Some gambling industry experts believe adding poker, blackjack and other games could give West Virginia a competitive edge of five to 15 years over other states.
Bill Eadington at the University of Nevada, Reno says the state
needs every possible edge. That's because 61-thousand new slot
machines are coming online in Pennsylvania. Eadington believes that
will make it harder to attract customers to West Virginia.
Meanwhile, New Jersey consultant Joseph Weinert says adding
table games would put West Virginia ahead of other states. Weinert
says casinos are finding table games can be more profitable if they
add amenities such as spa treatments and golf.
The state Legislature has been reluctant to authorize table
games at the state's horse and dog tracks. But legislation allowing
the new games remains possible this year.