Delaware North Casinos in West Virginia Go Live

Global food service and hospitality company, Delaware North, has surprised sports bettors in West Virginia this Christmas by launching two retail sportsbooks within the territory’s borders. The operator’s shops will include first online and mobile betting options as well.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission has officially approved “a week of field testing” at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort on Thursday. Kim Florence, regional president and general manager at both venues commented:

“Our patrons are going to enjoy these spaces in the casinos and everything else we have to offer in terms of hospitality and entertainment. We are eager to welcome people from throughout the state and the regions surrounding West Virginia to try a new experience at our casinos.”

The company’s BetLucky site has also hit the market thanks to the state’s decision to legalize sports wagering in August. However, the website is in test phase and promotes betting app downloads only.

Priority On Digital Betting

The Buffalo-based hospitality company had already tried to initiate full digital-retail betting launch in November, but certain delays postponed this agenda. At the moment, all five gaming parlors support wagering as part of their usual gaming offers.

Furthermore, the recently launched online platform is backed by digital software from Miomni Gaming, distributors of end-to-end solutions in sports, race, fantasy, casino, live video streaming and marketing.

Both companies entered into an agreement in October 2018, but the deal covers other gaming venues outside West Virginia such as Arizona, Florida, New York etc.

Flexible Sportsbook Solutions

Vice-president of marketing at Delaware North, Luisa Woods, is pretty much confident that the newly inaugurated gaming properties now offer “flexible, easy to use and reliable” betting solutions.

She also stated that Miomni can deliver cutting-edge products with real-time race wagering, video playback options, gaming server platforms, centralized cloud-based CMS and more…

Providing a turnkey sportsbook platform to West Virginia punters follows FanDuel’s launch at the Greenbrier Resort last September, and DraftKings’ supposed partnership with Penn National Gaming.

Leading daily fantasy sports providers are yet to launch mobile apps which will additionally boost the state’s monthly sports betting revenues. As a reminder, the territory managed to cash in $320,600 from legal wagering on sports in the first week…

To make a comparison, Delaware’s numbers in October reached $16.8 million, thanks to 340,000 bets placed during the month. The busiest venue is currently Delaware Park, as 69 percent of all bets in the state were placed exactly here.

Last month, the Blue Hen state generated $1.1 million from customer wagers, reaching its second-highest monthly gain. According to the report, the proceeds have jumped to $16.4 million with vendor fees of $160,711.

Source:

“Delaware North first to launch digital sports betting in W. Virginia”, Steven Stradbrooke, calvinayre.com, December 28, 2018.

“WV Online Sports Betting Goes Live, And Two More Sportsbooks Open”, Dusting Gouker, legalsportsreport.com, December 27, 2018.

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