At The Start Of 2020 Wheeling Island Casino Still Doesn’t Have Sports Betting Up & Running:
With huge sporting events like college football championships, Super Bowl, and final four college basketball on the near horizon, sports betting sponsors are upset.
The West Virginia Legislator gave the green light to legalized sports betting in 2018. It was a huge coup for the advocates that wrote the sports betting bill. In early 2019 sports betting went online at the Wheeling Island Casino and at Mardi Gras Casino.
The sports betting at the two casinos was possible due to a partnership. The two casinos are owned by Delaware North who partnered with Miomni Gaming based in England. Delaware North launched the ‘Bet Lucky’ app which Miomni owns.
However, Miomini Gaming got into huge dust-up with a tech company that actually provided the platform the ‘Bet Lucky’ app. All of the sides tried to settle the dispute, with no agreement ever being reached. Three months after the ‘Bet Lucky’ app launch, it went dark due to the ongoing dispute.
Sports Betting Has Been Down At Both Casinos Since March 6th 2019 Due To The Dispute
The first three months that the ‘Bet Lucky’ app was running it was extremely successful. The dispute stopped the app dead in its tracks with ongoing finger-pointing by both sides. Delaware North filed a lawsuit against Miomni Gaming, for breach of contract, among a slew of other accusations. The suit was filed in April, and both sides of the lawsuit have remained stoic and silent. On Monday sports betting fans were flooding the casino with calls asking when sports betting would back.
That prompted the director of corporate communications of Delaware North to issue a statement. The director Glen White said, “We continue to work enlisting a new technology partner, for sports wagering in West Virginia. We are working towards the goal of reopening sportsbooks at our Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos. We will make an announcement when the entire process is completed.”
Several Fans & Players Left Messages On Delaware North’s Website To Voice Their Concerns
Fans and players of the sportsbook have been leaving messages on the Delaware North Website. There is a general message on the company website that informs interested parties of the latest developments. It reads, “We have notified the West Virginia Lottery Commission that Delaware North is taking steps to terminate it’s a partnership with Miomni Gaming, our management service provider in West Virginia.
Since March 6, Miomni’s contract dispute with third party technology supplier ‘Entergaming’ has resulted in our inability to accept new wagers at our Wheeling Inn and Mardi Gras Casinos, or at our Sports Betting app ‘Bet Lucky.” They went on to say at this time they are evaluating their options in selecting another sports betting provider and when a partnership is made they will announce it on their website. They added that they are committed to their sports betting customers and sports betting will be available soon.