Live Poker Coming to West Virginia Racetracks

Published June 6, 2002 by OCR Editor

Live Poker Coming to West Virginia Racetracks

Will new gambling games be intorduced at the racetracks of West Virginia? Some locals hope so.

Racetrack owners in West Virginia hope to be able to offer live poker, blackjack and other games played on video machines.

Ted Ameault, President of Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort, hopes for a 2003-2004 opening. The states four racetracks, Mountaineer, Charles Town Races & Slots, Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming and Wheeling Downs, would increase business by 20%.

At least 300 more jobs would be offered with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $50,000. However, Speaker of the House, Bob Kiss, feels that it will be difficult to convince the legislature to allow the live poker.
Although the Racetrack Video Lottery Tract law was passed to create jobs, the law was not intended to develop a casino business for the state.

See also

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West Virginia Considers Online Gambling Adaptation

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