Launching its mobile betting in West Virginia on August 28, 2019, West Virginians will finally be able to visit what was likely their favorite DFS outlet to bet on sports now.
DraftKings WV is partnered with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. DraftKings has an official license from the state and is free to operate. Let’s dive into what DraftKings has to offer for players in West Virginia.
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New players will get a risk-free bet up to $500, which will be the same amount as your first bet. This means the bigger your first bet, the bigger your bonus. You must use the free bet within 30 days. If your bet wins, you only get to keep the profits.
This is also paired with a matched deposit bonus of up to $500, which matches 20% of your first deposit with a free bet to the same value up to a maximum of $500.
If you already have a DraftKings account, even from your daily fantasy sports days, that same account will work here. However, if you’re brand new, the process is broken down into four steps, and asks for things such as a username, email, password and promo code, if applicable, your name, address, date of birth and social security number (last four digits), among other things.
The process is super fast and simple and takes just a few minutes, if that. At the end, you will need to confirm your location, though, to be sure you are located in West Virginia. This is done via geolocation software.
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Available on desktop, iOS and Android, DraftKings WV, as you’d expect, is simply a model of mastery. If you’re at all familiar with the DFS product, you can feel the similarities.
There are various menus/filters atop the page, where you can access things such as your current bets, your in-game bets, promotions, and the different sports offerings, including the odds boost and no vig NFL options.
Once you choose your desired sport and wager type, the bet slip on the right-hand side of the screen will populate with your selection and here, you can place wagers and create parlays and round robins.
Fortunately, the mobile app is extremely similar, with the only real difference having the in-game bets, your current bets and the different sports options at the bottom of the screen, and the bet slip appearing from the bottom after you make a selection instead of it always being on the page.
There is plenty to discover at the DraftKings Sportsbook WV, with new sports and leagues being added regularly. You will find an offering that is similar to that of international bookmakers, including but not limited to the following sports:
Available markets include:
As we mentioned in the cons section, sometimes, the odds at DraftKings WV can be a bit higher than the industry standard, but do make up for it with the odds boost and no vig NFL bets. Of course, having the DraftKings brand warrants a bit more leeway as there is a built-in customer base, and also, remember, odds to reflect the action that particular bets get, so that could have something to do with it as well.
DraftKings West Virginia offers things such as live betting, cash out, no vig NFL bets and odds boost. The live betting is what you’d think—wagering on games that are in progress, with the respective odds reflecting what is going on in the game at the time you’re planning to wager.
Cash out is a way to salvage some of your bankroll. Say you wager $50 on a particular bet, but it’s not going the way you hoped for. With cash out, you can bail out of the bet and try to get some of that $50 back. No vig NFL bets are a set of bets where each team gets odds of +100, with a spread attached.
Lastly, there is an odds boost section. Here, DraftKings WV will have various bets from different sports that they artificially boosts. These are usually things like “Zach Ertz to Score Touchdown in Week 1” or something similar.
DraftKings WV has a revolving list of promotions that are catered to the various sports offered. Currently, there are well over a dozen. Here are a couple examples:
Outside of the always trusty FAQ section, there are four other ways to contact DraftKings for customer support:
This can be found in the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the page.
At the bottom of the page there is both a logo and text link to the Responsible Gaming page. Here, DraftKings starts off by mentioning organizations and hotlines you can contact and goes into a section about telling you to know your limits and offer in-house services such as deposit, spending and time limits you can set for yourself, as well as a self-exclusion period to take you away from the sportsbook for the foreseeable future.
It’s DraftKings, everybody. What can you expect besides the absolute best? Minus the odds being a bit high at times, DraftKings is DraftKings for a reason. Coming to West Virginia, this should also help draw new tourists to the state, which in turn will help the state out overall. West Virginians really have a top-tier, reliable online sportsbook to go to now, especially in time for the NFL season.
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