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West Virginia Gaming

7/18/2018

article W.Va.'s Racing Industry Fights to Survive Amid Years of Teetering State Backing
(West Virginia) -- The dog and horse racing industries have played a major role in West Virginia’s economy since the mid-1930s. But in recent years, lawmakers at...

7/11/2018

article West Virginia Lottery releases emergency rules for sports betting
(West Virginia) -- Almost three weeks after approving rules governing sports betting at the state’s casinos, the West Virginia Lottery released the emergency rules...

6/30/2018

article W.Va. Lottery continues work on rules for sports betting
(West Virginia) -- With one West Virginia casino already working with a company to provide sports wagering in time for football season, officials say sports betting will...

6/28/2018

article In West Virginia, FanDuel makes first sports wagering deal
(West Virginia) -- A West Virginia resort owned by Gov. Jim Justice has chosen FanDuel to handle sports betting by its customers in the fantasy sports company's...
article West Virginia Lottery Commission continues work on rules for sports betting
(West Virginia) -- With one West Virginia casino already working with a company to provide sports wagering in time for football season, officials say sports betting will...

6/27/2018

article FanDuel, Greenbrier Partner in West Virginia to Have Live and Online Sports Betting by Fall
(West Virginia) -- Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has partnered with the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia in preparation for legal sports betting in the state...

6/26/2018

article FanDuel makes first sports wagering deal at The Greenbrier
(West Virginia) -- A West Virginia resort owned by Gov. Jim Justice has chosen FanDuel to handle sports betting by its customers in the fantasy sports company’s...
article In West Virginia, FanDuel makes first sports wagering deal
(West Virginia) -- A West Virginia resort owned by Gov. Jim Justice has chosen FanDuel to handle sports betting by its customers in the fantasy sports company's...

6/21/2018

article W. Va. Lottery Commission meets to set rules for sports betting at state casinos
(West Virginia) -- Hopeful of taking wagers in time for football season, the West Virginia Lottery Commission staged an emergency meeting Thursday to set the rules...
article West Virginia Lottery Commission sets sports betting rules
(West Virginia) -- The rules for sports betting in West Virginia were approved Thursday in an emergency meeting of the West Virginia Lottery Commission. The commission...
article WV Lottery Commission establishes rules for sports betting
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery Commission has set its rules for sports betting in the state, following an emergency meeting Thursday. West Virginia Lottery...

6/19/2018

article Checking In On West Virginia’s Sports Betting Plans and Launch
(West Virginia) -- Last we checked in on West Virginia sports betting, Governor Jim Justice forced a meeting between professional and collegiate sports league and team...

6/16/2018

article West Virginia aiming to be first in Tri-State to take sports bets
(West Virginia) -- As states jockey for position in the newly legal sports betting industry, West Virginia looks to be ahead of the game as one of the next to offer a...

6/9/2018

article Is WV sports betting lined up to start by football season?
(West Virginia) -- Plans, rules and rooms are already taking shape for West Virginia’s dip into sports betting. “Thirty days down the road, hopefully we...

6/7/2018

article Wheeling approves first video gambling cafe since lifting moratorium
(West Virginia) -- One new video gambling cafe proposed for Wheeling got the go-ahead this week while a second proposal is on hold for now. Village trustees approved...

5/28/2018

article State officials, casino owners look at ramifications of sports betting
(West Virginia) -- Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that betting on sports games is legal, casino owners, state lottery officials and Mountain State lawmakers...

5/23/2018

article West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Relents on Integrity Fee Amid Conflict of Interest
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia is pressing ahead with sports betting, minus the sports leagues’ controversial “integrity fee.” State Governor Jim...

5/22/2018

article WV Lottery revenue continues climb, with sports betting on horizon
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery revenue continued to climb in April, as more money spent on video lottery and traditional online and scratch-off games offset...

5/21/2018

article W.Va. Gambling Addiction Helpline ready for sports betting
(West Virginia) -- The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, the group that operates the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline, says it is fully prepared to offer treatment...

5/20/2018

article State officials and casino owners looking at the ramifications of sports gaming
(West Virginia) -- Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that betting on sports games is legal, casino owners, state lottery officials and Mountain State lawmakers...

5/19/2018

article Editorial: W.Va. positioned well to launch sports betting
(West Virginia) -- Just like it did three decades ago in regard to casinos, West Virginia is getting a relatively quick start out of the gate in the latest gambling...

5/15/2018

article The Supreme Court says states can allow sports betting. Will Virginia get in on the action?
(West Virginia) -- Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that freed state governments to legalize sports betting won’t have an immediate impact in Virginia, a...

5/14/2018

article Supreme Court decision on sports betting puts WV at the front of the line
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia’s gamble to be one of the first states to seize on legalized sports betting appears to be paying off. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a...

5/13/2018

article West Virginia Sports Betting Bill Could Earmark Integrity Fees for Universities
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia sports betting bill that passed into law without Governor Jim Justice’s (D) signature in March might soon be amended to...

