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West Virginia targets online gaming with first bill

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 delegates. House Bill 3067, the first of its kind in the state, sets out plans to authorise “internet gaming managed and licensed through existing authorised gaming facilities in West Virginia”.

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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...

3/2/2015

article W. Va. dog racing may be nearing the finish line
(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...

3/1/2015

article Senator says Virginia border could be gold mine for state
(West Virginia) -- An eastern panhandle state senator says it’s time for the state to fix its gambling model. Senator Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson) recently told...

2/27/2015

article Senate OKs bill to exempt casinos, gambling parlors from smoking bans
(West Virginia) -- Buckling to the gambling industry, the West Virginia Senate opened the door Wednesday for smoking at all casinos and video slot parlors in the state.

2/20/2015

article GOP bills would exempt W.Va. casinos, slot parlors from smoking bans
(West Virginia) -- Over objections from doctors, public health officials, business leaders and cancer survivors, the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is...

2/17/2015

article Charles Town Request to Shave Dates Tabled
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Racing Commission Feb. 17 tabled a request by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to reduce the number of live racing dates it...

2/16/2015

article Court says man wasn’t a trespasser when he fell at casino
(West Virginia) -- The state Supreme Court ruled that a man who fell from a retaining wall at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort was not a trespasser at the time of his...

2/11/2015

article Mountaineer to cut purses by 20 percent
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Racetrack in Chester, W.Va., is planning to cut purses by approximately 20 percent this year as a result of reduced subsidies from its...

2/2/2015

article Dog Racing Becoming A Thing of the Past
(West Virginia) -- A report commissioned by the Legislature to study greyhound racing in West Virginia paints a picture of an industry long past its prime whose benefit...

1/28/2015

article Greyhound breeder says industry study does not tell full story
(West Virginia) -- A greyhound breeder is questioning the results of a comprehensive study the Legislature commissioned which concluded the millions of dollars West...
article WV greyhound industry runs through taxpayer subsidies
(West Virginia) -- An independent comprehensive study finds that West Virginia’s troubled greyhound racing industry may be on its last legs. The report by Spectrum...

1/27/2015

article Study: State subsidies for greyhound racing could be better spent
(West Virginia) -- A new study before state lawmakers recommends West Virginia should stop subsidizing greyhound racing. According to findings of the New Jersey-based...

1/26/2015

article Study: Greyhound racing a bad bet for W.Va. economy
(West Virginia) -- Subsidies from the state’s casino video lottery profits account for more than 95 percent of greyhound racing revenues, making it a bad bet for...

1/7/2015

article Judge Rules Casino Must Pay Taxes on ‘Comped’ Hotel Rooms
(West Virginia) -- A judge's decision to side with Hancock County in its lawsuit against Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort could result in a tax windfall for...

1/6/2015

article Judge rules Mountaineer must pay hotel tax on comped rooms
(West Virginia) -- A judge's decision to side with Hancock County in its lawsuit against Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort could result in a tax windfall of...

12/15/2014

article Shortened racing year for Mountaineer
(West Virginia) -- Although the winter months are slowest for thoroughbred racing at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, this December is slower than usual....

12/3/2014

article EDITORIAL: Greyhound racing subsidies could be coming to an end
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia’s state backing of the dog racing industry could get a second look during this year’s legislative session. It’s high...

10/14/2014

article Woodland council reduces gambling tax
(West Virginia) -- Woodland City Council members voted to officially lower the City’s tax rate on cardroom gambling proceeds from 5 percent to 4 percent. That...

9/23/2014

article Racetrack lottery sales beat forecasts
(West Virginia) -- The state Lottery Commission reports that video slots machines at its four racetrack casinos including the one at Charles Town have performed better...

9/8/2014

article Gaming may get W.Va. push / iGaming eyed to boost revenue
(West Virginia) -- Consider these numbers: Since 2009, table gambling receipts have declined 76 percent at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, according to the West...

9/7/2014

article ‘iGaming’ May Get Push From Lottery Officials
(West Virginia) -- Consider these numbers: Since 2009, table gambling receipts have declined 76 percent at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, according to the West...
article Dog days for greyhound racing
(West Virginia) -- For a long time, the one-armed bandits inside the Mardi Gras Casino and the four-legged racers outside on the greyhound track were all spinning in the...

8/30/2014

article West Virginia Lottery Commission Considers Online Gambling
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia is contemplating the introduction online gambling, the state’s Lottery Commission said this week. Faced with increasing...

8/28/2014

article West Virginia To Ponder Online Gambling
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia is looking at potentially legalizing online gambling for those within its borders. According to the Charleston Daily Mail, the state...

