That question could dominate the next West Virginia governor's race, if Democratic candidate Joe Manchin has his way.
We feel that's the wrong approach. Adding table games to the state's horse tracks, as Manchin proposes, would be a major escalation of gambling, a step that should not be taken without more study than it's likely to get in an election campaign.
Manchin, West Virginia's secretary of state, this week said that the four counties that now have slot machines at their race tracks should have the opportunity to decide whether they want to add so-called table games to their offerings.
Manchin said he would like to give them that option, provided that the citizens of those counties - Hancock, Jefferson, Kanawha and Ohio - get their say in local elections.