- It’s legal! Place your sports bets!
- In the state of West Virginia we anticipate an amount of $23m to be wagered in the year 2020 (as per H2 Gambling Capital, H2GC.com)
West Virginia is officially a part of the regulated sports betting industry. Lawmakers approved the activity in March, regulators published rules following the US Supreme Court ruling in May, and the first sportsbook opened in August.
A year later, following the launch and fallout of the state’s lone online sportsbook, West Virginia online sports betting was resurrected. FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook introduced mobile wagering products, making West Virginia the fifth state with online sportsbooks.
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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races booked the inaugural wagers on Aug. 30, 2019, signalling the launch of WV sports betting just in time for betting on the upcoming football season. A few weeks later on Sept. 13, 2019, the FanDuel Sportsbook opened inside The Greenbrier. This private resort features a gaming area called The Casino Club.
The framework for WV sports betting included provisions for online and mobile sports betting. The WV Lottery, which regulates the industry, has worked hard to facilitate launch in tandem with retail operations.
Operators were not ready with online & mobile apps from day one, but the first wasn’t far behind. BetLucky Sportsbook launched in late 2018. However, due to a dispute with some of its technology providers, the app is now closed and is unlikely to reopen.
Fortunately, after several months, West Virginia got back in the mobile wagering game as FanDuel Sportsbook rolled out its betting app August 27. As a result, West Virginia became the third state (along with New Jersey and Pennsylvania) in which FanDuel operates.
Available via the web and on Android and iOS devices, FanDuel Sportsbook does not rely on GAN account management in West Virginia. This allows users to enjoy a shared wallet across FanDuel’s daily fantasy sports and sports betting offerings.
FanDuel remains the only wagering option for state residents, but it could have competition soon.
For example, DraftKings Sportsbook expects to hit the market in late August or early September. Additionally, William Hill and PointsBet, courtesy of partnerships with Penn National Gaming, have access to West Virginia. And The Stars Group also has an avenue thanks to a deal with Eldorado Resorts.
WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSBOOK LOCATIONS
To date, five West Virginia casinos have sportsbooks:
- The Greenbrier
- Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races
- Mardi Gras Casino & Resort (operations suspended)
- Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack (operations suspended)
- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
|The Greenbrier||Approved||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Hollywood||Approved||William Hill US|
|Mountaineer||Approved||William Hill US|
WEST VIRGINIA RESTRICTIONS ON SPORTS BETTING
Sports betting regulations are still in the public comment period and therefore subject to change. Here’s what the working documents include right now:
THREE SKINS PER LICENSE
Regulators used a light touch when drafting the framework for mobile/online sports betting.
Each casino licensee can offer up to three individually branded online platforms (or “skins“). Each skin partner must display the logo of the license-bearing casino within its platform(s).
NO HIGH SCHOOL WAGERING, AGE LIMITS ON ESPORTS
Operators may not book action on high school sporting events. Esports betting is fair game, but only if all participants are at least 18 years old.
Regulations do not impose any prohibitions on college sports betting, including on teams and events within the state.
WEST VIRGINIA SPORTS BETTING FAQ
IS SPORTS BETTING LEGAL IN WEST VIRGINIA?
Yes, sports betting became legal in March 2018. The bill became law despite Gov. Jim Justice refusing to sign his name.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO BET IN WEST VIRGINIA?
Only people 21 and older can bet on sports in West Virginia.
WHERE CAN I BET IN WEST VIRGINIA?
The state’s five gambling facilities all have sportsbooks. However, only three of them are currently in operation. Sports betting is available at the following locations:
- Hollywood Casino Charles Town
- FanDuel Sportsbook at The Casino Club at Greenbrier Resort
- Mountaineer Hotel, Casino & Resort
CAN I BET ONLINE?
Yes. While BetLucky Sportsbook was the only option for mobile sports betting before ceasing operations in early 2019, FanDuel Sportsbook revived West Virginia online betting in late August. Not to be outdone, DraftKings is expected to enter the market soon after. The law authorizes online/mobile sports betting, and regulations are in place to cover implementation.
WHAT ARE OTHER KINDS OF GAMBLING AVAILABLE IN WEST VIRGINIA?
Like most states, West Virginia law prohibits gambling with some exceptions.
Apart from the state lottery, the five licensed gambling facilities have the broadest exemptions. They’re permitted to offer all traditional casino games, though the implementation is restricted to land-based operations only.
The state does have an online gambling industry, however. Mobile horse betting platforms, such as TVG, have served the state for years. Some pari-mutuel facilities also offer limited video lottery games on site.
Online sports betting is the second approved form of internet gambling in WV. Lawmakers have previously considered broader legalization, too, including online casino and online poker.
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NBA – West Virginia has no NBA basketball teams.
MLB – West Virginia has no Major League Baseball teams.
NFL – West Virginia has no NFL teams.
NHL – West Virginia has no NHL ice hockey teams.