There are five West Virginia casinos. Four of those locations have both a casino and horseracing track, which makes them a “racino.” The fifth, The Greenbrier, is one of the most unique gambling situations in the United States.
Racing has existed in West Virginia since 1933. The first track to open was the Charles Town Races in Charles Town.
All four racinos began life solely as tracks. The last to open was the Mardi Gras Casino, which opened as the Tri-State Greyhound Park in 1985.
The West Virginia legislature authorized the introduction of slot machines to the five locations in 1994. Mountaineer Casino was the first of them to put machines inside its property.
Bars and restaurants in West Virginia are also allowed to place as many as five video lottery terminals, or VLTs, inside their establishments. The West Virginia Lottery oversees all gambling in the state.
West Virginia Casinos
Here is a rundown of WV casinos and their plans for sports betting:
Hollywood Casino Charles Town – Hollywood Sportsbook
Sports betting should begin at Hollywood on Sept. 1, 2018. The Penn National-owned property announced that it had received one of the first two licenses issued by the lottery commission.
The company has also reportedly struck a partnership with European sportsbook titan William Hill. William Hill’s expertise should ensure a smooth beginning for the property in Charles Town.
Hollywood also features 2,500 slot machines and 75 table games. It is the closest West Virginia casino to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The Casino Club at Greenbrier Resort – Fanduel Sportsbook WV
The Casino Club at Greenbrier Resort is the only private casino in the entire United States. The resort restricts access to the casino to its members and hotel guests only.
As such, the casino maintains high standards for dress and behavior. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns the resort.
The casino is definitely planning to offer sports betting in the very near future. Company management has already partnered with daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel to operate its sports betting operation.
FanDuel also received the other sports betting license in the state. It remains unclear whether the Greenbrier itself will have to become licensed and/or at what step in the process the resort is.
Nevertheless, it will offer wagering on sports within a matter of weeks. A state lottery official already confirmed, in fact, that she expects all five sportsbooks to be open by mid-October 2018.
The Casino Club at Greenbrier Resort offers 320 slot machines and 37 table games. It is located in White Sulphur Springs.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort – Mardi Gras Sportsbook
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort began as the Tri-State Greyhound Park in 1985. The property has undergone numerous ownership and name changes, settling on its current incarnation in 2008.
Mardi Gras, as its name implies, now operates with a New Orleans theme. The casino offers roughly 1,000 slots and 30 table games for patrons.
In March 2018, gaming company Delaware North purchased the property from Hartman & Tyner. Delaware North also owns Wheeling Island, as well as several casinos in other states.
On Aug. 17, 2018, Mardi Gras received a permit to offer sports betting to customers. There’s no set date for the debut of its sports wagering, but it will likely occur by October 2018.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is located in Cross Lanes.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack – Wheeling Island Sportsbook
Wheeling Island opened its doors in 1937 as a horseracing facility called Wheeling Downs. The track operated until a catastrophic fire closed the property in 1962.
The track reopened in the 1970s as a harness racing track. Declining attendance forced a switch to greyhound racing.
The casino added slot machines in 1994. Over the next 14 years, the property slowly added more options to its offerings. It eventually added table games in 2008, the same year that its name changed to the current version.
Wheeling Island is now a sister property with Mardi Gras Casino by virtue of the latter’s purchase by Delaware North. Both properties received their licenses to offer sports betting on Aug. 17.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is located in Wheeling.
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort – Mountaineer Sportsbook
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort opened as a horseracing track called Waterford Downs. Waterford Downs had its opening day on May 19, 1951.
After Bill Blair bought the property in 1987, he renamed it Mountaineer Park. Two more purchases and name changes brought the casino to its current form.
Mountaineer introduced slot machines to its property in 1994. Table games followed, and brought the casino to its current state.
The casino’s status with regard to sports betting is the least-known of the five West Virginia casinos. However, Mountaineer is unlikely to lag far behind any other properties in the Mountain State.
West Virginia Sports Betting FAQ
Can I bet on sports in West Virginia?
Not yet. No locations are open yet.
When will I be able to bet on sports?
Soon. Hollywood Casino Charles Town is scheduled offer sports betting on Sept. 1.
Who can bet sports in West Virginia?
Anyone over 21 can gamble in the Mountain State.
Can I at least bet on daily fantasy sports?
Yes. Almost every fantasy sports company operates in West Virginia.