5/12/2018

article Casino operators dispute Justice's claim of deal on sports betting integrity fee
(West Virginia) -- Gov. Jim Justice stunned the West Virginia gaming industry Thursday, issuing a news release claiming that a tentative agreement has been reached to...
article Casino operators say no deal in place for 'integrity fee'
(West Virginia) -- Casino operators in West Virginia say there's no deal to incorporate an "integrity fee" into the state's new betting law despite a...
article Lawmakers say there’s no need to revisit WV sports betting policy
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia lawmakers aren’t showing any interest in revisiting the sports betting law they just passed a few weeks ago, and some are...
article Statehouse Beat: About that meeting on sports betting
(West Virginia) -- Thursday at the governor’s office was a day of confusion, misinformation and chaos. In other words, business as usual. Gov. Jim Justice...

4/28/2018

article Live racing is back at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort
(West Virginia) -- Opening day of the 2018 Thoroughbred race will start out with the sound of the bugle calling horses to the races at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and...

4/25/2018

article WV Lottery breaks losing streak with upturn in March revenue collection
(West Virginia) -- Lady luck may have smiled on the West Virginia Lottery in March, as the Lottery broke a long losing streak for revenue collection. After seeing...

4/24/2018

article Justice administration, casino operators at odds over sports betting fees
(West Virginia) -- A meeting of representatives of the Justice administration and the state’s casinos planned for Thursday concerning the controversial integrity...

4/23/2018

article Decision imminent? High court ruling could bring sports betting to W.Va. in 90 days
(West Virginia) -- Officials with the West Virginia Lottery Commission and local casino owners think the U.S. Supreme Court may issue a ruling by the end of April on...

4/22/2018

article Imminent Decision?, High court ruling could bring sports betting to W.Va. in 90 days
(West Virginia) -- Officials with the West Virginia Lottery Commission and local casino owners think the U.S. Supreme Court may issue a ruling by the end of April on...

4/13/2018

article Customer blames Wheeling Island casino for burn injuries
(West Virginia) -- An Ohio man is suing a Wheeling Island casino, alleging negligence led to the plaintiff suffering burns. Todd Rock of Zanesville, Ohio, filed a...

3/21/2018

article Larrick: Sports betting could be up and running 90 days after SCOTUS decision
(West Virginia) -- State Lottery Director Alan Larrick says the U.S. Supreme Court could rule in less than two weeks on the sports betting issue. The Court is scheduled...
article Lottery director: WV sports betting could be ready in 90 days
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick said he’s optimistic that sports betting could be up and running at the state’s five casinos...
article West Virginia Lottery On Sports Betting: Casinos Could Be Ready 90 Days After Supreme Court Decision
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia has a sports betting law. So now what? While the legislature and governor enacted the law, the heavy lifting for implementation of legal...

3/13/2018

article Mardi Gras Casino operating under new ownership
(West Virginia) -- The sale of Nitro's Mardi Gras Casino & Resort has officially been completed, and the facility is now operating under the management of...

3/10/2018

article This Pennsylvania Border State Has Begun it's Own Gambling Expansion
(West Virginia) -- Pennsylvania made big waves last Fall when its legislature, after years of debate, passed a gambling expansion law that will change the outlook of the...

3/6/2018

article Ohio Valley Restaurant, Bar Owners Want a Piece of the Sports Betting Action
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia bar owners want a piece of the sports betting action, as they do not believe facilities such as Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack...

3/5/2018

article Rob Manfred mad at West Virginia over sports gambling
(West Virginia) -- It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is...

2/26/2018

article Bill to legalize sports betting at casinos advances to WV House floor
(West Virginia) -- Legislation to legalize sports betting at state casinos — pending a favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a federal law banning it...

2/25/2018

article COLUMN: West Virginia sports betting bill contains few sure things
(West Virginia) -- If West Virginia legislators behind the sports betting bill were trying to ensure we can compete against surrounding states, they went way, way...

2/19/2018

article Sports betting bill gets a piece of PEIA action
(West Virginia) -- The state Senate took a bill dealing with sports betting and popped in an amendment meant to help stabilize the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

2/18/2018

article Wheeling Island Casino to open at 5 p.m.
(West Virginia) -- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is set to open at 5 p.m. Sunday, February 18th. Wheeling Island Stadium is under water, and the casino has shut...

2/16/2018

article W.Va.’s Share Behind Others
(West Virginia) -- If West Virginia legislators behind the sports betting bill were trying to ensure we can compete against surrounding states, they went way, way...
article Rising waters won't slow down Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack
(West Virginia) -- As the waters continue to rise, Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack is preparing ahead for flooding. Officials said they're taking every step...
article Wheeling Island cancels live greyhound racing
(West Virginia) -- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack has canceled live racing for Friday. February 16th. According to a press release, the 25 live greyhound races...

2/12/2018

article Sports betting would benefit West Virginia
(West Virginia) -- Local tracks would take on duties associated with sports betting if the practice becomes legal in West Virginia, and it’s expected hundreds of...

