Sports Betting in West Virginia
West Virginia Sports Betting: The Ultimate Guide to Sports Betting in West Virginia - Updated for 2018
Fancy betting on the NFL, NBA or MLB? Now you can in West Virginia! The Ocean State became the fifth to legalise sports betting after the PASPA repeal, so let’s find out what’s gone down since then.
Is it legal to bet on sports in West Virginia?
Yes. The West Virginia sports betting bill was actually passed a in March 2018, around two months before the PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) was repealed. So when the PASPA was officially struck down in May, West Virginia became the fifth US state to legalise sports betting.
The first sports bets in the Mountain State were placed on 30th August at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, with the full launch of the sportsbook taking place a day later on 1st September. Sports betting in West Virginia is managed and regulated by the state Lottery Commission.
Where can I bet on sports in West Virginia?
At the moment, West Virginia sports betting is available at three land-based casinos. The two main sportsbooks are the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, which launched its sportsbook in November.
Both casinos have partnered with UK-based operator William Hill to offer US sports betting. You can also bet on sports at the Casino Club at The Greenbrier, partnered with FanDuel, but only if you’re a guest of the hotel, a club member, or a patron of the tennis or golf clubs.
The state’s two other casinos—the Mardis Gras Casino and Resort near Charleston and the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack—have received licenses but are yet to launch sportsbooks.
However, both casinos have announced plans to start taking sports bets in the near future. The owner of both establishments, Delaware North, has agreed a partnership with software provider Miomni Gaming to bring US sports betting to the two sites, so it’s in the pipeline.
What sports can I bet on in West Virginia?
Sports betting in West Virginia includes all major sports, both professional and collegiate. Depending on the sportsbook, this includes:
You can also bet on greyhound and horse racing, though this was already available and is managed by the West Virginia Racing Commission rather than the Lottery. Esports betting is also legal, provided all participants are at least 18 years old.
Punters also have plenty of markets to choose from when it comes to sports betting in West Virginia, including straight bets like money lines, point spreads and totals, as well parlay bets, futures, and propositions. You can even bet in-play at some casinos, so you can place live wagers on your favourite sports teams.
Online sports betting in West Virginia
The West Virginia sports betting bill legalised online and mobile sports betting, and you don’t need to be on casino property either. Each licensed casino is permitted to offer up to three individually branded sports betting sites or mobile apps, so there could be plenty of options for West Virginia bettors in the future.
No online sports betting sites have launched as of yet, though we might not have to wait too long for the first one to go live. In December 2018, DraftKings announced that it had reached a licensing agreement to launch a West Virginia sports betting app at the Hollywood Casino.
This will likely open up a whole new host of opportunities for sports betting in West Virginia, including international and niche sports. DraftKings hasn’t announced a date for the app’s launch, though you can expect it to be made available for download sooner rather than later.
The Mountaineer Casino has claimed it will launch a sports betting app sometime in 2019, while the Wheeling Island casino has also announced plans for an app. Greyhound and horse racing US sports betting sites are actually already legal, and some sites offer online video games, but it’s only a matter of time before you can bet on other sports online in West Virginia.
West Virginia sports betting taxes
All US sports betting fans pay tax on gambling winnings as it is classed as taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but the amount you’re taxed depends on which tax bracket you’re in. West Virginia sports betting winnings are also taxed under state law, so you may want to check out how much you’ll be taxed on your returns.
One important thing to know is that West Virginia doesn’t recognise itemised deductions for gambling when calculating personal income tax. In states which do accept gambling deductions, if you win £500 in bets over the year but lose £400, you’ll only be taxed on the difference - £100. In West Virginia, your winnings are taxed regardless of your losses.
The state itself taxes casinos 10% of sports betting revenue, which is relatively low compared to Pennsylvania’s 36% and Rhode Island’s 51%.
Ready to bet on sports in West Virginia?
At the moment West Virginia bettors can only bet at the two casinos offering sports wagers, but that’s soon to change. Remember to look out for regular updates, as online and mobile US sports betting sites could go live any day now. Once that happens, you’ll be able to bet on all your favourite sports from football to basketball with ease. Enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
What is the legal age for West Virginia sports betting?
You have to be at least 21 years old in order to gamble in West Virginia, both online and offline. This is the same as most US states, though a few states such as Rhode Island have a lower legal gambling age of 18.
Is it safe to bet on sports in West Virginia?
Yes, as long as you’re betting at one of the state’s licensed sportsbooks or sports betting sites, when they launch. These are regulated by the West Virginia Lottery Commission authority to ensure that betting is safe, fair and that customers are protected, so you can rest easy when setting your stakes.
Is offshore betting legal in West Virginia?
While West Virginia law doesn’t specify any provisions for offshore gambling, we would always advise against it. This is because offshore sites may not be properly licensed or be held to the same standards at US sports betting sites. Offshore sites can be insecure and not have adequate player protection measures, so it’s best to steer clear and stick to sports betting in West Virginia.
What else can you bet on in West Virginia?
You can play a wide range of casino games, including slots, roulette and blackjack at the state’s licensed casinos, but not online. West Virginia also permits lotteries, fantasy sports and skill games, so there’s plenty of betting options available.
Do I have to be a resident to bet on sports in West Virginia?
No. Sports betting in West Virginia is open to anyone, both online and offline, as long as your within state borders and at one of the licensed sites. So if you’re passing through or fancy taking a trip, you’ll be able to take a punt on your favourite sports.