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NEWS
January 3, 2008
An Associated Press summary of Maryland taxes on page A3 of Wednesday's Herald-Mail mentioned a new tax on the proceeds of bingo games and tip jars. Actually, the tax only applies to electronic bingo games and electronic tip jars ? the ones similar to slot machines, but not the ones that simply dispense tickets, said Daniel Riley, assistant director of the state comptroller's compliance division. Washington County has electronic machines that dispense tip-jar tickets and are not subject to the tax, but none that are slot machine-style, said James B. Hovis, director of the county's gaming office.
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NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 1, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Despite outcries from ministers and a state lawmaker that gambling is wrecking families and people's personal finances, an additional 1,000 slot machines were approved for Charles Town Races & Slots on Wednesday. With little discussion, the state Lottery Commission unanimously approved the track's request, which will allow the Jefferson County thoroughbred track to have a total of 4,500 slot machines. The track has expanded tremendously over the years, with nearly $200 million in construction projects, but there are still "wall-to-wall people" at the facility, track President Jim Buchanan has said.
NEWS
October 24, 2008
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has endorsed U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in his bid for a ninth term and has come out in favor of legalizing slots. Also, the Chamber is supporting four Washington County Board of Education candidates - Wayne D. Ridenour, W. Edward Forrest, Justin M. Hartings and Donna Brightman. The Chamber released its endorsements on Thursday in an e-mail statement. For Bartlett, the Chamber's statement says, "Our community's greatest short-term need from the federal government is help with infrastructure.
NEWS
April 1, 2000
WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) - Penn National Gaming Inc. has purchased the remaining minority interest in West Virginia's Charles Town Races for $6 million. Penn National bought the 11 percent interest from BDC Group, its joint venture partner in West Virginia, on March 15, the company announced Thursday. The Charles Town Races, now a fully-owned subsidiary of Penn National, is a thoroughbred racetrack in Jefferson County with 1,500 slot machines. The company reported $15.8 million in earnings in 1999.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | March 10, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com A Maryland House of Delegates committee scrapped a local lawmaker's call for a statewide slot machines referendum Friday in favor of appointing a legislative study group. House leaders have decided against a referendum for now, said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington. They're calling for the appointment of a joint commission to study the idea of legalizing slot machines in Maryland. Eight delegates and eight senators would serve on the commission.
NEWS
December 14, 1998
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The lifelike computer games on the market may have hurt the once-dominant pinball machines, but Chuck Neidinger is not about to give up on them. To him, they are works of art. The designs on the early versions were hand-painted, like the "Old Chicago" machine standing in the corner of Neidinger's shop, the Home Amusement Co. Chicago, incidentally, is were many of them were made.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2011
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.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | March 4, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Saying the track is often "wall-to-wall people" playing slot machines, owners of Charles Town Races & Slots are asking for permission from the state to add another 1,000 slot machines to help meet increased demand for the games. Even though the thoroughbred track now has 3,500 slot machines, some patrons still have to wait to play certain types of machines, track president Jim Buchanan said Wednesday. Saturday nights can get very busy at the track, and it is not unusual for the track's 1,500-space parking garage to become full on weekends, Buchanan said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 3, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Disappointed by a low number of bidders interested in operating slot parlors in Maryland, Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller says the state's slot commission should revisit the issue. That comment came one day after Miller was quoted in The Baltimore Sun saying that some Maryland slots locations, like the one in Allegany County, Md., should be moved to more populous areas. However, Miller denied saying that in an interview Tuesday with The Herald-Mail. Instead, Miller called the planned site at Rocky Gap an "ideal location" for slots.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 1, 2002
The West Virginia Lottery Commission voted unanimously Thursday to allow Charles Town Races to install an additional 1,500 slot machines in its gaming room, bringing the total number of machines at the track to 3,500. The Lottery Commission also approved a pilot project under which West Virginia tracks can increase the amount of payout on some slot machines from a maximum of 92 percent to a maximum of 95 percent. The payout increase is an attempt to stave off future gambling competition from neighboring Maryland and Pennsylvania, racing officials said.
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