SportsHandle.com is your place for everything you need and want to know about legal West Virginia sports betting. In March 2018, West Virginia passed a law to make sports betting legal (Senate Bill 415).
West Virginia had five venues in place — including both commercial casinos and racetracks — and all were open for business by the end of 2018.
Best Sportsbooks in West Virginia
West Virginia Online Sportsbooks
There are currently three active online sportsbooks in West Virginia, though more are expected to join. Each of the five licensed casinos or racetracks in the state is allowed to host up three skins. The Greenbrier is currently the only licensee to exercise this option, hosting both FanDuel and BetMGM.
|FanDuel||The Greenbrier||FanDuel||Aug. 26, 2019|
|DraftKings||Hollywood Casino Charles Town||DraftKings||Aug. 28, 2019|
|BetMGM||The Greenbrier (skin)||BetMGM||Jan. 21, 2020|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Mountaineer Casino||William Hill||Aug. 4, 2021|
|Betly Sportsbook||Mardi Gras, Wheeling Island Casinos||IGT||TBD|
FanDuel was the first to arrive in the state in August of 2019, and quickly became a fan favorite, as FanDuel has a tendency to do. FanDuel is live in over a dozen states, and their packed promotional schedule, easy to use functionality and generous welcome bonus makes it a no brainer why they are the top sportsbook in nearly every US market they enter. They entered the state via a partnership with the Greenbrier, a private club in White Sulpher Springs.
What can be said about FanDuel, can also be said about DraftKings. Having their roots in the DFS space, DraftKings has made the transition to sports betting look easy. Active in every legal state in the US and also boast a promotional schedule that never stops giving, DraftKings Sportsbook is among the frontrunners in all markets they enter. DraftKings makes their way to West Virginia via a partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town and can be found on both your computer and mobile app.
BetMGM is the online gambling wing of MGM international, and has invested heavily over the past few years in order to be a contender in the US sports betting market. With no retail casino in West Virginia, BetMGM has partnered with the Greenbrier as well, and is available on both your computer and mobile device. BetMGM has weekly free bets, occasional reload bonuses and their online sportsbook is tied in with their retail rewards program.
Other sportsbooks that may be coming soon
Other than those listed above, there hasn’t been much other news about any new partnerships or online sportsbooks committing to joining the West Virginia sportsbook market, but that doesn’t mean that we are closed for business. Each retail casino can have up to three online skins, meaning that we could see as many as 15 online sportsbooks being offered in the state.
While we do see three of the top online sportsbooks in the state, competition is always good for the consumer and there is plenty of suitors floating around the US market. Other potential sportsbooks that could launch include:
- Barstool: The popular sports and pop culture website has evolved into a full fledged online sportsbook and is now active in several states and has a partnership with Hollywood Casino in Pennsylvania.
- Unibet One of the top European online sportsbooks, Unibet first made landfall in New Jersey and PA and has its sights set on expanding their US reach which may land them in West Virginia.
- Fox Bet: The result of a landmark deal between The Stars Group and FOX Sports, FOX Bet may find their way into West Virginia eventually, but are usually not one of the first to go live in new markets.
- Caesars Sportsbook: Caesars bought William Hill and then killed the brand, only to relaunch with a WH inspired theme, tons of new promos and a promise to spend spend spend until they are a force to be reckoned with in the US market. Look for Caesars to make their way eventually.
- Bet365: Another European behemoth that is making their way to the states, Bet365 has the power and resources to be a big player in the West Virginia market if they are able to secure a partnership.
- 888Sport: A longshot to enter the WV market since they are currently only active in New Jersey, but never count this sportsbook out of the running.
- PointsBet: The Aussie based online sportsbook with their unique PointsBetting system, has made a big splash in several other states. PointsBet is known for having one of the most stacked promotional schedules in the world and are constantly adding new betting options to bring more fun to your computer or mobile device.
- TwinSpires: Originally launching as BetAmerica, the online sports betting wing of Churchill Downs, TwinSpires has not taken off as much as you would from such a legendary company, but improvements may be on the way.
- WynnBet: There are not many names as synonymous with gambling in the world as Wynn, and the same class and elegance you expect to see in a Wynn Resort has moved online in several states via the WynnBet Online Sportsbook.
