It didn’t take long for West Virginia sports bettors to be taken home following the landmark Supreme Court decision to strike down PASPA. Last August — less than three and a half months after the federal sports betting ban was lifted — West Virginia began accepting legal wagers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
In doing so, the Mountaineer state, which lacks any professional teams but is a hotbed for college sports, especially football and basketball, became the fifth state to offer legal sports betting following Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi.
It hasn’t been a smooth first year for West Virginia legal betting, as several hiccups have occurred along the way. Two Mountaineer sportsbooks and one mobile app suspended operations in early March of 2019 due to legal disputes. As a result, West Virginia betting took a big hit by losing out on March Madness revenue.
Nevertheless, the future remains is bright for West Virginian gamblers: Both FanDuel and DraftKings started operating in the state in August 2019, while BetMGM launched in 2020. The sports betting bill passed by state lawmakers supports betting at all five of the state’s physical casinos, three of which are fully operational, plus it allows for online and mobile app-based betting, which are the future of legal betting and are sure to be an economic boon for the state (and convenient for sports bettors) once they are running at peak capacity.
Can I Bet on Sports Online in West Virginia?
BetMGM went live in February 2020.
William Hill has a retail sportsbook in West Virginia but is not yet up and running on mobile.
The West Virginia sports betting bill isn’t just limited to mobile betting via apps. It also supports traditional online betting via websites on a desktop, laptop and tablet computer.
Unlike other states that feature mobile or online betting, West Virginians will be able to bet anywhere within the state as long as they are within state borders.
They do not have to be located on a casino premise. You also don’t have to be a resident of the Mountaineer State in order to place a bet. As long as you are geo-located within the state, you are able to place an mobile wager.
West Virginia Sports Betting Locations [August 2019]
In order to place a legal sports bet in West Virginia, you have to travel to one of of the five licensed casinos within the state. West Virginia also allows online and mobile betting, but it has yet to go fully live.
The first three casinos listed below are all 100% operational and currently accepting bets. However, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island are currently not accepting bets. Both sportsbooks suspended operations in early March of 2019. There is an ongoing legal battle between Delaware North, which runs both casinos, and Miomni Gambing, which provides the technology for the sports betting operations.
West Virginian gamblers won’t be able to place a legal wager at Mardi Gras or Wheeling Island until the lawsuit is settled.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town (DraftKings)
- Address: 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414
- Phone: 800-795-7001
- Web site
The Casino Club at the Greenbrier (FanDuel)
- Address: 1010 Casino Center Dr, Robinsonville, MS 38664
- Phone: 662-357-1111
- Web site
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort (William Hill)
- Address: 1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland, WV 26047
- Phone: 800-804-0468
- Web site
Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
- Address: 1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV, 25313
- Phone: 304-776-1000 or 800-224-9683
- Web site
Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack
- Address: 1 South Stone Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
- Phone: 304-232-5050
- Web site
West Virginia Legal Sports Betting Timeline
Unlike most states that now offer legal sports betting, West Virginia didn’t wait for the Supreme Court ruling and then scramble to go live following the overturning of PAPSA in May of 2018.
Instead, West Virginia was busy laying the groundwork of legal betting for several years. In 2016, West Virginia joined 19 other states in support of New Jersey’s legal betting efforts in Christie vs. NCAA, the case that eventually overturned PASPA at the Supreme Court level.
While everyone was waiting for the nation’s higher court to make a decision, West Virginia spent 2016 and 2017 researching and then crafting their own sports betting bill that would be ready to go once PAPSA was overturned.
On March 9, 2018, more than two months before the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting, lawmakers proactively passed the West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act.
Interestingly, Governor Jim Justice did not support or veto the bill, but allowed it to proceed.
The West Virginia wagering bill, known as S 415, gave the State Lottery Commission the power to set rules and regulations and provide licenses to the five casinos within the state. The bill also provided framework for mobile and online betting and allowed casinos to partner with gaming operators.
On Aug. 30, 2018, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town began accepting the first legal wagers in state history.
On Sept. 13, 2018, The Greenbrier became the second sportsbook to go live in West Virginia, followed by Mountaineer Casino on Nov. 21, 2018.
Who Regulates Legal Sports Betting in West Virginia?
The West Virginia Lottery Commission (WVLC) regulates and oversees legal sports betting within the state.
For more information, visit the official state web site for legal betting wvlottery.com
How Old Do I Have to Be to Bet on Sports in West Virginia?
In order to place a legal sports wager in West Virginia you must be 21 years of age.
What Rules Should I Know?
West Virginians can bet on all professional and college sports, however they cannot bet on high school sports.
Where Else Is Sports Betting Legal?
Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018, multiple states have launched robust mobile betting operations. To get a complete rundown on where legal betting stands in your state, check out our complete guide here, but the other states competing with West Virginia for mobile betting are New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
Sports betting isn’t easy. If it were, sportsbooks would go bankrupt and Average Joe bettors would all quit their day jobs and live lavishly as millionaires. Seasoned wiseguys know that there will always be ups and downs.
The key is staying the course, remaining disciplined and steadily building your bankroll over the course of the long haul.
If you’re new to betting, here are nine common mistakes to avoid.
Shopping For the Best Line
One thing new bettors tend to forget is that not all sportsbooks have the exact same odds. Some books are more square (catering to casual bettors), while others are more sharp (catering to professional bettors). Some have higher limits (accepting big figure wagers), while others have lower limits.
The key is not limiting yourself to betting at just one sportsbook. Instead, you want to shop around and place your bet at the book that gives you the best number. For example, if you want to bet on Marshall, check the market to see what odds are being posted. Most books might be showing Marshall at -6 (six point favorite), but maybe you find a different book posting Marshall -5.5.
By taking the time to shop the market, you just got a better number and increased your chances of winning. It might not seem like a big deal, but it can make a huge difference over the long haul, turning losses into pushes and pushes into wins.
Legal sports betting will make line shopping easier, since you can open an account at a new sportsbook hassle-free.