West Virginia Sports Betting: WV Sportsbook Sites, Apps & Promos
It’s time to play online in West Virginia! Legal online betting is available to everyone physically located in the state and there are plenty of sportsbooks who are ready for you. West Virginia went legal online in December 2018 and were one of the quickest states to go live since the laws changed in 2018. However, they had a down time period and arguably fully went live mid 2019.
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West Virginia (WV) Sports Betting Laws and Background
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is online sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Yes, sports betting launched in August, 2019. Bet Lucky Sportsbook was the first to launch in 2019, but has since been suspended due to a legal dispute. DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM has launched since then, and William Hill is also expected in 2020. Sports betting at retail casinos in West Virginia began in August of 2018.
What are the eligibility requirements to bet in West Virginia?
Anyone 21 years of age or older can place a sports bet in the state of West Virginia. Bettors must register an account and verify they are located within West Virginia but do not need to be a current resident of the state.
What types of sports bets are available in West Virginia?
Sports bets offered by sportsbooks in West Virginia include spread, over/under, money line, futures, player props, in-play, parlays, teasers, and pleasers.
Sports offered by sportsbooks in West Virginia include but are not limited to NBA, college basketball, NFL, college football, CFL, MLB, NHL, MMA, PGA, tennis, boxing, soccer, cricket, cycling, darts, rugby, motorsports, and esports. For esports betting, competition participants must be at least 18 years old. In addition, bets on high school sporting events are illegal.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in West Virginia?
No. Sportsbooks must be licensed in West Virginia. The West Virginia Lottery oversees regulation of retail and online sportsbooks.
West Virginia (WV) Online Sports Betting Apps
Online sports betting is legal in West Virginia, launching in 2019. These are the mobile sportsbooks that have launched or are expected to launch soon.
DraftKings Sportsbook launched in West Virginia in 2019. Bettors can wager via desktop, mobile web or using the mobile app.
FanDuel Sportsbook is owned by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair and became an official daily fantasy sports and sports betting partner of the National Hockey League in 2018. FanDuel Sportsbook launched in the state of West Virginia in 2019. The online sportsbook is available at their website or by using the FanDuel sports betting mobile app. FanDuel has a retail sportsbook in West Virginia at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.
MGM Resorts International has held official sports betting partnerships with the NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS. MGM offers online sports betting in West Virginia, as well as at The Greenbriar in White Sulphur Springs.
Bet Lucky Sportsbook
Bet Lucky Sportsbook launched online in 2018, but was suspended in March of 2019 due to a dispute with its technology provider. The status and future of the sportsbook is now unclear.
Sportsbooks in West Virginia (WV)
Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races
Located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Charles Town Race Track opened in 1933, and is one of the country’s busiest horse racetracks. The property was purchased and rebranded by Penn National Gaming in 1997. Hollywood Casino was the first retail casino in West Virginia to offer sports betting in August, 2018, featuring a retail sportsbook.
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
Located in Newell, West Virginia, Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort opened in 1951 and is now owned by Eldorado Resorts. The casino now features a William Hill Sports Book.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort (Sports Betting Suspended)
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is located in Nitro, West Virginia. The facility features a casino, as well as greyhound and horse racing. The casino formerly offered a Bet Lucky Sportsbook, but operations have since been suspended due to a legal dispute.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack (Sports Betting Suspended)
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is located in Wheeling, West Virginia. The racetrack features greyhound racing and also offers off-track betting for both greyhound and horse racing. The casino formerly offered a Bet Lucky Sportsbook, but operations have since been suspended due to a legal dispute.
The Greenbrier resort, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, was built in 1913, and casino gambling began in 2019. The resort also includes four golf courses, as well as sports and medical facilities. Greenbriar now features the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Other West Virginia (WV) Gaming Options
West Virginia was the fifth state to legalize sports betting. The state charges a $100,000 licensing fee to casinos with sportsbooks, plus a 10 percent tax on sports betting revenue.
Online Casino Games
West Virginia legalized online casino gambling in 2019 but has yet to launch online casino games. Games could launch by February, 2021.
Horse racing and horse race betting is legal in West Virginia. Thoroughbred racetracks in the state include Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Mountaineer Racetrack.
Greyhound racing and betting is legal in West Virginia. The two greyhound race tracks in the state are Wheeling Island Racetrack and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort.
West Virginia Lottery
The West Virginia Lottery is available within the state of West Virginia to those participants who are 18 years or older. Read more about the games available at WVLottery.com.
West Virginia Fantasy Sports
Both season-long and daily fantasy sports games are legal in West Virginia.