Tri-State Horse Racing Track Construction of Poker Room Right After Casino Table Games Vote

Customers on the Tri-State Horse Racing Track would not immediately enjoy casino games like poker, blackjack, craps and roulette until early next year, if the voters from the Kanawha County had approved of the plan.

On May 11, 2007, officials from the Tri-State County commented that they need more time to plan their gaming expansion worth $250 before entering the casino table games market.

However, the Vice President of Hartman and Tyner from Michigan, Dan Adkins, commented that the cross lane horse racing track could offer poker by the end of the year. Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort Head, Ted Arneault, commented that the casino table games would be offered later this year in Chester.

Dan Adkins said that casino table games require a lot of labor and time. Like a craps table, most casino games require 4-6 employees. Craps needs a box man, supervisor, dealers and a stickman.

The racing track plans to offer at least 4 craps tables. The poker tables in the racing tracks also need dealers, supervisors and cashiers. Officials said that the racing tracks would also hold job fairs in the future and open dealer schools at West Virginia State University.

Adkins said that they will be bringing gambling experts from Michigan and Florida where his company has casino gaming facilities to help with the expansion and train new employees.

But not everyone seeking a job at the Tri-State racing track would necessarily need a background in casino gambling. The Tri-State Park is also looking for 130 security personnel. Anyone with a background in law enforcement is welcome.

Adkins said that in a casino dealer, they are looking for people with interesting personalities that can serve as a good part in the game. Officials commented that the main reason that they like to offer a poker room is because it is one of the most requested games.

Pennsylvania casinos do not offer casino table games. But because of West Virginia’s Gaming Legislation, they have offered electronic blackjack table games. Adkins, who is from Ohio, spent the early days of his career working in a horse racing track by Ted Arneault.

According to General Manager Brackbill, Tri-State is planning to build at least 300 rooms. Brackbill is from Kanawha County and believes that gaming expansion would help the businesses at the Yeager Airport.

The contractor for the project is ZMM Inc. from Charleston, which will collaborate with Cubellis Associates Inc.’s Philadelphia Branch.


20 May, 2007