West Virginia Gambling Laws & Online Poker in West Virginia

West Virginia lawmakers passed the WV Lottery Interactive Wagering Act (H 2934) in 2019, legalizing full-scale online gambling, including online poker.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 19.23-24; 29.22; 61.10.1-5; 61.10.8-14
Definition of Illegal Gambling Any person who shall keep or exhibit a gaming table, commonly called A.B.C. or E.O. table, or faro bank, or keno table, or any slot machine, multiple coin console machine, multiple coin console slot machine or device in the nature of a slot machine, or any other gaming table or device of like kind, under any denomination, or which has no name, whether the game, table, bank, machine or device be played with cards, dice or otherwise, or shall be a partner, or concerned in interest, in keeping or exhibiting such table, bank, machine or gaming device of any character, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. If any person at any place, public or private, bet or wage money or other thing of value on any game of chance, or shall knowingly furnish any money or other thing of value to any other person to bet or wage on any such game, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Online Poker/Gambling A lawmaker took up the issue of legalizing online poker and gambling in 2017, wanting to follow in Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s footsteps, though he received little support and has yet to propose another bill.
Live Poker There are poker rooms in many of the racinos in West Virginia that offer cash games and tournaments.
Casinos Racetracks are allowed to offer video gaming terminals, similar to slot machines, and several of the state’s gambling facilities also offer table games like poker.
Sports Betting West Virginia legalized sports betting in March 2018.
DFS Lawmakers considered a daily fantasy sports proposal in 2016, but they did not pass it.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse and dog racing, pari-mutuel betting, lottery, bingo and charitable gambling, video lottery terminals.