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Welcome to PlayWV! West Virginia is quickly becoming a powerhouse for gaming. Online and retail sports betting is now underway in the Mountain State, and the first WV online casinos are expected to launch by the end of summer.

Below, you will find the latest on what betting sites are debuting next, the top-of-the-class apps in WV, and when online casinos and poker might make an appearance.

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WV Sports Betting Update

UPDATED: June 18, 2020

When West Virginia casinos reopened, so did some of the retail sportsbooks. It seems as if bettors are taking a more cautious approach. After two weeks, 98% of all betting is still happening on one of three WV sports betting apps.

We are still waiting for the first WV online casino to launch. The West Virginia Lottery filed emergency rules with the Secretary of State opening the public comment period. That should be finalized and the rules approved soon.

Once that happens, the Lottery will begin accepting applications for operator licenses. The WV Lottery indicates that we could see online casino gambling in late July.

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Online Sports Betting

Online sports betting is off and running in West Virginia. Multiple active sportsbooks in West Virginia are able to take wagers from anyone in the state.

Major operators with state-of-the-art sportsbooks dot the virtual landscape in the Mountain State.

Players can take part in every betting type imaginable, from pregame standbys like point spreads to hyper-granular live bets on the outcomes of single plays.

The active online sportsbooks in West Virginia include:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • BetMGM Sportsbook
Online Lottery

Despite a misleading section of its frequently asked questions, the West Virginia Lottery does not offer lottery tickets for purchase online. Players must purchase all tickets in person at a qualified retail location.

That said, some of these locations do have video lottery terminals and other points of service by which a player can play various games online. However, ultimately, these games (which includes slot and table games at the state’s casinos) must be transacted in person at the designated location.

At this point, an expansion of the existing offerings is unlikely.

Retail Sportsbooks

Retail sports betting in West Virginia is available at the state’s five casinos. Locations with retail sportsbooks include:

  • The Casino Club at The Greenbrier Resort
  • Hollywood Casino Charles Town
  • The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
  • Mardi Gras Casino
  • Wheeling Island Casino

Please note that the Casino Club at The Greenbrier Resort is a private venue and is not open to the public. Only members of the club and guests at the hotel can enter the casino and sportsbook. Also, please be sure to check the hours and dress code if you’re planning to visit.

Daily Fantasy Sports

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is a notable proponent of the legality of gambling endeavors.

He has been vocal about the federal government’s role in gambling enforcement and has shown no interest in standing between West Virginia inhabitants and games of chance.

So, it should come as no surprise that Morrisey has no problem with daily fantasy sports (DFS). In a 2016 statement, he stated unequivocally that DFS contests did not violate state law.

As a result, DFS has enjoyed a de facto legality in the Mountain State ever since. Given the state’s successful foray into sports betting, there’s no reason to assume that status will change anytime soon.

Online Casinos

Online casino gambling became legal in West Virginia in March 2019.

By virtue of the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act, the state’s five casinos can each pursue licensure to launch their online casinos.

Lottery officials submitted emergency rules to the Secretary of State on May 15, 2020. Once approved, the application process can begin. The first applicants will likely be those already with sport betting apps in the state, including DraftKings Casino, FanDuel Casino, and BetMGM Casino.

Given the few eligible properties and the speed that regulators demonstrated with regard to sports betting licenses, it probably won’t be a lengthy process.

The first WV online casino could arrive by late July.

Online Poker

Like online casinos, online poker became legal in West Virginia in March 2019.

All five of West Virginia’s casinos will have the ability to offer an online poker site for anyone inside the state lines.

There is no word about whether or not online poker in West Virginia will pool its liquidity with other states when it launches. Although the Multi-State Compact greatly increases the depth of the player pool, it may face federal legal challenges in the years ahead.

In the meantime, poker players in West Virginia who are hungry for online action can try sweepstakes site Global Poker.

A unique dual-currency system allows the site to offer online poker action, prizes redeemable for real money, and the ability to play against players across the country.


Can I gamble online in West Virginia?

Yes! Multiple online sportsbooks are active in West Virginia right now. The West Virginia Lottery oversees all activities that these sportsbooks undertake, and there are plenty of regulatory controls in place.

Online casino gambling, while legal, is in a holding pattern while the WV Lottery drafts regulations to manage the activity.  The Lottery expects the first West Virginia online casinos to launch in the spring of 2021.

Who is allowed to play?

Anyone located in West Virginia who is 21 years or older is allowed to bet on sports in West Virginia.

Do I have to live in West Virginia to play?

No, you are not required to prove residency in WV to play on West Virginia online sportsbooks.

You do have to be inside West Virginia state lines to place a bet.

Online sportsbooks are required by law to use geolocation verification software to confirm each player’s physical location at all times. The app simply will not work if you are not inside the state lines of West Virginia.

