Delaware North and IGT ink multi-state sports betting deal

Delaware North venues will offer sports betting in West Virginia and Arkansas under a new deal with IGT.

This morning, International Game Technology (IGT) announced a multi-state sports betting deal with Delaware North Companies Gaming and Entertainment.

This deal marks Delaware North’s return to the West Virginia sports betting market after Delaware North and Miomni Gaming’s joint sports betting platform was shut down.

What’s covered in the deal?

Under this deal, IGT will power land-based and mobile sports betting at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes and Wheeling Island Casino-Hotel-Racetrack in West Virginia, as well as land-based sports betting at Southland Casino Racing in Arkansas.

Brian Hansberry, Delaware North’s Gaming Division President, said: “Delaware North is confidently partnering with IGT to deliver sports betting to our customers and the many sports fans in West Virginia and Arkansas through world-class IGT PlaySports technology.

“IGT is a serious sports betting technology provider with a proven commitment to customer success, excellent global reputation, and a reliable, omni-channel sports betting solution for the U.S. market. We believe the IGT PlaySports solution will help us establish Delaware North as a preferred sports betting provider in West Virginia and Arkansas while enabling us to further reward our Lucky North Club members.”

Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President, said: “We’re proud to add Delaware North to our growing list of US-based customers leveraging PlaySports technology to offer reliable, best-in-class sports betting experiences to their patrons. Delaware North can count on IGT’s experienced team and trusted technology to help build a sports betting business that can scale for the opportunities of today and the future.”

What happened with Miomni and Delaware North?

Last year, Miomni and Delaware North partnered to create BetLucky.com, West Virginia’s first online sportsbook.

In March 2019, the Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos, which are both operated by Delaware North, stopped accepting bets at their land-based sportsbooks and on their shared online sportsbook due to a contractual dispute.

Since then, both companies have been locked in a legal dispute and Delaware North’s West Virginia venues suspended sports betting operations.

Sports betting in WV

West Virginia was one the first states to move forward with sports betting following the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018.

Mobile sports betting returned to West Virginia in August, with the launch of FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook.

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