Delaware North splits with West Virginia sports betting partner

1 April 2019

Casino operator Delaware North has terminated its sports betting contract with Miomni Gaming in West Virginia after a disruption to land-based, online and mobile wagering services in the state.

Delaware North’s BetLucky brand has been offline since March 6, while the land-based sportsbooks at its properties in Nitro and Wheeling have both been closed.

Miomni had been overseeing the running these operations under a management services deal agreed with Delaware North in October. However, an infringement dispute with fellow sports betting technology supplier Enterg Software Solutions has hit the services.

West Virginia Lottery director John Myers confirmed that Delaware North will now seek a new partner, but warned that it may be some time before the sports betting services return to normal.

“Delaware North is looking at a variety of options, however it could be months before it can restore the sports wagering operations at Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras,” Myers said.

“The West Virginia Lottery stands ready to work with Delaware North to bring both sportsbooks back online as quickly as possible once Delaware North has a solution in place.

“We are committed to ensuring the integrity of the sports wagering operations in our jurisdiction, and we are working to ensure that Delaware North honours and redeems all resulted bets and provides its customers with the ability to access their accounts and withdraw their funds.”

Delaware North customers with BetLucky or either casino are able to contact the operator directly for support and information.

However, there was more positive news for punters in West Virginia last week when it was revealed that Governor Jim Justice has let a bill allowing the state’s land-based casinos to launch online gaming to pass into law without signing the legislation. This saw the state become the fourth to legalise igaming in the US.

Governor Justice took a similar approach to sports betting legislation in the state, allowing it to pass into law without taking any action.

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