Mobile sportsbooks in West Virginia:
West Virginia first legalized sports betting in March 2018, becoming the fifth state to do so. After a positive decision on the matter from the SCOTUS in May, the law became active. The S 415 bill expanded upon the previous two attempts with the addition of a licensing and renewal fee set at $100,000 and set the tax rate to 10 percent of the operator’s revenue.
West Virginia governor allowed the bill to become law despite the absence of his signature in March. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town took the first bets on August 30 with a soft launch of its sportsbook. The full launch took place on September 1.
The state also had its first mobile app with BetLucky which began accepting mobile wagers in December 2018. Unfortunately, BetLucky no longer operates in West Virginia after ceasing operations in March of 2019.
This was due to a split between casino operator Delaware North and sports betting provider Miomni. BetLucky went offline after a third-party vendor issue with the latter. Due to these conflicts, operations were also suspended at the Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island casinos.
West Virginia went five months without an online sportsbook provider when FanDuel brought its brand to the state and took the first bet on August 26, 2019. FanDuel took its first mobile bet just two days later though its own app.
In order to ensure that mobile bets remain within the state, GeoComply will be operating geolocation services. This makes it possible to track for West Virginia to track bets and players are playing inside the state. According to the law, all mobile wagers must be made within West Virginia borders.
- FanDuel.com (Aug. 2019)
- DraftKings.com (Aug. 2019)
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town (DraftKings Sportsbook)
- The Greenbrier (FanDuel Sportsbook)
- Mountaineer Casino
- Mardi Gras (Suspended)
- Wheeling Island (Suspended)
West Virginia Sports Betting FAQ
What sports can I bet in West Virginia?
Sports available to West Virginia bettors include football, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, auto racing, boxing among others can be found at sportsbooks throughout the state.
What types of bets can I make at West Virginia casinos?
There are straight bets, parlays, teasers, props and futures in West Virginia sportsbooks. There are of course bets on the moneyline, and also bets on the point spread, in certain sports.
Where can I bet on sports in West Virginia?
You can make sports bets at one of three land based casinos as of right now, The Greenbrier, Mountaineer and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town are all taking bets. You can make mobile bets using the FanDuel mobile sports betting app within the state.
Can I bet on sports on a mobile device in West Virginia?
Yes. As of right now, FanDuel sportsbook stands alone as the state’s only mobile betting option.
West Virginia sportsbook locations
To date, five West Virginia casinos have sportsbooks:
- The Greenbrier
- Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races
- Mardi Gras Casino & Resort (operations suspended)
- Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack (operations suspended)
- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
West Virginia Sports Betting Revenue
Tax Rate: 10% of all sports betting revenue
License Fee: $100,000
Total Handle | Total revenue
July: $6,944,761 | $694,934
August: $11,563,468 | $1,536,864
September: $27,508,921 | $4,119,457
Punters in the state wagered a total of $25.6 million in September.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town remained West Virginia’s market leader after the strong month of September. In the first week alone, the sportsbook took revenue of $1.2 million. This is just shy of the entire state’s $1.3 million in the entire month of August.
The Mardi Gras and Wheeling Casino Resorts both remained inactive throughout the month due to the falling out with software partner Miomni. However, both posted negative numbers for the month, due to paying out unsettled bets.
Sportsbooks Total Revenue | Total Handle
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: $17.9 million | $2.6 million (DraftKings Sportsbook)
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort: $3.5 million | $575, 912 (William Hill)
Greenbrier Private Resort: $4.3 million | $531,337
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort: -$706.75
Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack: -$195.25