West Virginia has been considered a Bible Belt State, but it also has been a leader in the spread of gambling in such historically conservative jurisdictions.
The Mountain State was the among the first states in the loosely defined religious region to legalize most forms of gambling, including horse racing in the 1930s, dog racing, a state lottery, convenience video poker and full-service casinos.
There are four casinos operating in conjunction with horse or dog racing tracks (West Virginia is one of just four states that still run greyhound races) – Hollywood Casino at Charles Town and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, both of which run thoroughbred meetings, and Mardi Gras Casino and Resort and Wheeling Island, both of which offer dog racing.
The state has made several efforts to explicitly authorize advance deposit wagering, which allows residents to wager on horse races via telephone or internet, but has not yet passed such legislation.
But because of its status as a pari-mutuel state, many licensed ADW providers feel comfortable offering their services to West Virginians in 2019. Among legal online horse racing betting sites: AmWager.com; Dayatthetrack.com; DRFBets.com; NYRABets.com; Paribet.com; TVG.com; TwinSpires.com; and Xpress.Bet.com.