In a recent meeting, the head of the Tennessee gaming regulator, the Tennessee Lottery, has gone on the record in announcing that online sports betting will go live in the Volunteer State by November 1 2020.
Not content with its planned domination of the sports betting market in the Garden State of New Jersey, leading online sportsbook, William Hill, has launched versions of its sports wagering platform in Colorado and West Virginia. The launch comes just in time for the beginning of the 2020/21 NFL season and now brings William Hill to a total of five states in which they offer their online sports betting products, the other two being Nevada and Iowa to become the third largest sportsbook operator in the United States today.
Sports Bettors in the state of Illinois can still register for an online sports betting account remote from anywhere within the Land of Lincoln’s state boundaries following the signing of an executive order by Governor J.B. Pritzker. This is the second time to date that the executive order that continues to permit residents to join online and mobile sportsbooks without the need to travel to the physical sportsbook has been extended.
The return of professional sports for the full month of August amid the global pandemic is reviving the nascent sports betting industry in Indiana, and helping the state stay ahead of the new competition in neighboring states like Michigan and Illinois.
Rhode Island sports bettors and online gaming patrons are now permitted to set up and use their sports betting accounts from outside physical gaming facilities, removing the need to visit a licensed venue in-person to complete player registrations.
West Virginia has become the 4th state to begin offering legal online casino gaming along with Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The honor of the first online casino to get underway went to DraftKings, who took their online sports betting licensing arrangement with West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to the next level by now offering their standalone online casino app (available in both Android and iOS formats) to the package.
Only a month after forming the first ever agreement between an NFL franchise and an online sports betting operator (the groundbreaking Denver Broncos and FanDuel deal), the Denver Broncos has wasted no time in signing up its second sports betting partner, with BetMGM to open a new Premium Lounge at the team’s Empower Field at Mile High Stadium through the agreement.
Despite sports betting now being officially legal in Virginia, it seems the regulators will need to tweak the rules and regulations a little before launch and require another month or two to get it exactly right.
A lot has been written since the global health pandemic hit about the ability of mature online sports betting states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia others to withstand the ravages to their respective state revenue collections and state budgets.