West Virginia Sports Betting
The most important information to know about sports betting in West Virginia
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.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races booked the inaugural wagers on Aug. 30, signaling the launch of WV sports betting just in time for football season. A few weeks later on Sept. 13, the FanDuel Sportsbook opened inside The Greenbrier. This private resort features a gaming area called The Casino Club.
West Virginia online sports betting reviews
The framework for WV sports betting includes 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 don’t expect the wait to be a long one. We expect WV online sports betting sites to launch in October or early November 2018.
Future West Virginia sports betting sites:
West Virginia sportsbook locations
To date, four of the five West Virginia casinos have interim approval to offer sports betting.
- The Greenbrier
- Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races
- Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
- Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack
That leaves Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort as the odd one out, the only property yet to receive approval.
Two casinos have already confirmed their first partnerships and are up and running, while plans for the other three are not yet public.
|The Greenbrier||Approved||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Hollywood||Approved||William Hill US|
|Mardi Gras||Approved||None announced|
|Wheeling Island||Approved||None announced|
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 can offer sports betting. Hollywood Casino is the only one that’s entered the market so far, taking its first bet on Aug. 30.
Can I bet online?
Yes, eventually. 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.