CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — For years, gamblers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races were limited to $5 for each spin of a slot machine.
But, in July, the West Virginia Lottery Commission gave the casino permission to increase the maximum bet per spin to $100.
"With the ability to now bet $5, $10, $25 and $100 a spin, the Slot City area of the gaming floor just got hotter," casino General Manager Al Britton said in a statement. "Now, guests will have the opportunity to wager more per spin on the newest multi-coin machines featuring themes such as Double Diamond Deluxe and Poseidon."
Before July, the casino's slot machines were limited to accepting nothing higher than a $20 bill. The new limit is $100.
These "high rollers," as they are called, can spin $100 machines that offer $100,000 jackpots or more. They probably won't be playing the penny machines on the casino's gambling floor, which covers more than 200,000 square feet.
Because of proprietary reasons, Britton declined to say how much an average high roller spends at Charles Town. He did say about 10 percent of those who gamble at casinos are high rollers.
"They're the high-end players," he said.
The casino won't be adding more slot machines because of the new rules, he said. A number of the casino's nearly 5,000 machines will be reconfigured to accept the higher limits, he said.
Britton believes West Virginia was the only state to limit slot machine spins to $5. The $5 machines can pay jackpots as high as $25,000 or more, he said.
He said an average player at Charles Town spends about $100 a visit.