8/27/2014

article West Virginia Lottery Exploring Online Gambling Options
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia is the latest state to turn their eye toward the Internet to boost slumping revenue numbers from their state lottery and brick &...
article Greenbrier gambling boosts West Virginia Lottery revenue
(West Virginia) -- Gambling at The Greenbrier gave the West Virginia Lottery's revenue a boost in July. The Charleston Gazette reports that the resort's table...

8/26/2014

article Lottery revenues rebound slightly in July
(West Virginia) -- After hitting the dubious milestone -- less than $100 million in monthly revenue in June for the first time since 2003 -- monthly state Lottery...
article West Virginia Lottery considers online gaming options
(West Virginia) -- To help combat out-of-state competition, the West Virginia Lottery is considering introducing online gaming options, including smartphone applications...

8/25/2014

article Hancock smoking ban vote Tuesday; casino watching closely
(West Virginia) -- The Hancock County Board of Health is set to vote Tuesday on a smoking ban that the county’s largest employer has said could cost it 20 percent...

8/18/2014

article Commission rejects Mountaineer horse race proposal
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Racing Commission has rejected Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort’s proposal to end December horse racing.

7/6/2014

article War on ... casinos?
(West Virginia) -- We hear a lot about the purported war on coal, but it occurred to me there’s a war on West Virginia casinos. State Revenue officials last week...

6/24/2014

article Audit says W.Va. casinos are solid despite losses
(West Virginia) -- An audit of West Virginia’s casinos says each facility’s financial condition is sound, despite revenue losses. The audit by Charleston...

6/23/2014

article Despite decline, all W.Va. casinos OK, commission says
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia’s five casinos were relicensed by the state Lottery Commission on Monday, after an audit found that all are financially sound,...
article Racing concerns shared
(West Virginia) -- Horsemen from Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort spoke out Monday against a proposal to shorten the horse racing year by 14 days, saying it...

6/12/2014

article Mountaineer seeks approval to reduce horse races
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is seeking state approval to reduce its horse racing schedule. The West Virginia Racing Commission will...

6/8/2014

article Penn National sees trouble on the horizon
(West Virginia) -- The nearly empty poker room tells the story. Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is feeling the brunt of neighboring...

4/27/2014

article W.Va. law targets problem gamblers
(West Virginia) -- Each limited video lottery retailer, per state law, is required to conspicuously post the following printed statement provided by the West Virginia...

3/25/2014

article Gaming revenue casts shadow over budget meeting
(West Virginia) -- Continuing uncertainty over the future of casino and video gaming in Hancock County cast a shadow over Monday's budget meeting of Chester City...

3/17/2014

article Charles Town horsemen issue self-destructive threat
(West Virginia) -- Two decades ago, the state’s horse and greyhound racing industries were on their last legs. Interest in racing had waned to where it was...

3/9/2014

article Wheeling loosens point system to lure table game players
(West Virginia) -- Wheeling Island Casino is betting that it will attract more gamblers by being more generous with players club points. The West Virginia casino, where...

3/5/2014

article Casino owners haven't given up on concert hall
(West Virginia) -- Owners of Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Nitro say they haven't given up on plans to build a concert hall and conference center at the facility.

3/3/2014

article Charles Town casino to add 1,200-seat concert hall
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia’s largest casino has announced plans to add a 1,200-seat concert venue as it seeks to fend off increased competition from casinos...

2/26/2014

article House approves lottery cuts over objections
(West Virginia) -- Legislation to cut various video lottery subsidies to free up $35 million to help balance the 2014-15 state budget passed the House of Delegates...

2/25/2014

article EDITORIAL: Don’t Cut Local Gambling Proceeds
(West Virginia) -- Among the biggest worries faced by officials in Wheeling - and other city and county governments throughout West Virginia - is a proposal to reduce...

2/14/2014

article State bill would cut gambling revenue for cities
(West Virginia) -- A proposal to redirect millions of dollars from municipal and county coffers to the state has local government officials concerned. Senate Bill 385...

2/8/2014

article Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, W.V., feels the squeeze from Maryland
(West Virginia) -- The Associated Press recently checked in on Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, the West Virginia casino that lost its regional monopoly when...

2/7/2014

article Battle over LVL bill continuing
(West Virginia) -- Hancock County government and horse racing officials continued their attack Thursday on a bill pending in the West Virginia Legislature that would cut...
article Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, W.V., feels the squeeze from Maryland
(West Virginia) -- The Associated Press recently checked in on Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, the West Virginia casino that lost its regional monopoly when...

