How to Bet on Sports Online in West Virginia
Over the last twelve months, things have changed quickly for West Virginia sports betting fans. In March 2018, H 2934 was passed, expanding gambling to cover sports betting and online play. When PASPA was overturned in May, the first retail sportsbooks opened for business in West Virginia and in late summer, WV online sportsbooks launched.
West Virginia sports betting apps and websites allow you to place bets from anywhere within state lines. Big brand names in sports betting like FanDuel, DraftKings and BETMGM are already active in WV, with others sure to follow.
This page will give you everything you need to get the most from WV sports betting – both online and live on this page.
There are 5 venues with gambling licenses in WV. Sportsbooks at two of them (Mardi Gras and Wheelers Island racetracks) are currently suspended.
The first sportsbook to open was at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town. This racetrack and casino is operated by Penn National – and the sportsbook is branded with DraftKings. There is a casino and packed thoroughbred racing calendar at this track. Simulcast betting is available along with betting on the live races.
You can bet on pro, college and international sports from their book – located on the second floor. This is located next to the Sky Box bar, which supplies food and beverages to enjoy while you bet.
Located on the Ohio river in northern WV, the closest large city to the Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack is Pittsburgh, PA. Originally known as Waterford Downs, this venue hosts thoroughbred racing. There is a casino featuring slots and table games, a poker room – plus event center and dining options.
The sportsbook at the Mountaineer Casino is operated by William Hill. This global betting giant has years of experience operating Nevada sportsbooks.
The Greenbrier is different to the other WV casinos. It is a private club, and not a racetrack for horses or greyhounds. This club includes a casino, OTB office (for simulcast horse race betting) and small poker room. There are also extensive golf facilities at this club.
FanDuel runs the sportsbook at the Greenbrier. They also partner with them for their mobile sportsbook. This new sportsbook boasts 21 video screens, allowing you to watch all the action in luxury surroundings.
The Greenbrier is also partnered with BETMGM for online sports betting. The BETMGM Sportsbook app launched in West Virginia in January 2020.
The other venues in West Virginia that are expected to run both live and WV online sportsbooks are the Mardi Gras racetrack and casino, and the Wheelers Island racetrack and casino. Both of these venues were live with both retail betting and an app (BetLucky). After issues with their service provider – Miomni – betting is currently suspended. When these venues announce new partners, you will hear it here first.
FanDuel and DraftKings started accepting online sports bets in WV in September 2019. BETMGM joined the party in January 2020. These sites are open to anyone 21 or over within state lines. There is no requirement to be a permanent WV resident to bet online.
Each online sportsbook in WV is licensed to a live venue. With up to 3 licenses available for each casino, there could be more brands entering WV in the near future. Mardi Gras and Wheeler Casinos have yet to announce their new online partners. In other states many major gambling brands have partnered with local venues to bring sports betting online.
Based on the live sites in other regulated states, here are the initial bonus offers we expect to see:
For many people, the regulated WV sports betting sites will be their first opportunity to bet online. This section gives you an overview of what you will find terms of the apps, sports covered and the different ways to bet. Taking advantage of bonuses and promotions at online sportsbooks in WV is a wider topic, this is covered in depth lower down this page.
Technology: You will be able to access the new West Virginia online sportsbooks by downloading apps, or in your regular browser window. If your main way of betting is via your phone, the apps are useful. Sportsbook websites are designed to resize for your screen.
Sports Covered: Major leagues are literally the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sport coverage. College action, smaller pro leagues and international action is also covered. As well as NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB you will find soccer, golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, auto racing, boxing, MMA and more covered in depth.
How to Bet: Bets which work for most sports include money line, spreads, totals, parlays, teasers, round robins, prop bets, futures and period betting. On top of this are many sport-specific bet types. A new way of betting at online sportsbooks is called either live or in-play betting. This means you get to bet in real time, with the odds changing as the action unfolds.
Depositing and Withdrawing: A big advantage of using regulated sportsbooks is that mainstream payment methods can be used to deposit and withdraw. These include credit or debit cards, bank transfers, cash payments and 3rd party wallet systems such as PayPal.
While sports betting online in West Virginia is brand new, there are other ways to bet online which are already established in the Mountain state. These are Daily Fantasy Sports contests and betting on horses online with Advanced Deposit Wagering.
You can also enjoy both casino and poker games online from WV at sweepstakes gambling sites. These are not covered on this page.
Two of the three brands offering online sports betting in West Virginia already run the top fantasy sports sites. DraftKings and FanDuel are the giants of this area, which take picks contests – and allows you to bet real money on them.
These are legal in West Virginia. While there is no specific legislation regulating DFS contests on the statues, the Attorney General published an ‘opinion’ that these contests are permitted.
You can enter these contests by picking a roster / line-up of players under a specific salary cap. Several major sports are covered. You then enter your line ups in different contests. These can be head-to-head matches (or small contests with several players), or bigger tournaments. Within these formats, there are many variations, for example 50-50 tournaments allow half the players entering to double their money.
Legal horse racing sites let you enter the betting pools at racetracks around the country. This is known as ‘Advanced Deposit Wagering’. You can bet on horses to win, place or show – or pick the finishing order of multiple selections.
