FanDuel Gives West Virginians Their Fourth Online Casino Option

Operator joins DraftKings, BetMGM, and BetRivers by adding iCasino to continue state's gaming growth
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FanDuel launched its online casino in West Virginia Wednesday, meaning the state now has twice as many such iGaming sites as it did a month ago.

The FanDuel announcement comes on the heels of Rush Street Interactive launching its BetRivers iCasino in the state three weeks ago. From last summer until April, only DraftKings and BetMGM provided online casino games in West Virginia.

FanDuel has had an online sportsbook in the state since August 2019, as West Virginia was one of the first states to embrace broad expansion of legalized gambling in the wake of the May 2018 U.S Supreme Court ruling striking down the PASPA ban.

It and New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Michigan are the only states allowing gamblers to both bet on sports and play slots and table games online. FanDuel has been serving those options to customers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Its newest launch is possible through the company’s partnership with The Greenbrier resort, which West Virginia provides gaming license opportunities equivalent to those of its four racetrack casinos.

“We’re excited to bring FanDuel Casino to West Virginia as our fourth online casino state,” Niall Connell, general manager of sportsbook and casino at FanDuel Group, said in a press release. “Given our existing footprint with FanDuel Sportsbook, expanding our online casino offering to the Mountain State allows our customers to have a more robust online gaming experience.”

State’s $4 million monthly should climb now

West Virginia is a relatively small state in the scheme of things, but gaming operators will be looking to add many like it as legislatures and governors across the U.S. seek new revenue sources and as legalized gambling becomes more widely accepted.

In the month of March, DraftKings and BetMGM collectively made nearly $4 million in revenue from their West Virginia iCasinos. By comparison, the 14 sites operating that month in neighboring Pennsylvania, which has about seven times as many residents, earned nearly $98 million from bettors.

The West Virginia revenue figures could take a sharp jump now from the addition of both BetRivers and FanDuel.

FanDuel said that its new offering is a stand-alone FanDuel Casino app with play on slots, blackjack, roulette, and other games available via iOS and Android and by using the web at casino.fanduel.com. The casino offering, for play by those 21 and older within the state’s boundaries, is also to be available within the FanDuel Sportsbook app in the state in the near future, the company said.

As is common, there is a welcome offer aimed at attracting new customers, with FanDuel offering up to $200 in risk-free play in the first 24 hours a newcomer uses the site. Net losses up to that amount are compensated with site credit.

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