West Virginia online sports betting laws
West Virginians are reaping the benefits of their state’s leading role in the push for the legalization of sports betting. It’s now possible to access both retail and online sportsbooks in the Mountain State and the rising betting handle suggests people are loving the opportunity.
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Is sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Yes, West Virginia sports betting has been legal since 2018, when The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.
Is online sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Yes, West Virginia online sports betting is legal and is offered by some of the best sportsbooks in the business.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in West Virginia?
You need to be at least 21 years old to be able to enjoy West Virginia sports betting.
How do I start betting in West Virginia?
Choose which licensed West Virginia sportsbook you want to use.
You may wager on sports at a casino location, or register for an account online. You don’t have to visit a casino to sign up.
Be prepared to supply ID to prove your identity, age, and address.
Top up your account balance using your favored banking method.
Take advantage of any sign-up offers and start betting.
Is sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Who is allowed to bet on sports in West Virginia?
What can’t I bet on in West Virginia?
Daily Fantasy Sports in West Virginia
West Virginia’s progressive attitude towards sports betting is mirrored by its treatment of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). The state’s attorney general issued an opinion in 2016 that effectively opened the door to DFS in West Virginia. The opinion, which was requested in relation to state fantasy sports legislation, Senate Bill 529, found that fantasy sports contests were “not decided predominantly by chance”, and therefore were not illegal gambling under West Virginia state law.
The opinion, however, left the door open to the fact that some fantasy contests might be found to be illegal gambling. Nevertheless, since the issuance of this opinion DFS fans in the Mountain State have been allowed to continue enjoying their daily fantasy fun.
The fact that there are no top-level sports teams in the state doesn’t stop sports enthusiasts here getting involved in fantasy games around basketball, football, hockey, and baseball. With two Division I NCAA programs in West Virginia, college DFS games also attract plenty of interest in the state.
Top sports to bet on in West Virginia
It comes as a surprise that no teams in the big four leagues are based in West Virginia, given the state’s appetite for top-level action. The impressive level of the monthly betting handle in the state proves that sport is what makes a lot of people here tick.
There are no NFL teams in West Virginia, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are not far away, and they pick up plenty of support here. So do the Marshall Thundering Herd, who have two NCAA national football championships in the trophy cabinet. Football will always be a big driver of betting activity here.
Responsible gambling in West Virginia
West Virginia’s willingness to embrace the potential of sports betting has been matched by a recognition that responsible gambling should be at the core of this growing industry. Although sports betting represents fun for most people, it is key that operators acknowledge that for some, it can lead to addiction, and that they should put measures in place to combat that.
Several organizations in West Virginia offer constructive help and support for the sports gambling community:
William Hill , one of the leading sportsbook operators in the world, takes its responsibilities seriously and guides people towards agencies that can help anyone in trouble.
One of these is First Choice Services , which offers access to programs that help people with addiction issues.
The West Virginia Gaming & Racing Association promotes responsible gambling and offers constructive advice to people with concerns.
The National Council on Problem Gambling provides a fact sheet and self-help resources, as well as local and national helplines.
The Problem Gambling Help Network of WV has a wealth of prevention, treatment, and training advice.
Timeline of sports betting in West Virginia
State legislators introduce a bill authorizing the state lottery to start drawing up rules for sports betting in the event that PASPA is overturned.
2018 - March
The state passes the West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act, creating a framework for sports betting.
2018 - May
PASPA is struck down by the US Supreme Court.
2018 - August
The first sport bets are placed in West Virginia at Hollywood Casino.
2018 - December
West Virginia online sports betting begins with BetLucky.
BetLucky ceases operations – operators including FanDuel and DraftKings step in to fill the online sports betting gap.
Where can you bet in West Virginia?
There are currently five physical locations where you can enjoy West Virginia sports betting, and each West Virginia casino has at least one online sports betting partner.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address||Online Sportsbook Partner|
|Hollywood Casino||William Hill||750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town WV 25414||DraftKings|
|The Greenbrier Resort||FanDuel||101 Main Street West, White Sulphur Springs WV 24986||FanDuel, BetMGM|
|Mardi Gras Casino & Resort||The Betly Sportsbook at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort||1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes WV 25313||Betly|
|Wheeling Island Hotel - Casino - Racetrack||The Betly Sportsbook at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack||1 South Stone Street, Wheeling WV 26003||Betly|
|The Mountaineer Casino||William Hill||1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland WV 26047||William Hill|