While there are no stand-alone off track betting locations in the state of West Virginia, there are two live thoroughbred racing track and two live greyhound racing tracks, all of which also provide for simulcast race wagering on horses. All four of these locations are full-service racinos, meaning that in addition to horse and dog racing, they are also casino complexes offering slots, poker and other table games.
If you’re a West Virginian who can’t find the time to get to the track or a simulcast facility to bet the West Virginia Derby or other big events like the Kentucky Derby, you can still get into the race with an online wagering account. Online racebooks have small initial deposit requirements and provide the convenience of betting anytime, anywhere on a PC or mobile device.
While picking the winner of a race is the ultimate goal of horse handicapping, most bettors like to try and increase their return on investment with exotic wagers like exactas and Daily Doubles along with straight Win, Place or Show bets. That’s why many online horseplayers like to bet with racebooks like Betonline or Sportsbetting.ag, two sites that offer the same 7% win-or-lose cash back rebates on all wagers credited daily with no limit on earnings and no minimum amount required to bet.
West Virginia Horse Race Tracks
West Virginia is home to two longstanding race tracks, at Charles Town, which opened in 1933, and Mountaineer, located near the town of New Cumberland, which opened in 1948. Unique to many North American tracks, Charles Town actually offers live racing all year around, and with Mountaineer running races for close to eight months, together the two tracks provide almost 300 days of live racing action.
OTB Locations in West Virginia
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
Charles Town offers live racing 12 months of the year, with Wednesday through Saturday racing from the beginning of January to the end of May, and Thursday through Saturday racing June to the end of December. With one or two exceptions, post time is daily at 7:00 PM.
Charles Town is home to one of the newest big-money races in the US in the form of the (G2) Charles Town Classic, which carries a purse of $1.25 million. The simulcast facilities at Charles Town are open every day of the year and offer wagering on horses as well as greyhounds from up to 20 different tacks. Charles Town is also a full-service casino with poker, slots and table games, There’s a hotel on site and multiple dining options.
- 750 Hollywood Drive
- Chrles Town, WV 25414
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
The home of the (G3) $750,000 West Virginia Derby, Mountaineer offers live racing from mid-April to the end of November, generally on Sunday through to Wednesday with a post time of 7:00 PM. There is simulcast wagering available in the OTB room at the casino for both horses and greyhounds, and simulcasting is available daily from noon until midnight. The casino at Mountaineer offers the full range of table games, poker and slots, there are five reataurants and a hotel on site.
- 1420 Mountaineer Circle
- New Cumberland WV 26047
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
Mardi Gras Casino is home to a live greyhound racing track that also includes a simulcast horse racing facility. Simulcasting takes place seven days-per-week and features more than 30 North American tracks as well as racing from Australia. Depending on the track, racing usually starts at 12:30 PM. In the casino, Mardi Gras features various poker games, other table games and slots. There are multiple dining options and a hotel.
- 1 Greyhound Drive
- Cross Lanes WV 25313
Located in the city of Wheeling, like the Mardi Gras Casino Wheeling Island is the location of a live greyhound racing track and simulcast facility for horse racing, broadcasting both thoroughbred and harness racing seven days-per-week. Racing starts as early as 11:00 AM depending on the track schedules, with the last races starting at 8:00 PM. There’s a poker room, table games and slots, more than a half-dozen restaurants and bars, and a hotel.
- 1 South Stone Street
- Wheeling WV 26003