West Virginia is known colloquially as the Mountaineer State – but there was no summit to climb when it came to passing sports betting legislation.
Due in large part to some impressive foresight on the part of lawmakers, West Virginia actually approved a sports betting bill two months before the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. That allowed for one of the easiest transitions into retail and online sports betting of any state in America.
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(Well, except for one minor hiccup that left WV without online betting for five months.)
For a state that ranks in the bottom 20 percent in population, West Virginia is absolutely teeming with sportsbook operators.
Residents and visitors have eight sports betting providers to choose from, including every one of the books we consider top tier. And with several retail casino skins still up for grabs, there’s a good chance that West Virginians will have even more opportunities to sign up, snag some bonuses and perhaps find their new favorite sportsbook.
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Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.
Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app.
Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.
Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.
Just about everyone loves free stuff, and West Virginians are certainly no different. West Virginia-based sportsbooks are clamoring to add new customers – and that’s great news for those of you looking to join the fray. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in West Virginia:
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player.
PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet.
Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The free bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.
Tier Statuses are as follows:
Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier Credits
Platinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier Credits
Diamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier Credits
Seven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)
Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000.
If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. They word it differently by calling it a “2-for-1,” but West Virginia residents know better: it’s a standard welcome bonus.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. While that’s commendable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
BetMGM has an average sign-up bonus for West Virginians, offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. It’s a bump up from the lowly $600 they were offering for a while.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those. While that’s admirable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
At DraftKings West Virginia, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.
The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
BetRivers West Virginia offers a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.
The deposit match at BetRivers WV isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.
Something important to know here is that the risk-free bet is based on your first wager, not your first deposit amount, and your first deposit has to be through a Play+ account. So, if you deposit $100 but place a first bet of just $25, your free bet credit will be just $25 if that bet loses.
Also, if you place multiple bets on one bet slip with your first deposit, the credit will only count towards whichever single bet gets graded first. So, you might as well swing for the fences and place $100 on your first wager.
(Note: Terms and conditions apply to all offers and bonuses.)
|🚀 Launch Date||August 2018|
|💰 # of Betting Sites||9|
|📱 Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🎰 Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🖥️ Online Casino||✅ Yes|
|🃏 Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|🏈 College Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🌎 2022 Population (est.)||1.77 million|
|💵 2021 Betting Handle||$544.5 million|
|💸 Tax Rate||10 percent|
PointsBet features not one, but two great bonuses for first-time depositors – one of which revolves around its proprietary “PointsBet” betting system that is definitely worth your time. Add in a great selection of ongoing promos and too many live bet markets to count, and this app really sets the pace in West Virginia.
Check out our PointsBet sportsbook review.
The self-proclaimed King of Sportsbooks is at or near the top of most states’ lists of best betting apps, and the laurels are well-deserved. A strong sign-up bonus is only the beginning; once you’re in, you’re treated to some of the most accessible promos in the industry and a truly immersive streaming experience.
Check out our BetMGM sportsbook review.
With a big brand name comes big shoes to fill – and Caesars does so with aplomb. It leverages its global reputation well, offering a well-rounded sportsbook experience that begins with an above-standard deposit offer (that was actually much higher once) and continues with great promos and plenty of markets.
Check out our Caesars sportsbook review.
A generous welcome bonus. Free bets. Risk-free bets. Promos and contests. Odds boosts. Other sportsbooks have ‘em, but nobody has as many of them as FanDuel, which welcomes first-time bettors with a friendly interface and keeps them around with as many bells and whistles as you can pack into a betting app.
Check out our FanDuel sportsbook review.
Ingenuity is a strength in the sports betting world – and while this is a small thing, it certainly sets Barstool apart. The famous (and infamous) sports brand has incorporated a “Move the Line” scroller that allows you to buy or sell points using a scrolling option. It’s a great innovation, and it has our attention.
Check out our Barstool sportsbook review.
Putting aside the obvious obstacles that come with earning full value on a 20% first deposit match (DraftKings’ biggest welcome offer), this app is mostly on par with the competition. A vast array of sports markets and live promos helps its cause, but the customer service offering could use an improvement.
Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.
If you’re looking for easy access to a smaller bonus and a great live betting experience, this might just be the app for you. But you’ll need to navigate a less-than-ideal interface and accept the fact that BetRivers’ promo game is lacking. Give it a shot, but keep your expectations in check.
Check out our BetRivers sportsbook review.
The Betly sports betting app is … a sports betting app. There’s a small risk-free bet available to new users, but is based on the value of your first bet rather than your deposit (in other words, bet big if you want the full bonus). The rest of the app is quite paint-by-numbers, with few bet types and even fewer promos.
Check out our Betly sportsbook review.
Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options available to you in West Virginia. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in West Virginia. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.
Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for West Virginians come in one of two forms:
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
While things moved rather quickly in West Virginia, its path to regulated online sports betting wasn’t a completely smooth one. Yet, even with operator BetLucky not really living up to its name, the Mountaineer State moved past its flicker of controversy to see significant year-over-year gains heading into 2022.
