WEST VIRGINIA SPORTS BETTING

YOUR GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING IN WEST VIRGINIA

While West Virginia isn’t a state that many would associate with wagering, West Virginia sports betting has, surprisingly, one of the strongest sets of betting options in the United States. With West Virginia sportsbooks available both in person and online, bettors have more than their fair share of options in the Mountain State. In this guide to West Virginia sports betting, find out everything you need to know about betting on sports in WV, including what legal sports betting options currently exist.

WHAT SPORTS CAN I BET ON IN WEST VIRGINIA?

Bettors are able to enjoy action on a number of types of sporting events in West Virginia. WV sports betting allows for wagering on major professional sport such as the NFL, including the Super Bowl, NBA, MLB and NHL. There is also the ability to bet on college sports, including games featuring the West Virginia Mountaineers among other top-flight programs.

In terms of the types of bets that can be placed at sports betting sites and land-based sportsbooks, the list of options is similarly long. Bettors can place straight bets or parlays, covering point spreads, moneylines, totals and a vast number of prop and futures wagers. With all of the markets up for grabs, there are certainly a large number of ways to earn a payout in WV.

WHAT SPORTS BETTING APPS CAN I USE IN WEST VIRGINIA?

Online gambling is the most efficient form of sports betting, as bettors are able to use online sportsbooks to place bets as quickly as possible to get the best possible lines. In West Virginia, mobile sports betting is an option, with some of the biggest names in the industry offering apps to players. Here is a list of the sports betting apps up for grabs in West Virginia.

  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • BetMGM
  • William Hill
  • Betly
  • BetLucky (no longer active)

By state law, each of the active sportsbooks listed above must be licensed through a physical wagering location. For example, DraftKings is licensed through Hollywood Casino Charlestown, FanDuel operates through The Greenbrier, and BetMGM is also licensed by The Greenbrier.

WHAT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS CAN I BET AT?

While there are five mobile sports betting options to choose from, bettors can also take on a number of retail sportsbooks throughout West Virginia as well. These locations are useful for bettors who would prefer to bet somewhere and sit down and watch the sporting events unfold. Here is a list of the physical sports betting locations in West Virginia.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races - Charles Town
  • The Casino Club at the Greenbrier Resort - White Sulphur Springs
  • Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort - New Cumberland
  • Mardi Gras Casino and Resort - Cross Lanes
  • Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack - Wheeling

Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island almost dropped off of this list of retail sportsbooks, as the Delaware North casinos ran into issues with Miomni over their sports betting technology. However, they transitioned over to IGT after those problems surfaced, and are back up and running along with Hollywood Casino and the rest of the active physical locations. These casinos are located near the state borders, near neighboring states like Ohio and Kentucky.

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTS BETTING HISTORY

West Virginia sports wagering was first looked at in 2017, with a study being commissioned to look into what kind of impact it would have on the state as a whole. In 2018, that study was revisited thanks to the decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn PASPA, which had federally banned sports betting previously.

In February of 2018, a bill to legalize sports betting was passed, without the signature of governor Jim Justice. That bill included the legalization of mobile betting, allowing fantasy sports giants like DraftKings and FanDuel to get involved with the state, where they remain to this day. Despite attempts to get the state to give a portion of revenue to sports leagues like Major League Baseball, the bill went through as planned and has allowed the West Virginia Lottery Commission to oversee legal sports betting since.

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTS BETTING RULES

When it comes to sports betting rules in West Virginia, the West Virginia Lottery Commission oversees things. And the most notable item it oversees is the legal online betting activity that takes place throughout the state. Just like New Jersey and nearby Pennsylvania, the most important rule is that bettors are allowed to take on online sports betting the same way that they can play casino and table games on the internet in those states.

Bettors should also keep in mind that they must be 21 or older to wager in West Virginia, as that age requirement is strictly enforced in its casinos and online sportsbooks. And if a West Virginia bettor has a gambling problem, they are encouraged to call 1-800-GAMBLER.

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTS BETTING FAQ

WHERE CAN YOU BET ON SPORTS IN WEST VIRGINIA?

Bettors are able to do their legal sports betting in-person or online via mobile app. There are five casino options for bettors to visit, along with five mobile apps that can be accessed and used anywhere in the state.

CAN YOU BET ON SPORTS IN WEST VIRGINIA?

Yes, sports betting is legal in West Virginia, and has become a competitive market for the industry. The five online sportsbooks in the state have used promo offers like the option for a deposit bonus, sign up bonus and risk-free bet to attempt to win business over one another in this state.

DOES FANDUEL WORK IN WEST VIRGINIA?

FanDuel Sportsbook does work in West Virginia, as FanDuel is one of five West Virginia online sportsbooks that can be accessed on iPhone or Android devices. In addition to FanDuel, bettors can also access online sportsbooks from DraftKings, BetMGM, Betly and William Hill.

DOES CHARLESTOWN CASINO HAVE SPORTS BETTING?

Yes, the physical casino location in Charles Town does have sports betting available, as one of five sports betting-friendly locations in the state. Bettors who do not wish to use a physical location can bet via app instead.
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