PointsBet launches in West Virginia

The Australian sportsbook operator PointsBet has become the latest operator to launch its sports betting product in West Virginia.

This marks the seventh state where PointsBet offers online sports betting.

PointsBet in West Virginia

On Thursday last week, the Australian sportsbook operator PointsBet launched its online sportsbook in the state of West Virginia.

PointsBet is now the fifth online sportsbook to launch in the state. The operator has also outlined plans to launch its proprietary online casino product in the state.

This also marks the seventh state where PointsBet has an online presence. The operator also operates online sports betting in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and New Jersey.

PointsBet launched in the state under a market access agreement with the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Penn National Gaming, which owns the Hollywood Casino.

DraftKings also operates in the state via a partnership with the Hollywood Casino facility.

The deal with Penn National Gaming also provided PointsBet with access to Indiana, as well as, Louisiana, Missouri, and Ohio. The Australian operator’s sportsbook is already live in Indiana. Sports betting is legal but not yet live in Louisiana, meanwhile, Ohio and Missouri have yet to legalise the activity.

In a press statement, PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken said: “As always, PointsBet will provide this passionate, sports-loving community with the fastest and most reliable online sports betting product across every customer touchpoint.

“We are thrilled to now introduce West Virginian sports bettors to the competitive advantages PointsBet possesses in owning our technology end-to-end, such as our unrivaled speed and ease of use as well as the deepest slate of betting options in the world for every NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, WNBA, and PGA TOUR contest.”

To celebrate the launch, PointsBet will provide West Virginia clients with a special signup offer – within one hour of creating a PointsBet account, all new clients will receive a $20 free bet. 

Sports Betting in West Virginia

West Virginia was the fourth US state to legalise sports betting following the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018.

The Mountain State launched its first legal land-based sportsbooks on 30 August 2018. This was followed by the launch of BetLucky.com, the state’s first online sportsbook, on 27 December 2018.

However, the BetLucky platform was shut down prior to the 2019 March Madness tournament.

In late August of 2019, FanDuel and DraftKings both launched their online sportsbooks in West Virginia, reviving the state’s online betting market.

At the time of writing, there are now five online sportsbooks operating in the state of West Virginia. These include BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and now PointsBet.

PointsBet is the second operator to go live in the state this month after Caesars launched its sportsbook in West Virginia on 4 August.