West Virginia is a full-service sports betting state. Both online and retail sportsbook apps are available to take wagers from inhabitants of the Mountain State.
There are now three online sportsbook apps active in West Virginia. DraftKings, FanDuel, and BETMGM are ready and waiting to take wagers right now.
There are also three retail sportsbooks in the state. Read on for all the latest about the expansion of sports betting in West Virginia.
|Online partner||Online launch date||Retail launch date||Retail sportsbook||WV sportsbook|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Aug. 28, 2019||NA||NA||Hollywood Casino Sportsbook|
|FanDuel Sportsbook WV||Aug. 26, 2019||Sept. 13, 2018||FanDuel Sportsbook at The Greenbrier||The Casino Club at The Greenbrier|
|BETMGM Sportsbook||January 22, 2020||NA||NA||The Casino Club at The Greenbrier|
In December, DraftKings inked a deal with Hollywood Casino Sportsbook, owned by Penn National. Bettors waited patiently for the popular sports betting app to make its way to their mobile devices. Now the wait is over.
On Aug. 28, DraftKings launched its online sportsbook and sports betting app in WV available for iPhones and iPads, and Android phones and tablets. If you’ve never used the DraftKings app before, you’ll find out quickly why it’s so popular with sports bettors in neighboring states.
Creating a new account only takes a couple of minutes. You can do it via the app (which you can download from the Apple App Store or the DraftKings WV official site) or via the links in our review. New players currently get:
Once you’ve made an account and are utilizing the DraftKings app, finding the bets or sports you want is easy. You can make deposits and withdrawals via the app. And, just tap the deposit button to see all the available banking options.
DraftKings is known for its in-game betting, or live betting options.
Also known as “Flash Bet,” this is when you can place new bets on the outcome or prop bets as live sporting events play out. At DraftKings, you can also cash out your current bets at lower odds before the game finishes to ensure yourself a payout.
DraftKings has a broad range of sports you can bet on in West Virginia, including:
For more on the DraftKings WV online sportsbook and app and to claim your $25 bonus, visit our DraftKings review page.
FanDuel Sportsbook has had similar success to DraftKings. It also expanded its original daily fantasy sports model (DFS). FanDuel offers real-money sports betting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Much like DraftKings, the FanDuel app is user-friendly. The book offers excellent odds, picks and props for WV sports betting fans.
The FanDuel app in NJ and PA are the same, but in WV, it is slightly different. FanDuel is affiliated with its casino partner, The Casino Club at The Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier partnered with FanDuel to run its retail and online sportsbooks. The live sportsbook within the private Greenbrier casino has been in action since September 2018.
Given its location and exclusivity, many West Virginians can’t access the live FanDuel Sportsbook. However, you can use the online sportsbook and sports betting app from anywhere within the state. Like DraftKings, FanDuel has become a revenue leader in neighboring states and it will be in WV, too.
The FanDuel mobile app is available to Apple and Android users. Apple users can download the app from the Apple App Store. If you have an Android phone, you can download the app directly from the FanDuel WV website.
You can create a new account via our FanDuel review page to receive a sign-up bonus we may offer in the future, and then start betting.
BETMGM Sportsbook opened its doors in January 2020. The sportsbook is now available for players across West Virginia.
BETMGM brings an innovative approach to West Virginia. Along with many features that have become standard for online sportsbooks – live betting, cashout options – the app also gives players the ability to edit their bets under certain conditions.
BETMGM has plenty of muscle behind its entry to the market, since it is a joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings. Expect great promotions and betting options to appear from this titan in the gambling industry as time passes.
Betting with legal WVsports apps (as opposed to offshore, unlicensed sportsbooks) is the way to go.
With DraftKings and FanDuel providing an online sportsbook and sports betting apps — and William Hill soon to jump into the mix — there’s no need to use a sportsbook that’s not officially licensed and regulated in the state.
Registering a new account, depositing and placing a bet is an easy and stress-free process for anyone of legal age who is physically within West Virginia borders.
Legal WV sports betting will be a boon for sports fans in the state and provide new revenue for licensed in-state casino providers. As a sports bettor, you reap the benefit of knowing your deposits and financial transactions are guaranteed and secure.
Frequent sports bettors will also benefit through sports betting deposit bonuses, rewards programs and daily promotions or odds boosts.
Sports betting apps in West Virginia are now in play, and that means WV sports fans can now:
Daily and weekly betting options are available for each sport, including:
Unlike New Jersey, West Virginia has no restrictions on betting on in-state NCAA games. You can bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers or Marshall Thundering Herd as you like.
Major sporting events also occur throughout the year that draws a lot of betting action among frequent sports bettors. Also, average sports fans are frequently inspired to put down a wager or two on these significant events.
For more on a few of the top sports betting events in WV, check our complete guides below:
All five WV casinos launched retail sportsbooks before the end of 2018. They are:
Unfortunately, Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras sportsbooks suspended operations in March and are now seeking a new sports betting partner. A contract dispute between the casinos’ owner, Delaware North, and its sports betting provider, Miomni, led to a recent court filing seeking a dissolution of the contract.
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:
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.
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:
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 poker. Focusing on the impending launch of several online sportsbooks, the West Virginia Lottery Commission announced it would not support the gambling expansion bill.
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.
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:
Yes. WV online sports betting initially launched in December 2018. Currently there are 2 licensed sports betting operators in the state: DraftKings and FanDuel – both of which launched in August 2019. A third operator is soon to come online as the William Hill sports betting app is in the works. Online sports betting in West Virginia is overseen by the West Virginia Lottery Commission.
To legally bet on sports in West Virginia, you must be:
If you want to bet online or via mobile devices in West Virginia, you must be within the state. You don’t, however, need to be a resident of WV to register for a sports betting account.
People in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, can cross into WV, register an account and place bets.
Millions of people live within driving distance of WV’s borders and its five casinos. There is potential for a great deal of mobile wagering as online sports betting catches on.
Currently, you can use two sports betting apps:
Expect to see betting apps from:
These sportsbook operators already have licenses signed and ready to go with their in-state partners.
Yes, you must be 21 years or older to place bets in West Virginia.
No, but you must be physically located within WV’s borders at the time of placing a bet.
Yes, DraftKings and FanDuel sportsbooks and mobile apps accept real-money sports bets in West Virginia.