West Virginia Sports Betting
It didn’t take long for West Virginia sports bettors to be taken home following the landmark Supreme Court decision to strike down PASPA. Last August — less than three and a half months after the federal sports betting ban was lifted — West Virginia began accepting legal wagers in the Mountaineer state.

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West Virginia Sports Betting: Sportsbooks & Apps

It didn't take long for West Virginia sports bettors to be taken home following the landmark Supreme Court decision to strike down PASPA. Last August -- less than three and a half months after the federal sports betting ban was lifted -- West Virginia began accepting legal wagers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

In doing so, the Mountaineer state, which lacks any professional teams but is a hotbed for college sports, especially football and basketball, became the fifth state to offer legal sports betting following Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi.

It hasn't been a smooth first year for West Virginia legal betting, as several hiccups have occurred along the way. Two Mountaineer sportsbooks and one mobile app suspended operations in early March of 2019 due to legal disputes. As a result, West Virginia betting took a big hit by losing out on March Madness revenue. Nevertheless, the future remains is bright for West Virginian sports bettors: Both FanDuel and DraftKings started operating in the state in August 2019, while BetMGM launched in 2020.

The sports betting bill passed by state lawmakers supports betting at all five of the state's physical casinos, three of which are fully operational, plus it allows for online and mobile app-based betting, which are the future of legal betting and are sure to be an economic boon for the state (and convenient for sports bettors) once they are running at peak capacity.

FanDuel and DraftKings both relaunched in West Virginia in August after there was no mobile betting in the state for several months.

You also don’t have to be a resident of the Mountaineer State in order to place a bet. As long as you are geo-located within the state, you are able to place a mobile wager. For more on books available in West Virginia:

When did sports betting become legal in West Virginia?

Virginia was the fifth state to legalize sports betting in the US in 2018, following PAPSA’s repeal.

Can I bet on my phone in West Virginia?

Yes. Several apps, including ones from FanDuel, DraftKings, and MGM are available for West Virginians.

How old do I have to be to bet on sports in the state?

The minimum age requirement is 21.

Who controls West Virginia’s Sports betting industry?

Similar to Tennessee, The West Virginia Lottery Commission oversees operations for sports betting.

West Virginia Sports Betting Tips

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West Virginia Sports Betting Timeline

2016

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Unlike most states that now offer legal sports betting, West Virginia didn’t wait for the Supreme Court ruling and then scramble to go live following the overturning of PAPSA in May of 2018.

2017

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West Virginia spent 2017 researching and then crafting their own sports betting bill that would be ready to go once PAPSA was overturned.

March 2018

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For than two months before the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting, lawmakers proactively passed the West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act. Interestingly, Governor Jim Justice did not support or veto the bill, but allowed it to proceed.

March 2018 (cont.)

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The WV bill, known as S 415, gave the State Lottery Commission the power to set rules and regulations & licenses to the five casinos within the state. The bill also provided framework for mobile & online betting and allowed casinos to partner with operators.
West Virginia Sports Betting Locations
In order to place a legal sports bet in West Virginia, you have to travel to one of of the handful of licensed casinos within the state. West Virginia also allows online and mobile betting, but it has yet to go fully live. The first three casinos listed below are all 100% operational and currently accepting bets. However, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island are currently not accepting bets. Both sportsbooks suspended operations in early March of 2019. There is an ongoing legal battle between Delaware North, which runs both casinos, and Miomni Gambing, which provides the technology for the sports betting operations. West Virginian gamblers won’t be able to place a legal wager at Mardi Gras or Wheeling Island until the lawsuit is settled.
CasinoSportsbookCity
Hollywood Casino at Charles TownDraftKingsCharles Town
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and ResortWilliam HillNew Cumberland
Mardi Gras Casino and ResortPendingCross Lanes
Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and RacetrackPendingWheeling
West Virginia has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

Men's NCAA DI

WVU Baseball
WVU Basketball
Marshall University Baseball

Women's NCAA DI

WVU Basketball
WVU Voleyball
Marshall University Basketball
Marshall University Volleyball

Other Events

For the world of motorsports, West Virginia hosts the Jefferson 500--described as a "celebration of the great long distance races" of the past. The event is traditionally held in May.

Unfortunately for bettors in the Mountain State, Covid guidelines meant the event was cancelled this year, set to return in May 2021.
Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.