West Virginia

West Virginia is widely regarded as a gambling-friendly state with great gaming options for its residents and visitors. The state is home to a lottery, five land-based casinos and racetracks, and permits online betting in various formats The state has no issue with online sports betting, horse racing betting or Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).

Land-based and online sports betting are now available in West Virginia for anyone 21 or older and located within state lines.

The only gambling types missing in West Virginia are online poker and online casinos Some legislators seem open to the idea. Once the dust has settled with the introduction of legal sports betting, watch for West Virginia to turn its attention to the missing online options.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

West Virginia is mostly a liberal pro-gaming state that allow gamblers a state lottery, legal online and in-house sports betting, horse racing betting of all possible kinds, casinos and card clubs, and charitable gambling options.

Sports& Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
Yes
Yes
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
Yes
Yes
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
Yes
Yes
Lottery
Yes
No
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

West Virginia Sports Betting Tax Rates

There is 6.5% state tax on gambling winnings in the State of West Virginia.

However, gambling wins over a $600 amount in West Virginia may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in the state of West Virginia.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in West Virginia

West Virginia maintains a liberal and easy to manage 18-years-of-age age limit on all its legal forms of gambling, other than casinos and sports betting, which both have a legal age limit of 21.

Sports & Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
21
DFS
18
Casinos
21
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
18

Betting on Sports in West Virginia

Betting on sports was officially launched at one of the state’s five casinos on August 30 2018.

Online sports betting was added to the West Virginian suite of legal gaming products in the last week of December 2018. Delaware North became the first online operator in the state of West Virginia to offer online sports betting in partnership with Miomni Gaming to provide its sports betting services. More operators are expected the roll out their online sports betting products over time.

West Virginia Online Sports Betting Laws

West Virginia’s brand-new sports betting laws initially gave the land-based casino’s the right to offer legal sports betting both on-site in their brick-and mortar establishments, and across their individual mobile and online platforms.

Each of West Virginian casino operators are legally licensed to offer their online sports betting patrons up to three individually branded platforms (otherwise known as ‘skins’) per player, and all are expected over time to roll out their online sports betting platforms.

Fantasy Sports Laws in West Virginia

The West Virginia Senate has proposed and approved (in a landslide) a bill that would regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), however, the bill is still awaiting House approval in the next legislative session. For now, the issue remains undecided, and wagers at DFS sites are technically legal, until the legislature acts otherwise.

Meanwhile, there is no legal impediment to DFS players taking part in DFS leagues in West Virginia. All major DFS operators accept players from West Virginia without any issues.

eSports Online Betting Laws

On May 14 2018, the United States Supreme Court eliminated the 26-year-old law prohibiting states from sponsoring sports gambling.

Today, all states (including recently enacted West Virginia) are free to establish their own sports-betting laws, and eSports betting leads the legalization way as a sport untouched by the past legal troubles. Look for sports betting in West Virginia at your favorite online or land-based sportsbook.

eSports – What is it?

As a very new sport blossoming with the spread of global technology and blindingly fast internet speeds, eSports has efficiently morphed video game play into a full-time professional sport, where professional players sign multi-million-dollar contracts with huge corporately sponsored teams. Rather than an individual sport, eSports are mostly competed in team tournament play. That being said, champion individual eSports athletes develop cult global followings and their contrasting styles of play are loved and copied by amateur players the world over.

If you’re searching for an established sports comparison in order to better understand eSports, the E-games themselves are roughly equivalent to different sports types. For example, in eSports, the games Fortnite and Dota 2 are equivalent to, say, NFL and MLB. eSports is the overall concept (like Sports), while the different electronic games are equivalent to the different types of sports such as MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL etc.

eSports wagering has become big business. Global sportsbooks offer betting markets on major eSports tournaments. The worldwide betting revenue on eSports grows massively each year, with professional players taking part and this year the revenue of the industry is expected to top the $100 billion mark.

You never know, as much as we love the NFL, your first visit to a recently made legal West Virginian sportsbook could possibly be to place a bet on eSports.

Horse Racing in West Virginia

For all Mountain State residents over the legal age for Horse Racing Betting of 18, course/track side, off track betting and online betting options are all permissible.

Trackside Betting

West Virginia is home to two live horse racing venues and an additional two greyhound race tracks that all accept bets on simulcast horse races and live racing.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in West Virginia

The live racing venues in West Virginia effectively function as the states’ official OTB agencies. There are no additional stand-alone OTB agencies in the state of West Virginia.

Online Horse Racing in West Virginia

If you’re a West Virginian above the age of 18, and you can’t find the time to get to the track or a simulcast facility to bet on big events like the Kentucky Derby, you can still place wagers on the race with an online account. Online racebooks have small initial deposit requirements and provide the convenience of betting anytime, anywhere on a PC or mobile device. and offer betting on races throughout the U.S.A and across the world.

Visit our West Virginia Online Casino Gambling page to find out who made the list of our top online casinos in the Mountain State

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