Gaming is a popular pastime in West Virginia. Five casinos operate in the Mountain State. Four are located at established greyhound and thoroughbred tracks. Video-poker cafes may be found in nearly every community. More than 7,600 video machines were operating at 1,614 state-certified gambling locations in 2005, according to the West Virginia Lottery Commission.
Charles Town Races & Slots, at Charles Town, West Virginia, is a gaming center that features thoroughbred horse racing and more than 5,000 slot machines. Several dining facilities, including a food court and track-side restaurant, are located at the track. A 150-room hotel, The Inn at Charles Town, was scheduled to open in 2008. Hollywood Casino
The Greenbrier, at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, includes a 103,000 square-foot casino filled with world-class gaming venues including more than 30 tables and 300 slot machines. The casino is located beneath the reflecting pool in front of the resort’s world-famous hotel. In addition to the casino, guests have the option to indulge in its historic facilities, including its spa, golf courses, and five restaurants. Greenbrier Casino
Mountaineer Casino Resort & Race Track, on the Ohio River near Chester, West Virginia, is especially popular with visitors from nearby Ohio and Pennsylvania. Formerly the “Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort,” its Grande Hotel includes more than 350 guest rooms adjacent to the casino, eight restaurants and five lounges , a theater, a convention center, and an 18-hole golf course. Mountaineer Casino
Tri-State Racetrack & Casino, at Cross Lanes, West Virginia, in Kanawha County, includes a track and gaming center features greyhound racing daily and 90,000-square-feet of gaming space with 1,800 machines. The casino includes five restaurants, and plans for a hotel development are being pursued. The casino was formerly known as “Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center.” Mardi Gras Casino
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, on Wheeling Island at Wheeling, West Virginia, attracts thousands of Ohio and Pennsylvania gamers each year. Formerly “Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center,” the term casino was added to its title in 2007 after Ohio County legalized table gaming. The casino sports a 90,000-square-foot gaming center with 2,400 slot machines and a greyhound dog track — Wheeling Downs — at the southern tip of the island. The casino hotel includes more than 350 rooms. Wheeling Island Casino