West Virginia Casinos

From huge casino resorts, secluded high stakes gambling rooms and major live poker tournaments to traditional greyhound racing and cosy bingo nights to support local charities, West Virginia has something to offer every type of gambler.

Gambling is an important source of income for the state, with Eldorado Resorts Inc and Penn National Gaming both being on the list of the top-30 largest private employers in West Virginia. Penn National Gaming owns the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, while Eldorado Resorts Inc (formerly the MTR Gaming Group) is the owner of the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Chester.

West Virginia has long tradition of horse racing and greyhound racing, and pari-mutual wagering has been offered here since 1993, after the completion of the Charles Town Turf Club. Wheeling Downs, another pioneering West Virginian establishment, opened on a small tract of land between the Pennsylvania and Ohio borders in 1937.

In 1987, Waterford Park was refurbished into Mountaineer Management, and managed to convince the state of West Virginia to give them a trial period permit for Video Lottery Terminals. The trial was a great success, and gambling machines were legalized in the whole state. After this groundbreaking decision, several racing tracks added gambling machines to substitute their income and this eventually led to the creation of full-scale casinos.

West Virginia is home to a lot of descendants of Swedish immigrants. You can therefore on occasions encounter the Swedish spelling Kasino when you visit a casino in West Virginia.

We have received a lot of emails asking us what different casino games are called in Swedish. The truth is that most of them have the same name in Swedish as they do  in English.  There are some games that have different names in Swedish. A good way to learn what different games are called in Swedish is to visit a Swedish online casino that is available in both Swedish and English.  That way you can look at the pictures to understand the Swedish words. If there is something that you cant understand you can switch over to English version of the casino to see the answer.  A good casino to use to learn Swedish casino words in this way is Sverigecasino.com (Swedencasino).

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races offers both casino games, poker and racing. It is located on 580 East 5th Avenue, Charles Town, West Virginia. The casino has 184 000 square foot of floor space and is open 24/7. It has over 3,000 gambling machines (including slots and video poker) and roughly one hundred casino gambling tables. There are also 50 poker tables, offering Texas Hold’em, Omaha 8 or better and 7 Card Stud.

Examples of available casino games at this West Virginia casino:

  • Slot machines
  • Video poker machines
  • Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Mini-Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • 3 Card Poker
  • 4 Card Poker
  • Let it Ride
  • Big 6

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort

Mountaineer CasinoThe Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is located near the town of Chester, off Route 2 South, in West Virgina. It has a casino and a race track. The casino takes up 70,000 square foot of floor space and is filled with 2,100 gambling machines (slots and video poker) and about 40 gambling tables + a dedicated poker room with 12 poker tables offering Texas Hold’em. The casino is open 24/7 every day of the year, but the poker room doesn’t open until 10 am.

Examples of available casino games at this West Virginia casino:

  • Slot machines
  • Video poker
  • Roulette
  • Mini-Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Blackjack
  • Spanish 21
  • Hit & Run 21
  • Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em
  • 3 Card Poker
  • 4 Card Poker
  • Criss Cross Poker
  • Mississippi Stud
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • Progressive Pai Gow Poker
  • Let it Ride

Casino Club at The Greenbrier

greenbrier casinoThe Greenbrier Resort is located on 300 W. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It has a casino, two poker tables and simulcasting race betting. The casino, which covers over 100,000 square foot of floor space, features 320 gambling machines and 35 casino game tables + the two poker tables. The poker variant offered is Texas Hold’em.

Greenbrier Royal is a high limit gambling room at The Greenbrier, open for high stakes gamblers.

Examples of available casino games at this West Virginia casino:

  • Slots
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Mini-Baccarat
  • 3 Card Poker

Mardi Gras Casino & Resort

mardigrasThe Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is located on1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, in West Virginia – right off Route 2 South in Nitro (Cross Lanes). Charleston, the second-largest city in South Carolina, is just 13 miles away.

The Mardi Gras Casino & Resort – which is open 24/7 – offers casino gambling, poker and greyhound racing. The facility used to be known as the Tri-State Racetrack, back in the days before the construction of the 90,000 square foot casino. Today, the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort has over 2,000 gambling machines (slots and video poker), 30 casino gambling tables and 24 poker tables. Live greyhound racing and daily simulcasts are also available.

Examples of available casino games at this West Virginia casino:

  • Slots
  • Video poker
  • Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Double Up Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Mississippi Stud Poker
  • Double Draw Poker
  • 3 Card Poker
  • 4 Card Poker
  • Let it Ride
  • Big 6

Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack

wheeling island casinoThis resort is beautifully located on the island of Wheeling in the Ohio River. (The address is 1 South Stone Street, Wheeling, West Virginia.) There is a 90,000 sq ft casino here with 1,600 gambling machines, 24 casino game tables and 9 poker tables. The casino is open 24/7. Simulcast betting on greyhound races and horse races from all over the country is available from noon every day. Live greyhound racing takes place at the Wheeling Island five days a week.

Examples of available casino games at this West Virginia casino:

  • Slots
  • Video poker
  • Keno machine
  • Bingo machine
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Blackjack
  • Electronic Blackjack
  • Mississippi Stud Poker
  • 3 Card Poker
  • Let it Ride

Big Bucks Bingo Clarksburg

Big Bucks Bingo is not your typical casino, but a bingo hall run by non-profit organizations in the Clarksburg Village Square Charitable Gaming and Conference Center, off Route 19. (The address is 1489 Milford Street, Clarksburg, West Virginia.)

In addition to bingo, raffles are also arranged.

Bingo is normally offered every day of the week, with the first game starting at 7 pm.

Nitro Moose Bingo

Do you have a soft spot for old-fashion community-organized small-scale bingo? Then we can recommend Nitro Moose Bingo, organized by the Nitro Moose Lodge. Bingo is played in the Nitro Moose Family Center every Tuesday from 6 pm. The address is 101 1st Avenue, Cross Lanes, West Virginia. (Cross Lanes is a suburb of Charleston, located near the city of Nitro.)