West Virginia Sports Betting | Best Online Sportsbooks in WV

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The overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018 paved the way for states to decide whether or not to legalize sports betting.

Though West Virginia was one of the first states to do so—taking its first bet in September 2018—there were no online sportsbooks operating there for awhile after BetLucky ceased operations in March 2019. 

It wasn't until August 2019 that FanDuel and DraftKings launched in WV, bringing back online sports betting to the state. Since then, a number of other sportsbooks have joined the party, giving bettors a number of options to choose from.

To help you decide which online sportsbook in WV is best for you, we analyzed each in a variety of categories. As sportsbooks change their products and as more books launch in WV, we will update this guide so you can always find the best options.

Best Online Sportsbooks in West Virginia

Currently, there are only 6 online sportsbooks in WV that we've reviewed. Below you will see those WV sportsbooks ordered by overall rating. We also found which each sportsbook was “best” at so you can find one that fits your needs.

Our ratings are based on 8 categories including odds, intro promo, promotions & odds boosts, sports & bets offered, user interface, deposits & withdrawals, customer reviews, and education & statistics.

Best Online Sportsbooks in WV

  1. FanDuel: Best Overall
  2. PointsBet: Best Intro Promo
  3. BetMGM: Best Customer Reviews
  4. DraftKings: Best Deposit Match
  5. Caesars: Second-Best Intro Promo
  6. Barstool Sportsbook: Best Merch Giveaways

Best Online Sportsbooks in WV

#1

5/5

FanDuel Sportsbook

#2

5/5

PointsBet Sportsbook

#3

5/5

BetMGM Sportsbook

#4

DraftKings Logo
4.9/5

DraftKings Sportsbook

#5

Caesars Sportsbook Logo
4.7/5

Caesars Sportsbook

#6

Barstool logo
4.1/5

Barstool Sportsbook

1) FanDuel Sportsbook WV: Best Overall

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5/5

For new customers only

Ratings

  • Odds: 5/5
  • Intro Promo: 4.5/5
  • Odds Boosts & Promos: 5/5
  • Sports & Bets Offered: 5/5
  • User Interface: 5/5

Intro Promo

If your first bet loses, FanDuel will refund you in free bets up to $1,000. You will receive your free bets within 72 hours of your first bet settling and you have 14 days to use them once they hit your account. Access the promo with our exclusive link here.

FanDuel is tied as our highest-rated sportsbook thanks to the competitive odds, generous promotions and odds boosts, variety of bet types and sports to wager on, and a great user experience on both the website and mobile app.

The $1,000 No Sweat First Bet intro promo for new customers is also one of the best currently available. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will refund you in free bets up to $1,000. You only have 14 days to use the free bets (if you receive them) but you only have to bet them once before you can withdraw any winnings.

FanDuel pioneered the “Same Game Parlay” and offers the smoothest and most complete process for betting them. With these, you can combine prop bets, totals, and sides from the same game in a single parlay. If you've ever seen screenshots of ridiculous parlays from a single game online, it was likely a Same Game Parlay from FanDuel.

Whether you are looking for a single sportsbook to use or want to add another book to your lineup of options, FanDuel Sportsbook is one of the best options currently available. There's a reason FanDuel dominates market share in the U.S. and we think you'll be very satisfied if you decide to go with them.

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2) PointsBet WV: Best Intro Promo

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5/5

For new customers only

Ratings

  • Odds: 5/5
  • Intro Promo: 5/5
  • Odds Boosts & Promos: 5/5
  • Sports & Bets Offered: 5/5
  • User Interface: 5/5

Intro Promo

PointsBet is offering two risk-free bets up to $2,000 for new customers, up to $1,500 for your first PointsBetting bet and up to $500 for your first fixed-odds bet. Use promo code ODDS2000 here to access it.

PointsBet comes in as tied with FanDuel and BetMGM for our #1 overall sportsbook in the nation. 

