West Virginia lottery has stated that it will pass several more weeks before the Hollywood Casino located at Charles Town Races start offering its mobile sportsbetting platform. The Hollywood Casino gambling facility at Charles Town Race is not only a casino but also a race track located just outside the eastern ate of Charles Town. The gambling facility is owned and operated by Gaming and Leisure Properties with its partner Penn National Gaming.
The facility features a massive horse racing facility which serves as home to the West Virginia Breeders’ Classis. With more than two hundred and forty racing dates regularly scheduled, the Charles Town Races are among the busiest facilities of this kind in the state. It usually runs five days per week schedule. When it comes to the Hollywood Casino facility, it is also a busy place with crowds from all over the state. The casino includes more than three thousand slot machines, a sportsbetting service as well as loads of classic table games.
Going Strong Since 1933
The Charles Town Race Track opened its doors to the public on the 2nd of December, 1933 by its owner Shenandoah Valley Jockey Club. Later on, the facility has changed its owners over the years. Back in 1997, it was bought by Penn National Gaming Inc. When it comes to the casino facility, in 2009 the venue was granted its application to offer classic table games. The very next year, the venue changed its name to Hollywood Casino from Charles Town Races & Slots.
Back in August of 2018, the facility started offering sportsbetting services which made it the very first casino located in West Virginia to offer this kind of service. The Hollywood Casino facility supposed to start offering a mobile sportsbetting service which was delayed. The boss of the state’s lottery has stated that it has to pass at least several more weeks before the state’s most popular gambling facility, Hollywood Casino located at Charles Town Races facility establish its mobile sportsbetting platform.
Alliance with DraftKings
According to the most recent reports on the subject, the disclosure came after the casino’s board announced that they had finished testing their mobile sportsbetting platform which will be running alongside the company’s partner, DraftKings Incorporated. The casino’s board also announced that once their mobile sportsbetting platform is launched, it will allow punters from all areas in West Virginia to place real money wagers on a massive range of sporting activities.
However, the launch of the platform has to be delayed after the company’s online trials have uncovered that one of their major servers is actually located in New Jersey. This issue could potentially leave West Virginia fully exposed to the latest Interstate Wire Act as established by the United States Department of Justice. Following this issue, the boss of the state’s lottery, Myers stated that all servers have to be located within the state’s borders in order to make sure that there is no violation of the Interstate Wire Act.
He also added that the latest Interstate Wire Act states that all sportsbetting-related functions must be done without crossing state lines. Therefore, the West Virginia casino has to split functions on its already exciting server located within the state’s borders. Since this will take some time, the launch of the casino’s mobile sportsbetting platform is delayed.