Regional Casino Destination Working Closely with West Virginia Officials on Plans for the Future
WHEELING, W.V. – Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack announced today it will renew its table games license in July for one year. The important decision saves 100 table games-related jobs at the casino and prevents a $2.5 million shortfall in a popular statewide senior program.
“The decision to renew for one year has come despite drastic declines in revenue and the serious problem the casino still faces to make table games a profitable piece of our business,” said Osi Imomoh, new president and general manager of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
Imomoh expressed his appreciation to Senate President Jeffrey Kessler for sponsoring legislation which passed the Senate that would have resulted in a more favorable table games license fee. Imomoh also thanked the Lottery Commission for its support and commitment to gaming in West Virginia.
“While we are disappointed the State did not make the table games taxes more competitive this year, we are pleased with the support we received from the public and that the issue gained attention in the media. We are confident that legislative leaders recognize this is a serious problem, and it is our hope that the issue will be studied in depth prior to the next legislative session.  A long-term solution remains our number one priority,” said Imomoh.
The tax on table games in West Virginia is 35 percent plus an annual $2.5 million state licensing fee. Pennsylvania has only a 16 percent table games tax, and Ohio, where casinos began operating in 2012, has a 33 percent table games tax with no annual fee.
In addition, Wheeling Island has already felt the impact of new casino competition in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and Imomoh noted Maryland Live Casino near Baltimore opened 122 table games in April, which will impact West Virginia’s other casino destination in Charles Town, W.Va. 
“I have looked at the numbers, and they are not positive,” Imomoh said. “Right now, table games are not a profitable part of our business, but we felt that giving ourselves and the Legislature another year to work through the issues is the right thing to do for our 650 casino associates and the economy of West Virginia.”
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 24 table games, 9-table poker room, over 1,600 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, live Greyhound racing, four restaurants, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.
Wheeling Island recently won nine first-place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2012 readers poll including Best Reel Slots for the 4th consecutive year.
Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.
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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.


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