2/11/2018

article West Virginia Tracks Could Win With Sports Betting Measure
(West Virginia) -- Wheeling Island Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort could get a boost if West Virginia allows sports betting,...
article EDITORIAL: Get Bigger ‘Take’ From Sports Bets
(West Virginia) -- Five and one-half million dollars doesn’t even amount to chicken feed in the context of the billions of dollars wagered on sports every year in...

1/28/2018

article W.Va. Lottery introduces sports gambling bill to Legislature
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery is having a bill drafted to be introduced to the state legislature this session that would authorize sports betting in the...

1/24/2018

article West Virginia Lottery pushing legalizing of sports betting in WV
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery wants to get into the sports betting business. The Lottery is having a bill drafted to be introduced in the Legislature this...

1/23/2018

article Lottery Commission introducing bill to legalize sports betting at WV casinos
(West Virginia) -- Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court this year will overturn federal law prohibiting most states from legalizing sports betting, the state Lottery...
article State leaders, track react to Racing Commission’s cut of Charles Town Classic
(West Virginia) -- The State Racing Commission Tuesday rejected a proposed $1.25 million dollar purse for the Charles Town Classic horse race, throwing the state’s...
article West Virginia Racing Commission declines to approve purse funds for Charles Town Classic
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Racing Commission on Tuesday voted not to approve the $1.2 million purse of the Charles Town Classic, putting the future of the...

1/22/2018

article West Virginia Casino To Exchange Hands
(West Virginia) -- A gaming company is doubling down on its offerings in West Virginia. As the state debates the merits of online gambling and also prepares for legal...

1/18/2018

article Penn National: Keystone State casino expansion won’t affect Charles Town
(West Virginia) -- Penn National Gaming Inc., the Pennsylvania corporation that owns and operates the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, is...
article Mardi Gras time for Delaware North
(West Virginia) -- Delaware North is adding to its gaming and casino portfolio with plans to acquire the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Nitro, West Virginia. Buffalo-...

1/15/2018

article Online Poker Bill Introduced In West Virginia
(West Virginia) -- On the heels of neighboring Pennsylvania legalizing online casino gaming and authorizing more brick-and-mortar gambling, West Virginia has officially...

1/11/2018

article West Virginia Takes Another Crack At Legalizing Online Gambling
(West Virginia) -- A group of five Democrat state lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that would legalize online gambling in West Virginia. The bill, H 3067, was first...

12/25/2017

article Study: Greyhound racing industry lacks drug use oversight
(West Virginia) -- An overview of drug testing at greyhound racetracks across the country over the past decade found a spike in positive drug tests in 2017, according to...

12/24/2017

article W.Va. Race Dogs Survive 2017
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Legislature voted this year to eliminate the state’s Greyhound Breeding Development Fund, a move industry leaders believed...

12/20/2017

article Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack donates 150 hams to area charities
(West Virginia) -- A donation from Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack will provide four charities a total of 150 hams to assist families in need this holiday season.

12/12/2017

article Commission OKs Mardi Gras race days, balks at Charles Town purse
(West Virginia) -- Members of the state Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a 255 race-day schedule for greyhound racing at Mardi Gras Racetrack and Casino in Nitro in...

12/9/2017

article Hollywood Casino employee files class action suit against the company
(West Virginia) -- An employee at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, has filed a class action and collective action civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the...

10/31/2017

article Greyhound racing reps discuss ways to revive besieged industry in WV
(West Virginia) -- Like their thoroughbred racing counterparts a day earlier, representatives of greyhound racing interests huddled up Tuesday to brainstorm ways to...

10/30/2017

article Horse racing reps discuss ways to reinvigorate industry
(West Virginia) -- Racing industry representatives met Monday as part of an ongoing West Virginia Racing Commission effort to come up with ways to reinvigorate interest...

10/25/2017

article Lottery Commission work session on sports betting 'strictly educational,' director says
(West Virginia) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court slated to hear arguments in December on whether New Jersey can legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks,...

10/21/2017

article Chef Sam Kaufman Makes a Splash at Casino
(West Virginia) -- Chef Sam Kaufman has been on the food scene for almost 20 years and has worked all over the country before landing at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino as...

9/9/2017

article West Virginia Lottery signs new seven-year contract
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery and IGT Global Solutions Corp. have entered into a seven-year contract that will provide the West Virginia Lottery with a...

8/30/2017

article WV lottery fund woes continue
(West Virginia) -- A new budget year brought more dismal financial numbers for the West Virginia Lottery, as July gross revenues of $92.1 million were down $6.7 million...

7/26/2017

article Slot machine retailers taking advantage of new state law
(West Virginia) -- Limited Video Lottery retailers are already taking advantage of a new state law that allows them to move around video lottery machines to better...
article Under new law, WV bars adding video lottery machines
(West Virginia) -- In the past few weeks, nearly 200 West Virginia bars and clubs offering limited video lottery have taken advantage of a new law increasing the maximum...
article W.Va. racetrack supports Gaming Education Week
(West Virginia) -- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has pledged its support for Responsible Gaming Education Week, which starts Monday. As an industry leader, Penn...

