Missing Football? WV Sportsbooks Might Have Just The Cure

Written By Derek Helling on February 6, 2020 - Last Updated on March 23, 2023
The Super Bowl is over but the betting goes on.

The college football and NFL seasons are over until the fall. With no more football, West Virginia sports betting customers may be searching for something to fill that void.

As far as in-state action goes, next month looks promising. Additionally, the rest of the spring and summer features marquee events as well.

More sports equals more WV sports betting options

Luckily for WV sports betting customers, a new mobile sports betting app launched and two retail sportsbooks reopened their betting windows.

BetMGM WV Sportsbook joins FanDuel and DraftKings WV Sportsbook in offering online betting in the Mountain State. Additionally, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island sportsbooks welcomed back bettors with open arms after nearly a year after operations were suspended.

The last few weeks in January saw handle nearing $9 million. It will be interesting to see how the return of the two books plus the well-known brand name of MGM impacts betting handle in WV.

Here is where WV sports betting customers can bet:

The road in WV leads to March Madness

Next month, the West Virginia University men’s and women’s basketball teams should be part of the NCAA D1 championship tournaments. While both teams chase a title, there will be lots of action at the legal sportsbooks in West Virginia.

In fact, March Madness betting is one of the busiest times of the year at most books, behind football, of course.

Bettors can put their money down on more teams than just the Mountaineers. Here are the latest futures for WVU hoops.

DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook
Big 12 Conference Champion+400+400
Final Four Appearance+650+450
National Champions+3000+2600
Updated: Feb. 6, 2020

Although futures bets aren’t available on the women’s squad right now, wagers on contests in that tourney could be ready closer to the tournament.

For those who aren’t interested in college basketball, there is more action later in the spring.

A jam-pack WV sports betting calendar

For those who prefer a higher level of men’s and women’s basketball, the NBA season is ongoing right now. The Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the best surprises of the season so far.

If basketball isn’t your jam, the NHL season is currently ongoing as well. The Pittsburgh Penguins currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 52 points.

Later this summer, both of those leagues will have their postseason championship tournaments. In the meantime, the WNBA will tip-off its 2020 season.

The same goes for:

  • Major League Baseball
  • Major League Soccer
  • National Women’s Soccer League

There will be international soccer, especially Olympic soccer, this summer as well.

That won’t be the only Summer Olympics event, however. The bottom line is that there is no lack of sporting events between now and August.

Just like with betting on football, knowledge is pivotal. There are some great resources for bettors who are unfamiliar with these leagues.

Where bettors can educate themselves about sports

A tremendous look at the entire array of sporting events from a betting perspective comes from The Lines.

For those who want to bet on the NBA and WNBA, Basketball Reference is an essential and free resource. It includes information like a playoff probabilities tracker.

The same goes for Hockey Reference for NHL bettors. An amazing resource for women’s college basketball is Her Hoop Stats.

On the men’s side of the college game, the Pomeroy Ratings are a must. The best resource for women’s soccer is The Equalizer.

A great place to learn more about the men on the pitch, including MLS, is Big Soccer Forum. Getting deeper into baseball requires reading FanGraphs.

The spring and summer offer great opportunities for football fans to branch out into other sports. There will be no lack of them in 2020.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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