West Virginia close to relaunching online sports gambling
DraftKings is testing an online sportsbook app
After a brief hiatus due to disputes among partners, online sports gambling could soon make a return to West Virginia. Delaware North was forced to bring its activity to a halt after its gaming partner was found to have been dealing in some creative accounting, but DraftKings was more than willing to step in and pick up the baton. After the last online sports wager was placed on March 6, the next round of bets could be placed as early as next week.
DraftKings has been testing its app in the state along with regulators. The West Virginia Lottery has reportedly signed off on the operations and the agency’s director, John Myers, explains, “We were making sure we can get the reports out of it that we need. Making sure that we can verify the player that has the account is the one playing and to make sure the geolocation system works, and those people are actually located inside the state of West Virginia.”
If DraftKings receives approval from lawmakers, others will most likely step into the state, as well. FanDuel should be right behind it to offer an online sportsbook, as would be William Hill. William Hill is already the sports gambling partner for the Hollywood Casino and operates a mobile app in other states.
Delaware North could try to return, as well – but it definitely won’t be with its former partner. It was forced to halt its online sportsbook after it was determined that its partner, Miomni, lied about having the authorization to use technology supplied by Entergaming and had not properly covered its financial obligations.