Sports Betting Q&A
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When will sports betting be legal in West Virginia?

West Virginia passed a law to legalize and regulate sports betting in 2018 prior to the repeal of PASPA. Once that happened at a federal level, sports betting was immediately legal in the state with the Lottery Commission overseeing regulations and licensing in regards to in-person and online betting.

More specifically, each of the five casinos in the state were allowed to hold licenses and operate three individually-branded online sites. With the maximum number of online sportsbooks set at 15, the number will continue to grow until that number is reached. Betly and BetMGM were the most recent sportsbooks to join the state, securing partnerships in early 2020.

Daily Fantasy Sports and horse racing betting are also allowed in the state. Fantasy sports were deemed a game of skill and in turn, is considered legal by West Virginia, though there is no formal legislation for them.

Retail Sportsbooks

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs

FanDuel Sportsbook is located inside The Casino Club, America's only private casino. The sportsbook lounge has 21 TVs and four betting terminals in addition to live entertainment, international cuisine and world-class gaming experiences.

Sunday - Thursday: 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 a.m.

The Greenbrier is partnered with FanDuel and BetMGM where online and mobile betting can be done.

Hollywood Casino, Charles Town

The Sportsbook features lounge seating with individual viewing stations, 24 odds monitors and 50 feet of wall space for 80" TVs. It's found next to Skybox Sports Bar where food and drinks are available.

Monday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Hollywood Casino is partnered with DraftKings to offer online sports betting.

Mardi Gras Casino, Cross Lanes

Sports betting returned to Mardi Gras Casino early 2020 through a new partnership with International Game Technology and betly. The Betly Sportsbook has teller windows that are open almost 24/7 along with betting kiosks.

Teller Windows
Monday - Sunday: 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.

Betting Kiosks
Monday - Sunday: 8:45 a.m. - 5:45 a.m.

Delaware North, owners of the track, have a partnership with betly, who is expected to release online sports betting capabilities in 2020.

Mountaineer Casino, New Cumberland

William Hill's Sports Book includes comfortable seating surrounded by a huge video wall, while bets can be made at the numerous terminals and kiosks.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Mountaineer Casino is partnered with William Hill to offer online sports betting.

Wheeling Island Casino, Wheeling

Similar to Mardi Gras Casino, sports betting returned to Wheeling Island early 2020 via a new partnership. Also a Betly Sportsbook, it features a multi-screen video wall, casual loungers, high-top tables and an in-venue bar.

Teller Windows
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Betting Kiosks
Monday - Sunday: 8:45 a.m. - 5:45 a.m.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.