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Wheeling Island waiting on app development for sports betting

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As more and more casinos in the state of West Virginia open their sports betting operations, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack looks to have its going soon.

But the casino isn't ready to take bets quite yet. A big reason for the delay is the development of an app.

The app will allow people across the state to place their bets without even needing to go to the casino.

This hasn't been done yet in the state, and Wheeling Island wants to make sure everything is perfect before it launches.

"Wheeling Island will be the first to have a mobile app at this point in time,” said Kim Florence, regional president, general manager. “Obviously we still have to get that up and running, but that, again, has been our focus. It's really important because it gives people flexibility to bet anywhere in the state of West Virginia. It's very convenient."

Getting that technological also comes with some time-consuming problems.

“Really, it's about understanding how the technology works,” Florence said. “It's very new to people. It's also trying to marry the two together with the on-property betting, as well as the online betting.”

So, for now, there is no official date on when the app will launch and when people will be able to place bets on games and teams.

But the casino is hopeful that it will happen in the near future.

“We're working towards being open during football season,” Florence said.

While you can't place bets just yet, the sports bar is still open for business.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is anticipating the opening of its sports book Wednesday.

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