With only 1.8 million residents, West Virginia is the smallest competitive iGaming market in the US.

FanDuel Becomes Fourth Online Casino In Tiny West Virginia Market

FanDuel has the largest share of the US iGaming and online sports betting market. It’s the main reason its parent company, Flutter, has 31% of that US market. That share may grow even further, now that FanDuel’s casino vertical is active in all four states with full private sector online gambling markets. It achieved that this week with its launch in West Virginia, becoming the fourth online casino in the state.

It launched in partnership with The Greenbrier, which already hosts its retail and online sportsbook.

Every opportunity to acquire customers is valuable to FanDuel – especially because competitors BetMGM, BetRivers and DraftKings are already there. BetMGM likewise operates in partnership with The Greenbrier, while BetRivers and DraftKings are with Mountaineer Casino and Hollywood Casino respectively.

The boost will be small, however. Existing online casino apps in West Virginia are generating less revenue than the same brands do in the other three iGaming states. West Virginia houses fewer than 2 million people. Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, however, are home to nearly 32 million residents.

It’s also a significant increase in geographical area for FanDuel. Online gambling laws don’t require residency, and travelers within these states are permitted to use the apps. As of Wednesday, when FanDuel launched, an app user could start using its casino in New Jersey, pass through Pennsylvania and wind up in West Virginia, betting the whole way.

However, the fun stops in Ohio – where online gambling isn’t yet legal. If that were to change, it would also link Michigan up to the contiguous group of online casino states.

Online casino gamblers in WV simply ‘click here’

Visiting the FanDuel Casino website now allows players to select West Virginia as their location, in addition to NJ, MI and PA. Naturally, players interested in the sportsbook have a wider range of states to choose from.

US online casino apps greatly outnumber the ones offered in West Virginia. New Jersey, for instance, now has nearly 30. Nevertheless, with all the major operators there, those in the Mountain State will probably be happy with the selection.

First time users get to play their first 24 hours risk-free, with up to $200 in net losses returned at the end of that period. West Virginians exploring the app also get to pick from many table games and slots.

FanDuel lists the following as its most popular table games:

  • Blackjack
  • American Roulette
  • Video Poker

Meanwhile, its top slots are:

  • Triple Red Hot 7s Free Game
  • Divine Fortune
  • Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin
  • Red Hot Tamales
- Heather Fletcher is the lead writer with OnlinePokerReport. She's a career journalist, with bylines in The New York Times, Adweek and other publications. Reach her at [email protected]
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