West Virginia

West Virginia Casinos

West Virginia is known as ‘The Mountain State’ which is home to 1,859,815 people which ranks 37th in the United States as far as population goes. For area, the state covers 24,230 square miles. A funny saying about the state is ‘West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.’ The first state sales tax in the United States went into effect in West Virginia on July 1, 1921. The first federal prison exclusively for women in the United States was opened in 1926 in West Virginia. According to the crime index for 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime rate in the country.

Land Based Casinos

West Virginia permits a state lottery. Most feel playing the lottery is a way to give back to the community because a large amount of the earnings are given to schools & other publicly funded entities. Within the state of West Virginia, players can participate in games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Daily 3, Daily 4, Cash 25, Keno & Instant games. The legal age to participate in this kind of gambling is 18 and over. West Virginia does not however, have any casinos operating within the state, instead they offer pari-mutuel horse race betting with 3 different tracks throughout the state; Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center, Charles Town Races & Tri-State Racetrack. All three of these racetracks feature slots and table games for the players to participate. For slots and for pari-mutuel gambling, players must be 18 or over. Within the state players can also participate in bingo & charity events. Players who enjoy this kind of gambling for money must be 18 or over as well.

Online Casinos

West Virginia does not specifically list any laws against online gambling. The federal government has always had this issue up in the air but has not made any laws prohibiting a player from gambling online. Players can participate in any kind of gambling at age 18 unless their state has specific laws stating otherwise. Online casinos have many different perks, Online casinos usually have more games to offer their players including slots, table games, card games keno & more. Online casinos offer much better promotions than land based casinos because they offer deposit match bonuses for players sometimes by 100% – 400%. Players can download the software to their computer and begin playing within minutes. Alternatively, those who wish to participate in the gaming action without the ability to download the software can play instantly on the casino’s website via Flash.