Fantasy sports giant FanDuel Sportsbook enters the West Virginia online sports betting market as a partner with the Greenbrier Resort.
FanDuel already operates in New Jersey; it looks to solidify its position as a major player for online sports betting in the US.
In September 2018, FanDuel opened a land-based sportsbook at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. While this is a nice amenity for the resort, online sports betting will certainly be a focus for the partners.
FanDuel online sportsbook app in West Virginia
With the constant trades, injuries and weather updates that can make a difference in a sport betters strategy and odds, having a reliable app is key to any modern sportsbook. FanDuel displays dominance in this category with its history as a daily fantasy sports provider.
We can expect to see an app that is similar or identical to what is available in New Jersey.
The FanDuel app is available on iPhone/iPad and Android. The product works almost the same as the website with easy-to-navigate shortcuts that display sports, past bets, future bets, popular bets, live games and future events. Even your betting slip matches the online version.
FanDuel Sportsbook promos and bonuses
FanDuel has yet to reveal its online product in West Virginia, but New Jersey should serve as a pretty good indicator of what to expect.
FanDuel NJ currently features a $500 free bet with sign-up. This means that you can make a bet of up to $500, and if you win, you keep the winnings. If you lose, you receive a refund of the full amount back to your account.
We expect FanDuel to offer constantly changing promotional offerings.
From risk-free bets to better odds on a game, you can expect FanDuel to keep a busy promotional plan with competitors William Hill and DraftKings in the West Virginia market.
We can also expect to see a generous bonus program.
In New Jersey, the FanDuel’s Players Club is an exciting program that rewards players with loyalty points based on play. The more points earn you a high-loyalty tier, which comes with escalating levels of rewards.
The best part, your points remain active as long as you place a bet within 12 months. Meaning your points can potentially never expire, granting you prolonged access to your tier benefits even when you take a break.
Sports offered on the WV FanDuel Sportsbook app
FanDuel is expected 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, FanDuel offers the following sports:
- Australian football
- College basketball
- College football
- Pro football
Likely, you will find the same sports available for online betting in West Virginia when the FanDuel app launches.
FanDuel Sportsbook bets
If you can bet it at a land-based sportsbook, you probably can bet on it online at FanDuel. FanDuel will offer a wide variety of options of sports to bet on including football, golf, baseball, MMA and more.
You can expect to play wins and losses on point spreads and moneylines. You can also expect to play parlays, teasers, round robins, propositions and future bets. The online version also allows for the exciting in-play wagers for games in progress.
Unlike its New Jersey counterpart, West Virginia’s FanDuel will allow bets on college games that are happening in WV.
For those new to sports betting, FanDuel also offers resources in its side tab for novice gamblers.
FanDuel Sportsbook customer support
While the FanDuel WV online product is not live yet, we can take a cue from its New Jersey counterpart. FanDuel NJ offers customer service through phone, email or chat.
FanDuel has a very user-friendly platform with a lot of information in its “FAQ” and “New Player” sections, which help players sort most issues on their own. But if there is every something that you cannot figure out, customer service is just a click away.
Security at FanDuel Sportsbook WV
As with most online gambling platforms, security is a major focus. The FanDuel team 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.
There have complaints about inaccessible documentation for players, however, this is a minor inconvenience in the larger scope of things. Overall, you can trust that FanDuel is a secure online sportsbook, with excellent player data security.
FanDuel’s online banking options
As with most online gambling sites, there can be some expected inconveniences due to banks policies on online gambling entities. However, FanDuel has worked hard to make sure this process is easy for customers to deposit and withdrawal.
Methods available in New Jersey include:
- Cashier’s check
- Direct bank payment
- Instant e-check
- Personal check
- PayNearMe (available at local 7-Eleven and CVS pharmacies)
Potentially, you could also deposit and withdrawal at the cage at Greenbrier.
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 FanDuel.
How to download the FanDuel Sportsbook WV app
Downloading the app is easy. Apple users will be able to simply go to the iTunes Store and download the app.
Android users will have to download from the FanDuel website, as unfortunately, the Google Play Store will likely not have it.
Advantages of FanDuel Sportsbook online
FanDuel boasts an easy-to-use platform with a great reputation in the sports gaming world. The app and website are both player-friendly and offer tools for you to learn the ins and outs of sports betting.
FanDuel’s Players Club is a top-notch loyalty program and values a player’s lifetime of play over his or her play for the moment. Bonuses and promotions are plentiful and allow players to get the most out of it.
Drawbacks of FanDuel Sportsbook online
As a whole, there aren’t really many drawbacks to the FanDuel online sportsbook. Currently, the biggest drawback is that the online sportsbook is still not live in West Virginia.
That said, you can familiarize yourself with the platform by looking at the New Jersey product. Also, you can also visit Greenbrier Resort to experience the land-based sportsbook.
It shouldn’t be long until West Virginia has access to the FanDuel WV online sportsbook.
Who can bet at FanDuel Online Sportsbook?
Players must be at least 21 years old, have an account and be located within the borders of West Virginia.
Is FanDuel 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?
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.