The PointsBet intro promo of two risk-free bets up to $2,000 is the best betting bonus currently available. New customers receive up to $1,500 for your first PointsBetting bet and up to $500 for your first fixed-odds bet. Use PointsBet promo code ODDS2000 to receive the offer.

PointsBet also regularly offers many other generous promotions and odds boosts.

The unique PointsBetting system adds a unique twist to sports betting that is otherwise pretty much standardized across the U.S. With this, you win or lose more depending on how far off the result of your bet was from the line.

PointsBet has a nice user interface on both the app and website, and they allow you to bet on all majors sports and leagues. You can also bet same game parlays (called “Single Game Parlays”).

The only category that we don’t rate PointsBet as 5 stars is Deposits & Withdrawals. While we still rate them as 4 stars (or “Great”), they don't offer quite the same number of banking methods as some other books.

Whether you are new to sports betting or are a seasoned veteran, PointsBet is well worthy of your consideration, especially if you want a valuable intro promo and like the unique PointsBetting system.

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3) BetMGM Sportsbook WV: Best Customer Reviews

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5/5

For new customers only

Ratings

  • Odds: 5/5
  • Intro Promo: 4.5/5
  • Odds Boosts & Promos: 5/5
  • Sports & Bets Offered: 5/5
  • User Interface: 5/5

Intro Promo

If your first bet loses, receive a free bet of equal value up to $1,000. You must use the free bet within 7 days of it being credited to your account but there is only a 1x rollover requirement. Access it with our exclusive link here.

BetMGM Sportsbook is another one of our highest-rated online sportsbooks—scoring well in all categories we analyze.

To start, all new BetMGM customers are eligible for a risk-free bet of up to $1,000. There is no BetMGM bonus code required to receive this—it's automatically applied to your account after you register.

BetMGM also offers a wide variety of sports and bet types, generous promotions and odds boosts, competitive odds, and a good user experience.

Another thing that sets BetMGM apart is that it offers true same game parlays (called “One Game Parlays”). Like with FanDuel's Same Game Parlays, you can combine prop bets, totals, and/or sides from the same game in one parlay.

Of all the sportsbooks we've analyzed, BetMGM has the best customer reviews. On the Apple App Store, BetMGM has an average of 4.8 stars from over 87 thousand reviews.

On the downside, BetMGM doesn't have player statistics available in the app and it can be difficult to get ahold of customer support.

Overall, BetMGM is one of best sportsbooks currently available, offering one of the best intro promos in the nation, competitive odds boosts and ongoing promotions, a great user experience, and everything else you may want in a book.

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4) DraftKings Sportsbook WV: Best Deposit Match

Draftkings Sportsbook logo
4.9/5

For new customers only

Ratings

  • Odds: 4/5
  • Intro Promo: 4.5/5
  • Odds Boosts & Promos: 5/5
  • Sports & Bets Offered: 5/5
  • User Interface: 4/5

Intro Promo

DraftKings will match 20% of your first deposit of up to $5,000 ($1,000 max match in site credit). You must bet the bonus 25x before you are able to withdraw it and you have 90 days to do so.

DraftKings Sportsbook is another amazing option when it comes to sports betting sites.

DraftKings offers competitive odds, generous promotions and odds boosts, a variety of sports to wager on and bet types (including Same Game Parlays), and great user experience on both the website and mobile app.

The intro promo provides good value ($1,000 if maxed out), but the 25x rollover requirement is a lot especially considering you only have 90 days to bet it. In order to take advantage of the full welcome bonus, you would need to deposit $5,000 then bet $25,000 over the first 90 days.

Like most other competitive online sportsbooks, DraftKings regularly offers odds boosts and ongoing promotions—such as parlay insurance, ways to earn free bets, and more. Taking advantage of these is a great way to maximize your winnings.

Though it isn't quite our highest-rated sportsbook, DraftKings in undoubtedly one of the best options currently available and we think you'll be very satisfied if you go with them. Just be sure to read the fine print on the intro promo and bet the deposit match in time.

