DraftKings Sportsbook Review and Welcome Bonus

With the launch of mobile sports wagering in late August 2019, West Virginia is now home to perhaps the most well-known online sports betting entity, DraftKings.

Partnering with Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginians now have an elite platform to utilize if they so choose.

Licensed and regulated by the state of West Virginia, let’s dive into what citizens of the state should expect from DraftKings.

Pros
  • Trusted brand
  • Fantastic welcome offer
  • Flash bets
Cons
  • Sometimes odds can be a bit away from competition
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DraftKings Welcome Bonus - How to Claim

New players signing up at DraftKings WV will get a welcome package of a matched deposit bonus of up to $500 and also a risk free bet of up to $500, which is a match of what your first wager is on the site. So, any amount up to $500, you will get a free wager for that amount.

The free bet is non-refundable, can't be exchanged for cash and has to be used within 30 days.

Getting Started

Under the “Help” button, there is a FAQ portion that is labeled “Bet Types”. Here, you will learn about the different ways you can bet on the site. Also, above this on a menu there is a “Sports Betting Guide” and a “Quick Start Guide”. DraftKings WV covers everything you’d need to know as a new player, which is definitely going to be comforting.

Registration

Being located in West Virginia and with business also happening in Virgina, players must be located in one of those states.

DraftKings will need you to consent to geolocation software to check to see if you’re in those areas.

As for the registration process, there is all the normal things a sportsbook would need: Email, username, password, social security number, address, etc.

However, there is some innovation with this process that we have not yet seen when it comes to registration. DraftKings does allow for a “fast registration” where you could snap a picture of your ID.

Also be sure to input your promo code as mentioned above to get the deposit bonus.

Desktop/Mobile Experience

DraftKings WV can be accessed on desktop, mobile web browsers and both Android and iOS. If you’ve ever used DraftKings for daily fantasy sports, you’ll feel right at home here as it has a similar feel with the green text and darkened background and borders.

Starting at the top, there are links to the following parts of the site: “Home”, “MyBets”, “Live In-Game”, “Rewards”, “Help”, “Flash Bet”, “Pools” and also the online casino.

Below are links to the various sports offered, and upon clicking on them, this will take you to the games available for the respective sport. However, if you want to manually search, you can do that, too.

As you get to the center of the screen, there are additional filters for the live bets and the game lines in general. Here, you can sort by sports too, though. To the right of the site there is the betslip, which populates as you add games and contests. From here, you can create parlays, or make wagers.

You’ll be happy to know that using the mobile app is also incredibly simple to navigate. It’s not much different at all from the desktop version. The main difference is having the in-game bets, your current bets and the different sports options at the bottom of the screen.

Sports and Markets Available at DraftKings

Sports

  • Aussie Rules Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing/MMA
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Motor Sports
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Markets

  • Moneyline: betting on the winner, outright
  • Spread: amount of points “added” or “subtracted” from a team
  • Over/Under: total points
  • Parlay: betting on numerous games on one ticket
  • Round Robin: multiple parlays
  • Live betting: betting on games currently going on
  • Teaser: adjusting points for more favorable potential odds
  • Futures: betting on things happening in the future, ex: World Series winner for upcoming season

Betting Lines

Overall the betting lines are pretty much fine, but there is the occasional line that overly inflated. Remember, though, this could be due to action received on the sportsbook and the action from real bets could reflect it. However, for example, the New England Patriots have a moneyline of -1430 against the New York Giants. But other sportsbook competitors are around -1100. This is quite a difference, but again, it could be due to the action received on that game in particular.

Betting Features

DraftKings WV offers live betting, cash out, odds boost and flash bets, too.

  • Live Bets: Bet on games that are currently in action with odds changing play by play. The odds will not reflect pregame odds.
  • Cash Out: If you’ve placed a wager that is not going the way you planned, you can cash out of the bet and collect a portion of your original wager back and continue to keep the virtual wallet saturated.
  • Odds Boost: These are daily prop-like bets. DraftKings WV will boost odds in hopes to get more action from users. For example, Daniel Jones having more touchdowns than Tom Brady is usually +500, but DraftKings WV boosted it to +600.
  • Flash Bets: These are done for particular games. For example, with MLB, you can bet on the result of the next pitch or the result of an at bat.

Trust and Safety

When it comes to trust and safety, you should feel like you’re playing at Fort Knox using DraftKings WV. DraftKings WV is licensed and regulated by the state (and numerous other states, too). Also, let’s face it, DraftKings WV definitely has the resources to put the systems in place to keep your private information safe from being compromised.

Payments and Banking

Managing your funds is not a problem at DraftKings WV. There are plenty of payment providers you can use to deposit and withdrawal, including the ones listed below.

Deposit Methods

  • VISA/MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Play+ Card
  • Skrill
  • ACH/eCheck
  • Cash Cage at Hollywood Casino

Withdrawal Methods

  • ACH/eCheck
  • PayPal
  • Mailed check
  • Cash Cage at Hollywood Casino
Payment Method Deposit Amount Withdrawal Amount Withdrawal Time
$ 5 Min No Minimum 3-5 Business Days
$ 5 Min N/A N/A
$ 5 Min No Minimum 2-8 Business Days
$ 5 Min N/A N/A
$ 5 Min N/A N/A

Overall

There’s really not a lot to say here besides we highly recommend checking out DraftKings WV if you’re in the state. Like, it’s DraftKings—everything DraftKings touches is masterful.

DraftKings WV offers plenty of sports, banking options and have the brand legitimacy to inspire confidence of the users. It should be your go-to online sportsbook if you’re in the state.

FAQ

Is Sports betting legal in West Virginia?

Yes.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in West Virginia?

No. Unless the sportsbook in question is licensed and regulated by the state, it is illegal.

What is the legal age to gambling in West Virginia?

21.

Do I have to live in West Virginia to bet online?

You do not need to live in West Virginia, but at the time of a real money wager, you must be located in the state.

21+ Only | If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER (NJ, WV & PA) or 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN) | IN, NJ, PA, WV Only | Eligibility restrictions apply | See website for details