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Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Finds Partner for Sports Betting Launch

The new sportsbook space is shown inside the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Photo Provided

From Staff Reports

WHEELING — A new partnership has been formed to develop technology for Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack’s launch this fall of sports betting.

Officials of Delaware North, the casino’s owner, said Wednesday it has partnered with Miomni Gaming to provide turnkey retail and mobile sports wagering services.

The two companies will focus first on launching services this fall for Delaware North’s two West Virginia casinos, Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort near Charleston. An exact starting date was not released.

Glen White, director of corporate communications for Delaware North, said the West Virginia Lottery Commission issued a temporary license for Miomni, which has been a licensed service provider to casinos in Nevada since 2012. He was not more specific about when the license might become permanent or when the casino might implement the retail and online sports wagering, other than to say it would happen simultaneously in West Virginia.

At Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras, Delaware North has created sportsbook spaces with flexible configurations and high visibility.

The facilities are designed to foster a casual sports bar atmosphere with seating and proximity to food and beverage options, including bars.

“It all adds up to a high-energy, high-participation atmosphere,” said Kim Florence, regional president and general manager for both Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras. “We think this will become a great draw to bring people from across the state and outside of West Virginia to experience these exciting resorts.”

The Delaware North and Miomni partnership will create the exclusive sportsbook technology platform for Delaware North’s gambling properties in states where sports wagering is or becomes legal. Currently, Delaware North operates gambling properties in Arizona, New York, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia and Arkansas. The two companies also will provide a turnkey sportsbook technology solution to other U.S. casino operators.

Miomni Gaming is described as a leading provider of U.S. mobile sports wagering technology.

“In working with Miomni, a recognized expert firm on the technology side, Delaware North is uniquely positioned to become a leader in the emerging sports wagering sector in the United States,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gambling business.

Luisa Woods, Delaware North’s vice president of marketing for its gaming division, said, “The partnership with Miomni will allow us to serve a new market of casino operators anxious to benefit from gaming expansion cost-efficiently, while increasing the visibility of their brand, deepening their customer relationships and enhancing the quality of their service offerings.”

Miomni has been a leading online and mobile sports betting platform provider in Nevada since 2012. It provides sports wagering technology to more than 50 casinos in the state.

“We are proud and excited to be working in partnership with Delaware North,” Miomni CEO Mike Venner said.

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