DraftKings marches on and as part of their licensing agreement with Penn National have launched a mobile sportsbook app in West Virginia. West Virginia is the second state with a DraftKings mobile app joining New Jersey.
West Virginia is the site of one of the most convoluted fiascos in recent sports betting history that for a time left the state without any mobile betting options. The ‘official story’ is that the Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island Casino–both owned by a food/hospitality management company called Delaware North–is in a dispute with their sportsbook provider. The last information suggested that their sportsbook provider Miomni Gaming was in some sort of tiff with a company called Entergaming. Delaware North has since terminated their partnership with Miomni Gaming but their sportsbooks–retail and online–have been out of action since March 2019. Delaware North has since filed suit against Minomni Gaming.
So why hasn’t Delaware North just picked up the phone and called one of a gazillion other sports betting providers to get their retail and mobile operations back online? Your guess is as good as mine. It could be an issue with state regulators–West Virginia is one of the states that has made the boneheaded decision to let the lottery commission run sports betting. At any rate, you’d think Delaware North would have an interest in getting things up and running again a week or so out from the start of NFL season.
Not that the sports bettors of West Virginia will notice now that they’ve got at least two options provided by actual professionals. FanDuel was the first mobile app to return to West Virginia and now DraftKings joins the fray. Matt Kalish, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at DraftKings, had this to say:
“We are thrilled to continue our DraftKings Sportsbook expansion by getting our product into the hands of West Virginians. We look forward to serving our fans with the top-rated DraftKings Sportsbook app, that features numerous consumer protection features and strives to provide the broadest selection of betting options with the best odds and rewards in West Virginia. DraftKings knows the American sports fan better than anyone, and we look forward to proving that in the Mountain State.”
John Finamore, Sr. Vice President of Regional Operations for Penn National Gaming also had a comment:
“We are pleased to help welcome DraftKings to West Virginia. They provide a quality online sports betting experience that will benefit their customers and the state.”
What would really benefit the state of West Virginia is the creation of an actual gaming commission to oversee casino and sports betting.