2/4/2014

article Area officials concerned by lottery bill
(West Virginia) -- A bill pending in the West Virginia Legislature could reduce by 15 percent the video lottery proceeds that help fund local government projects and the...

2/1/2014

article Charles Town casino copes with Md. competition
(West Virginia) -- Earl and Donna Lawyer of Hanover, Pa., bypass several closer gambling spots on their drive to the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. Earl Lawyer said...

1/31/2014

article W.Va. Going to the Dogs, Horses
(West Virginia) -- For years, some people maintained we West Virginians were allowing ourselves to be victimized by what at one time were called "the interests....

1/27/2014

article Lottery commission takes action on lodges
(West Virginia) -- WHEN the Legislature authorized mini-casinos across the state - with a promise to fund the Promise scholarships - lawmakers got things mostly right.

1/25/2014

article Bill Cuts Local Casino Share
(West Virginia) -- A proposal by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to help balance West Virginia's budget would reduce subsidies for the state's horse and dog racing...
article Editorial: Rein In Subsidies For W.Va. Racing
(West Virginia) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is on the right track regarding subsidies for horse and dog racing in West Virginia, but is coming out of the gate too slowly.

1/23/2014

article Lottery revenues dip amid water-contamination emergency
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery director John Musgrave said the water-contamination emergency led to a dip in revenues. Musgrave said Thursday lottery officials...
article Lottery waiting for details of water crisis loss
(West Virginia) -- The nine-county water emergency that forced businesses -- including bars and clubs and the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort -- to shut down for several...

1/20/2014

article Wheeling plans to limit video gambling sites
(Illinois) -- The Wheeling village board approved a new sit-down restaurant that will apply for a video gambling license with the state, but the board also plans to add...

1/17/2014

article Gambling: The revenue and regrets
(West Virginia) -- Easy come, easy go. While the majority of people who gamble can afford that mantra, able to shrug off an occasional loss at the slot machines or...
article OP/ED: Casinos, Racing Have Sweet Deals
(West Virginia) -- Times still are tough for quite a few businesses and industries in West Virginia. Owners of some are struggling badly enough that they honestly don...

1/6/2014

article Gambling, racing revenues to be hot topic in legislative session
(West Virginia) -- The gambling and racing industries in West Virginia remain at a crossroads as statehouse officials and industry insiders struggle to combat declining...

12/30/2013

article Wagering, Purses Up at Mountaineer Meet
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort concluded its 201-day 2013 meet with a 3.2% increase in all-sources wagering and a 9% increase in purses.

12/23/2013

article City’s Gambling Take Lagging
(West Virginia) -- As the midway point of the municipal fiscal year approaches, gambling revenue in Wheeling is down about $90,000 from the same period last year,...
article Wheeling's gambling revenue declines as casinos face competition from out-of-state operations
(West Virginia) -- Competition from out-of-state casinos is taking its toll on Wheeling's gambling revenue.

12/20/2013

article W.Va. Lottery Commission approves new betting option for live table games
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery Commission has approved the use of electronic touch screens at the state's racetrack casinos as an option for betting on...

12/19/2013

article Lottery board OKs hybrid gambling system
(West Virginia) -- Members of the state Lottery Commission Thursday approved a hybrid gambling system that gives players the option of using electronic touch-screens to...

11/22/2013

article W.Va. lottery officials reviewing fraternal groups
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia Lottery officials are reviewing records for limited video lottery outlets licensed as fraternal organizations to ensure that they are...

11/4/2013

article Statehouse beat: Gambling on causes of the funding gap
(West Virginia) -- There's been much discussion about the cause of the $260 million funding gap the state Budget Office is projecting for the 2014-15 budget -- about...

7/28/2013

article Gambling Revenue Dips 21 Percent
(West Virginia) -- Gambling operations in Ohio and Pennsylvania are putting a damper on Wheeling's finances, as the city received $420,000 less in gambling revenue...
article WV Lottery test lab checks slots before they hit casino floor
(West Virginia) -- Dustin Lamar spends hours each day in a dimly lit room, playing slot machines. He feeds hundreds of dollars into the machines at a time. He always...

7/25/2013

article WV Lottery revenues down from 2012, but finish above projected
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery Commission finished its 2013 fiscal year about $129 million behind its 2012 revenues, mostly because of competition from...

7/23/2013

article State racing panel allows Charles Town transfer
(West Virginia) -- Penn National Gaming got approval from the state Racing Commission on Tuesday to transfer ownership of its Charles Town horse track and casino to a...

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