WV online sportsbook options
By virtue of the number of casinos and the language of the law, there could be up to five retail and 15 online sportsbooks in the state.
The live online sportsbooks in West Virginia are:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- BetRivers Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- PointsBet Sportsbook
- Betly Sportsbook
Two of West Virginia’s casinos still do not have an online sportsbook affiliated with them. Given the success that the existing books have had, these three properties are unlikely to stay on the sidelines forever.
Major sports betting events you can bet on
Most major sporting events will be available for betting in West Virginia. Most months of the year will feature an event that will get everyone talking and, more importantly, betting.
Events that people circle on their calendars include:
- College Football Playoffs
- Kentucky Derby
- March Madness
- NBA Finals
- Stanley Cup Playoffs
- Super Bowl
- The Masters
- UFC events
- World Series
While some states have rules against betting on collegiate teams, West Virginia has no such prohibition. Players are more than welcome to bet on WVU events and other in-state collegiate affairs.
There is also no restriction on esports betting, so long as the competitors are 18 years or older. The only types of events that are strictly off-limits are high school sports.
Types of bets at WV Sportsbooks
Since online sports betting is live in West Virginia, there are hundreds of bets that players can make at any given moment.
The old standby bets are still available, of course. Technology and the internet have dramatically expanded the possibilities for sports bettors.
Types of bets available in West Virginia include:
- Point spreads
- Totals (over/unders)
- Parlays / Teasers
- Round robins
Live betting on West Virginia sports betting apps
Of these types of bets, the most prevalent, by far, is live betting.
Also known as in-play betting, live betting has been a small revolution for sports betting. It allows sportsbooks to offer dozens of bets throughout a single event.
As its name implies, live betting is wagering on games already in progress. By definition, live bets are a type of proposition wager.
However, thanks to today’s technology, these bets can narrow down to granular events throughout the game. It’s not uncommon to see wagering options on the outcome of individual plays.
Live betting is popular for both sportsbooks and sports bettors. Sportsbook revenue varies directly with betting volume. Typically, bettors can use live betting to augment correct pregame decisions or hedge against pregame bets that are going south already.
How WV bettors can deposit and withdraw
Sports betting relies upon the influx of cash from its bettors to survive. So, it is in the best interest of West Virginia’s online sportsbooks to make deposits and withdrawals easy.
For that reason, all the online books in the state offer many deposit and withdrawal methods for players to use. It makes sense to appeal to as wide of an audience as possible with their list of options.
Deposit options that West Virginia sports bettors may find include:
- Credit and Debit Cards: Most West Virginia books will allow players to make deposits with their credit or debit cards. Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly accepted brands of cards on-site. However, some banks will not allow these kinds of transfers. Players should be sure to check with the issuing institution before attempting to deposit.
- Electronic Checks: Electronic checks, or e-checks, are the virtual version of the traditional paper check. Players choose the payee for the amount that they specify. Once the e-check passes through a clearinghouse, the player’s bank will send the funds to the designee.
- Online Banking: Online banking or online bill pay has become a popular method of doing business. A player can elect to have his or her bank sends funds to the sites directly.
- Electronic Wallets: Electronic wallets, or e-wallets, are a way station for players to use as an intermediary for online transactions. Sites, like PayPal and Skrill, can send and, in some cases, receive money from various online merchants, including online sportsbooks.
- Prepaid Cards: Prepaid cards are like gift cards that a person gives to himself or herself. Sportsbooks that offer this deposit method will often have a branded prepaid card. Transactions between the book and card account are swift.
- PayNearMe: This is a web-based service in which player initiates a deposit with a sportsbook and receives a unique barcode. The barcode is redeemable at a variety of convenience stores, notably 7-Eleven. Through this method, it is possible to fund a sports betting account with cash.
Usually, there are fewer options for withdrawals than deposits. In some cases, there may only be a single choice.
The most common method for withdrawal is some form of a check. Sportsbooks tend to prefer to send funds either electronically to the player’s bank account or via a paper check to his or her mailing address.
It may also be possible to withdraw funds to an electronic wallet or prepaid card account. However, some of these methods require that the player made their initial deposit using the same manner. So, take care to use a deposit method that works for your financial situation.
In any case, it is also likely that there will be a bit of a delay in receiving withdrawals. Expect to wait a day or two before the process completes.
