FanDuel, a leader in daily fantasy sports wagering in the United States, has announced a partnership with The Greenbrier, America’s only private casino, to make online sports betting available in West Virginia.
FanDuel has a leg up on most of the competition due to its continued presence throughout the United States at a time when traditional sports betting was banned.
At the time of writing, it remains unclear whether the app will be available only to Casino Club members or if it will be open to the general public.
|Parent company:||Paddy Power Betfair|
|Welcome bonus:||Up to $100|
|International website URL:||https://www.paddypowerbetfair.com/|
|Land-based WV partner:||The Greenbrier|
|Launch date:||Fall 2018 (estimate)|
|US-based sister sites:||https://www.fanduel.com/|
FanDuel bonus codes & promotions
|WV Online Sportsbook||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|FanDuel Bonus Code||To be determined|
|Available Bonus||To be determined|
|WV Casino Partner||The Greenbrier|
|Last Verified||June 6, 2019|
The FanDuel West Virginia online sportsbook is likely to closely resemble its parent company’s international sportsbook, Paddy Power. If that is the case, new players will likely receive a $10 risk-free first bet.
Following the lead of the Paddy Power site, players who use a promo code when registering would be able to make their first bet up to $10 with no risk. If the wager wins, there would be no bonus. If the wager loses, the site would refund the wager in cash up to $10. The promotion would only apply to deposits made using cards or PayPal.
FanDuel has been focused on single-day fantasy sports throughout its existence, so it will likely rely heavily on its parent company, Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), for its sportsbook.
Assuming the new sportsbook follows PPB’s lead, players will be able to bet on over 20 sports, including all of the top North American leagues, such as the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL, along with college football and basketball. Bettors can also expect to find soccer, rugby, golf, tennis, motor sports, and more.
The number of markets available on any given event is likely to vary widely. Players can expect to find moneyline, spread, and totals wagering on all events in which they are possible.
Most events will also likely have prop bets available, though the number of prop bets will depend heavily not only on the sport, but also on the competition and match. For example, Champions League matches may come with dozens of prop bets, while a Mexican soccer league match may offer fewer than ten.
Players can expect to find in-play and multi-bet options readily available. Some in-play wagers, like prop bets, may require players to click through multiple tabs on the site, as they do on PaddyPower.com.
Should it follow Paddy Power’s example, the site will offer a plethora of multi-bet options, including parlays (a.k.a. accumulators), lucky 15s, Yankee, doubles, trebles, patents, and trixies.
Notably absent from the Paddy Power international site are teasers, though it is difficult to imagine they will not be available for American football and basketball at the new sportsbook.
Assuming the FanDuel West Virginia online sportsbook follows the lead of Paddy Power, it will not offer a conventional loyalty program. It might, however, feature a unique program designed to reward frequent players.
Upon placing five bets of $10 or more, players would receive a free $10 bet. To be eligible, each of the bets would need to be settled within 30 days of the previous settled bet. Qualifying bets must have minimum odds of 1/2. Players would not be able to receive more than one free $10 bet per week. The free bet would be credited to the player’s account on the Monday following the fifth qualifying bet.
Deposit and withdrawal methods
Online sportsbooks have not opened in West Virginia at the time of writing, so it is not yet certain which types of deposit and withdrawal methods will be available. The best guidance is likely offered by TVG, which has been offering horse racing betting in West Virginia for years.
Should this sportsbook follow their lead, players could make deposits to their accounts with their Visas and Mastercards, PayNearMe, BetCash, and PayPal. BetCash requires a driver’s license and bank account information.
Players can also make deposits with TVG prepaid cards. No announcement has been made on whether the new sportsbook will offer this option.
Players should be able to make withdrawals through whichever methods they have previously used to make deposits.
Paddy Power has an excellent reputation for customer support in the countries in which it operates, and it is difficult to imagine they would have entered into a partnership with FanDuel and The Greenbrier if there was any doubt their support would not meet high standards.
As such, the new site will likely provide the same two options as on Paddy Power’s international site: phone and live chat.
The Paddy Power support page provides answers to frequently asked questions along with phone numbers and links to the live chat at the bottom. The new site will likely follow suit.
Land-based casino partner & launch date
FanDuel has partnered with the only private casino in the United States, The Greenbrier. Located in White Sulphur Springs, the club not only offers a casino but also provides accommodations, golf, dining, meeting areas, and a spa for its members. The club even has a dress code to ensure members can enjoy an upscale experience in every aspect of their visits.
The FanDuel relationship with The Greenbrier leaves some important questions open about their service. In particular, it remains unclear whether the new online sportsbook will make wagering available for the general public or, like its brick-and-mortar counterpart, limit it to members only.
The former would certainly generate more revenue, but the latter would be more in line with the exclusive club’s. In either case, the new sportsbook will likely launch in the Fall of 2018.