This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
DraftKings Casino became the first legal West Virginia online casino on Wednesday.
DraftKings took its online sports betting partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races to the next level. In addition to accessing the casino through the DraftKings betting app, customers can play on its new standalone casino app.
West Virginia Lottery Director, John Myers issued a statement about the launch.
“This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and planning over the course of the last year, and we are looking forward to the licensing and approval of our other casinos and their affiliated providers when they are ready to do so.”
West Virginia became the fourth state to offer online casino gambling, joining Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
About the DraftKings Casino app
DraftKings Casino is available for both iOS and Android. The online casino app offers many of the same casino games you will find in a brick-and-mortar casino, including:
- Three Card Poker
Online slots have yet to make an appearance, but you can bet there will show up shortly.
Del. Shawn Fluharty gave us the first look at the online casino app.
Well, hello there. iGaming is live in WV: pic.twitter.com/NT9A7gG3Ro
— Shawn Fluharty (@WVUFLU) July 15, 2020
DraftKings Casino in West Virginia joins NJ and PA
The WV Lottery Interactive Wagering Act automatically became law in March 2019 after Gov. Jim Justice failed to sign or veto the bill. The Lottery was then tasked with establishing regulations and the licensing process.
As the Lottery was getting started, Myers went to Pennsylvania for advice.
Myers told WV Metro News back in Dec. 2019 that he felt good about the process of establishing regulations after meeting with PA officials.
“They are set up very familiar to how we are. It’s kind of a relief. It gave us a little confidence that we’re headed in the right direction.”
DraftKings Casino is already available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One thing we know for sure is DraftKings may be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last online casino to launch.