DraftKings runs an online sportsbook in West Virginia in partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
With its experience running an online sportsbook in New Jersey, it’s no surprise to see DraftKings beat the competitors by opening the first online sportsbook in the Mountain State.
You might recognize DraftKings for its daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests; furthermore, the sportsbook provides extensive sports betting options. DraftKings’ offerings include bets on major pro leagues, international sports and golf, MMA and tennis.
Here, is our guide to how to get the most from the DraftKings online sportsbook in West Virginia.
First up, we cover the bonus offers, including the generous welcome bonuses.
Next, we examine the app and website, with an explanation of the key features, bets and sports.
Lastly, we cover banking, responsible gambling and customer service.
You’ll find one of the best welcome bonus packages at any online sportsbook at DraftKings.
Note that you won’t need a specific promo code; every WV player signing up will receive the following:
Your risk-free bet will be a refund in betting credits. If your first bet loses, you’ll get these credits that then require a second bet to clear into your cash account.
|WV Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook|
|Promo Code||None - Use this link|
|Free Bet Offer||$200|
|Deposit Bonus||20% up to $500|
|Last Updated||October 16, 2019|
To take full advantage of your matched bonus, you’ll need to make an initial deposit of $2,500. Then, you’ll complete a playthrough requirement to clear your bonus credits.
In other states, it was possible to clear the deposit bonus using either sports betting, DFS or casino games. Online casinos are not yet operating in WV, making that option unavailable.
Many online sportsbooks offer only one of the three offers. With this generous welcome package, DraftKings has set the bar high for new sportsbooks coming to West Virginia.
DraftKings always has promotions running.
The sportsbook is worth bookmarking to keep a close eye on fresh promos, even if you place most of your bets elsewhere.
Regular offers include odds boosts. These can apply to individual games, though often have two linked games.
For example, you’ll get +700 for both team A and B winning on the same day. There is also a money-back insurance promotion for big parlays that lose by one leg.
Sportsbook pools are an exciting promotion.
Here, you pick winners of every game on a given day. There are prizes for one, two or three incorrect picks, plus a jackpot prize for getting them all right.
This type of bet gives you a lot of the involvement of a parlay, with some winning chances even if every team you pick fails to come through.
Also, DraftKings offers a loyalty point-collection and refer-a-friend bonus schemes.
To abide by regulations, you must be at least 21 years old and located within the state of West Virginia to bet on sports. You do not, however, have to be a resident of West Virginia to bet.
DraftKings launched its sports betting app first, before offering bets through its responsive browser interface.
Technology for both options is now working well, which gives you a choice from the start.
You can download the DraftKings sports betting app from the store for both iPhones and iPads.
Android users will need to go to the DraftKings website to download the app. Google Play does not allow any betting apps in its store. Your phone will warn you that you are downloading from an “unknown source,” though you can override this in your settings.
DraftKings’ app is easy to navigate, using a carousel setup to scroll through the many betting options. You can also set up your account and use the cashier from the app.
The DraftKings WV website will also work on mobile phones and tablets; the best way to view the site is on bigger screens. This site uses a responsive design, which means it will automatically adjust to your device’s screen size and input method.
Distinctive dark gray-and-green coloring makes DraftKings look impressive, though the smooth navigation is what makes this online sportsbook stand out.
You’ll find a list of sports along the top bar of the site rather than on the left as you do at many other books. This bar then drills down through other menus to get to the games you want to see.
DraftKings doesn’t stray from the standard set up at the individual match level. It put the point spread on the left, then totals and moneylines. More bets can be accessed via the menus, or by clicking on the individual games.
Your bet slip sits on the right, with a toggle between American and fractional odds above it. This is divided into singles, parlays and round robins.
You can move selections onto the bet slip by tapping the lines you want. Bets can be removed (tap the “X”) or organized into different bets within the slip.
The footer of the website is where you will find those useful links to the contact us, FAQ and terms and conditions.
