Sports Betting in Full Swing in West Virginia - NBC4 Washington

Sports betting is definitely coming to D.C., possibly in time for the baseball season, but in the meantime, if you want to be 90 miles away in West Virginia.

Not far from Harpers Ferry, sports betting is in full swing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, one of several sports books in the state.

Since opening the sports book in September, Hollywood said it's done a brisk business.

"From Sept. 1 we took about $ 40 million in sports bets, "said Erich Zimny ​​of Hollywood Casino.

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The casino says people are like sports and darts and cricket.

"Football has been more popular than cricket and darts," Zimny ​​said. "Having started on Sept. 1, football has carried the day. About 70 percent of our bets are on football; about two-thirds of that on pro football. "

Including a man who recently bet on all 15 NFL games and got them all right.

"He turned $ 5 into $ 100,000," Zimny ​​said. "That's about 30,000-to-1 as far as real odds go."

Matt Merrillant, who drives an hour from his home in Virginia, said he did not have that lucky but hopes like DC, Maryland and Virginia get sports betting up and running soon so do not have to drive so far to place a bet.

"There is a lot of money and revenue," he said. "So yeah, they're passing a lot of money."

D.C hopes to offer the option of placing bets from a mobile app sometime this year. Hollywood hopes to offer the same option.

"It's a lot more complicated than people would think," Zimny ​​said. "There's a lot of moving people to think about it, so we're in process of developing it now and hope to have online soon."

If you want to go to West Virginia to place your bets, you should not go back to cash in your winnings. You can mail in your winning ticket, and they'll mail you a check.