In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize sports betting, both online and in-person. West Virginia became one of the first states to quickly legalize sports betting, accepting its first wager on August 30th, 2018.
Residents of West Virginia can bet on sports at the following casinos;
- The Greenbrier
- Hollywood Casino
- Mardi Gras
- Mountaineer Casino
- Wheeling Island
Can I Bet on Sports Online in West Virginia?
Yes, online sports betting is legal in West Virginia. The only online sportsbook, BetLucky, is currently not accepting any bets after contract disputes between Miomni (sportsbook provider) and Entergaming ( a third-party supplier to Miomni).
Due to these disputes, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island are seeking new partners to operate their sportsbooks. Hopefully West Virginia will be back to offering mobile betting in the coming months.
West Virginia Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to West Virginia residents.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in West Virginia?
For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Is online poker legal in West Virginia?
Yes, online poker and casino games are legal in West Virginia, in addition to betting on sports and horse racing.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in West Virginia?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in West Virginia. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of West Virginia as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does West Virginia offer an online lottery system?
No, West Virginia does not currently offer an online lottery system. They do allow residents to purchase lottery tickets at retail locations throughout the state, which can be found on the lottery website .