Online Betting in
West Virginia

The Mountain State was one of the first to legalize sports betting in the US. Slowly but surely online sportsbooks are starting to trickle into the state.

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Online sports betting legal in West Virginia

Online Sports Betting in West Virginia

Casinos have existed in the state since 1994, so gambling is nothing new to the West Virginians. They have also had the world-renowned Charles Town Races since 1933 and the West Virginia Lottery since 1984.

Legal sports betting only came to the state in full in 2018 when the Supreme Court removed the nationwide ban. But it was West Virginia, the minnow of only 2 million residents who proved ahead of the curve.

In March of 2018, before the PASPA supreme Court ruling, West Virginia passed an act which effectively legalised sports betting in the state. The Act preempted the Senate ruling and allowed the West Virginia Lottery Commission to immediately issue licenses.

Three physical sportsbooks were granted licenses in quick succession, but then everything just slowed to a halt. There were a number of reasons for this including a failed app launch by BetLucky and the fact that other states, with larger populations like NJ, also legalised sports betting.

However, West Virginia's turn has finally arrived. Two of the US' largest sportsbooks FanDuel and DraftKings have launched apps.

We expect many more sportsbooks to follow suit. William Hill already has a physical presence in the state, so it can only be a matter of time before they offer mobile wagering.

Frequently asked questions about sports betting in WV

The mountain state is one of the front-runners in the US sports betting. Here are the main things you need to know about this tiny state's forage into the online gambling world.

Where can you bet on sports in West Virginia?

You can bet online anywhere in the state.

In terms of physical locations you can bet at the:

  • Mountaineer Casino
  • The Greenbrier
  • Hollywood Casino

Is DraftKings legal in West Virginia?

Yes, the sportsbook launched their online product in August 2019.

Can you bet with William Hill in West Virginia

You cannot bet with William Hill online in West Virginia. However, the sportsbook has a physical presence at the Mountaineer Casino Hotel.

Is online gambling legal in West Virginia?

Online gambling is legal in West Virginia. It took a while though for sportsbooks to actually launch their online products, but now we have the first two; FanDuel and DraftKings.

Can you bet with FanDuel in West Virginia?

Yes. FanDuel has partnered with Greenbrier Casino in West Virginia. They launched their sportsbook app in August 2019.

How many sportsbooks exist in West Virginia?

There are currently three sportsbooks up and running in West Virginia. William Hill, FanDuel and DraftKings. William Hill is the only one that has not launched an app yet.

Online Sports Betting in West Virginia

Online sports betting has reached West Virginia.

  • Hollywood Casino: William Hill is their official sportsbook partner. With a global powerhouse behind them, many expected a mobile sportsbook app to have launched already in 2018. However, the company has claimed ‘technical issues’ have delayed the launch of an app. We feel that this means William Hills focus is on some of the more populous states. The fact that British Sportsbook has launched apps in Nevada and New Jersey, you would think that as soon as they put their mind to it, they will have an app launched in no time.
  • Mountaineer Casino: The casino has partnered with Draftkings. The sportsbook then launched its mobile wagering service in August 2019.
  • The Casino Club at The Greenbrier: We all had this one down as a sure bet. Their partners, FanDuel Sportsbook were the second in the state to obtain a license. FanDuel, who partner with Meadowlands in New Jersey, wasted no time in launching their NJ app. FanDuel then became embroiled in a dispute over taxation, so the app was taken off the market. Now it seems to be up and running again.
  • Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack: They actually launched West Virginia’s first-ever sportsbook called BetLucky. But soon after the launch the casino’s operator Delaware North was suspended due to a service provider. The app was taken off the market and looks unlikely to return.

FanDuel WV

FanDuel are now live in the Mountain State. The fantasy sports operator were quick to launch their sportsbook service in the US when PASPA was overruled in 2018.

In August 2019 they launched their West Virginia online service, which makes them the first sportsbook with an online presence in the state.

Their bricks and mortar is a little off the beaten track up in the Allegheny Mountains. However, since West Virginia does not require you to sign-up in person like Nevada, you can use FanDuel's service wherever you want in the state.

FanDuel needs to be given credit not only for getting off the mark so quickly in the Mountain State but for launching a great app with a welcome bonus. We are impressed with their West Virginian product - let's hope all the other sportsbooks meet the same standards!

West Virginia sports betting law

In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the nationwide ban, PASPA, on sports betting was unconstitutional. This left it up to each US state to decide whether they would allow sports betting within their jurisdiction.

This decision fell to the West Virginia Lottery Commission who legalized sports betting in the summer of 2018. They issued the first license to Penn National, the company that owns Hollywood Casino and Charles Town Races.

You have to be 21 or older to bet in West Virginia. You can be 18 years old or older to bet on E-Sports.

You will need to be within state borders to bet online (when it is available). The sportsbooks will geolocate you by reading your IP address.

WV also require you to be a resident of the state to be able to place an online bet. If you are outside the state, but a resident of the state, you can register remotely with the valid ID.

West Virginia sportbook betting locations

These are all of the physical sportsbook locations in the Mountain State:

  1. Hollywood Casino / William Hill US
  2. The Greenbrier / FanDuel Sportsbook
  3. Mountaineer CasinoHotel-Casino-Racetrack / William Hill
  4. Mardi Gras Casino
  5. Wheeling Island Hotel

All of these sportsbooks offer an expansive selection of sports betting, both in terms of variety of bets and in terms of sports offered.

    West Virginia sports betting revenue

    West Virginia can’t compete with the big boys Nevada and New Jersey but for a state of 2 million people, they hold their own. Their current tax rate is 10% which is not that bad compared with other states and certainly hasn’t scared of sportsbooks.

    There are currently five physical sportsbooks in the state; Hollywood Casino, Mountaineer Casino, The Greenbrier, Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island Hotel. These five establishments bring in a total sports betting revenue of $11,759,625.

    This, in turn, brings in $1,175,962 for the state of West Virginia. This is all without mobile sports betting (apart from the small period were BetLucky was operational).

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