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Grand opening ceremony unveils a complete casino destination with blackjack, craps, roulette and specialty table games.
WHEELING, W.Va. (December 20, 2007) -Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack welcomed hundreds of guests at their ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on Thursday, December 20, 2007 when the casino opened their 43 table games to the public.
Wheeling Island's much-anticipated ceremony comes after the recent opening of its 20-table Poker Room on October 19, 2007 and Ohio County's passage of a local referendum on June 9, 2007 allowing table games.
"This is an extremely exciting day for us. We are now a complete casino destination offering guests a full spectrum of entertainment and amenities 24 hours, 7 days a week," said Marshall. "We are very pleased with the outcome. The floor looks beautiful and our dealers are anxious to get started," continued Marshall.
State and local dignitaries, community leaders and special guests were on-hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, players took their spots for the first hand of blackjack and inaugural roll of the dice.
Marshall added that with the introduction of table games, Wheeling Island added 500 employees, up from 750 earlier this year, bringing their property-wide total to 1,250 employees. "We will continue our recruiting, hiring and training efforts over the next year. Our next session of dealer training classes will begin January 14 at West Virginia Northern Community College."
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.