After plenty of stops and starts along the way, the FanDuel Sportsbook WV app is open for business.
There is much rejoicing that five months after the BetLucky app went defunct, online sports betting in West Virginia is finally back.
With WVU football kicking off this weekend and the NFL regular season the next, bettors across the state now have options when placing their bets.
Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier, commented on the occasion in a press release:
“We are incredibly excited that this new app is available for download, and the timing couldn’t be better with football season and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier right around the corner. We hope sports fans across the state will try out the app and then some visit the amazing FanDuel Sportsbook retail location here at America’s Resort™.”
It is important to note that some people are having trouble with geolocation and one bettor provided these tips via Twitter:
- Must be on wifi to place bet
- There are two apps look for the one called WV Sportsbook
- Deposits can be made via the browser, but bet with the app.
FanDuel Sportsbook mobile betting app
Bettors familiar with FanDuel’s daily fantasy sports offerings will also be pleased with the mobile sports betting app. The company has grown in recent years to one of the leading online sportsbooks in the country.
As expected, bettors can find action on every major sporting event, including:
- NBA/NCAAB (including March Madness)
- US Open Tennis
In addition to a large variety of sports, FanDuel provides all the popular betting types, including:
- Point Spreads
- Totals, or Over/Under
Beyond traditional wagering, FanDuel also offers in-game and in-play wagering for those looking for more constant action.
The platform also offers a unique wagering option called Round Robin parlays. These combine three or more selections into smaller parlay bets to cover all combinations.
A Round Robin bet places individual wagers on every possible parlay combination within the selected wagers. All of the selections don’t have to hit for a bettor to have returns from the total stake.
WV bettors have waited quite a while and will be rewarded with FanDuel. The platform offers a nice betting option for players looking to get in on the action.
FanDuel Sportsbook bonuses
The FanDuel online experience brings plenty of features and ease of use. The site functions well both on mobile and on a desktop or laptop computer.
There’s a good chance FanDuel will carry over promotions that have proven popular in other states. That includes a $500 Risk-Free Bet for new depositors.
The platform also offers Odds Boosts, enhanced odds on certain games which can benefit bettors. They can be found easily in the menu on the left side of the app under the “All Sports” icon.
Sports betting on FanDuel in WV
FanDuel is licensed in West Virginia through its partnership with The Greenbrier. The company runs a live sportsbook there but has minimal handle due to the private nature of the resort.
Unlike the short-lived BetLucky app, FanDuel also allows for true 24/7 wagering. While the NFL is the most popular betting season, college football is also huge.
The Mountain State may not have an NFL team, but fans cheer for several teams in neighboring states. The WVU Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd also have plenty of fans across the state.
The platform’s launch couldn’t be coming at a better time. Bettors and some legislators have expressed frustration in recent weeks with the slow rollout and the lackluster growth in sports betting.
Mobile and online betting has a chance to significantly grow the WV sports betting market. New Jersey, Nevada, and now Pennsylvania sports betting, continue to produce huge numbers, with 80-85% of sports betting done each month via a sports betting app.
FanDuel will be looking to make significant strides in WV, as well.
Many West Virginians will be happy to start analyzing those weekend matchups – and hopefully winning a few dollars.
After the BetLucky fiasco, two of the state’s five sportsbooks remain closed, keeping legal betting options out of reach for most residents. Some bettors were even planning to make the drive across the border into PA.
Mobile and online betting options in the Mountain State now open up betting possibilities for everyone.
A proven brand for bettors
Along with its experience with daily fantasy sports and sports betting, bettors can expect a larger marketing push. Educating those in the state will help bring more players online.
Along with WV, FanDuel is currently online in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The platform is the market leader in New Jersey. It’s also expected to be a popular option in Pennsylvania after going live in late July.
In New Jersey alone, FanDuel brought in $9 million in sports betting revenue in July – the top in the state. That is expected to rise throughout the season as NJ revenue continues growing overall.
Along with The Greenbrier, FanDuel also operates live sportsbooks in:
- New Jersey
- New York
More online betting in West Virginia in the pipeline
Besides FanDuel, the West Virginia Lottery approved two other online sportsbooks:
According to the Lottery, another online sports betting app could launch this week. It would not be a surprise if DraftKings joined FanDuel in West Virginia. The competition will surely benefit bettors as the companies vie for customers.
In addition, there are three active retail sportsbooks in the state:
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort
- The Casino Club at The Greenbrier
And while foot traffic at the retail sportsbooks will likely fall, there is still something to be said for watching the game in a book with a hundred of your closest friends.
The good news is now bettors have a choice.