West Virginia Sports Betting

Sports betting is now live in West Virginia. Learn where you can bet online, and at racetracks and casinos.
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WV Sports Betting Update

UPDATED: Nov. 18, 2019

Congratulations, West Virginia, it finally happened. Online sports betting handle officially surpassed retail handle for the first time. And not at just for just one sportsbook, but for the industry as a whole.

The West Virginia Lottery released two weeks of sports betting revenue numbers on Monday, to make up for missing last week. And not only did online betting surge but so did the overall handle, setting two weekly records one right after another.

Unfortunately, it set another record as well. West Virginia sportsbooks posted their biggest loss for a week by nearly double. No doubt, WVU‘s performance against Baylor had something to do with that.

With WVU football and hoops in action this weekend, keep an eye out for more impressive sports betting numbers.

WV Sportsbooks

A quick look at where you can bet on sports in West Virginia:

Casino/appPartner
Draftkings SportsbookHollywood Casino
FanDuel Sportsbook The Greenbrier
Hollywood Sportsbook
William Hill
Mardi Gras SportsbookTBD
Mountaineer SportsbookWilliam Hill
Wheeling Island Sportsbook
TBD
BetLucky
Suspended; Unlikely to return.
FanDuel Sportsbook WV

While the live FanDuel sportsbook is inside a private club in White Sulphur Springs, the FanDuel online sportsbook and betting app are open to anyone within the state of West Virginia. Click the link above to see our full FanDuel sportsbook review.

Hollywood Sportsbook WV

Hollywood Casino was the first legal, live sportsbook to open in West Virginia and features spacious seating and plenty of betting windows and TVs. Hollywood Casino has partnered with daily fantasy and sportsbook powerhouse DraftKings for its live & online sportsbook and betting app.

Mountaineer Sportsbook WV

Mountaineer is the closest WV casino to Pittsburgh. The sportsbook is powered by William Hill, which is a global powerhouse for sports betting in Europe and a sportsbook provider in 8 US states and counting. A first-rate online sportsbook and app for WV is coming soon.

WV Gambling & Sports Betting FAQs

Is it legal to gamble online in West Virginia?

Yes. In 2018, the West Virginia legislature legalized sports betting for both live, in-person and online betting. Then in 2019, the legislature expanded online gambling in West Virginia to include online casino gambling.

Currently, there are three active retails sportsbooks and two sports betting apps in West Virginia. More online sportsbooks are expected to launch in the coming months.

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 online casinos to launch in the spring of 2021.

Which WV casinos offer sports betting?

All five of the casinos offer legal sports betting, including Hollywood Casino, The Greenbrier, Mountaineer Casino, Mardi Gras Casino, and Wheeling Island Casino. Although, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island have temporarily suspended their sports betting operations.

Additionally, there are two live online sportsbooks in West Virginia, DraftKings Sportsbook WV and FanDuel Sportsbook WV.

Which sports can you bet on in WV?

Just about anything you can think of at the pro and top collegiate levels. You can bet on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA, among many other sports.

What kind of sports bets can you place?

Any single-game wager is available in WV, as well as parlays, teasers, prop bets, totals, and even more exotic wagers that you might find in a normal sportsbook.

When did WV legalize sports betting?

Sports betting in West Virginia became legal in March 2018. However, it wasn’t until the Supreme Court overturned PASPA in May 2018, that the law became active.

Once the law was active, the agency that regulates gambling in the state, The WV Lottery Commission, crafted regulations with a goal of accepting sports bets by the opening of the 2018 NFL football season.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town officially opened its betting windows on Sept. 1, after a two-day soft-launch.

What are the legal requirements to bet in WV?

You do not have to be a WV resident to place an online bet in the state. To use a sports betting app in West Virginia, you must be located within the state to place a bet with geolocation software confirming your location.

The legal age in West Virginia to place a bet at a casino or sportsbook, whether in-person or online, is 21 years old.

Is DraftKings legal in West Virginia?

Yes.

In August 2019, DraftKings launched their legal online sportsbook in partnership with Penn National, owner of Hollywood Casino. The sportsbook is licensed and regulated by the WV Lottery. Learn more about DraftKings WV sportsbook here.

Is FanDuel legal in West Virginia?

Yes.

