Lawmakers take a gamble on table games. The proposed bill is sailing its way through the legislature, but some are hoping their prayers are enough to stop table games from being played in West Virginia.
Fast cash attracts huge crowds, but it's no draw at Central United Methodist Church.
The West Virginia Council of Churches is placing its bets on prayer to the stop the table games bill.
If the bill continues to roll through the legislature, the final decision may come from voters in Kanawha and the three other racetrack counties. Kanawha County Delegate Danny Wells says he favors it.
“It's for the people to have the opportunity to vote for or against it, but I think they ought to have that opportunity,” said Wells.
Many say they want to ban gambling altogether in the state, but that's something Wells says the state can't afford.
“It's already bringing a million dollars in the state which we can ill afford to lose now,” said Wells. “We would probably lose some of that money to the neighboring states.”
But for others this money comes with a price. A gamble they say is not worth it.
Right now, the bill is in the House Finance Committee.