Push for legal online casinos gains momentum in West Virginia
West Virginia lawmakers have proposed a new gambling bill that aims to legalise online casinos.
Boasting bipartisan support under the leadership of Delegate Jason Barrett, the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act would allow the state’s four racetrack casinos – or ‘racinos’ – to operate gaming websites.
It would also extend that privilege to The Greenbrier – an historic hotel, casino and golf resort in the Allegheny Mountains near White Sulphur Springs.
Online gambling licences would cost $250,000 each over five years and revenue would incur a 10 per cent tax.
“We have made great steps thus far in providing greater flexibility for the gaming industry in West Virginia, and I am encouraged by the support we have received on this particular online gaming initiative,” Barrett said.
“Our house finance chairman has a real interest in taking up the legislation and I believe it has great potential to pass with bipartisan support both in the house and senate.”
The bill also features language that would prevent a number of overseas-based online casinos from operating in West Virginia.