The West Virginia sportsbook industry is thriving, even during a pandemic. The September betting handle for the state almost doubles, and sets the highest record in the state so far. West Virginia’s sports betting handle for September is $76.9 million, this is 90.3% higher than August’s $40.4 million.
And, consistent with most sportsbook pay per head operators, the local industry is also enjoying a surge in handle in mobile and online sports betting. The mobile handle for August was $31.112 million. But for September, the handle increases around 90% to $59,247 million.
West Virginia Sportsbook Industry
The revenue from sports betting in West Virginia for September is $4.60 million. This is 133% higher than August’s revenue of $1.97 million. The betting handle, mobile handle, as well as the revenue for September are all the highest numbers the state has seen.
Many sportsbook software users are also seeing a surge in activity as September heralds in the football season. Since both the NFL and college football are in full swing, the numbers will be rising well into the end of the year.
iGaming in West Virginia
West Virginia is also one of the 5 states (along with New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, and Pennsylvania) that offers iGaming. These states offer online casino games as well as online poker. iGaming in the state for September has a handle of $74.8 million. This is 89.3% higher than August. The revenue is $1.9 million for the second full month of offering iGaming.
Given that West Virginia allows for online sports wagering as well as online casino gaming, the local gambling industry will not have much of a problem bouncing back from the pandemic. Retail casinos and sportsbooks will have more problems as they cannot open in full capacity. But online sports betting and iGaming will be more than enough to help augment and bring in better numbers.