In line with Federal Law gambling became legal in West Virginia in November 2018 after being passed into state law. It was the 5th state to legalize gambling and has its own set of regulations.
It was expected to launch with 5 online and mobile sports books with FanDuel and William Hill among the front runners but this has been hit with problems. The state does allow betting in person on the casinos but we are currently waiting for the first companies to go online. We’ll keep you posted as soon as any betting apps come online in West Virginia.
Online betting live in West Virginia
Delaware North have got the ball rolling in the state as far as online gambling is concerned. The Betlucky app is now available to download for West Virginia residents aged 21 years or older. It boasts to be extremely user friendly, value led and packed full of features straight from the off.
West Virginia Residents only, 21+
Delaware North may have dragged their heels a little getting their retail operations live, but have wasted no time at all in getting their online solution live. They are the first company to offer an online betting service in the state and now we expect the big global names to follow suit.
Retail is still seen as the priority marketplace for most betting companies, so we are expecting a more frantic rush in preparing actual bricks and mortar throughout this year than investing heavily in gambling software. BetLucky is a promising sign that progress is being made in the online sector and we eagerly anticipate more betting companies to be providing their own online betting apps in the no-so-distant future. We will keep you posted!
West Virginia Betting Apps Guide
Very soon you’ll be able to get your cell phone out of your pocket and start placing sports bets on it from numerous sources. The companies mentioned below already have the technology in place to do this in other states, it’s just a case of waiting to get signed off in Virginia.
Then you will see online sites, mobile-optimized sites and possibly apps on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store to download. These will allow you to be immersed in a world where you can bet on the outcome of games, points scorers, goals, handicaps and more!
Expected betting apps – coming soon – These companies have sportsbook licenses to operate in the state. Two more of the states land-based institutions, Mardi Gras Casino and the Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack, have licenses but are yet to go live and have announced delays due to technological issues.
- William Hill Sports Book – William Hill are a worldwide sports betting company formed in the United Kingdom in 1934 (they’ve had legal sports betting across the pond for years!). William Hill is already taking mobile bets in New Jersey and a couple of other states.
- FanDuel – Well known fantasy football site FanDuel have recently been bought out by another global player in the gambling industry – Paddy Power – Betfair PLC. Paddy Power – Betfair merged in 2016 from 2 large sports books based in the UK and Ireland to become possibly the biggest betting company in the world.
- Penn National – Penn National was the first place you could bet in the state and took its first sports bet on the 30th of August 2018. They take bets at the Hollywood Casino down at Charles Town Race Track and you can get your sports bets on there right now. We’re still awaiting news of an online or mobile platform from Penn National by we’re sure it would be far away.