6/13/2017

article Video lottery distance ordinance postponed
(West Virginia) -- Upgrades to the Piney Gorge Sewage Plant are closer to reality after Beckley Common Council voted Tuesday to approve measures that will allow the city...

5/2/2017

article WV Racing Commission cancels meeting to reconsider Mountaineer schedule
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino begins an abbreviated, four-day-a-week thoroughbred racing schedule this week after members of the state Racing...

4/25/2017

article W.Va. fares poorly in gambling study
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia is the fourth-most gambling addicted state, according to a report released this week by WalletHub. Nevada came in as most addicted,...

4/11/2017

article Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Employees Speak Out On Ohio County Smoking Ban
(West Virginia) -- Employees and patrons of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and limited video lottery outlets are urging the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health...

4/5/2017

article In West Virginia, greyhound racing's days could be numbered
(West Virginia) -- At one of the last remaining greyhound tracks in the U.S., dogs with names such as Terracuda and Flyin Jawbreaker outnumber the people watching in the...

4/4/2017

article Daily Mail editorial: Good news, bad news for gambling addicts statewide
(West Virginia) -- Many West Virginia legislators and governors have had a love affair with different forms of gambling to generate revenue over the years. The West...

4/3/2017

article Bill against dog racing is near final vote
(West Virginia) -- The greyhound racing industry in West Virginia would be completely eliminated as the gaming reform was also approved by the House of Delegates last...

4/1/2017

article Greyhound defunding bill headed to governor
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will have to decide whether to act on a bill completed by the state Legislature on Saturday, April 1 that would cut...

3/28/2017

article House measure lets lottery winners to remain anonymous
(West Virginia) -- A bill passed Tuesday by the West Virginia House would allow lottery winners of $1 million or more to remain anonymous. Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer...

3/27/2017

article Bill Eliminating Greyhound Breeders Fund Passes W.Va. Senate
(West Virginia) -- A bill to eliminate the West Virginia’s Greyhound Breeders Fund passed the West Virginia Senate today despite members from the Northern...
article Senate decides to eliminate Greyhound Breeding Fund in close vote
(West Virginia) -- Despite impassioned pleas by state senators from the Northern Panhandle, the Senate narrowly approved a bill Monday that would do away with greyhound...
article Senate narrowly passes bill to eliminate greyhound subsidy
(West Virginia) -- Legislation to eliminate a $15 million a year state subsidy to greyhound racing purses passed the Senate by a narrow 19-15 margin Monday, with...
article Uncertain future for hundreds of W.Va. greyhounds
(West Virginia) -- The next run for racing greyhounds in West Virginia could be to Florida — another state that has dog racing — or to adoption and a new...

3/24/2017

article West Virginia Online Gambling Effort For 2017 Might Be Over Before It Really Started
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia became the most recent state to enter the fray when it comes to legalizing online gambling. But a new report and the legislative...

3/23/2017

article Greyhound breeder elimination bill advances
(West Virginia) -- A bill to eliminate West Virginia’s Greyhound Breeders Fund will get a vote on the Senate floor. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday...

3/20/2017

article West Virginia targets online gaming with first bill
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia has become the latest state in the US to consider the possibility of legalising online gambling after a bill was put forward by...
article Greyhound racing in West Virginia could soon be gone
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia’s revenue has significantly dropped after a serious decline in the coal industry and the state is looking for alternatives to fill...
article Panhandle fighting for greyhound breeders
(West Virginia) -- Steve Sarras said each of his 84 greyhounds eats up to 2.5 pounds of beef per day in preparation for running at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack...
article West Virginia greyhound industry demise under debate
(West Virginia) -- As a long continuing trend across the country and throughout the world plays out, West Virginia could be the next U.S. state to end greyhound racing...

3/18/2017

article West Virginia Makes Move Towards Online Gambling with House Bill 3067
(West Virginia) -- House Bill 3067 has recently been introduced into the state of West Virginia in an attempt to legalize online gambling activities. Mike Pushkin, Mike...
article Northern Panhandle Fighting For Greyhound Breeders
(West Virginia) -- Steve Sarras said each of his 84 greyhounds eats up to 2.5 pounds of beef per day in preparation for running at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack...

3/17/2017

article West Virginia introduces first online gambling bill
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia recently introduced House Bill 3067 – the first bill to legalise and regulate online gambling in the state. Delegate Shawn...
article Lawmakers debate ending greyhound development fund
(West Virginia) -- Hundreds of jobs could soon be eliminated from Ohio County, leaving hundreds more greyhound dogs in need of a home. That's if a bill that...

3/16/2017

article iGaming debate arrives in West Virginia
(West Virginia) -- Five West Virginian Democratic delegates (Shawn Fluharty, Sean Hornbuckle, Mike Pushkin, Joseph Canestraro and Mick Bates) have introduced a gaming...

