In The Hole: West Virginia US Open Sports Betting Guide

Posted on June 13, 2019 - Last Updated on February 13, 2020

The US Open is one of the most watched and exciting major tournaments of the PGA Tour season. With sports betting now permitted around the country, it should end up being one of the most wagered on events all year.

Of course, not all states have legalized sports betting yet. West Virginia, however, is one of the lucky few. The launch of online sports betting may be delayed, and down two sportsbooks, but sports betting in West Virginia is alive and well – mostly.

There are currently three active sportsbooks in West Virginia:

Hollywood Casino will likely attract bettors from nearby Virginia and Maryland, one of the reasons for the sportsbook’s success.

On the other hand, West Virginia bettors near the northern border of the state may head across state lines to fire up PlaySugarHouse.com, Pennsylvania‘s first online sportsbook.

2019 US Open

  • Date: June 13 – 16
  • Location: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA
  • Opening Tee Time: 9:45 a.m. Thursday
  • TV Networks: FS1 and Fox

The world’s greatest golfers will take aim at a major championship this week from the beautiful, yet difficult confines of Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

Since this is such an important tournament, WV sportsbooks should be busy taking plenty of bets.

The golf world turns to the 2019 US Open now after Tiger Woods took home the green jacket at the Masters and Brooks Koepka defended his title at the PGA Championship.

The tour’s final major is The Open Championship, which takes place next month in Northern Ireland.

Koepka is actually the two-time defending champion at the US Open as well, so he will be looking to win the event for the third consecutive year for the first time since Willie Anderson did so in 1905.

Even though the US Open is taking place all the way out in CA, the WV sports betting market should expect a jump in activity.

With the NHL recently crowning its champion and the NBA season coming to a close, there are only so many sporting events to wager on this time of year.

If the US Open is as entertaining as the first two majors of the golf season, then fans are in for a treat.

Let’s take a deeper look at everything you need to know regarding betting on the 2019 US Open.

Where to watch the US Open

Thursday, June 13 – Round 1

  • Fox Sports 1 – 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Fox – 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream – 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app – 12:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • US Open website stream – 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14 – Round 2

  • Fox Sports 1 – 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Fox – 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream – 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app – 12:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • US Open website stream – 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 – Round 3

  • Fox – 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app – 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • US Open website stream – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 16 – Round 4

  • Fox – 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app – 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • US Open website stream – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

How to bet on the 2019 US Open in WV

Betting on golf events is a little more intricate than placing wagers on team sports.

Casual golf viewers should note, though, that the US Open is typically played at one of the more difficult courses in the country. This means that scoring won’t be as low as you might see with other tournaments.

Pebble Beach is a difficult course in general. Plus, US Open’s are historically known for having a thick and almost unplayable rough surrounding the course. This year is no different.

Just because some scores might be higher than usual, doesn’t mean that the players are not doing well. Average golfers would struggle to finish a round with how the USGA prepares the US Open courses.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are among the other favorites in the field this week along with Koepka and Woods. Each will have to be at their best in order to have a chance to win on Sunday.

Let’s breakdown all of the ways you can bet on the US Open at WV sportsbooks.

Futures bet

A futures wager is typically the most common way to gamble on golf. You usually place a futures bet prior to the tournament starting by selecting which golfer will win it all. Most sportsbooks will allow futures after the play begins as well, but with updated odds.

With this style of bet, most gamblers pick which player will win the US Open, however, there are alternatives such as finishing in the top-5 or top-10.

Simply enough, if your player wins the event or finishes where you need, then you win your wager.

Futures are popular for golf because their payouts are usually very good. Even the tournament’s favorites have favorable odds around +1000.

Picking a winner in a tournament like the US Open tends to be difficult, though. There are 156 players slated to tee off on Thursday. If you’re able to choose the winner before the tournament begins, you’ll see a quality payday.

Head-to-head bet

The other most popular way to gamble on golf is through head-to-head wagering. Through this type of bet, you must choose which golfer is going to win a specific matchup provided by the sportsbook.

Sometimes these matchups involve golfers who are playing together in the same group, but others will pair two players with similar futures odds.

Sportsbooks will often have a lot of variations of head-to-head bets. Some will offer a matchup that concludes after just one round, while others will last for the duration of the tournament.

There can be differences in how many golfers are in a designated matchup, too. The most common is two, but some sportsbooks will offer them with three or four players.

Prop bets

Proposition bets are another way to bet on the 2019 US Open. Of course, it varies with every sportsbook, but there are usually more props available for major championships like this tournament.

The most common prop is which golfer will be in first place after each round. You can usually bet on who’s leading the tournament after 18, 36 and 54 holes.

Betting on the winning margin is a prop that’s also available at a lot of books. Bettors must decide how many strokes the top golfer will win by or if a playoff will be necessary.

Outside of these, sportsbooks can offer some pretty interesting prop options. Determining if there will be a hole in one is also a fun prop.

DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey has multiple listings for both Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods. The bets range from fairways and greens in regulation to making the cut.

Other props can include picking which golfer will be the best from each nationality. You’re able to choose if Woods will be the top American golfer and if Tommy Fleetwood can beat out Justin Rose for top Englishman.

In-play bets

In-play wagering is available for some golf events like they are in other sports. You should be able to bet on updated futures odds after each round.

Head-to-head matchups are an additional way to place an in-play wager on the US Open. Like with futures, a matchup’s odds will be updated throughout the round based on the results.

This is great because it gives bettors who missed the start of a player’s round another opportunity to place a bet. Other gamblers will use live betting to their advantage and actually wait to see how a golfer might be performing that day.

2019 US Open odds

The DraftKings Sportsbook in NJ has the following odds to win this year’s US Open:

  • Dustin Johnson +700
  • Rory McIlroy +850
  • Brooks Koepka +900
  • Tiger Woods +1200
  • Patrick Cantlay +2000
  • Jordan Spieth +2100
  • Rickie Fowler +2200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +2800
  • Jon Rahm +2900
  • Justin Rose +2900
  • Xander Schauffele +2900
  • Tommy Fleetwood +3000
  • Adam Scott +3000
  • Webb Simpson +3000
  • Justin Thomas +3300
  • Matt Kuchar +3500
  • Jason Day +3600
  • Francesco Molinari +3600
  • Paul Casey +4500
  • Henrik Stenson +4500
  • Phil Mickelson +5000
  • Tony Finau +5500
  • Shane Lowry +5500
  • Brandt Snedeker +5500
  • Sergio Garcia +6600

PGA Tour in WV

Although it technically isn’t a part of the 2019 season, the PGA Tour returns to the Mountain State at the very start of the 2020 campaign. In September, the world’s best will play four rounds at The Greenbrier located in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

The Old White TPC Course will host A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, formerly known as the Greenbrier Classic. The event will take place from September 9-15, 2019.

The tournament was moved to the fall because of the PGA Tour’s adjusted schedule for this year.

A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier will honor the men and women of the US military and first responders for the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Kevin Na won the event last year. He’ll tee off at the US Open on Thursday at 4:14 p.m.

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Chris Imperiale covers sports betting and the online casino industries. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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