- theScore Bet: theScore Bet was recently purchased by Penn National, who also happens to own Hollywood Casino. I would put the odds on theScore Bet coming to West Virginia in the near future at -300.
Where You Can Bet on Sports in West Virginia
Each of West Virginia’s five casino and racetrack properties is now home to a permanent retail sportsbook. The two Delaware North properties in West Virginia, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island, both went live with retail sports betting in 2018, and were then first to market in the state for online betting in December of the same year with the BetLucky app. However, due to a contract dispute with then-partner Miomni, its run was short lived. Operations stopped in March 2019. After almost a year and much speculation, Delaware North struck a deal with IGT on Jan. 28, 2020 to operate its sports betting platforms. Retail sportsbooks relaunched at both locations under the Betly name on January 31st, 2020, just in time for the Super Bowl.
Read our breakdown of each book:
- Sportsbook operator: Penn National Gaming
- Mobile/Web-based sportsbook: DraftKings
- The facility and betting options: You can place wagers on the following sports at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, auto racing, rugby, cycling, boxing and MMA, and cricket. Professional and collegiate betting options are available. Types of wagers include straight bets, parlays, match-ups, futures, props and in-play betting.
- Sportsbook features: High-top table seating – with individual viewing stations and lounge seating is available – 24 odds-display monitors, and 50 feet of wall space dedicated to 80-inch TVs for viewing the best games. Located just off the casino floor near the high limit slots area and close to Skybox Sports Bar.
The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a Penn National Gaming property. Following Penn National’s $163 million acquisition of a 36% stake in Barstool Sports in January 2020, the West Virginia location has since been floated as one of the first potential sites for an official Barstool Sportsbook rebrand.
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— Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races (@HollywoodCCTR) August 30, 2018
The Casino Club at the Greenbrier
300 W. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, WV
- Sportsbook operator: FanDuel
- Mobile/Web-based sportsbook: FanDuel, BetMGM
- The facility and betting options: You can place wagers on all of the major professional sports, including baseball, soccer, football, basketball, hockey, college sports and golf at the Casino Club. Types of wagers include straight bets, parlays, match-ups, futures, props and in-play betting.
- Sportsbook features: The sportsbook is outfitted with club chairs and 21 large-screen televisions. It also offers international dining options as well as live entertainment. Patrons are required to wear coats (men) and dresses (women) in the casino after 7 p.m. Of note, The Greenbrier is a private casino and is only accessible to overnight guests at the hotel or members of the Casino Club.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland, WV
- Sportsbook operator: Caesars By William Hill
- Mobile/Web-based sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook
- The facility and betting options: The Caesars by William Hill Sports Book at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort is open seven days a week, taking straight bets, futures, parlays, props, teasers, and round robins. Featured sports include football, basketball, baseball, hockey, racing, and combat sports like MMA and boxing.
- Sportsbook features: The Caesars Sportsbook brings a Vegas-like sportsbook experience to West Virginia, offering comfortable seats, a wall of TVs for easy viewing, and a convenient betting counter with a full sheet at your disposal. It’s an ideal facility for making a wager and following the action.
Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV
- Sportsbook operator: IGT
- Mobile/Web-based sportsbook: Betly Sportsbook, though it is not live yet.
- The facility and betting options: Mardi Gras customers have the ability to bet on all major sports: football, basketball, baseball, college contests, UFC, etc.
- Sportsbook features: The Betly Sportsbook offers both teller windows and on-property betting kiosks for easy access. Bettors can enjoy sweating events on its enormous wall of TV screens, from available plush lounge chairs, next to a fully stocked bar. What more could you ask for?
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
1 S Stone Street, Wheeling, WV
- Sportsbook operator: IGT
- Mobile/Web-based sportsbook: Betly Sportsbook, though it is not live yet.
- The facility and betting options: Like the Mardi Gras location across the state, Wheeling Island offers a complete betting sheet with all major sports represented.
- Sportsbook features: Wheeling Island’s sportsbook features a multi-screen video wall, lounge chairs, high-top tables, and access to cocktails and beer at the nearby bar. Both teller windows and kiosks are available for placing bets.
What types of bets can I place?
