Guide to Gambling in West Virginia

West Virginia

Gambling in West Virginia offers a range of liberal betting regulations, including the recently legalized online casinos and land-based and online sports betting.

West Virginia is a gambling friendly in most respects, with four major and one minor casino offering the full range of games – Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions, a state lottery and charity gambling are also available.

 

West Virginia Casino Gambling

The Mountain State of West Virginia offers its residents and visitors a mature land-based casino industry and gambling culture. In West Virginia, four major racetrack casinos (racinos) operate and one stand-alone commercial land-based casino. In total, these casinos operate more than 10 000 slot machines, sports betting, and over 225 table games for the state’s residents.

Online Casinos in West Virginia

With the launch of DraftKings Online Casino in July 2020, West Virginia welcomed its first legal online casino and BetMGM launched shortly after that. FanDuel and BetRivers opened soon afterwards and another 10 online casinos will potentially soon be available to West Virginian players.

Poker in West Virginia

Licensed Poker is fully legal, popular and widely promoted in West Virginia. On the other hand, unlicensed Poker and other forms of unlicensed games such as home ‘social’ games are frowned upon by lawmakers, although online poker is now live and legal in the Mountain State.

See below for options to play Live Poker in West Virginia.

Poker Rooms

West Virginia has a total of 5 poker rooms offering 97 tables. West Virginia encourages you to play all your favorite poker games without any legal ramifications (including Pot-Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, Casino Hold’em, Texas Hold’em etc.).

Online Poker Laws

Following the legalization of online casinos in West Virginia, online poker is now legal in the state.

History of Online & Land-Based Gambling in West Virginia

1931 – West Virginia Racing Commission was created to oversee legal betting on Horse Racing in the Mountain State.

1986 – West Virginia State Lottery begins, and the state also allows multi-state jackpot lotteries like Powerball.

1994 – West Virginia’s Racetrack Video Lottery Act was passed allowing Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at racetracks.

1994 – A State Act allowed for land-based and riverboat casinos in West Virginia.

2001 – VLT legislation expended in West Virginia to include introduction of the terminals into the state’s bars and licensed clubs.

2007 – Table Games were finally legalized at the state’s four racetrack casinos (racinos) via a state referendum.

2008 – West Virginia’s first land-based casino was approved and it was opened in 2010.

April 23 2018WV SB415 Passes and Sports Betting Becomes legal.

September 1 2018 – Introduction of fully legalized sports betting in West Virginia. The first legal sportsbook opens in the State.

Late December 2018 – West Virginia opens its first legal online sportsbook and becomes only the 3rd state to offer online sports betting.

July 2020 –  West Virginia officially launches legal online casinos.

March 2023 – After two unsuccessful attempts, satellite casino bill in West Virginia passes senate and moves to the General Assembly.

Visit our West Virginia Sports Betting Page to read about the state’s top sports betting sites