Not only is West Virginia the home of the tree-covered Appalachian Mountains and the spot where the Shenandoah River meets with the Potomac, it is also the fifth US state to have legalized sports betting. West Virginia’s residents and visitors have a variety of betting options to choose from, including the state lottery and your standard selection of land-based casino games.
Is it legal to bet on sports in West Virginia?
Yes. Prior to the Supreme Court striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), lawmakers in West Virginia passed the West Virginia Sports Lottery Wagering Act in March 2018. The Sports Lottery Act had sports betting provisions within it which would allow the state to offer legal and regulated sports betting. A few months later, when the Supreme Court had struck down PASPA, the state regulators got to work drafting up rules and regulations for sports betting venues and suppliers so that the state could launch legal sports betting before the start of the 2018/19 NFL season.
The Hollywood Casino located at Charles Town was the first sports betting venue to launch in the state and took its first sports wager on 30 August 2018 during the sportsbook’s soft launch, which preceded the full launch on 1 September 2018.
What sports can I bet on?
In West Virginia you can place bets on all major sports including: Auto racing, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Rugby, Soccer and Tennis. You can also place bets on professional and collegiate games.
Can I place bets online?
Not at the moment. While there are plans to launch mobile sports betting in West Virginia, the state is yet to launch any online sportsbooks. On top of this, the law does not currently include any provisions for online casino sites, so it is safe to say there are still some things the state needs to work out. Residents and visitors can currently place online bets on horse racing and greyhound racing, as well as online fantasy sports.
Can I place bets at land-based sportsbooks in West Virginia?
Yes. At the moment there are only two physical sportsbooks in the state of West Virginia, one at the Hollywood Hotel Casino at Charles Town Races and one at The Casino Club at The Greenbrier. The Hollywood sportsbook, operated by William Hill, offers sports betting across a variety of sports. FanDuel also acquired a sports betting license and began taking sport wagers at The Greenbrier on 13 September.
All of the state’s casinos, with the exception of The Mountaineer Casino and Resort, have shown an interest in sports betting and have applied for sports betting licenses. This suggests that it is only a matter of time before more sportsbooks start to pop up across West Virginia.
Aside from the partnership between William Hill and the Hollywood Casino operator, Penn National Gaming, there is one other partnership which could signal the rise of another sportsbook in the state. In September 2018 it came to light that Delaware North had entered into a partnership with the software provider Miomni. Delaware North plans to launch sportsbooks giving them two West Virginia sports betting properties, the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack and at the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort near Charleston. No launch date has been set yet, but the operator has said it wants to launch sportsbooks at both of its West Virginia properties simultaneously.
|Casino||Operational sportsbook||Address||Contact||Opening hours|
|Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races||Yes – William Hill sportsbook is operational||580 E 5th Ave, Ranson, WV 25438, USA||+1 304-725-7001||https://www.hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com/about-us||24 hours|
|The Casino Club at The Greenbrier||Yes- FanDuel Sportsbook is operational||300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986, USA||+1 844-837-2466||http://www.greenbrier.com/HomePage-Sub-Pages/About-The-Greenbrier/Contact-Us||Sunday: 12:00pm – 3:00am
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00am
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00am
|Mardi Gras Casino and Resort Cross Lanes||Not yet – launch date to be confirmed||1 Greyhound Dr, Cross Lanes, WV 25313, USA||+1 email@example.com||24 hours|
|Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack||Not yet – launch date to be confirmed||1 S Stone St, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA||+1 304-232-5050||https://www.wheelingisland.com/contact-us||24 hours|
|Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort||No||1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland, WV 26047, USA||+1 firstname.lastname@example.org||24 hours|
What else can I bet on in West Virginia?
The state of West Virginia has a variety of gambling options available to its residents and visitors. You can visit one of the states five casinos to enjoy a variety of games including;
- Poker ( 3 card, 4 card, pai gow, caribbean stud, Mississippi stud,)
- Big 6 wheel
- Horse racing
- Greyhound racing
There are plans to bring mobile sports betting to the state for both residents and visitors. This means that, even if you don’t live in West Virginia, you can still place bets on sports in the state while you are within its borders. This would also allow residents from neighboring states to travel to West Virginia to participate in mobile sports betting.
Is it safe to bet on sports in West Virginia?
All sportsbooks in West Virginia are fully licensed and regulated, guaranteeing punters a safe and fair betting experience. However, in order for gambling to remain fun, you should always take steps to gamble responsibly and never bet more than you can afford to lose.
If you have any concerns surrounding problem gambling involving yourself, or a loved one, The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, has a number of resources available to help you.
Get in touch with The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia:
Are offshore gambling sites legal in West Virginia?
West Virginia law does not contain any provisions for online casino gambling and with no state laws for or against it, it is better to be cautious. Although there are plans to bring mobile sports betting to the state of West Virginia, we recommend steering clear of offshore gambling sites. Instead, we recommend that West Virginia gamblers wait for legal and regulated online betting. This is because the vast majority of offshore gambling sites don’t have a license to operate in West Virginia and are not subject to strict regulatory standards. This means they may not be secure or have player protection measures in place to protect vulnerable players. You also have no way of finding out who is handling the money you deposit into an online account.
Who regulates sports gambling in West Virginia?
The West Virginia Lottery Commission oversees both the West Virginia sports betting and casino industries in West Virginia.
You can contact the West Virginia Lottery Commission via:
Phone: 800-982-2274 or 304-558-0500
Mail: PO Box 2067, Charleston, WV 25327
The states greyhound and horse racing industries are regulated and monitored by the West Virginia Racing Commission in Charleston
Contact the West Virginia Racing Commission:
Phone: (304) 558-2150
How old do I have to be to gamble in West Virginia?
You must be 21 years old to partake in any gambling activity in the state of West Virginia .
The journey to legal and regulated sports betting in West Virginia?
1933 – The Charles Town Races opened its doors and offered pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, becoming the state’s first establishment to offer legal gambling.
1984 – A statewide voter referendum was held, leading to the establishment of The West Virginia Lottery and its governing body, the West Virginia Lottery Commission
1994 – Another statewide vote was held where voters voted to authorize video lottery terminals at racetrack venues throughout West Virginia. The terminals would allow players to play a variety of games including slots, blackjack and video poker games. The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort was the first racetrack in the US to install these terminals, making it the first racino in America.
2001 – State government passed the Limited Video Lottery Act which allowed a number of video lottery terminals to be installed in select bars and restaurants throughout the state.
2007 – The state of West Virginia passes a bill that allows table games to be operated at racetracks with video lottery terminals. This was authorized individually by each of the state’s counties, since then all counties have authorized it.
The state of West Virginia came out in support of New Jersey in its legal battle to legalize sports wagering.
2017 – In March 2017 the state of West Virginia began to see the emergence of sports betting legislation when Delegate Shawn Fluharty introduced a sports pool bill. The bill stated that the states lottery commission would be responsible for managing the states sports betting industry and would allow wagers to be placed on professional and college sport events.
2018 – Prior to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA, lawmakers in West Virginia passed the West Virginia Sports Lottery Wagering Act in March 2018
On 14 May 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that PASPA was unconstitutional allowing for the legalization of sports betting in West Virginia.