Rush Street to Launch in West Virginia
Rush Street Reveals they have a partnership agreement with Century Casinos to enter the West Virginia gaming market.
Based in Chicago, Rush Street Interactive revealed last week that they had reached an agreement with Century Casinos to launch its BetRivers online casino platform in West Virginia through BetRivers.com. According to a press release, if the online casino receives a license and is approved by the West Virginia Lottery, it could launch during the second quarter of 2021.
Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, says this news comes amid their ongoing strategy to expand their operations in different states. Schwartz said that in Pennsylvania, “RSI is the clear leader in online casino market share.” He said this is because they have attributes including a “player-first attitude, large game library, innovative playing experiences, and fast payouts.”
Schwartz stated that the partnership with Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort would offer gaming fans in West Virginia “the unparalleled experience and service our customers have come to expect via BetRivers.com.”
West Virginia launched sports betting last year, and then became the fourth state to offer online casinos in the U.S when DraftKings Casino launched its mobile betting app in the Mountain State on July 16. DraftKings was able to enter the West Virginia gaming market through a partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. Under its online platforms PlaySugarHouse.com and BetRivers.com, RSI operates online casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has online sports betting platforms in Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, and Iowa.
Century Casinos in the Spotlight
Century Casinos owns Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in New Cumberland. It also operates casinos in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Missouri, and Central City in Colorado.
Century has announced the temporary closure of its Canadian casinos and racetracks to comply with COVID guidelines issued by the Alberta government. The government mandate will be reviewed in four weeks.
iGaming Growing in West Virginia
West Virginia, along with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, all offer online casino games. All of these states plus Nevada also offer online poker options. The total November gaming handle in West Virginia was $72.6 million, which resulted in revenue of $2.1 million. Those figures were a 36.6% increase from October’s $53.1 million. Additionally, November revenue increased 30.3% from October’s $1.6 million.
NetEnt, one of the most well-known software providers for online casinos, announced in September it had agreed to a partnership with online operator BetMGM Casino to enter the West Virginia market. BetMGM also has an agreement in place with The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs to launch an online sportsbook and iGaming platform.
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