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by DAVE McMILLION | June 9, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Charles Town Races & Slots is at it again, spending millions to offer hundreds of new slot machines to its patrons in an elaborate atmosphere highlighted by water features, park scenes and connections to the movie industry. The new gaming area, called Slot Central, opened May 26 and offers track patrons 800 new slot machines to play. The new machines are not played with coins. Instead, a player inserts a card into the machine, which keeps track of the number of credits the player has, said John Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 16, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - The thoroughbred track at Charles Town Races & Slots was redesigned last year, but a constant push for another expansion of the oval has remained, a horse-racing official said Sunday. However, it's not an idea that is supported by the Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents about 3,500 horsemen at the local track, said Dave Walters, vice president of the local HBPA. Members of the local HBPA have voted against another track expansion twice, and most horsemen are happy with the current track, Walters said.
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February 20, 2005
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 8, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - With the likelihood that gambling is going to be a big part of the state and local economy for some time, Shepherd University officials have decided to offer studies in gaming. In the spring semester, Shepherd will offer an introductory course in gaming, and school officials may take the subject further by making gaming an area of study at the school, Shepherd University Athletic Director Karl Wolf said Tuesday. If gaming is made an area of study under the school's Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, students could learn all facets of the gambling industry, including hospitality, marketing, business and legal issues, Wolf said.
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by LARRY YANOS | November 28, 2004
The 2004 World Series of Handicapping Winter Classic will be held Dec. 11 at the Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. Followers of Charles Town Races & Slots are encouraged to compete. According to WSH Winter Classic spokesman Fred Lipkin, the contest will be based on the live thoroughbred cards run that night at Penn National and Charles Town. "Folks can compete at any Penn National Gaming property in Pennsylvania, the closest to Charles Town being Chambersburg," Lipkin said.
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October 17, 2004
WYOMISSING, Pa. - Peter M. Carlino, chairman and chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., has been named Best Performing CEO for 2004 by HVS Executive Search, a leading human resources consulting firm dedicated to the gaming, lodging and restaurant industries. The award, which was announced in the October 2004 issue of Casino Journal, was presented to Carlino in Las Vegas during the Global Gaming Expo. The award is based on an annual study that analyzes the prior year's performance of a CEO relative to his or her peers based on corporate financial growth, decision-making methodology and application of the HVS Pay-for-Performance Model, which evaluates financial results relative to a CEO's total compensation.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | October 9, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The track at Charles Town Races & Slots should be ready for tonight's 18th annual West Virginia Breeders Classics races, said Jim Buchanan, senior vice president of government and public affairs for Penn National Gaming Inc. "We expect so," Buchanan said when asked whether the track will be ready. Buchanan said races were planned for Friday night and training was held on the oval Friday morning. Post time for the Breeders Classics races is 7:15 p.m. Purses total $1 million for the races.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 24, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A new thoroughbred racing track at Charles Town Races & Slots - which was closed due to a drainage problem - is expected to reopen Saturday, a track official said Thursday. The track has been closed since Sept. 15 because wet areas were discovered on the oval, said an official with Penn National Gaming, Inc., which owns the track. It was important to correct the wet areas track because ignoring them can cause an uneven racing surface, said Eric Schippers, vice president of public affairs for Penn National Gaming.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 21, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Less than a month after opening a new $8 million racing surface, the thoroughbred track at Charles Town Races & Slots has been shut down due to a drainage problem, a Penn National Gaming Inc. official said Monday. The track was closed last Wednesday and Thursday because of wet areas discovered on the oval, said Eric Schippers, vice president of public affairs for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track. Then the track was closed Friday due to the remnants of Hurricane Ivan passing through the area, Schippers said.
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by LARRY YANOS | August 23, 2004
The initial phase of the renovation of Charles Town Races & Slots' racetrack concludes this weekend and live racing at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval will resume Wednesday evening. Post time for the 12-race card is 6:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at 6:30 to officially re-open the racetrack with its new racing surface, banked turns, high-tech lighting and state-of-the-art drainage system designed to reduce cancellations due to bad weather.
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