Thanks to its partnership with The Greenbrier, Golden Nugget Sportsbook is up and running in West Virginia. And it has one of the best welcome bonuses that you will find in the entire state.
The agreement, which the two reached in November 2020, allowed Golden Nugget to use the third and final sports betting license that The Greenbrier had available. It was nearly a year later, in September 2021, when Golden Nugget launched in the Mountain State.
This review covers everything you’ll need to get started using Golden Nugget Sportsbook in West Virginia, including how to get its welcome offer of a $250 free bet, how to download the sports betting app and how to deposit and withdraw money from your account. Let’s get to it.
Just by entering our Golden Nugget-specific bonus code of PLAYBONUS, your first bet with the online sportsbook will be matched for up to $250. The match comes in the form of a free bet, which can be used to bet on whatever you’d like.
|Online Sportsbook||Golden Nugget WV|
|Welcome offer||Up to $250 free bet|
|Last updated||October 2021|
While creating your account with Golden Nugget, you simply need to enter the promo code PLAYBONUS when instructed. Then your initial settled wager, with odds of -200 or longer, will be matched for a maximum of $250 whether it loses or wins.
Note that your bet match will be a free bet and not cash. Also, remember that it is the first bet to be settled, not the first bet you place with the West Virginia sportsbook.
While there are a few terms and conditions to be aware of, the free bet offer is a very solid welcome bonus that hopefully will help get your bankroll off to a good start. In fact, it’s better than a risk-free welcome bonus, because with those you only get a bonus if you lose your first bet. But at Golden Nugget you can win your opening bet and you still get the bonus. Talk about a win-win!
Golden Nugget offers daily odds boosts known as Golden Lines. Golden Lines are usually restricted to $25 max bets, and you cannot use them for creating parlays or round robin bets.
The Golden Nugget app also offers parlay boosts for all parlays between three and 20 legs. Parlay boosts will increase your profits for three-leg parlays by 3%, and they continue all the way up to 20% if you create and hit a 20-leg parlay.
Lastly, Golden Nugget offers weekly missions that you must opt in to and then earn a set number of points, usually 50. If the Golden Nugget community completes the mission, all players who reached the point total gain entry into a drawing to win $3,000 or more.
Yes, thanks to its partnership with The Greenbrier, Golden Nugget’s sportsbook and online casino are both legal in West Virginia.
Sports betting was legalized in the Mountain State in March of 2018, when Gov. Jim Justice allowed Senate Bill 415 to become law sans his signature. Online casinos, meanwhile, were legalized the following year. The West Virginia Lottery Commission oversees the sports betting industry in the state.
It takes only a few minutes to create an account with West Virginia’s Golden Nugget Sportsbook, and you can do so via its app or website.
To get started, open the app or webpage and click the sign-up button. Then you’ll need to enter your name, email and home addresses, phone number, birthdate, gender and the final four digits in your Social Security number. You’ll also need to select a security question and supply the answer to it.
Golden Nugget requires this info to help confirm your identity, and you would need to supply it when creating a sportsbook account for any authorized sportsbook in the state.
On the final page of your application is a box labeled “Bonus code”; this is where you enter the code PLAYBONUS in order to receive up to a $250 free bet.
As soon as you have finished adding all the info, just hit “join”. Your Golden Nugget online sportsbook account is all set, and you’re ready to roll.
One thing you should be aware of from the outset is that the Golden Nugget app is a combination sportsbook and online casino. You also will notice that when you open the app, it takes you to the casino. Just click on the sports tab to go to the sportsbook.
Before we get too deep into the app, though, let’s go over how to get it on your iOS or Android device.
The links on this page will take you to the Golden Nugget site, and from there you can follow the prompts to download the app for your Android or Apple device. Depending on the device you are using, you might need to enter a PIN or use fingerprint or facial recognition to authorize the download.
Downloading will take a minute or two tops, and once it finishes, you will click the file, then select install. Just like before, you might have to authorize the installation. Also just like before, it should take only a minute for the installation to finish. Now you’re ready to open the Golden Nugget Sportsbook app and get to betting.
As we mentioned above, when you open the Golden Nugget app, it will take you to the online casino and also will display your feed. Your feed is basically Golden Nugget’s spot to advertise its latest promos and newest games. Clicking the red arrow will make your feed disappear and clicking on “sports” at the top of the page will take you to the sportsbook.
