West Virginia online sports betting hits pause
Online and mobile sports betting is currently not available to West Virginia players as the state’s wagering platform provider works out a dispute with a third-party vendor. It’s a kink in the system that operators definitely don’t need, and it comes as the state’s lawmakers decide whether or not to expand online gambling options for the West Virginia residents.
Trouble in the West Virginia sports betting market began developing last week when state’s only provider of online and mobile wagering, the Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos, shut down sports betting operations completely. Later in the week it was announced that the shutdown had something to do with a dispute between Miomni Gaming, the platform provider, and an unnamed third-party vendor. What exactly that dispute involves is still unknown outside of company circles.
Company officials weren’t particularly forthcoming with details in a statement to the press, as reported on by the West Virginia Metro News, saying, “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 technology supplier. 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 for restoration. We apologize for this interruption in service.”
In other West Virginia gambling news, the State Senate voted 27-3 to authorize an expansion of services to include table games, slots and an interstate gaming compact.
So far there’s no word on when sports betting in West Virginia will be resumed.
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