On October 19th, 2007, customers were already in place before the ribbon was cut at Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center Facility's Poker Room. Racing track officials held the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the facility but about thirty people already reserved seats at the tables.
There are about twenty poker tables on the Wheeling Poker room that can accommodate ten players. About three poker tables are filled with customers after the ribbon cutting ceremony. The track opened at around 7:00 a.m. and will open twenty four hours a 24/7 a week. Racing track president and general manager Bob Marshall hopes that this would be a good beginning for the racing track.
Marshall said that roulette, blackjack and other casino games will be available by the end of the year. Some of the people that attended the event were City Manager Bob Hernon and Delegates Orphy Klempa, Tal Hutchins and Jack Yost. The same thing happened with the opening of the poker room at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Center.
The opening of the new poker room at the Mountaineer Racetrack comes after two test runs for the dealers. Mountaineer President and CEO Ted Arneault said that the poker room of the Mountaineer Racing Track said that the poker room will be opened twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With thirty-seven gaming tables, the poker room is placed in a 9,900 square foot gaming space in the grandstand area of the racing track.
The betting minimum is at $2 to $4. The Mountaineer Grandstand also features an OTB parlor, food stand and a lot of televisions. The racing track spend a total of $1.2 million in the renovation of the grandstand area.
Poker variations like Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud and other casino games will also be featured in the racing track. Another gaming pit will be placed in the upper grandstand of the Mountaineer Racing Track.