The National Football League (NFL) is the most popular sports league to bet on in the US. West Virginia was finally able to take part in the online sportsbook industry when FanDuel and DraftKings launched their platforms two days apart in 2019.
FanDuel was first, with DraftKings hot on its heels. Instantaneously, West Virginia was enamored with their newfound options. This excitement was compounded within the first month of 2020 when BetMGM also entered the online betting field. This offered WV three unique options when it came to sports betting, just in time for betting on the Super Bowl.
There are no NFL teams from West Virginia, which means NFL online sports bettors in WV are uniquely positioned to bet on a host of teams besides the home-state favorite, including the Eagles, Jets, Giants, Bengals, Redskins, Steelers, Ravens and more.
West Virginia loves its football and not having a “home” NFL team doesn’t slow down its football fever. There’s plenty of action around West Virginia college football, too, but there’s nothing like a heated NFL rivalry to lay a point spread or moneyline bet on.
Legal sports betting in WV was rolled out just as NFL games got underway last year but in 2020 bettors can bet on every NFL game from start to finish.
Hollywood Sportsbook was the first WV sportsbook to open its betting windows. It is located just off the casino floor near Skybox Sports Bar. The sportsbook has 24 odds-display monitors and a 50-foot video wall with 80-inch TVs for keeping tabs on your favorite games.
For online NFL betting in WV Hollywood has partnered with DFS and sportsbook powerhouse DraftKings.
Over 20,000 bets were taken on WV DraftKings over the first weekend of the NFL season alone so expect it to be a hot spot of action right through the 2021 Super Bowl.
A full slate of point spread, moneyline, parlays and prop/futures bets are available per week along with in game betting (Flash Bet). Real-money NFL Fantasy games are also available. Sportsbook pools (fixed-price pools of games where you match your bets vs. other players) are still to come.
You can bet on the NFL with WV DraftKings via the online sportsbook or the downloadable app for iPhone, iPad or Android. Get more info and access a $25 free welcome bet through the link on the review page here:
The Greenbrier is a private casino club that partnered with FanDuel for its members-only sportsbook. Guests of the hotel can place bets in the sportsbook and watch games on the 21 TVs located in the area.
FanDuel Sportsbook WV launched its mobile sports betting app just in time for the start of the NFL season. What you’ll get on the FanDuel app or online sportsbook mirrors DraftKings pretty closely.
NFL betting lines and props are posted well in advance of each week’s games and futures odds are updated as the season progresses. Betting options run from the standard point spread, moneylines, over/unders, parlays etc to more complex round robins and Daily Fantasy (DFS) variations.
In play betting is also available on FanDuel Sportsbook WV. Get more info on the FanDuel Sportsbook app and access a $500 risk-free bet via the review page here:
BETMGM Sportsbook has become the third online sportsbook to debut in West Virginia. Its January 2020 launch is the second to occur by virtue of The Greenbrier’s license. BETMGM is a strictly online operation. There cannot be a physical location due to The Greenbrier’s existing partnership with FanDuel.
Nevertheless, BETMGM Sportsbook brings an innovative approach to sports betting that will likely set it apart – at least, somewhat – from its competitors. Along with features typical of the modern online book, such as extensive live betting and a cash out option, BETMGM allows players to edit their own bets under certain conditions.
Check our real-time feed below for up-to-the-minute NFL game odds at West Virginia online sportsbooks. Click on any game odds to jump right to the sportsbook and claim your free bets. Use the drop-down menu to see the moneyline and totals lines.
As every American knows the Super Bowl is more than just a football game. It’s a virtual national holiday. And a chance for a lot of money to change hands between friends, co-workers, bettors and sportsbooks.
In West Virginia you can bet live in any retail sportsbook inside a casino. If you don’t live near one (or live in the state at all) you can also take advantage of the WV betting apps.
Download the apps (from in or out-of-state) and you can bet on the Super Bowl from anywhere within state lines. From the app menu you’ll easily find all of the Super Bowl markets available including:
Once the Super Bowl matchup is set you’ll also be able to bet the traditional moneyline, point spread and totals lines before and during the game. Check our Super Bowl betting page for all the details plus real-time futures odds on the next Super Bowl champion:
Here’s a quick introduction to the most popular NFL betting options.
Betting the spread is one of the most popular bets on the NFL. Oddsmakers establish the point spread by selecting the favorite team and estimating it will win by a certain number of points – called the spread.
