The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Gambling in all its forms is popular in West Virginia. Two full casinos and two "racinos" operate in West Virginia. The West Virginia Legislature recently permitted counties to allow table gambling. As a result, two casinos have been established in the northern panhandle at established racing tracks, and more are expected in other areas. Video-poker cafes may 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.