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Wheeling Island Puts Cards on the Table

Track Wants Aid From State

March 10, 2013

WHEELING — Through the first eight months of the current fiscal year, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack has generated $5....

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Mar-12-13 9:10 PM

. Since federal regulations require the purchase of a stamp by persons engaged in gambling enterprises and gambling equipment, this administrative regulation requires any licensee or applicant to state upon their application or renewal form whether or not they possess such gambling stamps. Googled gambling stamp

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Mar-12-13 9:04 PM

As long as they paid their txes the feds could care less. Don't know why locals missed them though.

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Mar-12-13 9:03 PM

Dino, there are no federal laws against gambling. I know bookies who have had federal gambling stamps. State and local laws prohibit gambling. Check it out.

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Mar-12-13 9:01 PM

I think the casino table games have been changed alot that is why people quit playing.

Craps table from 10x odds to 2x.

Card games with shufflers have the ability to read the cards? Why is that.

Seen it. Changed decks, card shuffler put all the cards in order; twice in a row. If it can read them then, what makes me think they don't deal what is programmed?

Actually do as the headlines state....Put the cards on the table and shuffle.

Give back incentives. I spend $400 cannot get a free meal; thats bull.

Change some of the food in the buffet; frozen, reheated tastes yuck, and over-priced.

Want a frozen dinner, go to Krogers, buy 10 for 10.

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Mar-11-13 2:24 PM

+Maybe if the casino run by real casino management from Vegas and not clowns from dnc they would actually make money. Where Iam from Nevada slots always made money and tables lost money. There is no way wheeling should only pay 1.5 million and the rest of casinos pay 2.5 million.

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Mar-11-13 2:13 PM

Only the state is wiiiinning Goose. So much for the myth of destination gambling.

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Mar-11-13 5:08 AM

As tight as the slots are, how could this place be loosing money? So players are loosing and the casino is loosing? Whats up with that?

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Mar-10-13 10:49 PM

Alpha, Sports gambling in WV wouldn't be a big moneymaker if it was legally possible. Too many off shore sites where people can bet in the luxury of their homes. Why would they drive to Wheeling Island to do it. Now it may make sense for the federal government to do it and bring those jobs in the Carribean home, along with tax dollars, but that's another argument.

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Mar-10-13 10:04 PM

It's time to legalize prostitution, dog fighting, and sports gambling to keep ahead of the ther states.

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Mar-10-13 10:04 PM

Sims is complaining about taxes and registration that existed when tale gaming was introduced. It has been cited that competition from Ohio is the reason, and this clown is opening a competing casino in ohio and still whining about the losses in the gambling business.

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Mar-10-13 10:00 PM

"We are hiring hundreds of dealers with salaries of $38,000 per year plus full benefits!"


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Mar-10-13 8:55 PM


Include a provision in the legislation that requires Wheeling Island Casino to hire someone other than a "hot dog" salesman to manage the place. Maybe they will increase their profit and sell it to someone who understands the casino business.

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Mar-10-13 8:30 PM

dino is very correct.A flat % of sales would be the most equitable and reasonable solution;from all points of view.Even the proposed 1 mil will hurt WD.How about 33.3% of sales;period:all wv casinos.keep it simple and fair.(The proposal will cause deterioration of racing quality.)

WD may colapse under all the competition and tax burdens.The tours are - or will- dry up soon.They are probably looking for a buyer now.The proposed Outlets and JUSA would have helped their situation.Both projects were botched by the locals.

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Mar-10-13 6:28 PM

Sports gambling is against federal law except for a couple states. I seriously doubt if the "powers that be" want to challange the federal government, the NFL, the NCAA and all the other professional leagues in court for an area with the population of less than a couple hundred thousands.

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Mar-10-13 4:22 PM

There is only one way to save the Wheeling Downs..... Legalize Sports Gambling!!!!!!!!!!

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Mar-10-13 3:09 PM

The State rips off every one. I work there and have to purchase a gambling license and renew it yearly. I do not touch any machines,dogs, money or have access to any gambling records or information pertaining to the gaming / racing of any kind. it's totally rediculous. The mafia sent their kids to law school and ran for public office. The new mob is the government.

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Mar-10-13 11:42 AM

Will someone explain why % are mentioned throughout the article, but a FLAT FEE of $2.5 million is basically what the argument is about? To whise advantage was the FLAT FEE at the beginning? Who created it? It seems to me the fee should have been based on a percentage after the first couple years in order to adjust to good and bad times in the industry.

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Mar-10-13 9:23 AM

The sub-headline on this article is misleading. There is a huge difference between asking for lowered tax burdens and asking for state aid.

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Mar-10-13 8:00 AM

News Flash: gambling is NOT a protected business like Wall Street.

Taxpayers are NOT going not going to bail it out, it is NOT TOO BIG TO FAIL!

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