Gambling in West Virginia began with horse racing. Then slots were added. This was followed by adding table games, making the former racetrack properties bona fide casinos.
Competition in adjoining states has caused a reduction in gaming revenue volumes at the state’s four racetrack casinos and some lawmakers have expressed their concern by attempting to adjust the number of “live racing” dates required by each property.
These lawmakers are also proposing the properties pay less in taxes and fees while racing fewer days. Making up the lost revenue that would have gone to senior citizen programs would require the state to dip into the tracks’ purse funds.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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