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02.18.2008

Wheeling Island’s World Series Of Poker Satellite Tournament Is An Overwhelming Success

Tournament sells out; Wheeling Island adds a second WSOP satellite qualifying tournament next Sunday

WHEELING, W.Va. (Monday, February 18, 2008) — Only two months after the opening of table games, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack hosted its first World Series of Poker satellite qualifier tournament on Sunday, February 17, 2008 with overwhelming success.

Hundreds arrived as early as 5am to wait in line for their chance to win a paid $10,000 seat in the 2008 World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas, NV. Wheeling Island sold out the 330-seat tournament in a matter of hours.

“The turnout was remarkable,” states Bob Marshall, President and General Manager at Wheeling Island. “We were sold out very early and decided to add a second satellite tournament next Sunday, February 24, giving those who could not get in to play on Sunday an opportunity to pre-register,” continued Marshall.

Marshall went on to add that pre-registration for the second WSOP satellite qualifying tournament would open to the public at 12:01am on Monday, February 18, 2008 in the Wheeling Island poker room. Pre-registration closes at 330 paid registrations.

Barbara M. of Barberton, OH won Wheeling Island’s first 2008 World Series of Poker satellite qualifier tournament just after 10:00pm on Sunday, February 17, 2008.

Wheeling Island will offer one WSOP satellite qualifier tournament each month until June 2008.

Starting in March 2008, Wheeling Island will begin a regular schedule of 330-seat specialty tournaments in their showroom. On Thursday, March 13, it’s No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Night featuring $60 buy-in and $20 entry fee and $2 bourbon and Coke® specials. On Thursday, March 27, it’s Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Night featuring $30 buy-in and $10 entry fee and $2 Margarita specials. Each tournament registration will begin at 4:00pm in the Wheeling Island poker room and tournament play will begin at 7:00pm in the showroom.

Wheeling Island hosts daily poker tournaments in their poker room on Monday-Thursday at 7pm and Saturday-Sunday at 10am. Registration begins daily two hours prior to tournament start time in the Wheeling Island poker room.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.

Wheeling Island provided over $121 million in taxes to the State of West Virginia in 2006 and employs nearly 1,200 associates with $21.4 million in total payroll. For more information, visit online at www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.

Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States approaching $2 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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