2020 Kentucky Derby, US Open Highlight What To Bet On This Weekend In West Virginia

Posted on September 4, 2020

If a weekend full of MLB, NBA, NHL and WNBA games isn’t enough to scratch your betting itch, there are some “displaced” sporting events for Labor Day weekend for your pleasure, as well. Namely, the 2020 US Open (tennis, not golf) and the Kentucky Derby.

This weekend also boasts the return of women’s club soccer on the North American continent and the PGA Tour Championship. You can find odds on all this and more at online sportsbooks in West Virginia.

The latest 2020 US Open odds for WV online sports betting

The first tennis Grand Slam since February’s Australian Open is ongoing in New York City right now. The action has already featured some surprises for WV sports betting customers.

On Wednesday night in women’s singles, top-seeded Karolina Pliskova fell to unseeded Caroline Garcia. Unseeded Mikhail Kukushkin also upset 13th-seeded Cristian Garin on Wednesday night in men’s singles play.

The favorites for singles play for both genders remain alive, however. Novak Djokovic is -150 at BetMGM and -140 at FanDuel to win on the men’s side.

On the women’s side, the odds have shrunk considerably on Naomi Osaka. Earlier this week, she was sitting around +600 and at some books, sat back of Serena Williams in futures markets. Now, she’s +380 at FanDuel and +400 on BetMGM.

While we’re awaiting results of Thursday’s matches to get schedules set up for the weekends, there are some promos WV bettors can take advantage of. For example, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering a daily 10% profit boost for pre-match, fixed-odds US open wagers (no live bets or parlays).

FanDuel also has a $20,000 prize pool for the US Open ongoing. That sportsbook is also boosting individual odds for the tournament on a daily basis, so check in early each day for the special odds.

Speaking of odds, those seem to have settled for this weekend’s second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Those odds predict a successful attempt to work toward that prestigious end.

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The latest Kentucky Derby odds favor Tiz the Law

After Tiz the Law’s impressive Belmont Stakes performance, he was already going to be the favorite for Saturday’s 146th Kentucky Derby. That only became more the case, however, when Art Collector withdrew.

Now Tiz the Law is a -167 favorite to put himself just a Preakness win away from the Triple Crown. Here’s how the field sits as of Thursday afternoon on TVG:

  • Tiz the Law 3-5
  • Honor A.P. 5-1
  • Authentic 8-1
  • Thousand Words 15-1
  • Ny Traffic 20-1
  • King Guillermo 20-1
  • Sole Volante 30-1
  • Money Moves 30-1
  • Enforceable 30-1
  • Max Player 30-1
  • Winning Impressions 50-1
  • Attachment Rate 50-1
  • Necker Island 50-1
  • Finnick the Fierce 50-1
  • Storm the Court 50-1
  • Major Fed 50-1
  • South Bend 50-1
  • Mr. Big News 50-1

Taking the favorite here is essentially choosing to overlook that Tiz the Law’s lone loss on his record came at Churchill Downs last year. That was an especially wet day, however, and the weather looks great for Saturday.

Additionally, in Tiz the Law’s recent string of four consecutive victories, all of the wins have been by no less than three lengths. He seems like a lock, but that’s why they run the races.

If tennis and horse racing aren’t your thing, then perhaps some other promos at WV online sportsbooks might interest you. BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel are all in the race for Labor Day weekend handle.

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Tour Championship props, NBA & NHL playoffs, NFL futures

This weekend represents the last chance to do your homework before the PGA Tour Championship begins Monday. BetMGM Sportsbook has some special props for the event, including odds of +900 on either Dustin Johnson or Jon Rahm to finish the first round with the lowest score.

Heading over to DraftKings, Thursday night’s (Sept. 10) NFL season opener might be in your sights. DraftKings has what it calls a “no-brainer” special for that game, which consists of a special Kansas City Chiefs spread of +101 (-10000). This coming weekend will also be the last without NFL games for a while, so it’s time to get in those futures wagers if you like the current odds.

If you’re looking for a more immediate payoff, FanDuel Sportsbook has what’s become its usual contingent of promos for the NBA and NHL playoffs this weekend. That includes guarantees against lost bets on the ice and a bonus for the first basket on the court.

If you bet wisely, Labor Day weekend shouldn’t require much effort on your part. Bust out your Derby finest and enjoy all the action that West Virginia online sports betting has to offer.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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