West Virginia Sees Jump in December Numbers
West Virginia Sports Betting handle grew in December despite a difficult few months build up.
West Virginia sports betting saw a significant increase in December, finishing the year in a positive fashion. The final sports betting handle was $70.1 million in December, which was an increase of 44.5% from November’s total of $48.5 million. Additionally, it was a year-on-year increase of 78.7% compared to December 2019. In the final month of last year, the handle was over $39.2 million. The current record for the Mountain State is $77million posted in September.
Mobile betting was prevalent in the state, judging by the numbers. Top West Virginia sportsbooks reported mobile sports betting of $42.8 million for December, an increase of 50.6% from the previous month’s total of $28.4 million and an increase of 133.8% from December last year. Mobile wagering accounted for 61% of the total handle. This may come as no surprise with mobile betting activity increasing as popular sports betting apps continue to roll out.
In December, sports betting revenue was $6.5 million, which was a decent increase of 46.7% from November’s $4.4 million. West Virginia calculates its sports betting figures weekly rather than monthly in a different approach to the majority of states with a legal sports betting market. The statistics posted for December cover the period from November 29 to January 2.
iGaming Posts Healthy Increase in December
iGaming also enjoyed an excellent December in West Virginia. The month’s total handle was $109 million, up 50.3% from November’s $72.6 million. Both of these outcomes were huge increases from November. Additionally, December revenue was recorded as $3.1 million, a big jump of 5 2.2% from November’s $2.1 million.
West Virginia is one of four states that offers players the chance to play peer-to-peer poker and numerous online casino games. These games include classics such as blackjack, roulette, and slots. The other states to offer online games such as these are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Michigan will be joining the list imminently, and Nevada also offers online poker.
DraftKings, primarily known for its Daily Fantasy Sports competitions, launched its DraftKings casino platform in July. DraftKings gained market access into West Virginia through a partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. Other operators that are live in the Mountain State include BetMGM online Casino, who are partnered with The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.
In December, Rush Street Interactive revealed they have agreed to a deal with Century Casinos to launch a BetRivers online casino at BetRivers.com. If and when they receive a license and regulatory approval from the West Virginia Lottery, the online casino is planning to launch in the second quarter of this year.
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