West Virginia Senate passes sports wagering bill

Sports Betting

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday to legalize sports betting at the state’s five casinos in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban.

The bill was approved 25-9 and now moves to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill is pending.

The Senate bill would allow sports betting at West Virginia licensed casinos and on Lottery Commission-approved mobile device applications.

Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, led the chamber through the discussions Tuesday. He said the bill simply gives casinos “one more tool to be able to provide entertainment. All our bordering states are considering this as well, so we need to remain competitive.”