Which sports can I bet on in WV?

Almost any type of sporting event is available for wagering in West Virginia.

Unlike some states, West Virginia law does not prohibit wagering on collegiate events, so there should be a plethora of options.

The only restricted group includes sports at the high school level. No state with legal sports betting will permit wagering on events involving those beneath the college level.

Can I play online casino games or poker?

Not just yet. Online casinos and poker are legal in West Virginia, but regulators have not promulgated their rules for licensing and operating yet.

When will online casinos and poker sites launch?

It’s hard to say. The West Virginia Lottery, which will oversee the industries, has set summer 2020 as a target for the publication of its first set of rules for online casinos and poker. Presumably, licensing and launching will occur after that.


What about the other sites I see in Google?

Any site that offers online casino play or poker in West Virginia is a site that is owned and operated outside the US — as such, playing on it represents an added layer of risk for American players.

The main issue is that American players have no reliable recourse if there’s ever any dispute with one of these sites. Every legal sportsbook in West Virginia answers to the lottery commission, and the commission has the power to exercise severe penalties on any site that behaves inappropriately.

However, an American playing offshore has no such regulatory body watching over his or her play. Even if there’s a group that claims authority, Americans have no idea about the effectiveness, trustworthiness, or impartiality of said regulator.

It’s best just to stay away.

Unless you’re playing a sweepstakes site like Chumba CasinoLuckyLand Slots or Global Poker, it’s simply not worth the risk.


Traveling to West Virginia to bet online

If you are planning a trip to West Virginia, or happen to live in a neighboring state and are curious about betting, there’s good news.

It is not necessary to reside in West Virginia to gamble on its online gambling sites. In fact, you can download any of the state’s online sportsbooks to your device wherever you are.

Simply click our link and follow the instructions to get started. Make sure to take note of any relevant or exclusive bonus codes when you do so.

It is also possible to make your first deposit from out of state if you like. Each sportsbook in West Virginia has numerous options for banking, and there are no geographic restrictions for banking transactions.

Similar to our admonition about signing up, please make sure to check PlayWV for any deposit bonus codes we may have. Many of our offers cannot be found on other sites, and it would be a shame to miss out on free money or benefits.

Now, once you have downloaded the app and deposited, your physical location begins to matter.

All of West Virginia’s online sportsbooks use geolocation verification software to make sure that every player online is located within the state lines of West Virginia.

This software’s efficacy is surprisingly strong. It is much more likely that a person just inside West Virginia would be denied service than it is for someone across the border to gain access. The software acts as a virtual fence around the state.

However, the entire suite of West Virginia’s online gambling is available the moment you cross the state lines. It may be necessary to wait until your phone’s GPS synchronizes.

How to gamble online in West Virginia

For many, the mental images associated with sports betting involve a smoky backroom and a guy with a green visor. So, it’s forgivable if the idea of wagering through your phone seems a bit daunting.

Thankfully, it’s not difficult to get started.

Once on the app or site for your favorite sportsbook, look for a button that says “Register,” “Sign Up,” “Get Started” or something similar. This button should be prominently displayed, and it is likely to be in the upper right portion of your screen.

Clicking on the button will take you to a page with blanks to fill in your personal information. Every sportsbook varies a bit, but generally, they will all ask for the following pieces of data:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Social Security number (or the last four digits)

The site is also likely to ask that you create a unique username and password so that you can access your account. There may be a couple of security challenge questions, so answer these with responses that you, and only you, will remember.

Finally, the registration page will probably have a box to enter promotional codes. Make sure to double check PlayWV for any sign-up bonus codes before you submit your information, or you may miss out on some free money or benefits.

Once you’ve filled everything out, hit the button to submit at the bottom. You should go right to the sportsbook’s lobby, where you can get started betting on your favorite teams.

How to download betting apps

By and large, the process for downloading a sportsbook app is no different from getting any other program on your device.

The first thing to do is to click on the link for your chosen sportsbook above.

Once there, click on the button for either iOS (Apple) or Android app downloads. It will depend on your type of device.

Apple users will be able to download the apps per the usual process.

The only wrinkle for Android users is that they will have to accept downloads from other sources in their device settings before they can grab the file.

If you prefer to visit the site with your laptop, that’s fine. Most sportsbooks maintain a browser version of their websites for this reason.

If you need help, we have a dedicated page for mobile betting apps, which should answer your questions.

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WV Self-Exclusion

A player can register for self-exclusion in WV by filling out the self-exclusion form at any of the five WV casinos. A self-exclusion at one casino applies to all casinos. Additionally, a player can send a written request to the director of the West Virginia Lottery.
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The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia provides gambling resources, screening tools, plus a 24-hour talk or text hotline for assistance. In West Virginia, call 1-800-426-2537.
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