It is a big weekend for sports betting in West Virginia. Not only are there plenty of betting options to choose from, but Friday marks the first time in months that retail sportsbooks in WV will be open.
Since WV casinos were forced to shut down, several sportsbook operators haven’t been accepted a single bet. Only Hollywood Casino and The Greenbrier offer online sports betting apps right now.
Wagering through your mobile app is one thing, but now bettors can return to retail locations.
In fact, Mountaineer Casino, which doesn’t feature an online platform, will be taking bets for the first time since March.
Thankfully, residents will have some betting options to choose from at sportsbooks this weekend. Sports have started coming back to life, and bettors couldn’t be happier.
German soccer in the Bundesliga is one of the top markets offered. It resumed its season a few weeks ago and has been attracting lots of attention from soccer fans.
Other popular betting options include:
The biggest news for sports bettors is what is ahead. All major US sports are preparing to get back to the playing field.
The NBA and NHL recently announced new postseason formats, while the MLS and MLB have been working out some financial specifics.
All four sports may be up and running by late July.
Although these markets aren’t available this weekend, there is still a lot to bet on.
UFC 250 is the biggest event on the board at sportsbooks. MMA makes its return to Las Vegas, Nevada, with another enticing main card featuring a Featherweight title bout.
Let us breakdown all of the weekend’s best sports action to bet on at both retail and online sportsbooks.
Betting on UFC 250 at WV sportsbooks
Whenever there is a notable UFC event on the schedule, it usually takes over the top spot listed at sportsbooks. With sports still being somewhat limited, this weekend’s UFC 250 is highly anticipated.
Just like the event held a few weeks ago in Jacksonville, Florida, this UFC card includes several exciting names.
The main event is a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion, Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer.
Nunes is now 32 years old; however, she is still at the top of her game. Her record sits at 19-4 overall.
The champ hasn’t lost since 2014, and she has won her last 10 fights since then. Her latest victory came over Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision in Dec. 2019.
Nunes will look to defend her crown against a quality, younger competitor.
Spencer is 8-1 professionally and looking to get her name on top of this UFC division. After suffering a defeat to Cris Cyborg last July, Spencer bounced back with a first-round TKO over Zarah Fairn in her latest fight.
As expected, Nunes enters this one as a sizable favorite at WV sportsbooks. She is listed at -670 odds at DraftKings, -800 on FanDuel, and -625 on BetMGM.
Of course, with MMA, one good shot can always change a fight. Bettors could see value in Spencer’s odds. She is available at +475 on DraftKings, +530 on FanDuel, and +450 through BetMGM.
The event’s co-main fight involves two very skilled UFC veterans. According to sportsbooks, the Bantamweight fight between Raphael Assuncao and Cody Garbrandt should be a close contest.
Despite losing his last three matchups, Garbrandt is a slight favorite. He’ll carry his 11-3 record into the octagon against the 27-7 Assuncao.
Bettors can take Garbrandt at -155 on DraftKings, -148 with FanDuel, and -145 on BetMGM. Assuncao is listed at +125 through DraftKings, +122 on FanDuel, and +120 with BetMGM.
Another great betting market available this weekend is with Bundesliga soccer. While the German league might not be as popular as the English Premier League, it is undoubtedly top-class soccer with some of the world’s best clubs.
The restart of the Bundesliga came at a great time. Besides sportsbooks having limited options at the moment, the league only has a few matches remaining, and the standings are tight.
Bayern Munich leads the league by seven points but faces a difficult test in Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Leverkusen is 11 points out of first, however, are just outside of the top four based on goal differential.
The top four finishers from the Bundesliga earn a bid to next season’s Champions League.
Even though it is a road match, Bayern is still decent-sized favorites in this late-season tilt. Its odds are -225 at DraftKings, -220 on FanDuel, and -223 with BetMGM.
Bettors can take the home underdog with Leverkusen at +480 on DraftKings, +500 with FanDuel, and +450 on BetMGM.
There is another exciting match at the other end of the table. Eintracht Frankfurt is taking on Mainz in a battle of mid-tier squads.
Although Frankfurt leads Mainz by seven points in the standings, the odds for this game are very close. It appears Mainz will need as many points as it can get to avoid relegation.
Mainz is listed at +250 on DraftKings and FanDuel, while it is +260 on BetMGM. Frankfurt is -103 on DraftKings, +100 through FanDuel, and -106 with BetMGM.
There is a lot of other Bundesliga action offered at books. SC Freiburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach get it started on Friday afternoon, followed by five matches on Saturday and three more on Sunday.
Additional WV sports betting odds
While WV bettors can return to some retail sportsbooks across the state this weekend, the following three online betting apps in WV have remained available:
Outside of soccer and UFC fights, there are lots of other markets on all three platforms.
Tennis fans can wager on the US Pro Tennis Series, while baseball fans waiting for MLB can try their luck in the KBO, or Korean baseball.
With the NHL’s postseason plans finally released, sportsbooks have updated their odds to win this year’s Stanley Cup. You’re able to find odds for the opening-round matchups, as well as team futures.
Right now, DraftKings shows the following odds for which team will lift the Stanley Cup:
- Boston Bruins +650
- Tampa Bay Lightning +650
- Colorado Avalanche +750
- Las Vegas Golden Knights +800
- Washington Capitals +900
- Philadelphia Flyers +1000
- Louis Blues +1000
- Dallas Stars +1400
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1600
- Edmonton Oilers +2300