3/15/2017

article West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Introduced to Generate New Tax Revenue
(West Virginia) -- A West Virginia online gambling bill has been introduced to the state legislature’s House of Delegates, but the statute’s odds of one day...

3/13/2017

article Gambling helps state coffers, but increases risks for those addicted
(West Virginia) -- As physicists are known to say, for every action, there is a reaction. Over the years, there has been an explosion of legalized gambling in West...

3/6/2017

article West Virginia joins fight for legal sports betting
(West Virginia) -- A bipartisan group of eleven state Delegates presented a bill that would allow the State Lottery Commission to draft the regulations for legal sports...

1/31/2017

article Larrick gets started at Lottery
(West Virginia) -- New West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick said Tuesday his agency is considering offering gaming enhancements for state lawmakers to look at in...

1/29/2017

article Pennsylvania, Ohio Casinos Hammer West Virginia Profits
(West Virginia) -- In 2007, officials with Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort worked hard to legalize West Virginia...

1/26/2017

article W.Va. blackjack player returns to casino game after robbing bank
(West Virginia) -- A West Virginia man has admitted to leaving a casino to rob a bank before returning to continue gambling. Kerry Johnson, 52, of Charleston, pleaded...

1/11/2017

article Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health May Revisit Smoking Ban Exemptions
(West Virginia) -- The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has a prescription for other counties: Don’t follow their example in granting smoking exemptions to...

1/10/2017

article The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town is prepared to take on newcomer MGM
(West Virginia) -- At one point, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town was one of the only casinos in the Four-State region. Now the casino has some steep competition,...

1/2/2017

article Banner year for West Virginia racetrack and casino
(West Virginia) -- Last year reportedly saw the Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races in West Virginia set a number of all-time individual highs including record all-...
article West Virginia casino expects revenue drop amid competition
(West Virginia) -- In days gone by, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was one of the only gambling and racing destinations for the Washington, D.C., area residents...

1/1/2017

article Hollywood Casino wraps up 2016 racing campaign
(West Virginia) -- When Holy Dixieland crossed the wire first in the ninth race on Friday night, the curtain was brought down on a year of racing at Hollywood Casino at...

12/31/2016

article Editorial: Competition means rethinking WV gaming
(West Virginia) -- When West Virginia got into the gaming business, the state benefited greatly from the lack of gambling in neighboring states, particularly Ohio and...

12/28/2016

article New D.C. casino likely to hurt slumping W.Va. gaming revenue
(West Virginia) -- Judging by the news accounts, the opening of the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino and resort outside of Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8 was as...

12/25/2016

article Profits keep falling at Mountaineer Casino amid competition
(West Virginia) -- Profits at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have plummeted to less than half their 2014 levels. Reno, Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.,...

12/14/2016

article Washington, D.C.-area casino provides more competition for Charles Town
(West Virginia) -- There’s more competition for West Virginia’s best performing casino with the recent opening of the MGM National Harbor Casino and Resort...

12/10/2016

article Casino owners sue over smoking ban
(West Virginia) -- Three video lottery casino owners have filed a lawsuit against the Brooke County Commission and Brooke County Health Department, alleging the...

12/6/2016

article Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort patron alleges chair broke, caused injuries
(West Virginia) -- A Pennsylvania couple alleges the wife was injured when a chair she was using at a slot machine collapsed at a Chester casino. Bertha Gardom and...

12/4/2016

article Profits Keep Falling at Mountaineer Casino Amid Competition
(West Virginia) -- Profits at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have plummeted to less than half their 2014 levels. Reno, Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.,...

12/2/2016

article Revenue falling for Mountaineer Casino
(West Virginia) -- After nearly a decade of watching new casinos open in Ohio and Pennsylvania, profits at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have plummeted to...

12/1/2016

article Revenue Falling For Mountaineer Casino in Chester
(West Virginia) -- After nearly a decade of watching new casinos open in Ohio and Pennsylvania, profits at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have plummeted to...

11/13/2016

article CT Races files lawsuit
(West Virginia) -- PNGI Charles Town Racing filed a lawsuit against the company that resurfaced the track at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races after the track was...

10/21/2016

article Horse breeders hope for state protection by W.Va. governor
(West Virginia) -- With profits at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort continuously squeezed by newer casinos in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, those who breed and...

10/16/2016

article Gambling support group helps transform man’s life
(West Virginia) -- Walking out of a casino, faced with the next day’s sunlight, Marshal Verzich realized he had just gambled for 18 straight hours. “When I...

8/23/2016

article WV Lottery weathers Greenbrier casino revenue drop after flood
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery revenue from The Greenbrier’s casino fell 44 percent last month, after the June 23 flood forced the resort to close for...

7/29/2016

article WV Lottery revenues down $27 million, mostly at racetracks
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery finished the just-completed budget year with gross revenues of $1.136 billion, down more than $27 million from the previous...

7/19/2016

article New general manager appointed at Mountaineer Casino
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Hancock County has a new general manger. Gregg Carano, the executive vice president of Food and Beverage...

