The news out for West Virginia sports betting and iGaming operators was mostly good in September, with double-digit improvements in handle for the former and slight increases in handle for the latter.
Overall, West Virginia sports betting operators took in $42,296,917 worth of wagers in September, representing a 53.6% jump from August’s total of $27,533,169 and a 9.8% decrease from last year’s total of $46,899,825.
Mountaineer State legal online sportsbooks operators finished September with a mobile sports betting handle of $37,773,537, which climbed 54.2% from August’s sum of $24,490,881 and 1.6% from last year’s total of $37,186,169.
As far as wagering revenues were concerned, sportsbooks in West Virginia finished the ninth month of the year at $4,146,834 — which was 38.7% above where they wound up in August ($2,990,182), but down 40.5% from the same period a year ago ($6,970,110).
The total tax bill that West Virginia sports betting operators chipped in during September was $352,481, which was up 38.7% from August’s tax hit of $254,165.
Through the first ninth months of the year, West Virginia sportsbooks have taken in a total handle of $326,459,524, averaging out to $36,273,280.40 per month in the Mountaineer State for 2023.
On the iGaming side of the spectrum, West Virginia operators took in a total handle of $382,236,954, which was up 3.4% from August’s total of $369,767,961, while revenues for West Virginia online casino operators wound up at $12,087,593, which was down 8.0% from August ($13,144,635).
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West Virginia Sports Betting, September vs. August
Total handle Mobile handle Revenue
Change Up 53.6% Up 54.2% Up 38.7%
Note: West Virginia reports numbers weekly rather than by calendar month. September represents Sept. 3-30; August represents July 30-Sept. 2.
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Christopher Boan covers sports betting and casino gambling for U.S. Betting Report. He has reported on sports and sports betting in Arizona for nearly a decade, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.