WV sports betting app launch history
West Virginia’s entry into the sports betting market was one of the most troubling chapters of the events that followed the fall of PASPA. It should have been a joyous celebration, but it quickly turned into a mess of disagreements between technology partners.
Technically, the first online sportsbook to launch in West Virginia was BetLucky. The site opened its virtual doors in December 2018.
The BetLucky app was the result of a partnership with Delaware North and Mionmi, which provided retail and online operations at Dealware North’s two WV casinos, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island.
Unfortunately, due to a dispute with technology partner Miomni, BetLucky abruptly shut down in March 2019. The retail books at the two casinos also suspended their operations.
West Virginia Lottery officials, who regulate sports betting, were not amused. So, they took their time to assure that the next licensed sportsbook would not have the same issues.
Thankfully, when FanDuel and DraftKings joined the party in August 2019, all the kinks had been resolved. Since then, the two DFS giants-turned-sportsbook-operators have been joined by BetMGM and Caesars.
Additionally, Delaware North recently partnered with IGT and re-launched retail sports betting at both Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island. WV sports betting customers will find kiosks sporting the betly brand. An online app under the same name is expected to service both casinos soon.
It seems that online sports betting in West Virginia is finally here to stay. Since the relaunch in 2019, West Virginia online sportsbooks have accepted over $100 million in bets.
WV retail sportsbooks
Five retail sportsbooks in West Virginia are currently in service. Each sportsbook is housed at one of West Virginia’s casinos.
|Hollywood Casino||Aug. 28, 2019||DraftKings (online only)||DraftKings App
|Hollywood Casino||Aug.30, 2019||Caesars||Not Available
|Mountaineer Sportsbook||Nov. 21, 2019||Caesars||Caesars App
|FanDuel at The Greenbrier||Sept. 13, 2019||FanDuel||FanDuel App
|The Greenbrier||Jan. 29, 2020||BetMGM (online only)||BetMGM App
|Wheeling Island||Jan. 31, 2020||IGT||Not Available
|Mardi Gras||Jan. 31, 2020||IGT||Not Available
Hollywood Casino Sportsbook
Located in Charles Town, Hollywood Casino Sportsbook is the largest casino in the state. It was the first sportsbook to launch in WV when Hollywood Casino opened its betting windows in September 2018.
Depending on the week, it can command more than 80% of the sports betting handle. One reason for its success is its vicinity to major cities that don’t host sports betting, such as:
Hollywood Casino Sportsbook Hours:
- Mondays-Thursdays: 10 a.m.-midnight
- Fridays: 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m.-midnight
The live Mountaineer Sportsbook sits on the border of WV and Ohio in New Cumberland. Mountaineer Casino opened its sportsbook in November 2018 and is the closest major city to Pittsburgh.
Mountaineer Sportsbook Hours:
- Mondays-Thursdays: 10 a.m.-midnight
- Fridays: 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Sundays: 9 a.m.-midnight
Located in White Sulphur Springs, the Greenbrier is the only private casino and sportsbook in the country. Owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, it started accepting sports wagers in September 2018.
Sports betting is limited to Casino Club members and hotel guests. However, there is a regular clientele in WV that book rooms during major sporting event weekends to place a wager.
FanDuel Sportsbook at The Casino Club at The Greenbrier hours are:
- Mondays-Thursdays: 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
- Fridays-Saturdays: 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
- Sundays: 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
WV responsible gambling
Unfortunately, problem gambling is a reality wherever gambling exists. Thankfully, West Virginia has several resources to help problem gamblers and their families.
West Virginians’ best resource is the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia. This program, funded by the West Virginia Lottery, offers a helpline that can assist problem gamblers around the clock.
Simply dial 1-800-GAMBLER to get in contact with the Network’s experts. They can counsel you and refer you to a therapeutic center near your home.
Four of West Virginia’s casinos are members of the West Virginia Gaming & Racing Association (WVGRA). The WVGRA mandates that members abide by an established set of rules. These guidelines aim to minimize the damage that problem gamblers can do to themselves on-site.
Defeating addiction alone is challenging. So, there are several weekly support group meetings throughout the state.
Both Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon can help connect those who are in various stages of recovery.
Finally, it is possible to have yourself banned from entering any of West Virginia’s gambling locations or playing online. Simply send a written request to the West Virginia Lottery’s director to be added to the state’s self-exclusion list.
