For more information, contact:
Kim Florence, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
(304) 231-1839


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.


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
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



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