Generally, there are not many restrictions as to what bets you can place and sports you can bet on. The only real restrictions are that you can not bet on college props, which seems to be a standard in the US market. Other than that, your options include:
- Moneyline: The simplest of bets, as you are just betting on who is going to win.
- Spread: The favorite will be giving points to the underdog to help even the playing field.
- Totals (Over/Under): Betting on how many points will be scored in a match.
- Futures: Betting on an outcome that will be settled in the future such as World Series Champ or French Open winner.
- Props: Betting on outcomes of individual players or teams such as how many yards Derrick Henry will run for or how many aces Nadal will have in a match.
- Alternative lines: Moving the line up or down on any particular bet such as moving the spread of an NFL game from -1.5 to -4.5.
One way that online sportsbooks have been able to truly innovate is through live ingame betting. West Virginia sportsbooks have the ability to keep the bets coming even after the game has started. Bet on every pitch, every point, every down with constantly updating odds based on the action on the field.
As far as available markets to bet on, West Virginia sportsbooks have a wide range of betting options such as:
- Auto Racing
- Table Tennis
- and more
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a taste of what you can bet on. Each sportsbook will have their own available betting markets so check out our individual reviews or click through the table at the top of the page to check out the site itself.
Banking options at WV Online Sportsbooks
If you ever bet on sports online before the advent of legal and regulated sports betting, you know the anxiety of never knowing if your money is safe, and if you were ever going to get your payouts. Those days are long gone now that sports betting is legal and is overseen by the same government entities that oversee all the retail casinos in the state.
Every banking method is fully tested and approved by the state for safety, integrity and speed of processing. Most banking options are methods that most of us use every day and have gotten into the sports betting market. Each site will have their own list of banking methods and some of the most popular include:
- Paypal: If you shop online, you probably already have an account. Link a bank account or credit card and you all set for both deposits and withdrawals.
- Visa/MasterCard/Discover: This deposit only method (for now) is as easy as punching in your numbers and entering the amount you would like to load up and the funds will be in your account.
- Venmo: A newcomer to the online sportsbook game, you can send money to your favorite sportsbook the same way you pay friends and family.
- ACH/eCheck: Link a bank account via your checking account and routing numbers and the money will be processed through an approved third party processor, usually VIP Preferred.
- Online Banking: Same as you would pay bills online through your banks website, you can process deposits and withdrawals to your sportsbook account.
- Play+ Prepaid Cards: Get started right in the cashier, and you can instantly deposit by linking your bank account or credit card. A physical card will be mailed to you and can be used at any ATM or anywhere Discover is accepted.
- PayNearMe: Choose PayNear me and you will be given a barcode. Take this barcode to any CVS, Family Dollar or 7-11 along with cash and your money will be in your account within 15 minutes.
- Cash at retail casino cage: Another cash option, just bring your ID to the affiliated casino cage for quick and painless deposits and withdrawals.
What’s The Law In West Virginia And How’d It Come About?
In early March, West Virginia became the first state to legalize sports betting during the 2018 legislative term. Pennsylvania legalized it in 2017. West Virginia passed bills in both the Senate and the House within two weeks of each other. The West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act gives the state lottery regulatory and licensure responsibilities.
The state allowed existing casino and racetrack licensees — there are five of them — to apply for licenses along with a $100,000 application fee, requiring renewal every five years at the same rate. The state levies a 10 percent tax on operators’ gross sports wagering revenue.
The new law does not include the “integrity fee” the pro leagues have been pushing for, although Governor Jim Justice walked back on that and forced a summit, creating a bit of a fiasco. Justice suggested that the state welcomes a “partnership” with the pro sports leagues and that he would consider calling a special session of the legislature to amend the law. Didn’t happen.
Online sports wagering is allowed under West Virginia law. BetLucky.com became the first to launch mobile sports betting on Dec. 27, 2018 (BetLucky later shut down, but they were still first!). As in other states, patrons have to be located in West Virginia to participate in mobile or online betting. On June 21, 2018, the West Virginia Lottery Commission issued the WV sports betting regulations.
West Virginia’s commercial casinos are located on the outskirts of the state. All of them are a relatively short drive either from neighboring Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland or Pennsylvania. Three are owned and operated by national gaming/casino companies (Delaware North, Penn National Gaming and Eldorado Resorts), all which own properties in other states.