United States Sports Betting Update

Summary: FanDuel and William Hill have launched mobile betting options in the states, along with updates in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Since mid-May, the United States has been booming when it comes to sports betting options. As soon as the United States Supreme Court decided to rule in favor of New Jersey with the state’s sports betting case, lawmakers jumped at the chance to introduce regulations and begin offering the wagering action within their state borders. Several states had already legalized the activity in anticipation of a positive ruling. Such states including New Jersey and Delaware, the first two to offer services. Now, several updates have been made, including the launch of new mobile betting services and other states getting in on the action.

FanDuel and William Hill Go Live

United StatesOver the weekend, both William Hill and FanDuel launched mobile betting options in New Jersey, providing gamblers with the ability to wager online. Now, the state has five total operators offering online gaming options in the sports betting sector.

The FanDuel Sportsbook can be used via iOS and Android devices, as well as with a desktop. William Hill only provides their app via Android but will most certainly offer more formats in the future. The weekend saw the two companies launching a soft test of their products, with wagering offered to only a select few punters until they are given the go ahead to launch fully by the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Additional online gaming options available in New Jersey involving sports betting include PlayMGM NJ Sports, DraftKings and SugarHouse Sportsbook.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting

While FanDuel is live in New Jersey online, they are also preparing to be active in Pennsylvania as well. Reportedly, the company is set to announce a sports betting deal with Valley Forge Casino, a gaming venue in the state. The company also is operational in West Virginia via Greenbrier Resort.

In August, FanDuel announced they had signed a new partnership with Boyd Gaming, which is the new owner of the Valley Forge Casino. The gaming venue has yet to submit an application to offer sports betting, but they are expected to do so. In the state, any operator who applies for sports betting licensing must wait a 90 day time frame before launching, with the time period starting with the filing of paperwork.

Betting Kiosks in the Mix

Other areas where sports betting is coming in to play is with betting kiosks. Both New Jersey and Mississippi now have betting kiosks in operation, thanks to SBTech. The company is based in Europe and focuses on creating betting technology. They have now launched on-property sportsbetting technology in both states, via three casino operators.

The products created by SBTech are available at Harlow’s and Riverwalk in Mississippi, two gaming venues owned by Churchill Downs Inc. The Golden Nugget and the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City also offer the new betting kiosks.

In Mississippi, SBTech is able to operate via a gaming license. In New Jersey, the company is currently offering services via a transaction waiver. The self-service kiosks allow players to place bets on their own, helping to free up the betting windows of the sports books.

Just like Mississippi, New Jersey and Delaware, West Virginia is yet another state that offers sports betting in the United States. The first venue to offer sports betting in the state is the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The venue actually started offering sports betting two days ahead of schedule on August 30th.