The Hollywood Casino Sportsbook Review
While famous for its Thoroughbred horse racing, the Hollywood Casino sportsbook review is sure to live up to expectations when the service goes live later this year (2018). Indeed, ever since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA, 1992), West Virginia has been prepping its five casino and racetrack locations to offer sports betting to both WV residents and visitors from out of state.
One of the premier destinations for such, of course, will be at The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, WV, where construction of their new sports betting lounge is nearing completion. Within a few months’ time, the Hollywood Casino sportsbook will offer the best sports betting options for those living in and around northeastern West Virginia.
West Virginia formally legalized sports betting via SB 415 back in 2017, as the state was fairly certain that PASPA would be overturned (which it was). In getting out ahead of the ruling, WV was set to be one of the first non-Nevada states in the country to offer legal on-site sports betting to its residents. This became a reality when the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino opened its doors on August 30, 2018. The sportsbook is powered by William Hill, one of the largest bookmaking companies in the world. The venue has 24 monitors displaying odds and a 50 foot wall that houses 80-inch TVs to watch games. Located on the second floor near the skybox sports bar, the current hours of operation for the Hollywood Casino Sportsbook at Charles Town Races are:
Because West Virginia law allows for full-service sports wagering menus, the Hollywood Casino sportsbook offers comprehensive betting options to its customers. As such, when you visit you can expect the sportsbook at Charles Town Races to be jam-packed with state, national, and even some international athletic wagering action. Bettors are able to put money on football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, auto racing, rugby, cycling, MMA, and cricket. From straights, spreads, and totals to player props, team props, futures, specials, and parlays, the Hollywood Casino sportsbook promises to have something for every West Virginia sports betting enthusiast.
Right now, there is no hard timeframe for any West Virginia sportsbook to roll out an online sports betting platform. Thus, for the time being, you cannot place sports bets at the Hollywood sportsbook on your mobile device. That said, mobile, Internet-based sports betting in Charles Town is absolutely on its way to the region, and West Virginia’s sports wagering laws clearly indicate that online sports betting is recognized as a major part of the state’s gambling economy going forward.
That said, it’s going to take some time (and local/state coordination) for any casino to roll out its West Virginia sports betting apps and mobile services. Online sports betting at the Hollywood Casino, for example, probably won’t be available until sometime toward the end of 2018.
In the meantime, if you wish to wager on sports online because you can’t make it to the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, you can always use a legal offshore sportsbook like Bovada, BetOnline, SportsBetting, 5Dimes, and other top sites that have been faithfully serving the WV area for decades.
Proxy betting is when a bettor places his or her wagers remotely through the assistance of a local third party. This activity is largely considered illegal in the majority of the United States, and the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Charles Town has followed suit. You must be physically present in order to place bets with their bookmaker. Proxy betting leaves the door open to underage gambling and other illicit activities, which is why the practice is generally frowned upon. When you want to bet on sports at the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, just head to the venue with a government-issued ID.