Here’s a look at West Virginia’s sports betting history:
Less than a year after West Virginia Delegate Shawn Fluharty introduced the state’s first bill devoted to legal sports betting, Fluharty was back at it – and this time, he wasn’t alone. H 2751 was joined by matching Senate bill S 106; both bills were trumped by S 415 and H 4396, which passed the house and Senate in early 2018.
The pro leagues wanted their share of any future handle, but were ultimately rebuffed. Governor Jim Justice allowed the bill to become law in March despite not signing off, and a swift licensing period led to Hollywood Casino taking the first legal retail wager on Aug. 30. BetLucky was the first online site to take wagers, going live on Dec. 27.
Just when things were starting to roll in the Mountaineer State – all five casinos were active in the sports betting sphere and raking in the handle – controversy struck the online side of the business.
BetLucky, still the only online operator to this point, went offline on March 7. The event left bettors bewildered and angry – and things only got worse, as a dispute between platform provider Miomni and external vendor Entergaming resulted in Delaware North (BetLucky’s parent company) cutting ties with Miomni.
BetLucky never went live again – and the shockwave hit every corner of the state’s sports betting map. Things continued to decline until late August, when FanDuel (Aug. 26) and DraftKings (Aug. 28) both went live in a three-game span that invigorated the sports betting scene just in time for the start of the NFL season.
West Virginia’s online sportsbook market received another major shot in the arm in late January, with BetMGM joining the fray ahead of the Super Bowl and March Madness. Yet, while the NFL’s big game went off without a hitch, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the scrapping of the NCAA Tournament, along with all other North American sports.
The lack of action predictably led to handle going into the tank – but like the year before, things took a turn to the positive just prior to the start of the NFL and NCAA football seasons. William Hill and Betly both entered the online sports betting space, with William Hill eventually being rebranded to Caesars Sportsbook.
Thankfully, the 2021 sports betting scene was much calmer and quieter for the people of West Virginia. The state shattered monthly records from March through June and continued that momentum in the fall, while adding Barstool Sportsbook to its online sportsbook operator roster in late November.
Two big victories greeted West Virginians early in 2022. PointsBet Sportsbook made its way into the WV online casino scene in late January; just over six weeks later, state lawmakers approved and passed a bill that would allow sportsbooks in the state to provide odds for esports events.
Like most states, West Virginia’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The West Virginia Lottery Commission manages self-exclusion by inviting players to submit a request in writing if they wish to be added to the list. Players can also set deposit and bet limits of their choosing through the mobile apps.
Visit the West Virginia Lottery Commission site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to West Virginia bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are two major markets in which wagering in West Virginia is prohibited:
West Virginia’s sportsbook tapestry is as diverse as it gets.
Each of the state’s five licensed casinos and racetracks is allowed to use up to three skins, for a maximum of 15 active online sportsbooks. And while just 10 of those skins have been used, nine different sportsbooks have filled those slots – giving West Virginia sports bettors a wonderfully diverse set of operators from which to choose.
Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in West Virginia:
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (Barstool Sportsbook, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV, 25414)
Mardi Gras Casino and Resort (Betly Sportsbook, 1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV, 25313)
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort (Caesars Sportsbook, 1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland, WV, 26047)
The Casino Club at The Greenbrier* (101 Main Street West, White Sulphur Springs, WV, 24986)
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack (Betly Sportsbook, 1 South Stone Street, Wheeling, WV, 26003)
Most states have a fairly predictable flow to their monthly handles: Things are good from January through March, there’s a lull until August, and the final four months are where the big figures come into play.
West Virginia’s monthly cadence isn’t quite that smooth – but that is to be expected when you’re dealing with a smaller population, and a greater resultant volatility in gambling figures. Regardless, it’s positive to see that year-over-year numbers are for the most part quite strong.
Here’s a look at West Virginia’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2018:
Peruse the all-time monthly records for most regulated states, and January dominates the list. But that’s not the case in West Virginia, where the top three all-time handles are in autumn months: November 2021 ($84.2 million), October 2021 ($77.7 million), and September 2020 ($76.9 million).
Operators pay a tax rate of 13.75 percent on gross gaming revenue.
Yes! Retail sports wagering officially began in West Virginia in August 2018, with the now-shuttered BetLucky opening the online betting floodgates in December 2018.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in West Virginia, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever West Virginia-based sports venue you’re in at that time.
Check out our list of the top-rated West Virginia sportsbooks above!
You sure can! Lawmakers passed House Bill 4826 in March 2022, allowing for operators to accept bets on esports competitions without restrictions.
West Virginia has one of the smallest populations of any state to have approved legal sports wagering, ranked 40th overall at 1.76 million (2022 estimate).
The West Virginia Lottery Commission has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including directions for self-exclusion and rules and statutes pertaining to the state’s gaming industry.
It’s unclear whether West Virginia will be welcoming any new competitors into the space in the near future. While there are skins available, operators like WynnBET, Unibet, FOX Bet and others might feel that the market simply isn’t large enough to warrant entry.