League action and soccer are the most popular options, though the coverage is both broader and deeper than just that.
While you can’t bet on high school sports in West Virginia, college sports action is available alongside many smaller pro leagues and major league divisions.
This list shows the main sports betting opportunities:
You’ll find some more niche sports, too, including many that are popular outside the country like cricket and rugby.
With the DraftKings brand, you’ll find a depth of lines and markets which other sportsbooks find hard to match.
There are two forms of betting at DraftKings, which will be new to West Virginia.
The first is the ability to bet on games while they are underway. Live betting works well with the mobile betting app. You can be watching a game, see the action unfold and the odds move as the scores change. You will be able to place any of the regular bets while the game is underway.
The second is cash-out betting, which lets you redeem bets before the game or games are over. When you click the cash-out (“Redeem“) button on your bet slip, DraftKings will offer you a price. It is up to you whether you accept this or let the bet run.
Most of the wagering options at DraftKings are precisely those that are available at live sportsbooks in Las Vegas and beyond.
One innovative option is called betting pools, which is similar to a parlay, though has room for some losing teams.
The idea is that you pick the winners of every game on a day or weekend. You’ll win a big prize for getting them all right, plus smaller prizes for one, two or three incorrect selections. It’s unknown when DraftKings will bring this feature to the WV sportsbook.
Here are the regular betting markets at DraftKings:
You will also find special bets for specific sports.
For example, yards rushed in football, period betting in many sports or first/last player or team to score.
If you can’t make it to the Hollywood Casino to deposit in cash, there are plenty of online alternatives.
These include your plastic cards, bank transfers and third-party services. DraftKings will offer many of these from the start, with others to arrive over time.
The list below shows the deposit options at online sportsbooks for West Virginia:
West Virginia online sportsbooks take protecting problem gamblers seriously. If you suspect your gambling is becoming an issue, there are plenty of ways to seek help.
You will find a questionnaire on the “Responsible Gambling” page at DraftKings. For self-assessment purposes, it will help uncover any issues before they inflict greater problems.
If you or someone you know has an issue, you can contact help organizations. Furthermore, their website and phone numbers are available here as well.
In addition, all WV sportsbooks will provide a suite of tools to help you manage your betting activity. You can set limits on the amount you can deposit or bet in different time frames. It is also possible to arrange a time out; for example, to stop you from chasing losses after a bad run.
If all else fails, then you can self-exclude for between one and five years.
There are a few ways to get in touch with the DraftKings customer service team.
With a lot of previous experience in NJ and PA, DraftKings can assist several inquiries.
First off, there is a FAQ page on the website, which provides answers to practical matters like geolocation and banking. It also shares detailed instructions on how to use the site.
Here are the two primary contact methods:
First-mover advantage, plus an app already available in the Apple App Store will ensure that DraftKings’ sports betting gets off to a flying start in West Virginia.
By offering a big welcome package for new bettors, DraftKings WV has set a high bar for other brands to follow.
Perks include $25 in free bets, a $200 risk-free first bet plus a 20% match of up to $500 on your first deposit.
You’ll be able to experience in-play and cash-out betting for the first time in West Virginia at DraftKings. With so many markets covering pro leagues, international sports and collegiate sports, you’ll also never be short on betting action.
Also, be sure to check out the pool betting. This type gives you all the excitement of a parlay with consolation prizes if one or two teams lose.
DraftKings is the first sportsbook to go live in West Virginia and will be a hard act to follow.
Check them out for yourself now at www.DraftKings.com.
Yes, you must be at least 21 years old to wager in the state of West Virginia.
No, but you must be physically located in West Virginia when placing a bet. However, you can manage your account and even deposit funds when out of state.
Yes, you can change between American, decimal and fractional odds on the upper-right-hand corner of the homepage.
No; confirmed bets may not be canceled. At the same time, some bets may be eligible for the early cash-out option.