West Virginia Casinos

West Virginia casinos are not exactly plentiful. In the state of West Virginia there are only four pari-mutuel facilities offering VLTs or video lottery terminals. Pari-mutuel is a certain type of betting on horses at racetracks where the winners divide the total winnings in proportion to their original wager. Pari-mutuel electronic terminals register the bets as they are being made. The machine then calculates and registers the odds and final pay offs. The state's lottery corporation receives a share of each VLT's revenue. The VLT's are essentially identical to normal electronic gaming terminals, like you'd find in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, but are named differently because of how they are regulated by the state.

Gambling casinos in West Virginia own machines that don't accept more than two dollar wagers yet the payouts have no limits. The state law also obligates VLTs to administer returns of 80% to 95%. The different kinds of VLT's available at West Virginia casinos include keno, blackjack, slots and a variety of pokers games. Admission to all casinos in West Virginia is free with the minimum age for entering gambling casinos in West Virginia set at eighteen.

There are three popular West Virginia casinos in the state offering a number of things to do of the gambling variety. In Charles Town, not to be confused with the city of Charleston, south of Martinsburg, Charles Town Races and Slots is one of the most popular tracks and casinos in the West Virginia. It's only fifteen minutes away from Harpers Ferry along the Washington Heritage Trail. Charles Town Races and Slots enjoys history spanning back to 1933 when it first opened to the public. Thoroughbred horse racing has always been the biggest draw but there are also many slot machines to play including video keno, video poker, progressive slots, reel slots and video blackjack.

Morgantown is the closest city to another of the popular gambling casinos in West Virginia, The Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort. The mountaineer offers a combination of more than 3,000 video and regular slots, simulcast racing, thoroughbred horse racing and sporting events. It's considered one of the most action-packed West Virginia resorts in the state and also features lodging, dining, live entertainment, a spa and fitness center, West Virginia golf and more. The resort also provides numerous RV parking for visitors' convenience. For those who enjoy a variety of things to do when visiting casinos in West Virginia, The Mountaineer is ideal.

The Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center is also near Morgantown on the northern tip of the state. It's also easily accessed from both Pittsburgh and Washington DC. Wheeling Island's biggest draw is year-round live greyhound racing at the racetrack. There are more than 2,000 slot machines including Double and Triple Diamond, Wild Cherry and Red White & Blue. The Island Room boasts the biggest selection of slots and video slots amid a tropical atmosphere.

Though gaming doesn't take top priority during most West Virginia vacations it certainly is a fun and exciting way to spend and evening or two. It may not be something you're willing to drive across the state to do but if you're nearby it's worth a stop and a few hours of fun. On the flip side, if gaming is your pleasure, you won't mind the few hours of driving to cross the state and play for a day or two! If you're a gamer there are a few great options to take advantage of during West Virginia tours.

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