If you’re not sure if you have a problem, numerous quizzes are available online for you to find answers. However, problem gambling usually boils down to whether you can stop playing if you want to stop playing.
If you cannot stop, it may be time to seek help. Don’t wait. There’s no reason for you or your family to suffer any longer.
Benefits of regulated WV online sports betting
All legal sportsbooks in West Virginia are strictly monitored by the West Virginia Lottery and will display the West Virginia Lottery logo on their site.
This means they are a trusted sportsbook that has passed a rigorous licensing process.
There are several reasons why you should choose a WV sportsbook over an offshore site.
First of all, it’s not as safe to bet with these sportsbooks. Since they operate outside the US, they do not answer to the US legal system whatsoever.
So, if you were to encounter a dispute or disagreement with one of these sites, your options are limited. There is nowhere to go for recourse.
It is also unlikely that betting on an offshore site is legal. Federal law prohibits gambling from taking place across state lines. Making a bet with an offshore bookie would undoubtedly qualify as doing exactly that.
Finally, it is impossible to confirm the veracity of these sites, at least in terms of trustworthiness and legitimacy.
A brief history of WV sports betting
The road to legalized sports betting in West Virginia began in March 2018 when the West Virginia Legislature passed the bill allowing it.
This all came together after the US Supreme Court decided to overrule the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
One year later, a lot has happened with WV sports betting. Here’s a look at the timeline for the sports betting landscape in West Virginia, including land-based sportsbooks in WV and online sports betting.
Rep. Shawn Fluharty introduced House Bill 2178, a bill legalizing online gambling, including casino games and legal online poker in West Virginia. Focusing on the impending launch of several online sportsbooks, the West Virginia Lottery Commission announced it would not support the gambling expansion bill.
Even without the Lottery’s endorsement, the bill eventually became law making WV the third state to offer both online sports betting and casino gambling.
Online casinos in WV are scheduled to launch in 2021.
Fluharty reintroduces a sports betting bill in early January. State Sen. Stephen Baldwin files a matching bill, S 106. Neither bill passes, but the sports betting ball is rolling.
Later that month, State Sen. Ryan Ferns files S 415. This bill set the license fee at $100,000 and established that sports betting would be taxed at 10% of revenue.
The bill quickly passed through both chambers of the legislature. Gov. Jim Justice allowed the bill to become law without his signature, and thus, West Virginia became a sports betting state on March 3.
In March, Fluharty introduces H 2751. The bill failed to pass but succeeded in stirring up the conversation.
In September, the state commissioned a $160,000 feasibility study regarding legal sports betting in West Virginia. The study found that 30 states will eventually legalize sports betting, which emphasized the importance of timing for legalizing sports betting in the Mountain State.
State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed numerous amicus curiae briefs in support of New Jersey’s federal lawsuit against PASPA.
WV SPORTS BETTING TIMELINE
West Virginia sports betting is possible because of a US Supreme Court case brought by the state of New Jersey in spring 2018. The ruling allowed states, other than Nevada, to offer legalized and regulated wagering. West Virginia was the first state to pass a new law in the wake of that decision.
The West Virginia Lottery Commission is overseeing the state’s sports betting industry. Here’s the timeline of significant events that led to legal sports betting in WV:
- Aug. 10, 2018: The West Virginia Lottery Commission granted interim sports betting permits to Penn National and FanDuel.
- Aug. 30, 2018: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races became the first legal sportsbook in the state to accept wagers.
- Sept. 13, 2018: The Casino Club at The Greenbrier opened its sports betting windows and maintains the only private casino in America. It made a deal with daily fantasy sports titan FanDuel Group in June 2018 to operate its sports betting facility.
- Nov. 21, 2018: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort became the third sports betting location.
- Dec. 27, 2018: Mardi Gras Casino & Resort and Wheeling Island Hotel launched both retail and mobile sports betting.
- March 6, 2019: Mardi Gras and Wheeling sportsbooks, along with their online app, BetLucky Sportsbook cease operations.
- August 26, 2019: FanDuel launches its betting app and brings online sports betting back to West Virginia after a nearly six-month absence.
- August 28, 2019: DraftKings launches its mobile app and joins FanDuel in bringing the two most popular mobile betting options to the Mountain State.
- January 22, 2020: BetMGM becomes the third active online sports betting app in West Virginia.