7/12/2016

article WV Lottery officials keeping eye on PA internet gambling bill
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery officials are closely monitoring legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would significantly...

6/25/2016

article 'Unbelievable' flooding devastates The Greenbrier resort
(West Virginia) -- “Unbelievable” was a word Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice couldn’t stop uttering as he described flood damage...

6/24/2016

article WV Lottery takes longer to reach $1B in revenue this year
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery revenues have topped the $1 billion mark for the 14th consecutive year — but it took longer to get to $1 billion this year...

6/20/2016

article Greyhound racing survives with Tomblin’s help
(West Virginia) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s decision to remove one word from the new state budget will keep money from casino gambling pouring into the greyhound...
article Problem gambling liability decided by WV Supreme Court
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court has responded to a U.S. District Court’s question regarding recent litigation involving an Ohio man and whether...

6/17/2016

article WV Supreme Court says casinos, video lottery manufacturers can't be blamed for problem gambling
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court says it is up to gamblers to know when to stop pumping money into video gaming machines. The opinion answered a...

6/15/2016

article Charleston attorney wants to see greyhound funding remain intact under new budget
(West Virginia) -- A Charleston attorney representing the greyhound industry is hoping that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will reconsider cutting the industry’s funding in...

6/14/2016

article Greyhound purse fund cut in half in new budget
(West Virginia) -- The state budget bill passed by state lawmakers Tuesday includes a move that cuts in half the money in the greyhound racing purse fund. The bill (...

5/1/2016

article Youngstown bank robbery suspects nabbed at Mountaineer Casino
(West Virginia) -- The two men suspected of robbing a Youngstown bank have been arrested in a West Virginia casino. The United States Marshal announced on Saturday that...

4/27/2016

article Greenbrier casino sees rise in revenue, other casinos on decline
(West Virginia) -- As state Lottery revenues continue to decline, hit by competing casinos in border states as well as the downturn in the state economy, one location...

4/14/2016

article Casino interests give 5-figure checks to conservative group
(West Virginia) -- Two casino companies have given five-figure checks to a West Virginia conservative political committee. According to federal campaign finance records...

4/10/2016

article A look at regulations on video lottery
(West Virginia) -- With the expansion of video lottery businesses across the region, some municipalities have set up regulations on where these businesses can operate....

4/1/2016

article Mountaineer Prepares for 160-Day Meet
(West Virginia) -- Horses are back training at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, where more than three months of down time in late fall and winter allowed for...

3/27/2016

article Charleston takes aim at casino revenue
(West Virginia) -- Given the current division in West Virginia politics, it's easy to understand why it's difficult to get things accomplished. Certainly a...

3/25/2016

article Overall lottery revenue down slightly for 2015–2016
(West Virginia) -- State video lottery revenues saw a rare uptick in February, compared to the same month in 2015, but West Virginia’s acting Lottery director...

3/21/2016

article Video lottery losses also hit Chester hard
(West Virginia) -- Chester is the latest Hancock County municipality to feel the sting of the drop in racetrack video lottery revenue. On Monday, Chester City Council...

3/17/2016

article ‘Bill of goods’ doomed WV gaming bills, advocates say
(West Virginia) -- Misinformation and misunderstanding doomed several bills dealing with West Virginia’s gaming industry — including legislation to end state...

3/14/2016

article Gaming industry emerges from session unchanged
(West Virginia) -- The gaming industry in West Virginia remains unchanged following the completion of the 60-day legislative session despite lots of discussion by...

3/11/2016

article Greyhound Racing Subsidies at Wheeling Island Casino Off the Table in Charleston After Bills Shelved
(West Virginia) -- Two bills that could have spelled the end of greyhound racing in West Virginia - but with very different implications for the casinos that offer it -...

3/6/2016

article Greyhounds Could Be Left Out in Cold If Racing Subsidies End at Wheeling, Charleston Casinos
(West Virginia) -- The answer to "who let the dogs out" could be West Virginia lawmakers if legislation to end dog breeder subsidies passes the legislature,...
article Senate, House greyhound racing subsidy bills differ
(West Virginia) -- Going into the final week of the 2016 regular session of the Legislature, there are two bills pending that would take away state subsidies for...
article Two West Virginia bills could affect Wheeling Island Casinos
(West Virginia) -- The state of West Virginia is currently dealing with a major budget shortfall and serious issues such as decaying roadways. Two bills have been...
article West Virginia Spent $5.3 Million to Subsidize Greyhound Racing in 2015 in Wheeling and Charleston
(West Virginia) -- Racing and breeding greyhounds in West Virginia can prove quite lucrative, as one breeder received $511,932.90 in subsidies from the Greyhound...

3/4/2016

article West Virginia Dog Breeders Facing Subsidy Loss, Would Impact Wheeling Casino
(West Virginia) -- As the state grapples with decaying roads and a massive budget shortfall, two bills to end subsidies for greyhound purse and breeders' funds are...

