At long last, mobile sports betting has returned to West Virginia.
FanDuel WV launched dedicated mobile apps for iOS and Android devices this morning and is now taking wagers in West Virginia.
The new FanDuel mobile app can be found in the App Store for Apple devices and at FanDuel.com for Android devices. Users must be 21 or older and located within state lines to bet on sports through FanDuel.
FanDuel is partnered with the Greenbrier Resort for WV sports betting and opened a retail sportsbook back in September. A quirk in WV gaming law limits guest access to the Casino Club at Greenbrier, but FanDuel mobile is open to sports fans from across the state.
In a press release, Greenbrier President Dr. Jill Justice said this:
“We are incredibly excited that this new app is available for download, and the timing couldn’t be better with football season and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier right around the corner. We hope sports fans across the state will try out the app and then some visit the amazing FanDuel Sportsbook retail location here at America’s Resort.”
The Greenbrier also notes in its press release that the FanDuel WV app is a standalone download, meaning you’ll need to visit the App Store or FanDuel website to download the mobile app designed specifically for West Virginia customers.
Prior FanDuel daily fantasy users can log in using their existing login credentials while new customers can sign up for an account at FanDuel.com or through the mobile app. A single wallet serves fantasy contests and sports betting alike, so customers can use their funds and winnings interchangeably.
FanDuel WV has launched with the standard $500 risk-free wager welcome promotion offered to customers in other states. New users who sign up for an account and make a deposit can place their first wager risk-free.
If your first wager is a winner, you’ll get to keep your winnings as normal. If your first wager loses, FanDuel will credit your account with a free bet of equal value (up to $500).
The Return of Mobile Wagering in West Virginia
The launch of FanDuel Sportsbook today finally brings mobile betting back to West Virginia after the unfortunate demise of BetLucky earlier this year.
West Virginia was an early mover on mobile betting with the launch of BetLucky back in December by Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island Casino, but mobile betting in the state came to a grinding halt just a few months later.
Both casinos were partnered with Miomni Gaming to operate mobile betting in WV and all seemed to be going well at first. However, an internal dispute between Miomni and a third-party technology provider led to the sudden closure of the retail sportsbooks at both casinos and the BetLucky mobile app.
WV Lottery officials were understandably gun-shy after the BetLucky debacle. Shortly after the BetLucky closure, WV Lottery Director John Myers said it could be “months” before the return of mobile betting in WV.
His prediction held true, but here we are five months down the line and mobile betting is back in WV – and this time with a highly experienced operator at the helm.
Is DraftKings WV Up Next?
The launch of FanDuel Sportsbook in West Virginia likely indicates DraftKings WV is not far behind.
A DraftKings WV launch has been imminent for months, but now that lottery officials are issuing green lights again, it probably won’t be much longer before two reliable sports betting providers are active in West Virginia.
Like FanDuel, DraftKings has ample mobile sports betting experience and has likely spent the last few months fine-tuning everything ahead of its West Virginia debut. The WV Metro News reported back in May that DraftKings has already finished testing of its mobile sportsbook, so final authorization to go live should not be long in coming.
In West Virginia, DraftKings is partnered with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
FanDuel Heading to Iowa and Indiana Next
FanDuel is about to have a very busy next few weeks. In addition to launching mobile betting in West Virginia, FanDuel is also set to open a total of four sportsbooks across Iowa and Indiana in time for this season’s first Monday Night Football.
In Iowa, FanDuel will open sportsbooks at the two Diamond Jo casinos:
- Diamond Jo Worth: FanDuel Sportsbook to hold its grand opening at 12 PM on August 29th. Vikings and Seahawks legend John Randle will be on-site to place the sportsbook’s first wager.
- Diamond Jo Dubuque: Grand opening at 12 PM on September 4th – Antonio Freeman of Green Bay fame will have the honors of place the first wager.
FanDuel will also be opening two sportsbooks at Boyd Gaming properties in Indiana:
- Blue Chip Casino: Grand opening at 10 AM on September 5th – Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher will be on hand to place the sportsbook’s first ever wager.
- Belterra Casino: FanDuel Sportsbook opens at 1 PM on September 9th. Bengals legend Ken Anderson will place the first bet.
Indiana and Iowa have both authorized mobile betting as well, although FanDuel has not yet confirmed a launch date for online betting in either state.