Racetrack sports betting kiosk glitch idles some machines

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ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Sports betting kiosks at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona have been shut down while a vendor figures out why they came on in the middle of the night when they were supposed to have been turned off.

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Administrator Brian Ohorilko says surveillance video shows no one at the machines when they powered up overnight recently but William Hill, the company providing sports betting at the casino, has chosen to keep them off until the glitch can be resolved.

Sports bets can still be placed through casino personnel at betting windows and on a mobile app, but the self-service kiosks at the casino sportsbook area are off for now. The casino’s sports betting area closes at midnight except on Friday and Saturday when it closes at 1 a.m.

Ohorilko says sports betting in Iowa, which began Aug. 15, has gone smoothly otherwise.

Prairie Meadows reports the total amount wagered in August was $3.4 million, the highest of the 13 casinos now taking bets. Sports wagers for all the casinos last month totaled $8.5 million.

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