West Virginia actually gave the green light to sports betting before the landmark Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. NCAA. The Mountaineer State legalized sports betting in March 2018, but could not act until PASPA was overturned by a 7-2 vote on May 14, 2018. After that, West Virginia was up and running before the end of the year.
With FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM live in West Virginia, some heavy hitters are in the market. Here at ATS, we research and review all of the online sportsbooks in operation and grade them based on various factors including, but not limited to, functionality, appearance, amount of betting odds and live betting capabilities, cashier options, promotions and bonuses, and overall user experience.
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Gambling leader BetMGM is online and mobile in West Virginia through licensing with The Greenbrier and provides a top-notch product in a very competitive sports betting environment. BetMGM offers great free bet promotions and other perks, including Parlay Insurance, to provide a user-friendly sports betting experience that stems from its world-class gaming operations around the globe.
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DraftKings got in just before the start of the NFL season in what is by and large Steelers country. Through its license at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, DraftKings set up mobile operations on August 30, 2019. Much like its presence in New Jersey and Indiana, it can only be accessed from within the state. Geolocation tracking that places app users within legal state borders will allow them to bet on all of the sports offering that are available.
Football, basketball, baseball, hockey, NASCAR, golf, soccer, tennis, MMA, it’s all in there with the DraftKings app. One nice thing about having the DraftKings app is that it works in all three states, so even if you signed up in New Jersey or Indiana, you can still access it in West Virginia. The same is true if you signed up in Indiana or West Virginia.
DraftKings is growing its reach across the country and is an integral part of the legal sports betting landscape. Many more states are soon to go online, making this one of the must-have apps in the post-PASPA world.
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FanDuel’s dominance in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania is having an impact on the handles and revenues in West Virginia as well. Perhaps it is because FanDuel was first at the Meadowlands Sportsbook in New Jersey, but it is a rapidly-growing brand in all operating states.
West Virginia is one of those states with its license via The Greenbrier in Sulphur Springs, WV. FanDuel’s partnership with Paddy Power Betfair has been very lucrative for both sides and should continue to be as the company’s reach expands across the country. It also made sense for FanDuel to get online as quickly as possible in WV because of the relatively remote location of The Greenbrier, which is a private club.
All of the usual wagering options are available through FanDuel and all of the major markets as well. Unlike New Jersey, where there is a restriction on betting college sporting events held within the state, you can bet on anything in West Virginia.
Technically, BetLucky beat FanDuel to the online market in West Virginia, but it flamed out, so FanDuel is first among active apps and was second to William Hill US as far as retail.
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Betly Sportsbook was there to pick up the pieces of the failed Miomni, BetLucky, and Delaware North partnership at Mardi Gras Casino near Huntington, West Virginia and at Wheeling Island in Wheeling, WV. Betly also operates the sportsbook at Southland Casino in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Betly took over the West Virginia properties at the end of January 2020 and had plans to release an app interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but promises an app in 2020 to allow for mobile betting in WV. Arkansas does not have mobile betting.
Betly is partnered for technical support with gaming giant IGT and we have no doubt that the app will be reflective of that very beneficial partnership between the two companies. Betly is at the forefront of the betting kiosk craze at retail sportsbooks thanks to that IGT support.