|Is sports betting legal in WV?||Yes.|
|Where can I bet on sports in WV?||At the five retail sportsbooks in the state.|
|Can I bet online legally in WV?||The BetLucky.com app is currently not active. Other apps are expected to launch in 2019.|
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, opened its sportsbook to the general public and began receiving wagers on Sept. 1, 2018.
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. All five have a functioning sportsbook at this time.
In late December 2018, West Virginia also became the third state to offer legal online sports betting via the BetLucky.com online and mobile app by Delaware North. More mobile options, including FanDuel Sportsbook, are anticipated in 2019.
Here’s a look at each property currently offering retail sports betting:
BetLucky Sportsbook is the lone online sportsbook in West Virginia. It began its service on Dec. 27, 2018. Its owner, Delaware North, also owns the Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island casinos.
BetLucky is a mobile-only platform – there is no browser version available yet. However, the app is readily available for iOS users and compatible for Android devices.
BetLucky is a very meat-and-potatoes offering. The typical betting types and sports are available on the site.
However, BetLucky does offer an in-game betting utility. Although somewhat limited in terms of current technology, it often more than doubles the number of available bets on a particular game.
Current status — Suspended
BetLucky suspended its operations on March 8, 2019. Sister properties Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras Casino also placed an indefinite hold on their sportsbooks.
Officially, Delaware North has merely alluded to a disagreement between technology partner Miomni and a third party provider as the source of the suspension. However, Legal Sports Report is reporting that the issue goes quite a bit deeper.
According to documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request, Delaware North has informed West Virginia Lottery officials that Miomni and platform provider Entergaming are at an impasse. Entergaming is alleging Miomni is using Entergaming’s property improperly, and both sides have dug in their heels.
The result is that it remains unclear when BetLucky, Wheeling Island, or Mardi Gras will accept wagers on sporting events again. West Virginians and visitors will have to content themselves with in-person sports betting at the other three locations.
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.
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 launched its sportsook alongside Mardis Gras on Dec. 27, 2018.
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.
Mardi Gras’s entry into sports betting came in late December 2018.
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, and the other four casinos in the state followed course in the same year.
Where can I place sports bets in West Virginia?
In addition to mobile betting options, here are the five locations for sports betting in West Virginia:
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town
- The Casino Club at the Greenbrier
- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
- Mardi Gras Casino and Resort Cross Lanes
- Wheeling Island Hotel
Can I bet sports online in West Virginia?
Yes. As of Dec. 27, 2018, West Virginia state law allows for license holders to offer sports betting in both land-based and electronic settings.
Casino operator Delaware North launched its BetLucky.com online and mobile app for WV sports betting. Other apps are expected to follow in 2019.
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.