Still No Sports Betting at Wheeling Island
WHEELING — The college football championship game, Super Bowl and Final Four college basketball tournament all will take place within the next four months, and there still is no sports betting available at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack heading into 2020.
The West Virginia Legislature approved sports betting in the state in 2018, and it went online at Wheeling Island and at the Mardi Gras Casinos in early 2019. Both casinos are owned by Delaware North, which had hoped to win big with its “Bet Lucky” app operated by the United Kingdom-based company Miomni Gaming.
But a dispute between Miomni and third-party technology provider forced the app to go black three months later.
The “Bet Lucky” app and sports betting inside both tracks have been down since March 6. Delaware North brought legal action against Miomni in April, and there has been little said about efforts to restart sports betting since that time.
“We continue to work toward enlisting a new technology partner for sports wagering in West Virginia and reopening the sportsbooks at our Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos,” said Glen White Director, director of corporate communications for Delaware North. “We will make an announcement when that process is complete.”
Messages on the Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos websites inform patrons that sports betting still is not in operation at the casinos.
“We have notified the West Virginia Lottery Commission that Delaware North is taking steps to terminate its partnership with Miomni Gaming, our management services provider in West Virginia,” the message reads. “Since March 6, Miomni’s contract dispute with third-party technology supplier Entergaming has resulted in our inability to accept new sports wagers at our Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casino sports-betting operations as well as via the BetLucky.com mobile app.
“We are evaluating all options to once again provide sports wagering services, and we want our customers to know that identifying and implementing a solution could take several months or longer. In the meantime, we are continuing to honor and redeem all resulted bets and providing our customers with detailed information about how they can access their accounts and withdraw their funds.”
The company said it will continue to “remain committed to our customers and plan to offer sports betting again in the near future.”
Sports betting is happening at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, but the casino does not have a sports betting app. Its sportsbook is operated through the William Hill Co.
Two other casinos in the state offer sports betting through smartphones. The Hollywood Casino in Charles Town has as agreement with DraftKings to be its provider, while the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs is aligned with FanDuel.