West Virginia

Little / None

The State of West Virginia takes a stance against unauthorized gambling by prescribing fines of $5-$300 for any form of unlawful wagering for players with 10-30 days of jail time if the fine is not paid:

§61-10-5. Betting on games of chance; furnishing money or thing of value therefor; penalty.

If any person at any place, public or private, bet or wage money or other thing of value on any game of chance, or shall knowingly furnish any money or other thing of value to any other person to bet or wage on any such game, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than five nor more than three hundred dollars, and shall, if required by the court, give security for his good behavior for one year, and in default of the payment of such fine and the costs and the execution of such bond, if such bond be required, shall be imprisoned in the county jail not less than ten nor more than thirty days.

The law, interestingly enough, also prescribes a remedy for individuals who lose more than $10 in a 24 hour period, the law gives them three months to commence suit against the winner for the recovery of the money or property.  

There are also fines and potential jail terms for individuals who act as keepers of places of unlawful gambling or who conduct unlawful gambling as operators with fines of up to $1,000 and imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year, in most cases. 

There has been a recent arrest in West Virginia of a man who illegally possessed two gambling machines in addition to the five in his business that were possessed legally.

We can find no instance of anyone being arrested in the State of West Virginia for gambling online within their own home.

Technically, West Virginia does have penalties for players engaged in unlawful gambling, but those fines are relatively small compared to many other states, and there is nothing in the law that seems to have separate penalties for online gambling specifically. Combined with the many forms of legal gambling in the state, we are going to consider the restrictiveness of online gambling in West Virginia to be little/none.

FINAL RANKING: Little/None-2

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