West Virginia has an active poker community. Competition from new casinos in Maryland and Ohio has lured some of the action away, but the player pool is still a respectable size. There are five poker rooms in West Virginia. Four poker rooms are located at racetrack casinos.
One is located at the Greenbrier Resort and is a private club. Only hotel guests and members may play there. In addition, all Greenbrier players must wear a sports jacket. The Greenbrier is best known as what was once a secret fallout shelter for Congress during the Cold War era.
Is Online Poker Legal in West Virginia?
West Virginia has yet to address online poker in its legislature. There are no laws for or against it. Several online poker rooms still accept West Virginia online poker players.
Online Poker in West Virginia
Bovada.lv is the largest online poker room that accepts West Virginia players. It is a Bodog Network partner and peaks at about 3,000 players each day. The newest feature of Bovada is Zone Poker, which is a fast fold game where players are moved to a different table immediately upon folding or winning a hand. Other unusual features include anonymous tables and a lack of waitlists due to full tables not being displayed in the Bovada lobby.
Bovada offers new players a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. There are more than $300,000 in guaranteed tournaments each week. Players can exchange poker points for tournament entries. Bovada processes Western Union withdrawals to players in as quickly as just one day. Players may request one free check per month, which arrive in 1-2 weeks.
**UPDATE** Bovada.LV has temporarily halted new signups in the USA; existing accounts will continue to function as usual, with cash out times still being within 1 to 2 weeks.
- The second largest online poker room that accepts West Virginia players is AmericasCardroom.eu. New players receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. TheBeast offers players a monthly points race with more than 500 winners. There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot. Americas Cardroom players can receive cashouts in just a day or two through either a debit card or Western Union. The debit card may be used at any ATM machine.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in West Virginia?
Hollywood Casino (Charles Town) – This 27-table poker room is the largest in West Virginia. Players will find No Limit Texas Hold’em with 1/2 and 2/5 blinds, 2/4 and 4/8 Limit Texas Hold’em and Omaha High/Low. There are ten scheduled tournaments each week.
Mardi Gras (Cross Lanes) – Mardi Gras spreads 24 tables. It specializes in No Limit Texas Hold’em, but also offers Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha High/Low and mixed games. There are ten weekly tournaments, one of which is HORSE.
Mountaineer (Chester) – No Limit Texas Hold’em is the main game at this 14-table poker room. There are ten tournaments each week.