Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Altoona, Iowa has shut its recently opened sports betting kiosks over a technical glitch. Prairie Meadows has partnered with sports betting operator William Hill which provides sports gambling at the casino’s newly launched sports betting lounge.
The sports betting machines powered up all of a sudden in the middle of the night while not in operation. It was confirmed that the machines had been duly turned off by the staff.
According to the local media reports, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Administrator Brian Ohorilko said that surveillance footage showed no one at the kiosks when they came on in the middle of the night.
Following the incident, William Hill and Prairie Meadows have decided to shut the betting kiosks until the technical glitch is identified and sorted.
The patron can continue to make bets through the betting windows and a mobile betting app while the casino’s self-service betting kiosks are fixed.
Iowa recently became the 11th US state to launch sports betting operations.
Earlier this month, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission released its first-ever sports betting figures for the first 17 days of action after launching sports betting operation at state casinos.
While Iowa casinos took over $8.5 million in wagers on sporting events, the sportsbooks grossed about $2.2 million in winnings. The majority of the bets were placed on local college-level sports.
The state also made about $1.5 million in taxes from the first 17 days of sports betting operations.