3/1/2016

article Bill could be a death knell for dog racing
(West Virginia) -- Hard times mean hard choices and greyhound breeders in West Virginia are finding themselves on the losing end of those choices at the state capitol...
article Greyhound racing community rallies against funding bill
(West Virginia) -- House of Delegates members on Tuesday passed a bill to end millions of dollars in subsidies for the state's greyhound racing industry, instead...
article House bill does away with casino improvement fund; shifts money
(West Virginia) -- Over the objections of delegates from casino counties, the House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would end the $9 million fund used by the...
article Senate passes bill pulling state funds from greyhound racing
(West Virginia) -- Greyhound racing in West Virginia moved closer to its final finish line, with passage Tuesday in the Senate of a bill to eliminate state subsidies for...

2/29/2016

article W. Virginia bill could hobble race track casinos
(West Virginia) -- A bill floated on behalf of West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin would strip funding from the state’s horse tracks four years earlier than...
article WV Racing Groups to Rally at Capitol
(West Virginia) -- Racing interests and their legislative representatives plan a rally March 1 at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston to combat bills that call for...

2/27/2016

article House Finance Passes Bill to End Racetrack Modernization Fund
(West Virginia) -- A House committee has advanced a bill that would halt the state-funded updates to casinos and casino games. House Bill 4271 ends discretionary...
article Protestors decrying Senate bill gather at casino
(West Virginia) -- Senate Republicans are moving forward with legislation that, if approved, would end state funding for greyhound racing in West Virginia.
article Senate delays taking up racing subsidies bill
(West Virginia) -- Senate consideration of a bill that would eliminate state subsidies for greyhound racing (SB641) was postponed for a second straight day Saturday, in...

2/25/2016

article Racetrack Gaming Issues Heat Up in WV
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Senate Feb. 25 had first reading on legislation that would defund and decouple greyhound racing from gaming but maintain...

2/13/2016

article Kercheval: Dog racing heads to the finish(ed) line
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia’s greyhound racing industry may be on its last legs. The state Senate will be taking up a bill by Senator Chris Walters, R-Putnam...
article WV Bill Would Decouple Racing and Gaming
(West Virginia) -- Legislation that would remove the requirement that racetracks with gaming also offer live racing has been introduced in the West Virginia Senate. The...
article Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Cancels Saturday Live Racing
(West Virginia) -- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack announced they have canceled their live greyhound racing program scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday due to cold...

12/18/2015

article WV lottery director says revenue still falling at ‘about 4 percent’
(West Virginia) -- Lottery revenues continue to decline at a steady rate, but the economic downturn in the southern coalfields has not had a noticeable impact, Lottery...

12/15/2015

article Ohio woman claims Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort's negligence caused fall
(West Virginia) -- An Ohio woman is suing over injuries she claims she suffered when she fell at a casino hotel. Enice Boyde of Steubenville filed the suit Nov. 25 in...

12/7/2015

article Jockey blames Mountaineer Park for injuries from fall
(West Virginia) -- A man is suing Mountaineer Park Inc. after he claims he was injured when his horse fell on him. MTR Gaming Group Inc. and Eldorado Resorts Inc. were...

12/2/2015

article New video lottery system coming in 2018
(West Virginia) -- State Lottery officials have finalized a contract with Scientific Games Corp. for a new central computer system to monitor and control the more than...

11/24/2015

article Mountaineer Casino looking to scale back number of horse races
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino wants to host fewer horse races next year. The Morning Journal reports that as of right now, the West Virginia track is approved...

11/21/2015

article Mountaineer Casino Gives Back to Community for Thanksgiving
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casio is giving back in a big way this holiday season. More than 250 families in need Hancock County are able to have a family...

11/19/2015

article Court upholds 2009 suspensions of 7 Charles Town jockeys
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Racing Commission did not engage in improper rule-making when it suspended the permits of seven jockeys for improper weigh outs...

11/6/2015

article Wheeling residents sue Wheeling Island Gaming, alleging negligence in crash
(West Virginia) -- Two Wheeling residents are suing a casino, a motorist and a vehicle owner, alleging negligence for injuries they say they sustained during a drunk...

11/1/2015

article Haid: State can increase video lottery revenue by lifting restrictions
(West Virginia) -- By lifting the current restrictions and allowing two additional machines per venue, the state can greatly increase the revenue from video lottery...

10/27/2015

article Integrity highlighted at Lottery director’s final meeting
(West Virginia) -- Tears were shed Tuesday morning at the headquarters of the West Virginia Lottery when retiring state lottery director John Musgrave took part in his...

10/10/2015

article Going to the dogs: Greyhound racing declines in West Virginia
(West Virginia) -- The quiet and gloom of an overcast early afternoon at the Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack in West Virginia is pierced by the recorded...

10/8/2015

article Longtime W.Va. Lottery Director to Retire
(West Virginia) -- Longtime West Virginia Lottery Director John C. Musgrave will retire at the end of the month. Musgrave said that his decision to retire came after...

