Sports Betting In West Virginia Temporarily Suspended
- Delaware North operates both Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos In WV
- The BetLucky apps were the only online sports betting platform in the state
- The apps were rated a combined 3.22 out of 5 stars from nearly 100 voters
The only two online sports betting platforms in West Virginia, as well as their physical sportsbooks, have temporarily suspended operations as of Wednesday night this week.
Delaware North, who operate both of the sportsbooks at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, released a statement explaining a “contract dispute” was the reason for the halt.
“We have been informed by Miomni Gaming, our sports wagering platform provider in West Virginia, that they have encountered a contract dispute with a third-party technology supplier,” said Glen White, a spokesman for Delaware North.
Users of the sports betting app were not able to withdraw their funds, nor were they given a timeline of when to expect the app to be back up-and-running.
In the meantime, West Virginia sports bettors can utilize the three other land-based sports betting locations in the state: The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Charles Town, the FanDuel Greenbrier Sportsbook, and the Mountaineer Casino’s Sportsbook.
With other online operators ready to unveil their mobile sports betting platform this year, BetLucky will need to find a quick stroke of luck to retain West Virginia players. The other operators include DraftKings, FanDuel, and William Hill, who have all jumped on the legalization train, operating sportsbooks across Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi.
Delaware North’s partnership with Miomni Gaming was official in October of last year.
Since their launch, the two casinos brought in close to a half million in combined revenue from mobile sports betting alone. But the state of the industry will only be minorly altered, as Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island casinos, combined, make up only 14.5% of the entire state’s handle. Additionally, they comprise only 11% of the total sports betting in West Virginia revenue and tax contributions.
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