West Virginia became the fifth state to offer legal sports betting to its inhabitants in 2018. Hollywood Casino Charles Town, the largest casino in the Mountain State, soft-opened its sportsbook to the general public and began receiving wagers.
In doing so, West Virginia became the fourth state to offer sports betting after the demise of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The other states that have sports betting (besides Nevada) are New Jersey, Delaware, and Mississippi.
West Virginia Sports Betting Current Status
West Virginia has five casinos inside state lines. Of those five, only three have a functioning sportsbook at this time.
However, West Virginia lottery officials have gone on record that they believe all five will have sports betting operational by the end of 2018. So, here’s how the five properties are coming along:
Hollywood Casino Charles Town
Hollywood Casino Charles Town soft-launched its sportsbook on Aug. 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. EST. With that, the largest West Virginia casino ushered the state into its own sports betting era.
The official launch for the book occurred on Sep. 1. Former NFL player and current commentator Joe Theismann was on hand as part of the celebration.
Hollywood partnered with European sportsbook giant William Hill to go live with sports betting. The sportsbook offers the following betting types to customers:
- Straight bets
- In-play (In-game)
You can bet on both professional and collegiate sporting events. There are wagers available on these sports:
- Auto racing
- Mixed martial arts
The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Charles Town features 24 odds-display screens. There is also 50 feet of wall space filled with 80-inch televisions that project the various sporting events.
At this time, there are no individual carrels available. However, the book is still under some construction, and both carrels and lounge seating should show up soon.
The Casino Club at The Greenbrier Resort
The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Casino Club at the Greenbrier Resort became the second sportsbook to open in West Virginia on Sep. 13. The small casino opened an anteroom to serve as a sports betting lounge for patrons to the exclusive resort.
The Casino Club at The Greenbrier is the only private casino in the United States. Entry is only permitted for guests of the hotel, members of the club, or patrons playing at the golf or tennis clubs.
The private nature of the club makes information-gathering more difficult than at other casinos. However, the Casino Club’s facility is quite small compared to most other sportsbooks. Its vibe is similar to a sportsbook’s presence in a private mansion.
However, players have most of the same gaming opportunities as other locations. There are enough video screens and personnel to make the players feel comfortable with the intimate setting.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is the most isolated casino in West Virginia, at least from the rest of the state. The property is located at the very tip of the northern panhandle, along the state’s river border with Ohio.
For a while, it seemed as though Mountaineer was quite disinterested in the idea of sports betting. Unlike the four other casinos in the state, the New Cumberland property had not filed any application or made any public statement about it.
All that changed in the span of one month. The casino filed for its sports betting permit on Oct. 22 and had its sportsbook open on Nov. 21.
The new sportsbook has several large video screens, televisions, and countertop seating for patrons. Former casino host Nunzio Veltry kicked things off with a four-team parlay bet on two NFL teams and two college football teams.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is one of two casinos in West Virginia owned by gaming operator Delaware North. The casino is the most centrally-located property in the entire state.
The exact date for Mardi Gras’s entry into sports betting is unclear at this time. An estimated launch in September never came to pass, and parent company Delaware North has already advised the West Virginia Lottery about expected delays.
The problem is likely some sort of technical issue. Delaware North’s new partnership with Miomni seems to have slowed things down.
However, both Mardi Gras and its sister property, Wheeling Island, applied for and received their permits to operate in West Virginia already. So, much like the Greenbrier, the hold-up is likely logistical rather than regulatory, but opening day could occur at any time.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is another smallish casino in West Virginia. Both it and its sister property, Mardi Gras Casino, have roughly 1,000 slot machines and 30 table games.
Unlike its companion property, Wheeling Island is not located centrally in the state. In fact, the property is best accessed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is roughly 60 miles northeast.
Wheeling Island is certainly preparing to offer sports betting to its patrons soon. It secured a permit to offer sports wagering from the state in August 2018.
However, that’s the last thing that anyone heard about it. Hopefully, there will be more information soon.
Sports Betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Yes. Hollywood Casino Charles Town became the first location to receive wagers in the state on August 30, 2018.
Where can I place sports bets in West Virginia?
Here are the three locations for sports betting in West Virginia:
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town
- The Casino Club at the Greenbrier
- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
West Virginians are still waiting for launches at the following locations:
- Mardi Gras Casino and Resort Cross Lanes
- Wheeling Island Hotel
Will I be able to bet sports online in West Virginia?
Yes – eventually. West Virginia state law allows for licenseholders to offer sports betting in both land-based and electronic settings.
In its Nov. 27 meeting, the West Virginia Legislature’s Rule-Making Committee indicated that online and mobile testing is complete at two of the locations. So, the launch of online sports betting may make an appearance sooner than expectations.
How old do I have to be to bet in West Virginia?
Patrons must be at least 21 years old to gamble in West Virginia.
Which West Virginia teams can I bet on?
There are no professional sports teams in the state, but West Virginia will allow residents to place bets on collegiate athletics at in-state schools, such as West Virginia University and Marshall.
Who will oversee West Virginia sports betting?
The West Virginia Lottery Commission (WVLC) will regulate and oversee the sports betting industry.