Sports Betting Remains Offline at 2 W.Va. Casinos As March Madness Begins

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Sports wagering will remain offline at two West Virginia casinos at the start of the NCAA Tournament.

West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers says in a news release a contractual dispute that caused a shutdown of the sports books earlier this month continues at Delaware North’s Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro and the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

Myers says negotiations are ongoing between the company’s management services provider and a technology vendor.

He says while the lottery is closely monitoring the situation, “it is now apparent that wagering will not resume at these locations in time for the early rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.”