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W. Virginia lawmakers OK casino table games
Pittsburgh Post Gazette,
Friday, March 9, 2007 at 7:00:23 AM
The West Virginia Legislature gave final approval yesterday to a bill that would permit casino games such as blackjack, poker, craps and roulette at four racetracks, if voters authorize it by referendum in the host counties. Gov. Joe Manchin is expected to sign the measure.
The racetrack casinos in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle hope to add table games to their gambling mix by year's end to improve their odds for keeping patrons when Pennsylvania's new slot machine parlors open.
Officials of the two West Virginia tracks closest to Pittsburgh — Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort in Chester, Hancock County, and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center in Ohio County — say they want separate special elections to be held in Hancock and Ohio counties by June, and will pay for them.
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