The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Gaming in all its forms is popular in West Virginia. Two full gambling casinos and two "racinos" operate in West Virginia. The West Virginia Legislature recently permitted counties to allow table gaming. As a result, two gambling casinos have been established in the northern pandhandle, and more are expected in other areas. Video-poker cafes can be found in nearly every community. In 2005, more than 7,600 video machines were operating at 1,614 state certified gambling locations, according to the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Only Webster County, deep in the interior mountains, was without a machine in 2005.