Table Games Pass in One County, Fail in Another

By: WSAZ & Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ & Associated Press Email

Residents in Ohio County, W.Va. can look forward to having blackjack, poker and other table games alongside slots at their local racetrack, while a similar measure has been rejected in Jefferson County, W.Va.

With all 39 precincts reporting, the referendum to allow Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center to expand its gambling offerings won 66% to 34%.

But in Jefferson County, with all 30 precincts reporting, the measure lost 56% to 44% to allow table games at Charles Town Races and Slots.

The loss means Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming Incorporated must wait two years before putting the issue before voters again.

The main theme of the campaign in Ohio County has been jobs.

In Jefferson County, voters expressed worries about possible crime and sprawl issues they fear could come from expanding operations.

Meanwhile, Hancock County votes on table games for Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester on June 30th, while Kanawha County considers them for Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming in Nitro on August 11.

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