West Virginia has four pari-mutuel facilities that feature video lottery terminals. The VLT's are the same as regular video gaming devices but are called lottery terminals because they are regulated by the state's lottery commission which receives a share of each machine's revenue. The maximum allowable bet on a machine is $2. Most of the gaming machines pay out coins or tokens but there are also some machines which will only print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier.
West Virginia law requires that VLT's return a minimum of 80% to a maximum of 95% over time. For the 2000 fiscal year from July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000 the average return on VLT's was: 91.95% at Tri-State Park, 91.66% at Mountaineer Park, 91.45% at Wheeling Downs and 91.53% at Charles Town Races. All VLT's games include: slots, blackjack, keno and numerous versions of poker. The minimum gambling age is 18. For West Virginia tourism information call (800) 225-5982.
www.mtrgaming.com Location:(35 miles N. of Wheeling) Toll-Free Number: (800) 804-0468 Room Reservations: (800) 489-8192 Rooms: 101 Price Range: $65-$99 Restaurants: 4 Hours: 9am-3:30am/3am (Sat) 1pm-3:30am (Sun) Fun Book: Given to Slot Club members Special Features: Rooms are at on-site Mountaineer Lodge. Live horse racing Thur-Mon. Daily simulcasting of horse and dog racing. 18-hole golf course.
www.wheelingdowns.com Toll-Free Number: (877) WIN-HERE Restaurants: 1 Buffets: L-$8.95 D-$12.95 Hours: 11am-3am/10am-3am (Sat) 12pm-3am (Sun) Special Features: Live dog racing Wed-Mon. Daily simulcasting of horse and dog racing.