9/16/2015

article Ohio woman blames Mountaineer Casino for injuries
(West Virginia) -- An Ohio woman blames her injuries on a Northern Panhandle casino. Vivian Roman filed her complaint in Hancock Circuit Court against Mountaineer Park...

9/2/2015

article W.Va. casino seeks people-oriented dealers to run table games
(West Virginia) -- Some casino managers look to hire a table-games dealer with technical experience, but at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, management is looking...

8/26/2015

article WV Racing Industry Sets Legislative Goals
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia racing industry will pursue several initiatives during the 2016 legislative session, including statutory changes that would lower...

8/10/2015

article Earnings Drop At Chester's Mountaineer Track
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort saw profits drop 20.5 percent from April 1 to June 30 compared to the same period in 2014, as the gambling...

8/9/2015

article Hancock County, Mountaineer settle dispute over hotel tax
(West Virginia) -- Hancock County and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have settled a lawsuit over hotel occupancy tax collections.

8/2/2015

article OP/ED: More Legalized Gambling Bad Bet
(West Virginia) -- For thoroughbred and greyhound racing to survive in West Virginia - and public opinion on whether that is a priority seems to be mixed - structural...

7/30/2015

article WV Stakeholders Seek Racing Revenue Boost
(West Virginia) -- Racing industry stakeholders fully understand that having sports betting at tracks in West Virginia is a 90-1 shot. But other things like off-track...

7/28/2015

article Lottery commission takes aim at ‘casino nights’
(West Virginia) -- The state Lottery Commission is talking about a public education campaign to stop ‘casino nights’ that are taking place in some parts of the state....

7/14/2015

article Ex-employee of Wheeling casino sentenced for embezzling $329,000
(West Virginia) -- A former employee at a popular Wheeling casino was sentenced today to a year in federal prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the business....
article Former Wheeling Island casino employee sentenced for stealing
(West Virginia) -- A former Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack employee has been sentenced to spend up to a year in prison for his conviction on charges of...

7/6/2015

article No Good Cause: Lottery Commission off mark on 'casino nights'
(West Virginia) -- It is legal in West Virginia - encouraged, in fact - to use betting to support commercial gambling establishments, as well as people who raise dogs...

6/30/2015

article Lottery Officials Say Charity Gambling Illegal
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery officials say "casino night" fundraisers conducted by charitable organizations are illegal. But the Lottery doesn'...
article State lottery brings in $1 billion despite revenue decreases
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in revenue 11 months into the fiscal year, and while the state’s various racetracks,...

6/29/2015

article State Lottery wants to stop “casino night” fundraisers
(West Virginia) -- State Lottery officials are looking at ways to crack down on a resurgence of charitable fundraising “casino night” events that are illegal...

6/22/2015

article Mountaineer Cuts Back On Horse Racing Days
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Racing Commission approved a request from Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort to cut this year's thoroughbred racing...

6/16/2015

article Committee talks racing pros, cons
(West Virginia) -- Faced with the daunting task of coming up with ways to revitalize the state’s struggling thoroughbred and greyhound racing industries, a...

6/2/2015

article WV Racing to Have Role in Legislative Review
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Racing Commission June 2 authorized creation of a committee that will be charged with providing information to a legislative select...

5/22/2015

article State legislators agree on importance of horse racing to Jefferson County
(West Virginia) -- There is much that local Democratic and Republican state legislators cannot agree on, but one thing they can agree on is the importance of...

5/19/2015

article OP/ED: It's time to end government-subsidized greyhound racing
(West Virginia) -- For all the talk we heard during the recent legislative session about ending taxpayer-supported greyhound racing, the subsidies continue. The...

4/21/2015

article Once pro-Dem, W.Va. casino group gives to GOP-friendly group
(West Virginia) -- After supporting only Democrats last election, a casino-fueled group has given $25,000 to a big-money conservative organization.

3/25/2015

article Senators say greyhound buyout stalled by complications
(West Virginia) -- Despite a push by the West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association to eliminate greyhound racing and provide dog owners with a buyout, the...

3/24/2015

article Casino worker sues resort for wrongful accusation
(West Virginia) -- A Hancock County woman filed suit against a resort operation for alleged willfully malicious prosecution in an October 2013 workplace incident.

3/23/2015

article WV Legislature to Review Racing and Gaming
(West Virginia) -- Both houses of the West Virginia legislature have adopted a resolution forming a select committee that will undertake a "comprehensive study...

3/19/2015

article Mountaineer Casino experiences drop in quarterly revenue
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort saw revenue drop nearly 12 percent during the last three months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013...

3/4/2015

article Bill targeting horse racing, local gaming control appears dead
(West Virginia) -- Horse-racing advocates believe they have all but killed legislation that would have removed the leverage that Jefferson County voters have over gaming...

3/3/2015

article Proposed Buyout Plan Would End Greyhound Racing in W.Va.
(West Virginia) -- The dust at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack's greyhound track could settle for good this summer if the West Virginia Legislature approves a...

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