Contract Dispute Halts Sports Betting At Two West Virginia Casinos

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Two casinos in West Virgina have halted sports betting due to a contract dispute with their platform provider.

Wheeling Island and Mardis Gras casinos, both run by Delaware North, and BetLucky.com, their online betting platform, abruptly stopped taking bets last week.

West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers told news outlets that it is a dispute between vendors. Miomni Gaming handles sports wagering in West Virginia.

“It wasn’t anything regulatory,” he told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “It’s completely a contractual thing between the company and their vendor. …  “It’s affecting their betting platform, and you can’t operate without that piece of the puzzle.”

Delaware North also issued a statement: “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 platform provider. … This has resulted in the interruption of the Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras sports-betting operations as well as the BetLucky.com mobile app from accepting new sports wagers. We are honoring and redeeming all resulted bets and are working to determine a time frame to restoration. We apologize for the interruption in service."

A notice on the Betlucky.com uses similar language: “The BetLucky.com mobile app will not be accepting new sports wagers at this time. We are honoring and redeeming all resulted bets and are working to determine a time frame for restoration.”

As of Monday, operations were still suspended. Officials were hopeful the issues would be settled in a matter of days and not weeks or months. Delaware North has set up a hotline for bettors who have questions about the disruption service. Those phone numbers are: 866-797-5306 for Mardi Gras and 866-807-4007 for Wheeling Island.

Sportsbooks at the state’s other casinos are operating as usual and without any issues.

Five casinos in the West Virginia launched sportsbooks between August and December. The state is among eight currently offering legal sports betting since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May allowing expansion of wagering outside Nevada

As the disruption was occurring at Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island, the state Senate passed a bill that would allow the state’s four licensed racetracks and Greenbrier Resort to offer “interactive wagering” games through smartphones, tablets and computers.

A few changes to the Senate version of the bill, forces it back to the House for approval.

One of the amendments was a minor grammatical change and the second change, proposed by Sen. Richard Lindsay, called for a part of the collected tax be put toward casino employee pension plans. In the amended bill, 14.75 percent of the 15 percent gross deposits would go to state coffers with 0.25 percent going to the pensions.

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