(This story was updated on March 11 following WynnBET’s official launch.)
The Virginia Lottery granted the permit on March 4. Initially, though, it wasn’t clear when the sportsbook would launch.
With Thursday’s debut, WynnBET is the third company to become a mobile-only sportsbook operator in Virginia.
After five sportsbooks launched in Virginia beginning in January, the market had been relatively quiet. WynnBET is the first new VA sportsbook to make its debut since William Hill launched on Feb. 3.
The gap between permit approval and launch has generally not been more than a couple of days. Caesars launched the William Hill app a week after its approval. That seven-day gap was the longest between authorization and launch. Here is a look at when the other VA online sportsbooks were approved and when they launched:
|Sportsbook||Permit approval date||Launch date|
How to wager with WynnBET
WynnBET offers betting on all of NASCAR’s top series. Additionally, as part of its NASCAR deal, the company plans to continue expanding its racing-related wagering options.
The sportsbook offers all of the usual betting types too, from spreads and moneylines to parlays and prop bets.
However, unlike some other sports-betting apps in VA, you will need to download the WynnBET app that’s specific to Virginia. The WynnBET app that works in New Jersey, for example, won’t work in Virginia.
The app should now be available for iOS and Android devices. However, if you don’t see them in the App Store or Google Play, you may want to check WynnBET’s website by following our links.
Additionally, WynnBet has already unveiled some promotions for new users. Stay tuned for details on those promos, which could include a deposit bonus or risk-free bet, among other perks.
WynnBET, NASCAR, and some Virginia plans
WynnBET is the official casino and sports betting app for Wynn Resorts. Virginia marks the 10th state in which the Nevada-based corporation has secured market access.
In October, the company announced its intention to enter Virginia. In fact, it was part of a new partnership between WynnBET and NASCAR, the most popular motorsports league in the US. Once licensed, officials said WynnBET would become the official online sportsbook of Martinsville Speedway and Richmond Raceway, which both hold NASCAR races in Virginia each season.
However, as LegalSportsReport‘s Matthew Waters noted, it appears WynnBET didn’t secure its license through its racetrack partnership, though it was a possibility.
Looks like @WynnBET is the third mobile-only sports betting operator in Virginia, according to the VA Lottery approval page. Its deal with 2 @NASCAR tracks in the state didn't ensure it a license. More info on applicants in VA's quiet process: https://t.co/RnidN07Yz6
— Matthew Waters (@ByMatthewWaters) March 4, 2021
Ultimately, the Martinsville and Richmond tracks could offer retail sports betting on site.