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5) Caesars Sportsbook WV: Second-Best Intro Promo

Caesars Sportsbook Logo
4.7/5

For new customers only

Ratings

  • Odds: 5/5
  • Intro Promo: 4.6/5
  • Odds Boosts & Promos: 4/5
  • Sports & Bets Offered: 5/5
  • User Interface: 4/5

Intro Promo

If your first bet loses, Caesars will refund it with a free bet of equal value up to $1,100. You have 14 days to use the free bet and there is a minimum odds requirement of -200.

Caesars Sportsbook became one of the best sportsbooks available after acquiring William Hill and integrating its technology into the Caesars platform.

Caesars Sportsbook offers one of the best intro promos for new customers—a risk-free bet up to $1,100. Like with other risk-free bets, if your first bet loses, Caesars will give you a free bet of equal value up to $1,100.

The perks of the Caesars Sportsbook don't end after you take advantage of the intro bonus, either. They offer some of the most competitive odds in the industry and have attractive ongoing promotions and odds boosts to help you win more.

Caesars also offers all major sports and bet types—including same game parlays that allow you to combine sides, totals, and prop bets from the same game in one parlay.

There isn't much not to like when it comes to the new Caesars Sportsbook. While it isn't my favorite user interface of all the sportsbook apps, it's easy to navigate and place bets. 

Overall, Caesars Sportsbook is a phenomenal option when it comes to betting. They have one of the best intro promos, great odds, regular odds boosts, and a decent user experience.

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6) Barstool Sportsbook WV: Best Merch Giveaways

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4.1/5

For new customers only

Ratings

  • Odds: 2/5
  • Intro Promo: 4.5/5
  • Odds Boosts & Promos: 5/5
  • Sports & Bets Offered: 5/5
  • User Interface: 5/5

Intro Promo

If your first bet loses, receive site credit of equal value up to $1,000. You can use the site credit on multiple bets over the next 365 days and there is only a 1x rollover requirement. 

Barstool Sportsbook rounds out our list of the best online sportsbooks.

To start, Barstool's intro promo for new customers is competitive and can set you up for betting success from the get-go. If your first bet loses, Barstool will refund you in site credit up to $1,000. This is nice because you can spread the site credit out over multiple bets instead of just a single bet like other books do. You also have 365 days to use the site credit.

On top of the intro promo, Barstool offers a great user experience, a smooth deposit and withdrawal process, and attractive promos and odds boosts. You can even bet along with Barstool personalities such as Dave “El Presidente” Portnoy and Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

Barstool also recently introduced same game paralys (called Parlay+) that allow you to combine sides, totals, and prop bets from a single game in a parlay.

The biggest downside of the Barstool Sportsbook is that its odds are often worse than some competitors. We found that often, what is supposed to be the standard -110 odds, are closer to -112 on the Barstool Sportsbook.

Overall, the Barstool Sportsbook is a solid option when it comes to sports betting. We do recommend using at least one other sportsbook so you can shop around for the best odds.

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How We Rate Online Sportsbooks in West Virginia

Here at Odds Assist, we are committed to creating objective, transparent ratings to help you make the best decisions when it comes to which sportsbooks to use. We will continually update our Editorial Ratings over time as sportsbooks introduce new features, change promotions, etc.

Each sportsbook we review goes through our extensive rating process that evaluates thousands of data points in eight categories, including the following:

Category Weight Description
Odds
25%
How competitive the odds offered are across all major sports
Intro Promo
15%
How competitive the intro promo for new customers is
Promos & Odds Boosts
15%
How many & how generous ongoing odds boosts & promotions are
Sports & Bets Offered
10%
Which sports & types of wagers are offered by the sportsbook
User Interface
10%
How user friendly the website & mobile app(s) are
Deposits & Withdrawals
10%
Which deposit & withdrawal methods are available as well as payout speed
Customer Reviews
10%
How positive customer reviews across other platforms are
Education & Statistics
5%
The availability of educational & responsible gaming resources as well as team & player statistics

We rate each sportsbook relative to other sportsbooks in each category. Each is scored from 1 to 5 with each representing the following:

  • 5 Stars: Best in category
  • 4 Stars: Above-average
  • 3 Stars: Average
  • 2 Stars: Below-average
  • 1 Star: Worst in category

Data for all sportsbooks were collected simultaneously to ensure fairness. For example, we only compared odds for the same games at the same times across all sportsbooks reviewed.

