Sports betting is overseen by West Virginia’s Lottery Commission. The state’s five casinos each have a sportsbook in operation. The state also had an online sports betting market until early 2019. It was at that point that Delaware North, which operates both Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos, shut down physical operations and a shared mobile betting platform, BetLucky.com.
The development was spurred by a dispute between the casinos’ sports wagering platform provider, Miomni Gaming, and a third-party technology supplier, Entergaming. That matter is now the subject of litigation.
When will online sports betting be back in West Virginia?
Both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are expected to have their online sports betting platforms active in West Virginia this summer. Each of the sportsbooks has iOS and Android versions, as well as a desktop version.
DraftKings appears set to bring mobile sports betting back to West Virginia as early as June 2019. The company’s Sportsbook app just passed regulatory testing overseen by West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers on May 22.
What is the best sports betting app in West Virginia?
DraftKings Sportsbook WV
DraftKings Sportsbook is first in line for the restart of online sports betting in West Virginia. DK Sportsbook offers a comprehensive array of betting markets, including:
- Australian Rules Football
DK Sportsbook also offers a wide selection of bet types. These include moneylines, point spreads, totals, props, parlays, teasers and futures. Additionally, the operator provides a full menu of in-play proposition bets, as well as an early cash-out feature that enables bettors to close out active tickets before the outcome is decided.
FanDuel Sportsbook WV
FanDuel Sportsbook is expected to kick off its West Virginia online operations in summer 2019 as well. The sportsbook offers a selection of betting markets that mimics that offered by DraftKings.
The same applies to FD’s menu of bet types and features, including in-play betting, but with some notable exceptions. At present, FD Sportsbook does not offer the aforementioned early cash-out feature. However, FD does offer a unique, daily-fantasy-sports-based market, where bettors can place wagers on the expected fantasy-point production of specific athletes.
Furthermore, FD Sportsbook is also set to introduce a streaming service, FanDuel TV, that is expected to be made available free of charge to sportsbook customers in the state.
West Virginia online sports betting deposits and withdrawls
Both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook will offer a multitude of deposit and withdrawal options for its West Virginia customers. If those selections mirror the ones currently offered by each operator in New Jersey, Mountain State bettors will have the following choices at their disposal:
DraftKings Sportsbook banking
- Credit/debit card
FanDuel Sportsbook banking
- Credit/debit card
- FanDuel pre-paid card
- Online bank transfer
- Wire transfer
- FanDuel pre-paid card
West Virginia casino sportsbooks
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. Although BetLucky.com ran into issues with their software provider and is no longer operating in the state. More mobile options, including DraftKings Sportsbook will launch shortly, as soon as May 2019.
Here’s a look at each property currently offering retail sports betting:
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:
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.