DraftKings Sportsbook is busy preparing for its West Virginia sports betting launch. The excitement level has been high ever since the company reached a licensing agreement with Penn National Gaming, the operator of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races back in December.
Once live, the new West Virginia sportsbook mobile app will be available for iOS and Android. Additionally, sports bettors will have the option to bet via the DraftKings Sportsbook website which offers browser-based sports betting options for PC and Mac users.
DraftKings will be the second mobile sports betting app in the Mountain State. It will join Delaware North’s BetLucky.com which launched in late December.
DraftKings Sportsbook deposit Bonus
DraftKings Sportsbook offers new players $35 in free bets in New Jersey, and we expect a similar offer in WV. Players get seven free bets of $5 each. There is no deposit required to activate the offer making it worthwhile for a new sports bettor to try out the mobile sports betting app.
Sports bettors in NJ are also eligible to receive a first bet match bonus of up to $500. A player must use the free bet within 30 days and may only cash out on the winnings of the bet.
How to get started at DraftKings Sportsbook
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’ promotions aplenty
Beyond the initial sign-up offer, DraftKings is running plenty of other promotions to satisfy its customers.
Players can look for special daily odds boosts for a variety of sports. These usually are based around the most popular sporting events happening that day.
Another promo offers insurance on parlays. For example, if you place a football parlay with at least four legs and you lose just one game, DraftKings will refund your account up to $25. You’re able to qualify for the insurance four times a day for up to $100 in total. Each leg must be -300 or longer.
Types of bets at DraftKings Sportsbook
DraftKings Sportsbook allows its users a range of betting options. The majority of bets available can be done through a straight bet or a parlay. Round-robins parlays and teasers are options as well.
You can bet the spread, moneyline, game and team totals, which includes variations of these bets based on halves and quarters, too. There are also alternate point spreads and alternate totals for many listings.
Additionally, there are some game and player props, team futures and player futures available. All betting options available are listed per game inside the mobile app.
DraftKings in-game wagering
Like so many of the legal online sportsbooks, DraftKings allows its users to bet on live games as they are taking place.
The “live” page shows the score of the game with the current time remaining along with the current odds and totals. The lines and odds change with a flash around the newly updated figure. You’re able to live bet on the spread, total and moneyline.
Individual sports have additional prop bets under the “live” option.
For example, in a basketball game, you may be able to bet whether the next field goal is a two- or three-pointer or which team will be the first to reach 5, 10 and 15 points to open a game. Or take hockey for instance, you can decide which team will score first and win the match. You can also wager on which side will be the first to reach the number of listed goals and which team will score the next goal.
Games open to live bets are conveniently found at the top of the page before games that haven’t yet started when searching via the sports type. There’s a tab at the bottom that will show only live in-game wagers, too.
DraftKings sports betting pools
On top of typical sports betting, the sportsbook now has betting pools you can enter. These are fixed price point games where bettors are going against other members joining the same pool. Sports bettors choose from a set menu of outcomes. Winners are determined by the correct number of picks from their card. Games include pick’em, brackets and survivor pools.
DraftKings cashout option
One of DraftKings’ most popular and innovative feature is the ability to cash out an existing bet early. Cashing out early allows you the opportunity to secure some of the winnings. On the other hand, it can also cut your potential losses short. You’re able to tell if a bet is eligible for cashing out when adding it to the bet slip.
DraftKings’ sports options
Sports covered in the sportsbook are extensive. The following sports available are:
- Australian rules football
The most popular sports leagues are NCAA football, NFL, NBA, UFC, NHL, college basketball and English Premier League.
DraftKings’ deposit and withdrawal options
There are numerous ways to both deposit and withdraw money from your DraftKings’ account.
DraftKings’ deposit methods include:
- Credit/debit card
- Bank transfer (ACH)
- Play+ Prepaid
All deposits must be made from sources in your name.
There are several options when withdrawing funds as well. They can be processed with a check, PayPal, and ACH.
DraftKings committed to responsible gambling
DraftKings has implemented several ways for its users to control their gambling habits if they find they’re spending too much time or money on the sportsbook.
These tactics include self-exclusion, player limits and a “cool-off” period where you can set a restriction on making bets for either a few days or a few weeks.
While encouraging patrons to sports bet, DraftKings wants it to be a fun hobby and experience rather than something causing stress. The gaming control functions allow them to promote fan engagement and responsible gambling.
DraftKings and Charles Barkley’s betting lessons
DraftKings gives its users plenty of material to become more knowledgeable about sports gambling.
In its “Quick Start Guide,” you can find information on understanding odds, how to place a bet and even a glossary of betting terms.
Beyond these simple explanations, there’s an additional segment called “Barkley Knows Bets” where you can take gambling lessons from none other than Sir Charles Barkley. He has five different lessons where he’ll teach you some of the basics of betting through short videos.
On top of these helpful hints, DraftKings has separate betting guides for specific sports. They provide insight on how to bet on football, basketball, hockey, golf, MMA, and baseball.
DraftKings’ customer support
DratfKings offers 24/7 customer support through its website. Fill out the request, and you will receive a call back from support. They also provide customer support through email and regular mail. Additionally, DraftKings is pretty responsive on social media, especially Twitter.
Comparing browser-based betting
Betting through your browser and betting on the mobile sports betting app is similar. The appearance and the majority of the layout are the same which helps create continuity and ease of use. Like the app, the website is organized and easy to navigate.
The most significant difference is the location verification the website must conduct before letting you log in and play. The app determines your location as well, just much faster.
The DraftKings WV sports betting experience
The DraftKings West Virginia sports betting mobile app is likely to be a popular choice. It’s organized, easy to use and has a variety of options for its users. With so many in-game bets and props available, it is easy for a player to find a bet they like.
The font and color scheme are friendly on the eyes and make everything clear. Both the site and the app are broken down with tabs and different sections, so you know exactly where you’re looking.
The homepage is very convenient, too. It has the most exciting and current games listed while also presenting the promos that may apply for that day.
VIP loyalty system
There is currently no loyalty system in place for sports bettors. DraftKings does, however, offer a loyalty program for its daily fantasy sports users.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be at least 21 years old to wager in the state of West Virginia.
Do you need to be a resident 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.
Can you choose how the odds are displayed?
Yes, you can change between American, decimal and fractional odds on the upper-right-hand corner of the homepage.
Can you cancel a bet?
No; confirmed bets may not be canceled. At the same time, some bets may be eligible for the early cash-out option.