Much like its competition, DraftKings is aggressively taking the US online sportsbook world by storm.
DraftKings enters the West Virginia market thanks to a partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Though Hollywood Casino already offers a land-based sportsbook, it looks to add DraftKings as its online sportsbook provider.
DraftKings’ online sportsbook has not launched in West Virginia yet, but we may see a similar product to its New Jersey counterpart. We should expect the sportsbook to launch in early 2019.
The DraftKings online sportsbook app
A sports betters’ strategy and odds constantly change with trades, injuries and weather. Having a modern, easy-to-use online sportsbook is vital.
DraftKings has a sterling reputation for its history as an online daily fantasy sports provider. It also has experience as an online sportsbook in New Jersey.
We can expect to see an app that is similar or identical to what it offers in NJ. The DraftKings app is available on iPhone/iPad and Android mobile devices. The product works similarly to the website with an easy-to-navigate display featuring promotions, bets, odds, bet slips and more.
Apple users can download the app at the iTunes Store, but Android users have to download the app through the DraftKings’ website.
Promos and bonuses for DraftKings Sportsbook betting
DraftKings has yet to reveal its online product in West Virginia, but New Jersey should serve as a pretty good indicator of what WV players can expect.
The New Jersey DraftKings currently features a $500 free bet with sign-up. This bonus means that players can wager up to $500 and if they win, they can keep the winnings. If they lose, then they will receive a full refund back to their account.
DraftKings NJ occasionally offers promotions like risk-free bets or better odds on specific games. West Virginia DraftKings should see similar offers for its app.
The DraftKings loyalty program
The DraftKings online sportsbook in New Jersey does not have a loyalty program. However, DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports does have DraftKings Rewards.
With this program, players earn “crowns” based on entry fees and completing designated daily missions. Players can use these crowns to advance their loyalty tier for better bonuses or to exchange for rewards like apparel, tickets and more.
Time will tell what DraftKings will offer in West Virginia, but we can expect that some sort of loyalty program will be available to keep up with the competitors.
We expect DraftKings to offer a wide variety of sports with its entry into the West Virginia market. The law is pretty broad but allows for most sports betting, except for high school sports.
In New Jersey, DraftKings offers bets on the following sports:
- Rugby Union
Players will likely find the same sports available for online betting in West Virginia when the DraftKings’ online sportsbook launches.
Available wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook
If players can bet it at a land-based sportsbook, they can probably bet on it online at DraftKings.
Players at DraftKings can expect to play wins and losses on point spreads and moneylines. Parlays, teasers, round robins, propositions and future bets will also likely be options.
The online version allows for exciting in-play wagers for games in progress.
DraftKings offers a unique cash-out option. This feature works like an extension of in-play betting, which allows players to close their active bet before the outcome. The in-play odds determine the cash-out amount.
This feature is available for pre-game, live, future and some parlay bets. Players can trigger the “Cash Out” feature any time before the event ends. This option could help players take less of a loss or secure a smaller win.
DraftKings does charge a vig on cash-outs to the tune of 5 to 8 percent. If players are nervous about the outcome, this could be a great tool, although, for the vig, it doesn’t make sense for most wagers.
Unlike it’s New Jersey counterpart, DraftKings WV will allow bets on college games that are happening in the Mountain State.
For those new to sports betting, DraftKings also offers a how-to guide and a section called “Barkley Knows Bets,” where NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley teaches sports betting basics.
Customer support for DraftKings Sportsbook
While DraftKings WV online product is not live yet, we can take a cue from its New Jersey counterpart. In New Jersey, DraftKings offers customer service through phone, email or chat.
Although customer service is available 24/7, DraftKings’ customer support works on a callback system. Meaning, players put a request in for help and hope to be contacted promptly.
This delay can cause issues and has been a mark against the sportsbook in the New Jersey market.
That said, DraftKings’ online sportsbook is user-friendly, uses simple language and offering a bevy of resources for players to understand online sports betting.
As with most online gambling platforms, security is a significant focus. The team at DraftKings regularly monitors accounts for suspicious activities and will trigger a security review if anything seems out of place.
Employees are not allowed to gamble on the app for transparency.
Overall, players can trust that DraftKings is a secure online sportsbook, with excellent player data security.
Online banking options with DraftKings
As with most online gambling sites, there can be some expected inconveniences due to banks policies on online gambling entities. However, DraftKings has worked hard to make sure the process is easy for customers to deposit and withdrawal.
Methods available in New Jersey include:
- Cashier’s check
- Direct bank payment
- Instant e-check
- PayNearMe (available at local 7-Eleven and CVS pharmacies)
- Personal check
Potentially, players could also deposit and withdraw at the cage at Hollywood Casino.
As the industry in the US matures, banking issues should be a worry of the past. Players will have plenty of banking options to meet their needs at DraftKings.
How to download the DraftKings Sportsbook app
When DraftKings goes live in West Virginia, downloading the app will be easy.
For iPhone and iPad users, the app should appear in the iTunes Store.
Unfortunately for Android users, the app will likely not be available in the Google Play Store. However, you can directly go to the DraftKings’ website and download it from there.
Advantages of the DraftKings Sportsbook app
DraftKings is a market leader in online sports gaming. Its platform is easy to use and comprehensive.
Players can integrate their daily fantasy sports account with their online sports betting account.
For new players, DraftKings offers a variety of resources including the “Barkley Knows Bets.” DraftKings also utilizes simple language throughout the app for easy understanding.
The most significant advantage to DraftKings’ online sportsbook is its available bets. DraftKings offers several bets options, including in-play bets.
Although, the real innovation is the cash-out bet, which lets players step away from a wager before the event is over.
DraftKings is dedicated to being a top online sportsbook provider in the US and should offer a great product in West Virginia .
Drawbacks of the DraftKings Sportsbook app
DraftKings succeeds in a lot of ways, but there are a few areas that are lacking. Hopefully, as it continues to expand in the US online sportsbook market, it will work some of these out.
While we can only speak about the New Jersey product, we can expect that the West Virginia version will have similar attributes.
Some drawbacks for DraftKings include:
- Some vigs on the bets can be unusually high.
- Customer service is on a callback only basis.
- No current sportsbook loyalty program.
- There are limited cashier options.
Who can bet at DraftKings online sportsbook?
Players must be at least 21 years old, have an account and be within the borders of West Virginia.
Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal?
Sports betting became legal in West Virginia in March 2018, despite Gov. Jim Justice refusing to sign the legislation. Sportsbook and online sportsbook are now perfectly legal in the state of West Virginia.
Do I have to be a resident of West Virginia to play at DraftKings Sportsbook?
No, you can have official residence practically anywhere, as long as your online activity is within the borders of West Virginia.
What other types of online gambling can I partake in?
Currently, West Virginia only allows online sports betting. Online slots, table games and lottery are still against the law. For any other gambling, you will have to physically go to one of the five casinos in West Virginia.