Legal online sports betting is live in West Virginia!

Welcome to the wonderful world of legal sports betting in West Virginia! On this page, we’ll delve into some of the interesting history behind the legalization of online betting in the state, and answer some of your top questions about what is and isn’t allowed. 

For tips on enjoying your legal sports betting experience safely, especially if you’re new to online betting, be sure to check out our Safe Sports Betting in West Virginia page. 

Or if you’re ready to dive straight in, then head on over to our main Sports Betting in West Virginia page to find out how to get started and where to play! 


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The story of legal sports betting in West Virginia

Although West Virginia legalized sports betting all the way back in March 2018, they got off to a bit of a rocky start. The first sportsbook to open in the state suffered technical issues, which eventually saw them exit the online betting stage in WV. 

It wasn’t until the arrival of FanDuel in August of 2019 that legal sports betting returned to West Virginia – this time backed by more robust regulation and processes thanks to the WV Lottery Commission. DraftKings and BetMGM joined FanDuel, followed by William Hill and Betly. 

And the rest, as they say, is history! 

What you need to know about legal online sports betting in West Virginia

The legal gambling age in West Virginia is 21. Interestingly, you can register to play from any location, and you don’t need to prove residency in WV to do so – however, you must be within state lines to actually place a wager. 

  • Legal online sports betting in West Virginia is regulated by the WV Lottery Commission. 
  • You may bet on college sports, as long as the game is taking place in the state. 
  • Betting on high school sports is not allowed.


These are some of the most common questions we receive around legal sports betting in WV.


One of the biggest names in the world of gambling entertainment. Rebranded from William Hill in 2021 and is a hugely popular option for US bettors. Easy to use software and favorable odds makes Caesars Sportsbook a fan favorite. Excellent bonus available for new users.
The MGM brand needs no further introduction. Since launch, BetMGM sportsbook has lived up to the reputation of its famous name. A highly popular choice across the legalized states, it has an intuitive interface and competitive odds. Already challenging the early dominance of DraftKings and FanDuel in some regions, this sportsbook offers new users a generous bonus to join the legal online sports betting action!
DraftKings Sportsbook has taken its Fantasy Sports success to the fully legal sports betting market. The DK platform offers a full range of sports and markets to bet on and the software is easy to use. DraftKings is at the forefront of America’s regulated betting industry and consistently launches on Day One when a new legal state goes live.
BetRivers Sportsbook has seen a rapid growth in popularity. A sister brand to SugarHouse sportsbook and casino, it offers a highly trusted platform and industry leading customer support. Originally known for its casino offerings, BetRivers has taken to legal sports betting like a duck to water. There is a generous bonus available to users who have not previously registered a BetRivers online account.


The best promos are given to new users of a sportsbook. The exact promo offer will vary by sportsbook, but here is a rundown of the most common types.
Free Bets/No Deposit Bonus:
No-deposit bonuses are simple: you sign up to an account, and on registration you are given a free bet. You do not need to deposit but it is usually for new accounts only.
Risk-Free Bets:
With a risk-free bet, you have the chance to place a wager where if you lose you get credited back the amount you lost in the form of a free bet. They are essentially a bet where you can’t lose, e.g. you place a risk-free $20 bet on the Patriots to win but they lose, you get a $20 free bet.
Deposit/Match Bonus:
Matched Bonuses are usually on your first deposit only. It requires you to deposit and the sportsbook will match your deposit amount or a % of your deposit. There are typically playthrough requirements to release these bonuses. In some cases there might only be a 1x playthrough requirement but others can be up to 50x. The latter makes the offer not as attractive because you will have to make a lot of bets before your bonus money is available to withdraw.
Reload Bonus:
Reload bonuses are offered from time to time. You re-deposit money into an already established account and get some form of site credit. It is usually in the form of a matched bonus.
Refer A Friend:
This is a bonus you get for referring a friend to register a new account with one of the sportsbooks or casinos. When they complete their account registration, make a deposit, or place their first bet you get credit to your account. The exact form of credit depends on your specific provider’s offer.
Will be a refund/site credit on net losses or a % of net losses. These are usually subject to certain playthrough requirements and a specified timeframe.
Odds Boosts:
The player receives better odds for a particular sporting event. Example: a boxer who is +120 to win a fight might be boosted to +140 on a particular site. This gives extra value to the bettor.
Loyalty/Bonus Programs:
Bonuses and VIP Awards are given when you play through a certain amount of money and are usually released in small increments. Some sportsbooks may offer these VIP rewards in the form of tickets to sporting events for high volume/ high wagering bettors. Not all sportsbooks offer VIP Rewards.


No. State and Federal Law prohibits betting on West Virginia online sportsbooks from outside the state. This is enforced by Geolocation Technology. You are however free to register a new account and even make deposits and withdrawals from outside West Virginia.

For details on how to register, make deposits and withdrawals, and all the different types of bets you can place, head on over to our main Sports Betting in West Virginia page.

If this is your first time, we suggest taking a peek at our Safe Sports Betting in West Virginia page for tips on keeping yourself and your money safe.

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