While not the prettiest sportsbook app out there, Golden Nugget is super easy to navigate through, mainly because there’s not a lot of extraneous stuff.
The bulk of the homepage is dedicated to live and upcoming events that you can bet on. Along the right side are tabs to take you to your account, make a deposit, contact customer support or view your current bonus status.
At the top of the page are links to the online casino, the latest promotions and the cashier to make either a deposit or a withdrawal.
As soon as you start making bet selections, your bet slip will appear at the bottom of the page. Truth be told, it’s not our favorite betting slip out there, because removing selections from it can be tricky due to the color scheme. You might miss it, but there’s a little X to the right of your selection. It’s almost the exact same color as the background, so it’s easily missed. We’re shocked it’s not a more distinctive color.
That little nitpick aside, the sportsbook portion of the Golden Nugget app is a very solid addition to the West Virginia sports betting marketplace. While not the best sports betting app in the state, it still does everything you would want and expect it to do.
And now we present to you some of our favorite features on the Golden Nugget app.
And now here are three areas where Golden Nugget is coming up a little bit short.
Below are the sports bets you can place at Golden Nugget with explanations of what each one does. If you’re new to sports betting and not sure what all the bets are, then this is the list for you.
Using the Golden Nugget sports betting app, you can wager on all the top sporting events as well as a lot of minor ones.
Of course Golden Nugget has odds for all NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB games. The West Virginia sportsbook also has odds for college football and college basketball throughout the regular season, and for postseason tournaments and bowl games.
What if you’re a UFC, MLS, PGA Tour, WNBA, tennis or NASCAR fan? Golden Nugget has odds for all those leagues and sports, too. If international soccer is more your style, you’ll find popular leagues like the Champions League, English Premier League and Europa League.
The sportsbook will also have a handful of other sports you can wager on, including esports, which are allowed in West Virginia as long as all the competitors are 18 or older.
Unless you’re brand new to West Virginia, you obviously know we don’t have any pro sports teams in any of the top US sports leagues. But we still have a couple of Division I college teams, and there are a handful of pro teams nearby, too.
Obviously depending on where you live, even those teams might be far enough away that you have a hard time considering them local. But the great thing about Golden Nugget is that whichever teams you like to cheer for, you can now bet on them from anywhere in the state.
When it comes to futures betting, you’ll discover that sportsbooks throughout West Virginia may offer slightly different markets. Here’s our look at the type of futures bets you’ll see at Golden Nugget, though they will vary from sport to sport.
While it’s not uncommon to see futures odds posted right after a season wraps up, sometimes you have to wait until closer to the beginning of a new season. It really just depends on the individual sportsbook’s decision.
Golden Nugget has plenty of options when it comes to putting money into and taking money out of your account.
First, when it comes to depositing money, your choices are:
And then when it comes time to withdraw those winnings, you can do so using any of these methods:
Also, while nothing has been officially announced, there’s no reason to think that you won’t be able to deposit and withdraw money in person at The Greenbrier, since that is where Golden Nugget’s sportsbook license is linked.
Golden Nugget has a great customer service department that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can speak to a member directly by way of an online chat using either the Golden Nugget app or website.
You can also email Golden Nugget at [email protected], or call Golden Nugget’s help desk at 855-873-1010.
Just like other West Virginia sportsbooks and casinos, Golden Nugget takes responsible gambling seriously. You’ll find a page on its website with information on spotting potential gambling problems and helping to deal with gambling addiction.
One of the great things about an online sportsbook is that you’re able to set limits on how much time you spend there and how much money you are able to both deposit and wager.
If your problem is serious enough that you believe you need to quit completely, you also have the ability to exclude yourself from Golden Nugget Sportsbook entirely.
Whether Golden Nugget ends up with a retail sportsbook in West Virginia remains to be seen. Golden Nugget is partnered with The Greenbrier, but that partnership only involves a sports betting app and online casino, as The Greenbrier already has a sportsbook, run by FanDuel.
Is Golden Nugget the best sportsbook in West Virginia?
With FanDuel and DraftKings already holding court at the top of the West Virginia sportsbook hierarchy, we don’t consider Golden Nugget to be the best book in the state at this time.
With online sports betting being so new to both West Virginia and the rest of the US, though, it’s really anyone’s guess as to which sportsbooks will be the best in a few years.