In the big picture, legal sports betting is still a relatively new concept in the state of West Virginia. Most would say the real start of legal online betting was when FanDuel first went live in August of 2019. Nevertheless, the Mountain State’s sports bettors now have about a half dozen online sportsbooks to choose from. And it’s a competitive selection with most of the top names in the betting industry live in WV.
It’s definitely a viable topic of debate as to which of these sportsbook apps comes out on top. What is pretty certain is that Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM and BetRivers would feature strongly in any such debate.
It also depends on what the individual user is looking for. The betting markets, bet types and odds tend to be very similar between the apps. The difference can often be seen in more intangible aspects such as ease of navigation or bonus options. Let’s take a look at what these top ranked West Virginia betting apps have to offer.
1. Caesars Sportsbook
At one time, Caesars Interactive Entertainment was struggling to secure new customers. All of that changed when they purchased William Hill (top European sports betting brand) in late 2020. The $3.7 billion purchase signaled that Caesars Sportsbook intended on being a major player in the U.S. sports betting community now and in the future.
Caesars is another brand that made its mark in Las Vegas with Caesars Palace. That was more than 55 years ago. With that kind of pedigree, there should be little doubt this retail/online/mobile bookmaker is on its way to competing with the biggest and best operators. Further evidence of the company’s ambitions is its pursuit of partnership and sponsorship deals with teams like the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
As for the bonus menu, Caesars is constantly posting daily offers that target the most relevant sports markets of the day. The current welcome bonus for West Virginia players features a risk-free first bet of up $1,100.
MGM is a gambling brand that is recognized all over the world. MGM Resorts International became very prominent within the U.S. gambling industry when the company introduced the historic MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino back in December of 1993. When the Supreme Court said no more sports betting ban, it seemed natural that MGM would feature prominently in the new legal betting landscape.
Now as a trusted sports betting name, BetMGM is pushing the DFS giants hard for the number one spot in many states. A big part of their growth has come from consistently offering customers amazing bonus offers.
As of now, BetMGM West Virginia has posted offers regarding the NHL playoffs, NBA playoffs, MLB season and single game parlays among others. The welcome offer features a risk-free first bet of up to $1,000. The bonus is awarded if your first bet loses. They also offer competitive casino bonuses and a solid rewards program.
While BetRivers might not be as instantly recognizable as BetMGM or Caesars, they do have the backing of Rush Street Interactive. And Rush Street has been a trusted provider of gambling entertainment (mostly in the Midwest) since 2012.
To the company’s credit, they have built up a strong reputation among U.S. sports bettors wherever the sportsbook has been made available. That now includes the following 13 states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Arizona.
On the bonus front, they do offer regular betting promotions depending on what sports are in season. For new customers in West Virginia, they also have a 100% first deposit bonus match of up to $250 and an iRush Rewards Program that brings with it a selection of benefits.