W.Va. Lottery Considering Electronic Table Games

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack may soon have approval to expand the use of electronic table games.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission is discussing that matter and others Friday in Charleston.

Spokeswoman Kim Florence says Wheeling Island wants to offer blackjack and roulette 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when a live dealer is unavailable.

She says that happens while live tables are full, or when they're closed during early morning hours.

Wheeling Island recently announced it will renew its table games license July 1, reconsidering an earlier threat.

But President Osi Imomoh says the casino faces "drastic declines" in revenues and still needs a long-term solution from the Legislature to make table games a profitable part of its business.

That could include slashing the $2.5 million licensing fee.

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