Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia’

RE: Licensed and Unregulated

West Virginia dreamin’ …

by , Jul 8, 2010 | 2:18 pm

Nevada and California aren’t the only places you see poker cars. @DDaleShew (a venerable 1/2 nl/plo player from North Carolina) shares with us the back-end view of a small pick-up seen in the parking lot of the Tri-State Racetrack and Casino in West Virginia.

Apparently no need to finagle the spellings in and around Appalachia (as is the case in Vegas):

Kinda tells us either a) that A-list pokery license plate phrases are still readily available in Darvin Moon’s home game; and/or b) that elite players in that neck of the woods drive nice trucks, sure, but with unimpressive, hardly used hitches.

Poker Wins Big Vote in West Virginia

Pennsylvania feeling the pressure?

by , Dec 8, 2009 | 10:42 am

There was a little referendum this weekend that puts some more poker on the map in Darvin Moon Country …

Jefferson County, WV, approved “table games” — including blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card poker, and real poker — at the sure-to-be-renamed Charles Town Race and Slots. In fact, the poker room will likely open before the rest of the new-and-improved “racino” … with cards looking to get in the air by June 2010. The big cities likely to be feeding it players are Baltimore and Washington, DC.

It was a close-ish vote landslide victory, with 6,279 out of 10,622 votes cast supporting the measure — enough for poker to win in 29 out of 32 precincts.

Jefferson County had put the same issue to a vote in 2007 and it lost. Watch the commercial(s) below to see how one race track with a need for gambling was able to make a poker difference:

And though it’s not mentioned in the ads, on the go-table-games website ( ) they do discuss competition from neighboring states as one of the reasons they needed to act now. Indeed, though Pennsylvania legislators have been dilly-dallying for nearly a year on their poker expansion, their House will be debating the practicalities of expanding gambling (in a way that includes poker) today.

Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, a Pennsylvania company got the contract to supply all the tables to Charles Town.

ALT HED: Poker = Jobs