Presidential Betting Fills the Bill for Fanduel’s West Virginia Punters, if But for a New York Second

Published April 25, 2020 by Lee R

Presidential Betting Fills the Bill for Fanduel’s West Virginia Punters, if But for a New York Second

In a sportsbetting vaccuum, the US definition of sportsbetting expands to a larger event.

Is the Presidential US elections truly sport? Apparently so, at least in West Virginia.

Presidential Odds Posted

It all started Tuesday, when DFS giant FanDuel announced in a press release that it was prepared to take wagers on the Presidential election and was partnering with the West Virginia Lottery to “bring these markets into a legal, regulated sportsbook.”

Down, but Not Out

The subsequent removal of the odds and Politics tab from the state’s betting site after 15 minutes ultimately hinted at the tiny US state positioning itself to be the first to allow
sportsbooks to take bets on political events.

The Caveat

FanDuel and the West Virginia lottery each issued follow-up statements confirming that West Virginia Lottery approved of the market, but FanDuel was to “refrain from offering the markets” until the Lottery has time to “fully work through the implications and research it further.”

WV’s Pioneering Tradition

The state displays a rugged individualism in this department, having legalized sports betting in the spring of 2018, prior to the US Supreme Court repealing the long-standing PASPA federal ban in May of the same year.

No Visible Loophole

The plans appear to fly in the face of both the Federal Commodity Trading Commission’s mandate that gambling on elections should not be authorized; and current West Virginia law itself, which states “it shall be unlawful to bet or wager money or other thing of value on any election held in this state.”

The Punting Must Go On

In these strange times when global sport is almost entirely canceled, it turns out gambling operators are working closely with regulators in states where betting is legal to come up with alternative wagering markets, including eSports.

Outlook

Considering that lively punting activity among West Virginia punters stretched across odds on the presidential election winner; the Democratic nominee winner; the Democratic Vice President nominee; and the winning party, the popularity of Presidential betting is looking sportier by the day.

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See also

NCAA March Madness: West Virginia vs Gonzaga Sweet 16

New York Senator Introduces Bill to Legalize Online Poker

New York Moves Forward with Online Gambling - But Not Too Fast

Can New York's Sports Betting Take Off Without a Mobile Option?

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