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WHEELING ISLAND SET TO LOSE $1M

Table Gaming Becoming a Liability at Casino

March 3, 2013

WHEELING — Once profitable table gambling is now a liability at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, as the venue is on pace to lose about $1 million due to running poker, craps, roulette and......

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KICKSTAND

Mar-04-13 12:23 PM

wow..most stupid comments coming from out of town jealous nerds lol.

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88WVU93

Mar-04-13 9:03 AM

The casino's dream scenario is to end table gaming and dog racing. Just have a big room full of machines, smoke, cashed government checks and broken dreams. Offer free oxygen tanks and scooters to draw in the gambling crowd.

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Shark88

Mar-04-13 8:58 AM

Gambling, smoking, and drinking...

How many lives have become trapped in the alluring and enticing elusive dreams of instant riches along with some nicotene & alcohol to numb the consequential pain & sorrow?

As if slots & tables weren't enough, others even tempt you with the promise of health care, food, clothes, & housing.

Do not be deceived; no gambler ever really wins.

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DinoCrocetti

Mar-03-13 10:46 PM

Glad my memory is intact on certain things. Thanks

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rover1958

Mar-03-13 9:17 PM

"WASN'T THIS ONE DONE IN THE PAST? "

Yup. Back when it was 'Wheeling Downs'. The place had a fire in 1962 that killed about 30 horses I think. Didn't re-open until 1968 but shortly thereafter horse racing gave way to carriage racing then finally dog racing.

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DinoCrocetti

Mar-03-13 7:36 PM

"And in the end, it may be good business sense to burn the place down for the insurance money."

WASN'T THIS ONE DONE IN THE PAST?

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daWraith

Mar-03-13 6:16 PM

They should take a clue for that master of business, Barack Obama.

Customers Down? Competition?

NO PROBLEM! RAISE PRICES! . . .

What? You disagree with the Business Messiah?

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ArmenTamzarian

Mar-03-13 5:17 PM

now what will be the flash in the pan idea that saves the state? I vote either euthanasia or medical marijuana.

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ArmenTamzarian

Mar-03-13 5:17 PM

now what will be the flash in the pan idea that saves the state? I vote either euthanasia or medical marijuana.

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MikeEbigg

Mar-03-13 4:35 PM

*is good

And if WV wants to get ahead of the neighbors, they should have internet gambling. Only Nevada and NJ have legalized it so far and that's only in the last month.

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MikeEbigg

Mar-03-13 4:31 PM

The quotation from Casino us good, but a better one comes from Goodfellas. "F### you. Pay me."

Want to get rid of racing? F### you. Pay me.

Losing casino revenue because it's cheaper to alienate customers than attract them? F### you. Pay me.

Feel like the comparatively low $2.5 million dollar fee is too much? F### you. Pay me.

And in the end, it may be good business sense to burn the place down for the insurance money.

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ArmenTamzarian

Mar-03-13 4:08 PM

lol@wheeling

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VincentVega

Mar-03-13 12:49 PM

REMINDS ME OF THE BOY WHO SHOT HIS PARENTS AND THEN CRIED ABOUT BEING AN ORPHAN.

Sims claims that he has, "done everything to reduce costs", but why has he not done everything to increase profit? Delaware North made their money selling hot dogs at Yankee stadium and cannot emerge from that business mindset. Yes, the 35% state take on table games is too high and the giveaway for dog breeders is unnecessary, but the three other West Virginia Casinos are keeping their table games and doors open while suffering the same burden of fixed operating costs,neighboring state competition and breeder giveaways.

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richardwhee

Mar-03-13 12:45 PM

I will bet that the churches and charities are just rubbing their hands and praying that the casion fails, hoping that their tills will fill up. Then maybe they will be quiet for awhile, but I doubt it.

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atoddh

Mar-03-13 12:15 PM

why would WD pay 2.5 mil to lose 1 mil?

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DinoCrocetti

Mar-03-13 12:12 PM

No wonder the country is going broke. A place which basically sells no product except for "DREAMS" and expects the "DREAMERS" to pay the bulk of the employees salaries via TIPS can't even make it.

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atoddh

Mar-03-13 12:07 PM

WV may have to cut their one time fees and settle for a % of sales vs nothing.WD will not operate at a loss.

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Ladydiamond

Mar-03-13 11:42 AM

I hope all of the Casinos and Coffee/Gambling Shops close down.

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Hefner

Mar-03-13 10:59 AM

Unfortunately Wheeling and State government has become addicted to the revenue the casino's generate, and to lose it would severely impact their budgets. Wheeling further impacted the casino by permitting mini casinos scattered about town. Of course sitting in the middle of a flood zone area that is rapidly becoming a slum, isn't a big drawing card either.

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rover1958

Mar-03-13 10:35 AM

'Gambling' venues are natures response to folks who did not do well in junior high math.

'The HOUSE always wins'

You poor fools!

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TrollSlayer

Mar-03-13 10:06 AM

If the casino goes belly-up it would be a human tragedy. Where else could gambling addicts, down on their luck, go to turn their luck around? Just one jackpot would make the difference for them, and for their suffering families. Don’t take that opportunity away from life's losers. Save the casino! Save families! Save lives! Save West Virginia!

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zip064

Mar-03-13 9:51 AM

I thought gambling was the savior to everyone's needs. What happened with that idea?

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Ragnar

Mar-03-13 9:46 AM

In a casino, everyone watches everyone else.

Because the players are looking to beat the house, the dealers are watching to players.

The box men are watching the dealers.

The floor men are watching the box men.

The pit bosses are watching the floor men.

The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses.

The floor manager is watching the shift boss.

The casino manager is watching the floor manager.

I'm watching the casion manager.

And the eye in the sky is watching us all.

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hillbillyangel

Mar-03-13 8:29 AM

The decrease in venue is no one's fault but Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming's fault!! They've cut incentives, removed slot machines and haven't replaced them. Try going on a Friday or Saturday night and see how hard it is to get a machine. We left in disgust and went to the Meadows. I've never seen a casino run the way that one is being run into the ground!

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LogHog

Mar-03-13 8:21 AM

like any business that can't make a profit, it should just close. The Govt. should stay out of it. If it did close,someone else would buy it up and run it to make a profit.

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