West Virginia has approved the bill that would allow  mobile sports betting. Governor Jim Justice allowed  bill H 2934 to sit on his desk without signature or veto for 15 days, which automatically enabling it to become a law.

The state’s five casinos, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort; The Casino Club at The Greenbrier; Mardi Gras Casino & Resort; and Wheeling Island Hotel, may now apply for one of five available licenses to offer mobile wagering.

In terms of taxation, the state will collect 15 per cent of online gambling revenue and generate additional income through license fees which have been set at $250,000 initially.

The bill confirmed that the West Virginia Lottery will operate interactive wagering in the state and added that making mobile legal would benefit consumers. It said: “The Legislature finds that it is in the best interests of the State of West Virginia for the state to operate a lottery in the form of interactive wagering and that it is the intent of the Legislature to authorise interactive wagering within the state and through compacts with other approved jurisdictions.

“The Legislature finds that illegal interactive wagering channels operating throughout the United States pose a critical threat to the safety and welfare of the citizens of West Virginia and that creating civil and criminal penalties to prosecute illegal operators, while transferring this black market demand into a secure and highly regulated environment, will protect the public and positively benefit state revenues and the state’s economy.”


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Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.