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West Virginia Poker - Casino Gambling

West Virginia Poker GamblingWest Virginia doesn't currently offer legal poker card rooms, although the home poker game scene is active. Underground cardrooms and Texas holdem games are easy to find on the Internet using a search engine, but we always recommend giving online poker a try rather than risking the low levels of security which are sometimes present in illicit gambling environments. This page serves as a guide to the gambling scene in the state of West Virginia and is intended for entertainment purposes only.

West Virginia Poker Players

Harry Knopp hails from West Virginia, and in 2004, he won the third place prize in the World Poker Challenge 2004 final, a World Poker Tour event. His total winnings were in excess of $150,000 in that tournament event.

In 2005, the winner of the seniors' no limit holdem event at the World Series of Poker was also from West Virginia. Paul McKinney of Princetown, WV was the winner of over $200,000 in prize money in that event.

Legalization of Poker

Clubs and fraternal organizations in the state are trying to get legal permission to host poker tournaments and events. This effort is largely being led by the West Virginia Association of Club Owners and Fraternal Service. Being able to offer these games would enable these organizations to attract younger members, and since much of the proceeds from events like this are given to charity, this proposal seems like a win for everybody. Fraternal organizations are seeing drops in memberships, so being able to attract new, young members would enable these clubs to continue their good works in the future.

West Virginia Racinos and Gambling

West Virginia is home to 4 racetracks, some of which also offer slot machines, making them "racinos". (A racino is a hybrid word combining race track with the word casino.) Below you'll find the addresses and gambling available at the locations in the state:

Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center

1 Greyhound Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313


Tri-state offers dog race betting daily from 11am to 3am. The property has five restaurants and over 1800 slot machines. Tri-State also offers bingo.

Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center

1 South Stone Street
Wheeling, WV 26003


Wheeling Island offers over 2400 slot machine games and six restaurants. They primarily offer dog race betting from 7am to 4am. Their casino also offers video blackjack, video keno, and video poker. Their bingo room seats 600 people.

Charles Town Races and Slots

608 E. Washington St.
Charles Town, WV 25414


This horsetrack is open from 7am to 4am daily. The property boasts of seven restaurants and over 4000 slot machine games.

Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort

Route 2 South
Chester, WV 26034


This horsetrack features over 80,000 square feet of betting excitement, including over 3200 total slots. They do not offer a bingo hall, but they do have eleven restaurants on site.

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