In August 2019, FanDuel launched their legal online sportsbook in partnership with The Greenbriar Resort. The FanDuel WV online sportsbook is properly licensed and fully regulated by the WV Lottery – read more about FanDuel WV here.

How many casinos are live in West Virginia?

West Virginia has five casinos that are overseen by the state lottery. All five casinos have sportsbooks. However, two sportsbooks are currently suspended. Read for more on WV casinos.

How many sports betting apps are live in West Virginia?

There are currently two sports betting apps in the state: DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. More sportsbooks are expected to launch soon, including William Hill Sportsbook and PointsBet.

Is Horse Racing legal in West Virginia?

Four of the state’s gaming facilities have racing of some sort. Hollywood and Mountaineer have horse racing. Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras have greyhound racing.

Is the lottery legal in West Virginia?

Yes. The West Virginia Lottery offers its own lottery games. Additionally, it sells tickets for the popular national lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions. There is an online lottery app for checking winning tickets, but it is not possible to buy online lottery tickets at this time.

Is it legal to bet on college sports in West Virginia?

Yes. Players can bet on college sports at retail and online sportsbooks in West Virginia.

Who is responsible for regulating WV online gambling?

The West Virginia Lottery Commission approves and regulates all gaming in the state including online sports betting and online casino gambling.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal?

Offshore sports betting sites are not legal in West Virginia. The companies may be operating legally in their home country, but to be a legal sportsbook in West Virginia, they must have a partnership with a WV casino and be approved by the WV Lottery commission.

Why bet at WV sportsbooks?

1. Competitive Odds

Shopping lines is easy thanks to online sportsbooks in West Virginia. Shopping lines between sportsbooks is one way to maximize profits in a game where every point counts. Compared to offshore books, legal sportsbooks in West Virginia will often have better odds because of market place competition. Of course, lines are more consistent between sportsbooks these days because of the wealth of information available to everyone. Even so, an avid line shopper can find occasional spots to help maximize profits. Even so, line shopping is important when the difference between a profitable day and a losing one is the smallest of margins.

2. More ways to bet

The amount of sporting events and ways to bet at WV online sportsbooks is plentiful and easy. Within each sports betting app, you can review available events, odds, and bet options with a tap of your finger or click of your mouse. As sports betting makes its way across the US legal sportsbooks are looking for ways to elevate the sports betting experience. One way they do that is through live in-game betting, betting pools and a plethora of betting options. 

3. Safe and legal

A legal and regulated sportsbook offers protections for sports bettors that an offshore sportsbook won’t. Our mission is to provide West Virginia sports bettors with all the information they need to make an informed decision when choosing an online sportsbook. We only review and report on sportsbooks approved to operate in West Virginia by the WV Lottery.

RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING

WV Responsible Gambling

A complete list of gambling resources for those concerned about online gambling habits. We provide information about responsible gambling at legal WV casinos and sportsbooks, including how to get help when needed.
WV responsible gambling properties
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.
WV Self Exclusion
NCPG WV

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.
Council On Compulsive Gambling

WV sports betting apps for Android and iPhone & iPad

West Virginia currently has two legal sports betting apps you can download for your smartphone or tablet. 

West Virginia’s two online sportsbooks, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook, both have apps for Apple (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices. 

The iOS apps can be found in the App Store, while the Android apps must be downloaded directly from the sportsbook’s website.

Popular Sports to Bet on in West Virginia

In West Virginia, football reigns supreme. Without an NFL team to call its own, you’ll find most of the state on Saturday game days cheering on their beloved WVU Mountaineers and Thundering Herd.

There’s no doubt WVU football, followed by Marshall football and other WV college sports, are the most popular teams and events to bet on.

WV also has plenty of NFL fans who root for:

  • Washington Redskins
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Baltimore Ravens

Outside of football, both retail and online sportsbooks in WV offer a comprehensive list of sporting events to bet on, including:

  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • College basketball
  • Golf
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Soccer
  • Cycling
  • Rugby

WV Sports Betting Deposit Methods

West Virginia’s online sportsbooks provide lot of options to fund your betting account and withdraw your winnings. Depending on the sportsbook, players can use PayPal, electronic checks (ACH), credit cards, prepaid cards and even use the cage at partner casinos.

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