In March 2018, West Virginia lawmakers passed Senate Bill 415 that legalized sports betting within the state. However, that legislation didn’t become active until May 14th, 2018 when the Supreme Court ruled that the the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional following a legal challenge by the state of New Jersey. This lifted the federal ban on sports betting giving individual states the power to launch and regulate their own markets.
The West Virginia Lottery was Commission was tasked with drafting a regulatory framework for sports betting with a target launch date of some time prior to the 2018-19 NFL season. The Commission met its target and the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town accepted the first legal sports bets in the state on August 30th 2018.
While both retail and online sports betting launched in 2018, the state’s only online operator BetLucky ceased operations in March 2019. It wasn’t until August 2019 that West Virginia’s gamblers had a state-licensed online option when both FanDuel and DraftKings launched their online sportsbooks.
Since then, the West Virginia Sports Betting industry has grown from strength to strength with operators regularly posting monthly sports betting handles of over $100M.
Who regulates the West Virginia sports betting industry?
The West Virginia Lottery regulates the local sports betting industry. The lottery is responsible for the issuance of licenses, collection of fees, and ensuring that all sports betting operators follows the rules and regulations as set out by the state’s sports betting legislation.
Which legal sportsbooks are available in West Virginia?
Retail sports betting is available in five casinos in West Virginia.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town — DraftKings
The DraftKings Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino is located just off the casino floor right by the Skybox Sports Bar. It features a 50-foot wall covered in 80-inch TVs showing live sporting events, 24 odds-display monitors, and lounge seating with viewing stations.
Mardi Gras — Betly
The sportsbook at Mardi Gras Casino is operated by the casino in partnership with Betly. This is one of the state’s smaller retail sportsbooks with only 5 kiosks to place bets on.
Wheeling Island — Betly
The sportsbook at Wheeling Island Casino is the second Betly sportsbook in West Virginia and is another smaller retail sportsbook with self-service betting kiosks.
Mountaineer Casino — William Hill
The sportsbook at Mountaineer Casino is William Hill’s only retail sportsbook in West Virginia. It features comfortable seating, kiosks, and a huge video wall showing live sporting events.
Greenbrier — FanDuel
White Sulphur Springs
The FanDuel sportsbook at Greenbrier is unusual in that it is a private sportsbook for guests of the hotel and members of the club. The same rule applies to the resort’s casino.
Sports betting apps in West Virginia
Mobile sports betting launched in West Virginia in December 2018 through the BetLucky app. However, this wasn’t to last long and by March 2019, BetLucky had ceased its West Virginia operations. The issue arose because of a dispute between Delaware North and sports betting provider Miomni. The issue not only stalled mobile operations but also caused both the Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island retail sportsbooks to shut temporarily.
Six months later, mobile sports wagering returned to West Virginia when FanDuel and DraftKings launched. There are now currently five online operators in the state.
Launched in August 2019 offering odds on all major sports and events.
Also launched in August of 2019 and regularly vies with DraftKings for the position of market leader in the state.
MGM Resorts International’s sports betting app launched in January of 2020 with its online casino launching in the state in August of the same year.
William Hill Sportsbook
William Hill was a relative latecomer to the local online sports betting industry considering it was one of the first retail sportsbooks in the state. The mobile sportsbook launched in September 2020.
The Betly sportsbook marked a triumphant return to the mobile betting market for Delaware North. The Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island owner launched its own mobile brand Betly in September 2020 following the disastrous partnership with BetLucky a year earlier.
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West Virginia sports betting frequently asked questions
What sports can you bet on in West Virginia?
You can place bets on all major professional sports along with collegiate sports and Olympic events.
Can I download West Virginia sports apps on both iOS and Android devices?
Yes, all sports betting apps in West Virginia have both iOS and Android apps available.
What happens to my sportsbetting account if my ID expires?
Most apps will notify you if your ID is about to expire. You can then upload a new ID to keep your account active.
How do I create an account for a sports betting app?
West Virginia law requires that all players must register using a valid ID. You may also need your social security number.
How do I deposit money to my sports betting app account?
Most West Virginia sportsbook apps will allow you to deposit using the following methods — credit/debit card, online banking, PayPal, Skrill, PayNearMe, and Echeck/ACH Transfer.
Is it legal to use a West Virginia sports betting app outside of the state?
No, you can only place bets online if you are located in the state of West Virginia.
How old do you have to be to place bets at a West Virginia sportsbook?
You must be 21 years of age or older to create an account with a West Virginia sports betting app or to place bets at a retail sportsbook anywhere within the state.