As West Virginia awaits news bettors have angered. Del.. Shawn Fluharty (D) talked on Tuesday about his frustration with the procedure.
“At this stage, I’d say cellular sports gambling has continued a disturbing trend in West Virginia in which the legislature passes a law and the ones responsible for executing the law haul their asses. I have seen little to no interest from state labs in receiving mobile sports betting up and operating. They’ve shown zero urgency.”
A lack of sports gambling, he states, has proven costly for state coffers. Other states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada have seen substantial revenue flow to the nation.
Fluharty also questioned West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers’ ability to finish what the legislature had been coined. Sports gambling and gaming bills had significant support whenever they passed.
“West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers explained sports betting as a’pain in the butt’ recently. This seems like a lack of leadership in the helm to me. As a result, we continue to eliminate money that the country fully expected to be getting by now.”
With the football season quickly approaching, including WVU football, casinos and the state are overlooking sports betting earnings opportunities. After a slow rollout Fluharty considers the current dilemma isn’t a good sign for the regulators of the state.
Fluharty was one of the driving forces behind legalizing WV sports gambling and casino gaming legalization efforts.
It seemed unlikely a year ago that West Virginia will be in this situation. That the country was the first state to pass sports gambling legislation prior to PASPA being chased by the Supreme Court.
Now, two sportsbooks stay closed and a relaunch of cellular gambling remains elusive.
The West Virginia Lottery has already approved three online sports gambling programs, but none have entered the marketplace. There is not any firm deadline of if they will.
Fluharty, rightfully , is exasperated:
“Here we’re entering football season in 2019 without a mobile sports betting platform. It will not help that the one cellular platform we had, which everyone would agree was when it rolled out, is currently offline due to lawsuit surrounding a contract dispute”
Fluharty thinks regulators are holding the practice up.
“So, in the conclusion of the day, I’m beyond frustrated. Usually I can point the finger but the legislation is being emulated in different areas of the nation and also sound. Those responsible for getting this done are neglecting us all levels.”
The delegate is not alone in his frustration. Not merely are you West Virginians not gambling online yet, but a few are driving across the border to Pennsylvania.
Most West Virginians have shot to share their disappointment. This ire includes the closures of Wheeling Island novels and their Mardi Gras and that none of the significant books are available.
West Virginia has sportsbooks that are active and three legal:
That doesn’t do a great deal of good to get a state.
Several bettors have said they know of individuals using underground bookies or offshore websites in the meantime. The legalization effort was an attempt to curtail a lot of this, bringing much-needed revenue to the country.
Xavier Jefferson, 26, works as a salesperson and lives in Fairmont. He attended WVU and made over 500 bets before it closed down.
His action had been curtailed and that has certainly been unwelcome, however, he never anticipated the situation to last this long. Like many in the nation , he lives too far away from a sportsbook that is valid to create betting worth the trip.
“We are very frustrated,” Jefferson said of himself along with a few betting friends.
“I am only impatiently waiting for a legal mobile app to open back up, but the majority of my friends are utilizing overseas programs or betting through their man until West Virginia gets a mobile program back. We aren’t driving to a brick and mortar casino because they’re too far off.”
PlayWV reached that the WV Lottery for comment out but didn’t get a response prior to the publication.
Sean Chaffin is currently a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas. His work is in a lot of websites and books. Follow him. He’s also the host of this Legitimate Gambling Stories podcast, on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, PokerNews.com, HoldemRadio.com, and other platforms.
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