To learn more, check out our full Ratings Methodology page.

All Online Sportsbooks in West Virginia

West Virginia has had six online sportsbooks since the West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act (S 415) was put into law.

However, BetLucky closed its virtual doors in the state in March 2019 and new operators, such as Betly, appeared in 2020, settling the total number of licensed operators to five.

That number might not be final, however, considering the law permits up to 15 online sportsbooks in the state.

Here’s an overview of all available online sportsbooks in WV and their land-based partners:

Sportsbook

Affiliated WithTech ProviderLaunch DateIntro Promo

FanDuel

The GreenbrierFlutter / IGT

Aug 2019

$1,000 No Sweat First Bet

DraftKings

Hollywood CasinoSBTech/Kambi 

Aug 2019

$1,000 deposit match 

BetMGM

The GreenbrierRoar Digital

Jan 2020

$1,000 risk-free bet

BetlyThe Mardi Gras Casino and ResortIGT

Sep 2020

Up to $100 in free bets

Caesars 

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & ResortCaesars Entertainment

Aug 2021

$1,100 risk-free bet

PointsBet

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Race

PointsBet

Aug 2021

$2,000 risk-free bets

WynnBET

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack & Mardi Gras Casino & Resort

Scientific Games

Nov 2021

Bet $100, Win $100

Barstool

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Race

PNG

Nov 2021

$1,000 risk-free bet

Physical Sportsbooks in West Virginia

If betting in person is more of your thing, then you can visit one of the following retail sportsbooks in land-based casinos in West Virginia.

  • Hollywood Casino in Charles Town – 750 Hollywood Dr, Charles Town, WV 25414
  • Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort – 1420 Mountaineer Cir, New Cumberland, WV 26047
  • The Greenbrier – 101 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
  • Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack – 1 South Stone Street Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Mardi Gras Casino & Resort – 1 Greyhound Dr, Cross Lanes, WV 25313

 

West Virginia Sports Betting Timeline

As mentioned earlier, sports betting in West Virginia began only months after the end of PASPA in 2018. The Mountain State first passed a completely new law in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to bring down all laws that impeded the growth of sports betting.

Here are some of the most important moments in West Virginia’s path to the full legalization of retail and online sports wagering in the state.

  • January 2018: State Sen. Ryan Ferns introduces bill S 415 that aims to regulate and legalize sports betting. The bill becomes law without Gov. Jim Justice’s signature due to a possible conflict of interest.
  • March 2018: West Virginia legalizes sports betting on collegiate and pro sports competitions despite it still being federally illegal.
  • August 2018: FanDuel receives an interim sports betting license from the West Virginia Lottery Commission.
  • August 2018: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races takes the first bet from Delegate Jason Barrett. Barret placed a $50 futures bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers to take home the national championship.
  • December 2018: Mardi Gras Casino & Resort and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack establish retail and online sportsbook BetLucky.
  • March 2019: BetLucky ceases to exist.
  • August 2019: FanDuel and DraftKings launch their respective mobile apps in West Virginia, only 48 hours apart.
  • January 2020: BetMGM launches its own mobile app and online sportsbook in the state through a partnership with The Greenbrier, making it the second skin of the casino.
  • September 2020: Mardi Gras Casino & Resort and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack are back on track with a new sports betting app called Betly.
  • August 2021: Caesars releases its new Caesars Sportsbook app in West Virginia to replace the existing William Hill brand.

 

West Virginia Sports Betting Rules & Regulations

The West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act (S 415) dictates sports betting in the state.

Currently, placing bets on WV-based and global professional and collegiate sporting events is entirely allowed. Only high school-level events are off-limits.

