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By DAVE McMILLION | November 30, 2009
o Jefferson Co. residents to vote on table games o Lawmaker changes stand on table games o Measuring impact part of table games equation o Racetrack officials: Table games would bring jobs to Jefferson County o Jefferson Co. residents offer mixed opinions on table games CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A drop of millions of dollars in live wagering, the decision by track owners to close the track in 1995 after a video lottery defeat at the hands of voters and a shortage of horses to run races at the track were among the problems that plagued Charles Town Races & Slots 14 years ago. "I've seen the worst here," said longtime Charles Town horseman Ann Hilton.
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NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 28, 2009
o Lawmaker changes stand on table games o Racetrack officials: Table games would bring jobs to Jefferson County o Measuring impact part of table games equation CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Al Britton is betting Jefferson County residents will vote "yes" on table games on Dec. 5. If they do, he predicts the first card will be flipped in June. Britton, general manager of Charles Town Races & Slots, will know on the night of the vote whether table games will be added to the more than 5,000 slot machines already in place at the sprawling gambling mecca on the outskirts of Charles Town.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 4, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Two groups, one that wants Charles Town Races & Slots to add table games and one that does not, have come up with arguments they claim are based on extensive research to support their positions. Jefferson County voters will decide Dec. 5 on whether to bring table games to Charles Town. Table games include poker, blackjack, Caribbean stud, craps and roulette, among other games. Members of the Gateway New Economy Council pored over Jefferson County, state and West Virginia Lottery statistics to come up with a 31-page study that outlines how much the state, Jefferson County and its five municipalities have received since slot machines (video lottery terminals or VLTs)
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 6, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Jefferson County voters once again will decide whether to allow table games at Charles Town Races & Slots. The Jefferson County Commissioners agreed Thursday to set Dec. 5 for a countywide referendum on the issue. Proponents of the games, including the commissioners, believe the games have a better chance of passing this time because a bigger slice of the money the track generates will go the county, its five municipalities and the school district.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 15, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Charles Town Races & Slots officials say they do not have any plans to push for table games in June, although they could try to gain passage again at that time, according to a track official. Jefferson County voters on June 9, 2007, rejected a proposal to allow table games such as poker, roulette and blackjack at the racetrack. Since then, track officials have been polling county residents periodically to gauge how they feel about the games, said John Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track.
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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.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A former Washington County state delegate is among seven people who will decide where slots machines will be placed in Maryland. Democrat D. Bruce Poole, a Hagerstown attorney, was one of two selections announced Monday by House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Gov. Martin O'Malley each filled two slots Monday on the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission. Last week, O'Malley announced the other member - Donald C. Fry, who will be chairman.
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By LARRY YANOS | November 9, 2008
When he started the Cracked Claw Off-Track Betting Parlor and restaurant in 1994, proprietor John Poole was excited about the prospect of Maryland getting slot machines. The chance to wager on thoroughbred and harness racing paired with slot machines would attract many gamblers to the Frederick County facility. Back then, discussions were under way by Gov. Parris Glendening and lawmakers to place slots at the state racetracks as well as some designated off-track betting parlors in the Free State.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland voters approved legalizing slot machines Tuesday in a constitutional amendment, paving the way for up to 15,000 machines in five locations and ending years of debate between lawmakers who never managed to pass the measure on their own. With 66 percent of precincts reporting, approval of the measure received 59 percent of the vote. Voters statewide also approved amending the constitution to allow the General Assembly to approve early voting legislation.
NEWS
October 25, 2008
League urges voters to vote 'no' on slots To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Washington County urges voters to vote no on the question of slots. The league's local chapter opposes the current referendum on slot machines on two grounds. The league believes that the state constitution should be clear, concise and confined to fundamentals. This proposed constitutional amendment is not a fundamental aspect of governance and therefore should not be included in our state constitution.
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