West Virginia sports betting was legalized in 2018, and the first sportsbooks — both at land-based casinos and online — are about to go live.

The launch appears as if it will be in time for the 2018 football season for NFL and college.

West Virginia casinos and sports betting

WV sports betting will be coming to the state’s five casinos:

Four of those casinos are also thoroughbred and/or greyhound racetracks; The Greenbrier is an exclusive, private casino, owned by Gov. Jim Justice. The casinos all have slot machines and table games. And now they will have sportsbooks, much like the casinos in Nevada.

The state has been reacting quickly to the new sports betting law, working diligently to get regulations live and sportsbooks open after a new law passed early in 2018.

WV sports betting online

The state also legalized online wagering as part of a new law, which means you will be able to bet via sports betting apps and sports betting sites.

Check back for updates as these apps and sites go live in West Virginia.

Who can bet on sports in West Virginia?

You will have to be 21 years of age to bet on sports in the state.

If you want to bet online or via mobile devices in West Virginia, you must be located within the state. You do not need to be a resident of the state in order to register for a real-money sports betting account. That means people from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, etc. could simply cross into the state and register an account and place bets while on West Virginia soil.

Millions of people live within driving distance of WV’s borders and its five casinos, so there could be a great deal of mobile wagering soon after launch.

Backstory of WV sports betting

West Virginia sports betting is possible because of a US Supreme Court case brought by the state of New Jersey in the spring of 2018 that allowed states other than Nevada to legalize and regulate wagering. West Virginia was the first state to pass a new law in the wake of that decision.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission is overseeing the state’s sports betting industry.

WV sports betting partnerships

Here are the partnerships we know so far for WV sports betting:

  • Penn National (Hollywood Casino) and William Hill US
  • The Greenbrier and FanDuel Sportsbook

Other online sportsbooks you may see in West Virginia:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Bet365
  • 888 Sportsbook
  • BetStars