Sites offering this service in West Virginia are country-wide. They include TVG, TwinSpires and BetAmerica. They all accept mainstream deposit methods and include extras like past performance data and live feeds of the races.
There are two major racetracks offering busy schedules of thoroughbred racing in West Virginia. These are the same places you will find two of the major live sportsbooks – the Mountaineer and Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races.
While there is a long list of stakes races and events with big purses, the highlight of each year is the West Virginia Derby. This is a grade III race, with a purse of $500,000. It is open to 3 year olds. Over the years, the West Virginia Derby has been held at 3 different racetracks. Its current home is the Mountaineer, based on the Ohio River in the far north of WV.
Other notable races at the Mountaineer Park racetrack include the West Virginia Governors stakes, Independence Day stakes and Mountain Slate Stakes.
Rival track Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has an event with an even bigger purse. The ‘Charles Town Classic’ started in 2009. The purse has since grown to a staggering $1,500,000 – big enough to attract some of the top-class horses often found in the Triple Crown events.
West Virginia is one of only a handful of states which allow greyhound racing. There are two tracks, Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras.
Wheeling Island is dark on Monday and Tuesday, with between 15 and 20 races on the other days. They offer simulcast betting on races from other tracks (as well as their full sportsbook and casino). You will be able to take part in Greyhound handicapping contests at this venue.
Mardi Gras run races in the evenings from 7pm. These take place Wednesday to Sunday. Other times you will be able to enjoy simulcast betting. This covers greyhound racing, horses and harness races from around the country. This venue now has a full sportsbook, bust casino and entertainment / dining options.
There are minor league, junior and college teams in the Mountain state. There are no major league teams. You’ll find that West Virginia has a rich history of sports – with the list of historical teams far longer than the current ones.
If you want to watch major leagues live, then you’ll need to cross state lines. While you won’t be able to use the WV online sportsbooks elsewhere, you can make your bets before you leave home.
The closest major pro league venues are:
There are options to the north and south of West Virginia for those prepared to travel a little further.
The recent legal changes in WV are due to Bill H 2934. This was approved by the house and senate in March of 2018. It was sent to the office of governor Jim Justice. While he did not veto the bill, he did not sign it. The bill became law by default after 15 days.
Known as the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Gaming Act, this covers online sports betting, casinos and poker rooms.
At the time this bill became law, a federal ban on sports betting was in place. An act, known as PASPA (the professional and amateur sports protection act) was being challenged in the Supreme Court. After numerous appeals instigated by New Jersey, this was overturned in May of 2018. That triggered clauses in the WV act, kicking off the process of setting up live and online sportsbooks.
Details of Act 2934 include:
West Virginia online sports betting started very quickly. The Mountaineer and Wheeling Island casinos launched an app called ‘BetLucky’. This was a partnership between two providers, Minomi and EnterG. Unfortunately, the app quickly went offline. Delaware North, owners of the two WV casinos, cite a disagreement between the two providers.
Live betting at both venues also closed – just days before the busy March Madness betting got underway.
You can now bet online through the DraftKings, FanDuel, and BETMGM apps. All eyes are now on the process for casino regulation. The West Virginia lottery commission is expected to publish details of the process in mid-2020, with the first WV online casinos following by the end of the year.
This section takes you through the steps to get the best from the new online sportsbooks in WV. It includes information about getting your money safely onto the sites (and withdrawing your profits), taking advantage of bonuses and more details on the types of bet and sport coverage.
State regulation of sports betting sites has a big advantage in making it both safe and easy to deposit and withdraw. Which of the many banking methods you choose depends on your preferences and how comfortable you are using your bank cards online. There are 3rd party services which (for a small fee) mean you’ll never have to give your bank or credit card information to any gambling site. These have the added advantage of keeping betting transactions away from your bank statement.
The banking methods at WV online sportsbooks will include the following options:
Common withdrawal methods include prepaid (branded to the sportsbook) debit cards, cash at cage, electronic wallets, ACH transfer or (if all else fails) a paper check.
As with any deal online, it can pay to read the small print of bonuses at online sportsbooks. With the potential for 3 licenses each, there will be competition between the West Virginia books for your business. You can take advantage of several bonuses, giving your bankroll a boost before you decide which books you prefer.
Long-term bonuses are just as important as the welcome deals. While the welcome offers will be used very quickly. Promotions like odds boosts, parlay insurance or point collection bonuses make a big difference over time.
The list below shows bonuses which are commonly offered by state regulated online sportsbooks:
Moving online opens two new types of betting to WV residents for the first time.
Regular bets include many which are sport specific. The list below are the general bets, which you’ll be able to place on a lot of different sports:
Major and minor pro leagues, colligate and international sports are all covered in depth at the new online sportsbooks. Here is a flavor of what to expect:
Some sportsbooks go deeper, offering international and region-specific games like Aussie rules, cricket and snooker.
You can now bet on pro, college and international sports in West Virginia. The options are to do this at the 3 retail sportsbooks – or use the new mobile betting sites. Big brand names including DraftKings,BETMGM and FanDuel have years of experience offering quality betting apps and websites. They also offer some generous sign-up bonuses for their mobile sportsbooks – take advantage now!