West Virginia Sports Betting – WV Online Sportsbook Info
West Virginia may only have five casinos, but the Mountain State has always had lofty aspirations when it comes to sports betting. And on August 30, 2018, West Virginia achieved one of its goals by becoming just the fifth state to officially launch legal sports betting in the US.
Almost exactly a year after launching the retail sports betting, two of the biggest names in US sports betting, FanDuel and DraftKings, launched in the West Virginia online sports betting market.
West Virginia Online Sportsbooks
|Site/App||Casino/Racetrack Partner(s)||Sports Betting Service Provider||Launch Date||Status|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||The Greenbrier||FanDuel Group||August 26, 2019||LIVE|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races||DraftKings||August 28, 2019||LIVE|
|BetLucky||Wheeling Island Casino and|
Mardi Gras Casino
|Miomni||December 27, 2018||Closed|
West Virginia Casino and Racetrack Sportsbook Operators
|Casino/Racetrack||Sportsbook||Sports Betting Service Provider||Launch Date||Status|
|Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races||The SportsBook at Hollywood Casino Charles Town||William Hill||August 30, 2018||Live|
|The Greenbrier||FanDuel Sportsbook||FanDuel Group||September 14, 2018||Live|
|Mardi gras Casino & Resort||Mardi Gras Sportsbook||Miomni||December 27, 2018||Indefinitely suspended|
|Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort||William Hill||William Hill||November 21, 2018||Live|
|Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack||Wheeling Island Sportsbook||Miomni||December 27, 2018||Indefinitely suspended|
General Summary of Sports Betting in West Virginia
West Virginia sports betting went online in December 2018, but it was a brief stint as BetLucky online sportsbook had provider issues and temporarily shut its operations down in March 2019, freezing all player balances and payouts. It was later announced that BetLucky would be permanently close down operations.
With FanDuel and DraftKings online sportsbooks now live, West Virginia has two reliable options that aren’t going anywhere. The two DFS giants have consistantly been the go to options for bettors in New Jersey.
Under the West Virginia sports betting legislation, a physical casino is permitted to offer three sports betting sites or apps (skins), with the only stipulation being that each skin must feature the logo of the casino thru which it’s licensed.
It’s a fantastic time for sports betting in West Virginia. Not only is WV one of the most pro-sports betting states in the US – behind maybe only Nevada and New Jersey – it’s also well positioned to offer sports wagering to fans and bettors of neighboring states that are lagging behind on sports betting legislation (Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio).
As online sportsbooks continue to roll out, be sure to check in with RotoGrinders for more West Virginia sports betting content, including WV online sportsbook reviews, as we’re happy to be your expert on all things West Virginia sports betting!
West Virginia Sports Betting Legislative Landscape
You can get a full glimpse of the state of the sports betting legislative landscape of West Virginia by reading the state’s sports betting regulations here.
What follows is a brief snapshot of West Virginia’s legislative landscape as it relates to sports betting:
- Sports betting is fully legalized and regulated in West Virginia casinos and racetracks
- Mobile and digital wagering is also legalized and regulated, with the only caveat being that each property is only permitted to license three skins
- Wagers are accepted on all professional sports, including college sporting events (with no limitations)
- Required licenses (and associated fees) for offering sports betting in West Virginia:
- Sports betting license – $100K
- Tax rates for WV sports betting as per the regulations
- Casinos and Racetracks – 10% in-person, 10% online
- In February 2019, an expansive gaming package including online poker and casinos passed the house with a 26-7 vote, further showing West Virginia’s commitment to expanding their casino revenue.
- Would be operated by the 5 existing casinos
- $250,000 license with $100,000 renew every 5 years
- Online poker and casinos would be taxed at 15%
West Virginia Sports Betting History
West Virginia’s history with sports betting is relatively short, but boy is it ever sweet!
It was only two years ago that West Virginia made a name for itself in the sports betting world. In 2016, West Virginia’s Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey, took strong action in support of New Jersey’s federal battle claiming PASPA as unconstitutional.
In 2017, West Virginia continued to position itself alongside New Jersey, making waves by including this aggressive claim in Bill H 2751 (which failed to pass):
“Whereas our State Attorney General is challenging the usurpation of the federal government of state authority to regulate sports pool betting and has articulated in the briefs of the State of West Virginia in Christie v. NCAA, 16-476, U.S. Supreme Court, that the U.S. Congress has no power to prevent state governments from authorizing sports betting as a form of gaming and therefore, the Legislature finds that it is reasonable and appropriate, for the State of West Virginia to proceed with legalizing sports pool betting pursuant to this article.”
Also in 2017, West Virginia conducted research on legal sports betting in the US. The study concluded that sports betting would eventually be legal in 30 states, which stressed the importance of timing and action. These results further emboldened West Virginia’s staunch support of, and goal to launch, legal sports betting.
On March 3, 2018, West Virginia officially legalized sports betting when Bill S 415 was quickly passed through state legislature. When PASPA was finally struck down in May 2018, it was off to the proverbial races for sports betting in West Virginia.
At 11am on August 30, 2018, the first official sports bet in West Virginia was placed: a $50 wager on West Virginia to win the 2019 NCAA championship game. Almost exactly one year later, on August 26, FanDuel launched their online sportsbook, and two days later, DraftKings launched their online sportsbook.
West Virginia Sports Betting FAQs
When did it become legal to bet on sports in West Virginia?
The first legal sports bet in West Virginia was made on August 30, 2018, at Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races.
Where can I place a sports bet in West Virginia?
Bets can currently be placed in-person at two locations:
- Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races (The SportsBook at Hollywood Casino Charles Town)
- The Greenbrier (FanDuel Sportsbook)
- Mardi Gras Casino and Resort (Temporarily suspended)
- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort
- Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack (Temporarily suspended)
Bets can currently be placed online FanDuel and DraftKings online sportsbooks, with hopefully more on the way in the near future.
What sports can I bet on in West Virginia?
Bets can be made on all professional sports and all college sports. Unlike New Jersey teams, there are no restrictions on betting on West Virginia state teams and venues.
What types of bets can I make in West Virginia?
Moneyline, point spread, over/under, prop, parlay and future bets.
Given that both DFS and sports betting are legal in West Virginia, will we see any hybrid games offered in the near future?
With FanDuel and DraftKings, the leaders in the DFS world announcing their launch online in West Virginia, we have every reason to believe that we will see a DFS/sports betting hybrid model.
Who can place a bet in West Virginia?
Anyone who is 21 years of age or older and for online betting you must be physically located in the state.