Nearly six months after mobile betting in West Virginia went belly up due to the failure of BetLucky, FanDuel Sportsbook launched its mobile platform in the state on Monday.
The timing is perfect for mobile betting to go live — one week before the start of the NFL regular season.
FanDuel Sportsbook WV, the Mountain State’s first online sports betting app, flipped the switch at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. The resort is owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, who purchased it out of bankruptcy in 2009. It is being run by his daughter, Jill.
Last year, West Virginia lawmakers OK’d sportsbetting at five casinos and mobile apps, just before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned law that made sports betting outside Nevada. Justice allowed the measure to become law without his signature.
The app, available for download for iOS and Android, shares similarities to the FanDuel app offered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, such as the IGT PlaySports platform, according to a news release.
There is some unique content on the West Virginia app, including account and wallet technology that is the “backbone of the new operating system.”
Just like their sister apps in other states with legal sports betting, users in West Virginia benefited from promotions including a new user $500 Risk-Free Bet good for their first bet on any number of sports from football to tennis to soccer.
Other bonuses afforded to FanDuel customers includes Odds Boosts, enhanced odd on some games which benefits users.
The sportsbook also connects to FanDuel’s very popular fantasy sports app, so customers can use fantasy sports and sportsbook winnings interchangeably. If bettors are already FanDuel fantasy users, they should be able to bet in seconds, whereas new users can create a new account in just a few steps.
“We are incredibly excited that this new app is available for download, and the timing couldn’t be better with football season and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier right around the corner,” Jill Justice, Greenbrier president said Monday. “We hope sports fans across the state will try out the app and then some visit the amazing FanDuel Sportsbook retail location here at America’s Resort.”
As of this typing it is the only mobile option available in the state but it may not be the lone offering for long.
Last week, Lotter Director John Myers said two mobile apps were being tested for launch, which leaves another still under going fine-tuning. Speculation is that the second mobile app could be DraftKings.
It appears today’s implementation didn’t go perfectly with some people tweeting about some geolocation problems.
“Havin issues with geolocation, it tells me it cannot verify my location. I’m in WV,” on user tweeted.
FanDuel customer service responded immediately.
Another FanDuel Sportsbook will open in Iowa on Aug. 29 at Diamond Jo Worth Casino near Northwood. Former Minnesota defensive lineman John Randle will be at the launch for the inaugural bet.