Daily fantasy is completely legal in West Virginia, following a ruling by the state's Attorney General in 2016. The ruling determined DFS games came down to skill, not chance. As a result, residents of the state can participate in daily fantasy games offered by companies like DraftKings and FanDuel as and when they choose. This is a good example of West Virginia's progressive approach to gaming and gambling, as many states have either chosen to leave daily fantasy in a legal gray area (much like online gaming), or simply made it illegal.
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The state of West Virginia has one of the open approaches to gambling in the nation, especially when compared to many other states with strict regulations in place. Most forms of gambling in West Virginia are legal. There are state-regulated casinos, horse tracks and a lottery. Slot machines and poker are also completely legal at these licensed facilities. The Mountain State pushed things even further in 2018 when it legalized sports betting.
Things aren't quite as expansive when it comes to the online gaming world - yet.
There are no regulated online sports betting, poker or casino games in the state. The good news is that West Virginia is rapidly nearing legal online sports betting as a whole as part of its larger gambling expansion efforts. Sports betting is expected to come online sometime early in 2019. Given the fact that neighboring Pennsylvania passed an expansive online casino gambling legislation bill in 2017, West Virginia could well follow suit in the coming years with poker and casino offerings int he coming years.
Currently, online casino gaming in West Virginia is still unlicensed, which means there are no legal avenues or options to do so. Given the fact that the state proposed a bill for the regulation of online gaming in 2017, it's possible that at some point in the future, online gambling will be fully legalized and regulated.
Online poker in West Virginia is essentially in the same boat as online casino gaming— there are no regulated sites that operate in West Virginia. As mentioned above, this is likely to change in the future. For now players will have to wait to play poker for money online in the state.
West Virginia passed a sports betting legalization bill even before the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban and became the fifth state to take a legal bet. The state's five casinos, starting with the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, have one-by-one finalized their approval process and all five expect to take bets before the end of 2018.
The approval for online betting will take a little longer, but multiple leading online betting companies and stakeholders have already worked to get West Virginia mobile betting up and running. The Mountain State should have one of the nation's most robust online sports betting environments, possibly operating before the end of 2018.