Sports betting on professional and collegiate events went live at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ new sportsbook on September 1. The West Virginia Lottery Commission regulates the betting. Currently five states offer sports betting: Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and now West Virginia.

The quick start out of the gate was the result of advanced planning. State legislators anticipated a positive U.S. Supreme Court ruling on legalizing sports betting nationally and they had the framework in place.

There will be four additional racetrack casinos operating sportsbooks in West Virginia.