavacini, says even more bets are expected to be placed this weekend when professional football season starts.

Cavacini says Hollywood Casino was the first to begin legal sports betting. He says other venues will follow suit this month.

He says revenues will likely increase when mobile betting apps are up and running.

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UPDATE: 9/6/18 9:45 A.M.

The West Virginia Lottery says the state netted around $320,000 of taxable revenue in its first weekend of legal sports betting.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association president, John Cavacini, says even more bets are expected to be placed this weekend when professional football season starts.

Cavacini says Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was the first to begin legal sports betting. He says other venues will follow suit this month.

He says revenues will likely increase when mobile betting apps are up and running.


Sports betting has debuted in West Virginia, just in time for college football season.

West Virginia Lottery general managing counsel Danielle Boyd says in an email the first legal wager was accepted Thursday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. She says it's the first sports book to begin operations in West Virginia.

While the casino's sports book has a larger-scale debut scheduled for Saturday, Boyd says it is "officially open."

Lawmakers earlier this year approved sports betting at the state's five casinos and on certain mobile apps, shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law banning most sports betting. The state Lottery Commission later approved applicable rules.

Hollywood Casino's sports book is operated by William Hill US. Charles Town Races is owned by Penn National Gaming Inc.

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Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill to legalize sports betting at the state's five casinos in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban.

It would allow sports betting at West Virginia licensed casinos and on Lottery Commission-approved mobile device applications.

The state would collect 10 percent of gross receipts. Bettors would have to be at least 21.

Later this year, the court will decide New Jersey's challenge to a law banning sports betting in most states.

Supporters say it will create jobs and tax revenues and bring sports betting into the open.

Critics say it will increase gambling and addictions and could compromise integrity of sporting events.

Justice says he's asked the Legislature to consider partnering with major sports leagues.

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