Each online sportsbook is required to have a land-based casino partner. Casinos can have up to three skins—meaning, they can partner with up to three betting companies.

Who Can Register with Online Sportsbooks in West Virginia?

Anyone that is 21 or older can register for an account with West Virginia’s online sportsbooks. However, to place a real money bet, you have to be physically located in the state—this goes for both residents of the state and its visitors.

Here is what the registration process looks like after you choose a sportsbook:

  1. Go to the sportsbook’s website and look for the “Register” or “Join” button.
  2. Fill in necessary information for registration.
  3. Deposit money via one of the available methods.
  4. Take advantage of the intro bonus for new customers if you’d like. Be sure to read the fine print!
  5. Have fun and remember to gamble responsibly.

Bear in mind that licensed and regulated bookmakers will have West Virginia Lottery Commission’s stamp on their pages, a clear signal of their legality and fairness. Playing in offshore online sportsbooks is prohibited and foremost dangerous since you can’t be sure of the site’s fair practices.

Is Geolocation Required?

All states—including West Virginia—are required to use geolocation software to ensure that users are within West Virginia’s borders.

If you are betting on mobile, the apps will use your phone’s built-in location tracking. If you are betting on your computer, you will likely have to download the GeoComply app or a similar software to verify your location.

What Types of Markets Can I Bet On?

West Virginia’s sportsbooks are home to virtually hundreds of different markets. The only restriction applies to high school sports, which are strictly off the limits.

You can bet on all professional and collegiate sporting events without restrictions, so if you are a fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers or other local teams, you can place wagers on them. This is different from some other states that don’t allow you to bet on college teams in the state.

Also, live betting (and cashing out of bets) is allowed in West Virginia.

Here are some of the most popular types of sports bets in WV:

Licensing Details & Tax Rates

As we have pointed out, the main gambling regulatory body in West Virginia is the West Virginia Lottery Commission. It awards licenses and imposes taxes on all online gambling operations.

Here’s a quick rundown of the rules that pertain to sports betting licensing procedures and taxes in WV:

West Virginia Sports Betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in West Virginia?
Yes, sports betting has been legal in WV since 2018. Currently, five land-based casinos run retail betting shops and there are five online sportsbooks, as well.

What is the legal gambling age for sports betting in West Virginia?
The minimum legal gambling age in West Virginia is 21.

Can I bet from my mobile device in West Virginia?
Absolutely. All licensed sportsbooks offer dedicated Android and iOS mobile apps to their users and most have websites as well. Remember, you have to be within the state borders to place bets and will have to allow access to your location to verify that you are.

Do I have to be a West Virginia resident to place bets?
No, you just have to be physically located in WV to place bets with WV sports betting sites.

Is Bovada legal in West Virginia?
Offshore sportsbooks like Bovada are technically not legal in the United States—including West Virginia—as they aren’t licensed and regulated by states’ gaming commissions.

Is there a maximum betting limit in WV sportsbooks?
Each sportsbook sets its own maximum betting limit. You need to check with the site of your choice to learn more about the minimum and maximum wagering limits.

What sports can I bet on in West Virginia?
You can bet on all major sports in West Virginia, including basketball, football, soccer, baseball, tennis, MMA, ice hockey, horse races, and more.

Is betting on horse racing legal in West Virginia?
Yes, betting on horse racing is currently legal and available in WV.

Is Daily Fantasy Sports legal in West Virginia?
Yes, DFS has been legal in WV since 2016.

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings?
All gambling winnings in West Virginia are fully taxable and must be reported as income.

Dave Rathmanner

Dave Rathmanner is the Founder & CEO of Odds Assist. After struggling to find helpful sports betting resources and honest reviews when he first started betting, he decided to create the site he always wished he had. Dave has been betting on sports since NJ legalized it in 2018 and regularly analyzes sportsbooks to find the best options for bettors. Aside from creating new content for OA readers, Dave is also passionate about researching betting markets, creating models, and developing profitable betting strategies.