A Packed Sports Calendar For WV Sportsbooks Starts With The Masters

Posted on April 12, 2019 - Last Updated on April 11, 2019

The Super Bowl and March Madness may be over, but spring brings plenty of sports for some sports betting in West Virginia. Mobile sports betting may be on hold in West Virginia, but there are still three live sportsbooks in the state.

DraftKings Sportsbook is awaiting regulatory approval for mobile wagering, so many bettors are hoping for good news on that front. As a rural state, mobile offers a way for bettors hours from a casino to make some wagers.

In the meantime, players will have to make do with the remaining three retail West Virginia sportsbooks at the state’s casinos. Players can head to these three properties to make some bets:

Mardi Gras Sportsbook and Wheeling Island Sportsbook will have to sit out another major sporting event. They are waiting for their parent company, Delaware North, to secure a new sports betting partner.

As the temperatures rise outside and bettors look for some interesting events, here’s a look at some upcoming events.

Golf

The sports calendar starts off with the PGA Tour’s premier event, the Masters. Golfing’s elite step up to the tee on Thursday in a battle for the Green Jacket.

Patrick Reed won the coveted green jacket last year. This year’s favorites include:

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Justin Rose
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Tiger Woods

There are four PGA Tour majors scheduled between now and summer:

  • The Masters – April 11-14 (CBS, ESPN)
  • PGA Championship – May 16-19 (TNT, CBS)
  • US Open – June 13-16 (FS1, FOX)
  • British Open – July 18-21 (Golf Network, NBC)

Here is a complete guide to WV sports betting for the 2019 Masters to get you started.

Auto Racing

As spring and summer approach, interest in NASCAR and the IndyCar Series shift into high gear. Several major races are upcoming and here’s a look at a few of those.

  • Indianapolis 500 – May 26 (NBC)
  • Geico 500, Talladega – April 28 (FOX)
  • Monster Energy All-Star Race, Charlotte – May 18 (FS1)
  • Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte – May 26 (FOX)
  • Pocono 400, Pennsylvania – June 2 (FS1)
  • Firekeepers Casino 400, Michigan – June 9 (FS1)
  • Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma – June 23 (FS1)
  • Camping World 400, Chicagoland – June 30 (FS1)

Basketball

NBA fans have plenty to look for with the playoffs this year despite Lebron James and the Lakers being left out. The action cranks up in April.

  • Round 1 – April 13-28 (ABC, ESPN, TNT)
  • Semifinals – May 2-12 (ABC, ESPN)
  • Conference Finals, May 14-26 (ESPN)
  • NBA Finals – May 30 – June 16 (ABC)

Hockey

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are one of the greatest things in sports, and action got underway Wednesday, April 10.

Can the Washington Capitals repeat? Can the Vegas Golden Knights prove last year’s deep run to the finals as an expansion team wasn’t a fluke?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Round 1 – April 10-24 (NBCSN, USA, NHLN, CNBC)
  • Semifinals – Begin May 4 (NBC, NBCSN)
  • Conference Finals, May 18 (NBC, NBCSN)
  • Finals – TBD – June 16 (NBC, NBCSN)

Horse Racing

The battle for the Triple Crown kicks off with the annual “Run for the Roses” on May 4.

After almost four decades of no horse winning the Triple Crown, two horses accomplished the difficult feat in the last four years.

In 2015, American Pharoah brought it home and Justify won the three races last year. Horses will be entering the starting gates soon and here are key dates to remember.

  • Kentucky Derby – May 4 (NBC)
  • Preakness Stakes – May 21 (NBC)
  • Belmont Stakes – June 8 (NBC)

Soccer

Bettors and fans of the beautiful game have plenty of options as the spring and summer approach.

Major international league play continues as well as Champions League action. The USA is a favorite to repeat as Women’s World Cup champions.

  • English Premier League – runs through May 12 (NBCSN, TNT, numerous others)
  • UEFA Champions League – continue through final on June 1 (TNT, Univision)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup – June 7 – July 7 (FOX, FS1, Telemundo)
  • Major League Soccer – runs through Nov. 10 (ESPN, FOX, FS1, Univision)

Tennis

The Australian Open may have finished in January, but three of the Grand Slams are still on the schedule.

Tennis fans have a deep schedule of events remaining. Here’s a look at the upcoming majors.

  • French Open – May 26 – June 9 (NBC, NBCSN, Tennis Channel)
  • Wimbledon – July 1-14 (ESPN)
  • US Open – Aug. 26 – Sept. 8 (ESPN)
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