If a player bets on the favorite, the team must win by more than the point spread to win. A player can also bet on the underdog, hoping the favorite loses or at, the very least, wins by less than the spread.
If a team is listed as -2.5 points, for example, that means it is the favorite in the game and must win by over 2.5 points to win the bet. The underdog would be +2.5 points, which means it can lose by up to 2 points and still win the bet.
Moneyline betting is the easiest NFL bet to make. All a player has to do is pick the winning team. There is no spread to cover so the oddsmakers set the line to pay out favorites less and underdogs more when they win.
The favorite will be listed as a minus (-) and the underdog as a plus (+). The number represent how much you’ll win per $100 bet.
Eg. Bengals +250 means they are the underdog and a $100 bet will pay out $350 (your original wager plus $250).
Bengals -250 means they are the favorite and a $250 bet will pay out an added $100 (for $350 total)
You obviously don’t have to bet $100 for any bet – it’s just a useful baseline for understanding what your payout will be.
Online betting slips are great because you can enter in the bets you’d like to make and see what the payout would be based on the WV live betting odds before you have to finalize your bet.
A player betting on NFL totals chooses whether the final score of a game will be over or under than the total posted.
Prop bets are game-specific bets that are different for each game. An NFL prop bet can be:
Prop bets can consist of a variety of options. The more popular the game, the more prop bets are usually available. It can even include options such as the winner of the coin toss.
A parlay bet is a bet that includes a series of at least two and up to 12 different bets. A player must win all of the individual bets in the series for the parlay bet to payout.
If one of the bets loses, the entire series of bets lose. The more bets in the parlay, the higher the risk; the greater the risk, the bigger the payout.
A teaser is a parlay bet where a player can lower the risk by adjusting the spread or total to create better odds of a team covering. Reducing the risk will obviously return a lower payout.
Players have an option to “buy” a half-point to reduce the risk on their original point spread bet. Of course, any time a player decreases their risk, it reduces the payout.
Futures betting are bets on future events. The most popular futures bet for the NFL before the season begins is who will win the Super Bowl. There are also futures on who will win each division and conference.
A round-robin bet takes the bets you want to make and generates multiple parlay bets.
For instance, a player wants to bet on three games. Instead of making a three-team parlay, a player can choose to round-robin it and create three different two-team parlays.
Now that you know some of the types of bets you can make here are some basics for NFL betting strategies.
To be a winner at sports betting, you have to find the games with an edge and leverage that to your advantage.
Do your research. Find what you think is an advantage and make bets based on that advantage. Some weeks may produce several advantages worth betting on. Others may provide none.
Don’t make the mistake of betting for the sake of betting. Bet to be a winner.
One way to gain an advantage is to “line shop.” Line shopping is just looking at the different sportsbooks and comparing odds on the games you want to bet on.
It’s not uncommon to find different odds at different sportsbooks. Obviously, choose the one that’s in your favor.
One of the keys to being a successful bettor is to simply stay calm. Keep in mind that the best NFL handicappers lose around 40% of the time.
Everyone loses at some point, and learning how to deal with it can be the difference between being a losing and winner bettor. Make sure your head is clear and your mind is focused before making a bet.
Before you start betting on the NFL season determine how much money you can afford to lose and set it aside.
This is your bankroll. It can be a weekly bankroll, a monthly bankroll, or a full season bankroll.
Next, determine how much of your bankroll you will use for each game. Remember, this is about money management. Don’t increase the size of your bets if you start winning or increase it to try and make up for losses.
Looking for college football? Try our guide to college football betting here:
Yes. You can place legal NFL bets at one of the three active WV sportsbooks and two online sportsbooks (DraftKings and FanDuel):
Legal sportsbooks in WV are licensed and regulated by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Live, in-person sportsbooks are inside brick-and-mortar casino within the state and have an affiliated online sportsbook licensed to an online partner. That means all of the transactions and bets and secure and guaranteed by the casino.
Follow the links on our review pages and you will be walked through the sign-up process in a few easy steps. To bet on the NFL legally in West Virginia you need to be:
You can create a new account at a WV sportsbook either in person at the sportsbook itself or online via the website or app.
No, you’re not required to be a resident of West Virginia to bet on the NFL in West Virginia. You do have to be physically located inside the borders of West Virginia to place a real-money bet. This is done by geolocating your phone or tablet.
Odds on NFL futures will change week-to-week but as of January 2020 DraftKings Sportsbook WV has the following lines for the favorites to win Super Bowl LIV: