Sports Betting in West Virginia
NCAA Legal since 30/08/2018
NCAA Legal since 30/08/2018
MILB Legal since 30/08/2018
ECHL Legal since 30/08/2018

West Virginia Sports Betting: The Best West Virginia Betting Sites for 2019

Sports betting in West Virginia is completely legal, in fact, it was the 5th state to legalize and take sport bets since August 2018. Currently residents can place bets at any of the 5 casinos in the state as they all have authorized sportsbooks. Online sports betting followed suit and was legalized in 2019. At the time of writing this, there was no online sports betting operator active in the state as the main website ceased operation, but more are anticipated to launch in 2019.

Gambling Laws in West Virginia

West Virginia is one of the most open states in the US when it comes to gambling. Many forms of gambling are legal and available. This includes Casinos, horse race tracks and a state Lottery, slot machines and poker are completely legal at the physical locations as well. In 2017 Daily Fantasy Leagues were legalized and wagering on the teams as well. West Virginia sports betting was legalized in 2018 followed by online wagering in 2019.

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Most Popular Sports in West Virginia

West Virginia like some of its neighboring states is not home to any Major league professional sports teams. The state has 2 top notch collegiate athletic programs with the University of West Virginia and Marshall University. As horse race betting has been legal for a while it does play a role but is not considered a major sport. Football and Basketball are the 2 main sports followed, as well as baseball and hockey.

National Collegiate Athletic Association – West Virginia Mountaineers

The mountaineers are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and compete in the Big 12 Conference. The team has won a total of 15 conference championships and currently ranks 14th in terms of victories and 1st in those that never won a national champion ship. Their home Stadium is Mountaineer field with a capacity for approx. 60,000 people.

National Collegiate Athletic Association – West Virginia Mountaineers

Another WVU program, the Mountaineers basketball team competes in the NCAA Division 1 Big 12 conference. They play their home games at WVU Coliseum. The team has won 13 conference tournament championships and 2 championships since their establishment. One of their biggest rivals is fellow in state, out of conference team Marshall.

Minor League Baseball – Princeton Rays

The Princeton Rays are an Advance Rookie level team in the Appalachian League and an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Their home field is H.P. Hunnicutt Field since their establishment the same year 1988. 57 former players of the Franchise have moved to Major League Baseball through the completion of the 2012 season. They have won 1 League title and 3 division titles, latest in 2018.

East Coast Hockey League – Wheeling Nailers

The Wheeling Nailers were founded in 1981 and are the oldest minor league franchise below the AHL with an unbroken continuity of franchise and never missing a season. They are home at WesBanco Arena and have won 3 Division Championships, 2 Conference Championships and 2 Regular season titles.

Local History of Sports Betting

Pari-Mutuel horse race track betting was legalized very early on in the state of West Virginia. This was followed by the establishment of the state Lottery and subsequent commission, which will later oversee and regulate sports betting. Legislation moves fast as of 2016, first authorizing DFS and soon after legalizing in person and online sports betting.

West Virginia Sports Betting History
1931 The West Virginia Racing Commission is established to oversee pari-mutuel betting at race tracks
1986 The state legalizes and creates the West Virginia Lottery and commission
1994 Video lottery terminals are allowed and installed at race tracks, expanding to bars gradually
2016 Daily Fantasy Leagues are legalized by the state attorney
2018 In February West Virginia legislature passes sports betting bill, legalizing it once federal ban is overturned

Legal Online Sports Betting Age in West Virginia

Since legalizing sports betting in 2018, the state lottery commission has been trying to keep up with defining, forming and implementing laws and regulations. One aspect of that is the legal age to participate in online gambling. It is set at 21 to avoid addiction and such. Interestingly, this also pertains to athletic participants, meaning high school athletics are excluded and cannot be wagered on, as athletes need to be 18 years of age to classify as a team eligible to bet on.

  • Sports Betting Age
    The legal sports betting age in West Virginia is set to 21 years
  • Alcohol Age
    The legal drinking age in West Virginia is 21 years old
  • Weed Age
    Recreational cannabis use has not been legalized in West Virginia and medical use is set a minimum age of 18

As previously mentioned, West Virginia is the 5th state in the US to legalize online and physical sports betting. It followed suit after the supreme court overruled the federal ban in sports betting in 2018. Other close by states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also legalized sports betting, but the majority of the US is still in discussion on the topic or filing bills to do so at the time of writing this.

Taxes on Your Winnings: Do You Have to Pay Anything?

The IRS has declared all gambling winnings as taxable income, pertaining to lotteries, sports betting raffles casinos and so on. Any winnings over $600 are due to withholdings of a state level of 24% and an individual West Virginia Withholding tax of 6.5%. When legally gambling in Casinos, one is supposed to fill in a W2 for proper withholdings. It will be interesting to see whether legislation and backup withholding from gambling winnings will change with the re-introduction of online sport betting platforms.

Upcoming Regulation Changes in West Virginia Betting Law

Rules and regulations on sports betting are still being furthered and expanded by the Lottery Commission at the time of writing this. Since legalizing sports betting – online and physical, the only online vendor has ceased operations and 3 others are due to launch upon securing their licenses. Furthermore, online casinos are supposed to follow up and launch with the broadening of the term online gambling and allocation of licenses for vendors.

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