PropMe, LLC (PropMe) and the WV Bar and Restaurant Association (WVRBA) announced a new multi-year partnership that will focus on making PropMe the exclusive official sports wagering partner at up-to 3,200 eating and drinking locations throughout the state.
“Traditional sportsbooks offer first generation wagering products, like Daily Fantasy Sports, which are not focused on the ‘common-fan’ experience,” said David Ealy, co-founder at PropMe, LLC. “We’ve built PropMe for people like you and me, ones that enjoy sports (or entertainment and/or political events) and want to make a wager in a format they can understand and is easy to use – we will focus solely on prop-bets in a peer-to-peer system, it’s a friends bet friends, not a sportsbook, system; and, we have competitions where bars and restaurants can compete against each other.”
As part of the partnership, the WVBRA members will utilize PropMe’s digital prop-betting offerings to drive consumer-based competitions and events throughout the year.
“We envision prop-betting to be the latest and greatest type of league we can offer our patrons,” said Mike Duplaga, WVBRA president and owner of Generations Pub (Wheeling, WV). “These patrons love the experience of being in and around each other and this opportunity with PropMe gives the Association Members the chance to compete with the billion dollar out-of-state and/or out-of-country corporations that are coming in to run the retail and online sportsbooks vs. the hardworking owners and operators we represent here in West Virginia.”
Per the National Restaurant Association and based on data from the Bureau of Labor statistics, nearly $2.8 billion in sales are done annually at restaurants in West Virginia. The 54,000 West Virginia eating and drinking place jobs represent the majority of the states total restaurant and foodservice workforce of 72,500 jobs, which represents 10 percent of employment in the state. Regarding this, Duplaga adds, “By driving more patrons to bars and restaurants with PropMe promotions and events, we see bar and restaurant jobs and sales volume growing exponentially. Our plan is to support our members by giving the chance to compete now that sports wagering is legal in our state. We see this relationship with PropMe as a key asset to our members and their patrons.”