After passing a bill to pass the WV Sports Lottery Wagering Act into law in March 2018, West Virginia became the fifth state to offer legalized sports betting five months later. While the Governor did not personally sign the bill, both the House and the Senate passed it less than six weeks after it was first introduced.
The state took its first bet at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on August 30, 2018. West Virginia originally launched online sports betting in December 2018 with the BetLucky app, but some BetLucky ceased operations shortly after, resulting in the state not truly having full online sports betting until August 2019.
Since then, the state has seen a lot of action, generating $129.6 million in bets in the final four months of 2019.
Is sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Yes. The bill to make sports betting legal in West Virginia was passed on March 9, 2018, with the first actual bet made on August 30, 2018. West Virginia became the fifth state to officially legalize sports betting.
Where can I bet at West Virginia sportsbooks?
Legalized sports betting was first offered in West Virginia at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. Since then the state has seen bets being taken at The Greenbrier, Mardi Gras Casino, Wheeling Island and Mountaineer Casino.
Hollywood Casino at Charles town also offers an online platform through DraftKings and The Greenbrier is partnered with FanDuel. Mardi Gras Casino, Wheeling Island and Mountaineer Casino do not currently have operational online platforms.
The State also allows the two titans of the DFS industry, DraftKings and FanDuel, to operate within West Virginia, as well as Yahoo! Sports Daily Fantasy.
What about mobile sports betting apps in West Virginia?
There are three mobile sports betting apps currently taking action in West Virginia: DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel SportsBook and BetMGM Sportsbook.