West Virginia, which has legalized both in-person and online sports betting, is not currently servicing customers online, as well as two of the five retail sportsbooks. The blame can be placed on Miomni, the company supplying sports betting to West Virginia’s two Delaware North-owned casinos, and Entergaming, a third-party technology supplier to Miomni. The two companies are feuding over contract disputes and have not come to a settlement or resolution. Delaware North has since cut ties with Miomni and is looking to relaunch in several months.
BetLucky, the states only mobile provider, issued the following statement on their website in early March. Mobile West Virginia bettors have been deprived of mobile betting for over a month now, missing all of March Madness. On the bright side, the next iteration of online sports betting in West Virginia should be much improved from the poor experience BetLucky offered.
This newsletter covers stories from 03/26/19 to 04/8/19.
Recent Legislature -Arkansas Adds A Mobile Sports Betting Bill
A new bill in Arkansas would allow mobile betting. This bill would be a compliment to the other bill the state has on file that would legalize sports betting at retail casinos. What’s unique about the mobile bill is the fact that it would allow leagues to add their input as far as what betting types would be legal, as well as a 1% integrity fee. There are currently no integrity fees in any of the states that have legalized sports betting.
Recent Legislature -Alabama Introduces Legislation (Roll Tide)
Alabama recently introduced a sports betting bill, which if passed would be overseen by a new Sports Wagering Commission and include:
- Seven licenses available at $100,000 a piece
- The option to allow mobile wagering
- A 10% tax on revenue
- The NCAA championship, which featured No. 3-seed Texas Tech vs. No. 1-seed Virginia opened with the lowest over/under (117.5) in 14 years!.
- This will be the first NBA Playoffs without LeBron James in years, ending his ferocious 14-year streak.
- Mike Trout signed a 12 year, $430 million contract extension, the largest contract in professional sports history.
Our Best New Jersey Sportsbooks 2019 guide has been updated to include more sportsbooks. This guide will continue to be updated as we review Hard Rock, Resorts AC, and BetAmerica in the coming weeks.
On the Horizon - The Greatest Week in Sports
March Madness concludes on April 8th, but the rest of April is a fantastic time for sports. The Masters will be played in Augusta April 11th – 14th, NHL playoffs start April 10th and BA playoffs kickoff on April 13th. This is easily one of the most electrifying weeks in sports.
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