On October 17th, 2007, the racing track in the state of West Virginia held Texas No-Limit Holdem and other casino card games for the first time. The main reason is that the Wheeling Island and Racetrack and Gaming Center and the Mountaineer Race Track were holding test runs with the profits benefiting the non-profit organization located in the Northern Panhandle.
If the Lottery Commission of the state of West Virginia approves of the casino games test runs, the area's first poker games could begin by next week. Lottery Commission spokesperson Nancy Bulla said that this will give their staff adequate time to familiarize themselves with the system.
It also gives the lottery a chance to check security and the rules implemented for casino game operations. The racetrack casino facilities filed a petition to include casino table games aside from the slot machines to their offering. The casino facilities said that they can offer additional jobs and compete effectively against out of state competitors.
Residents in vicinity of Wheeling Island Racetrack and Mountaineer Racetrack approved of the plan. The Wheeling Island Racetrack is hoping to feature poker twenty-four a day with up to twenty poker tables and a variety of poker games like Texas Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha Poker and Seven-Card Stud poker.
Aside from that, the Mountaineer Racetrack will feature thirty-seven casino poker tables place in the establishment's simulcast on its grandstand. There will be a 10 percent for each card hand which is $5.