The focus is very much on horse and dog racing in the Mountain State, as there are no casinos at all to be found in West Virginia but there is a good selection of dog or horse tracks where you can place bets on the outcome of the races. There are in fact four gambling venues to choose from here, with each of them located in a different city – so make sure that you are close enough by to visit either Charles Town, Chester, Cross Lanes, or Wheeling during your stay so that you can go for at least one of them.
The great thing about these horse and dog racing tracks is the fact that they have all been converted into racinos, which means that they have the added appeal of some slot machine games for you to play as soon as you get to the venue. There are varying amounts of slots available depending on which part of West Virginia you are in: the most are to be found at the Charles Town Races and Slots, where there are three thousand five hundred machines on offer. Then there is the Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort, where you will find three thousand two hundred slot machines, followed by the Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, where there are two thousand slots. Finally you will find yourself at the Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Centre, where there are one thousand six hundred machines. Interestingly enough, the first two are for horses and the second two for dogs, so it seems as though there is a higher trend towards gaming with the horse race attendees! The Charles Town racetrack, as the biggest venue that you have to choose from, features simulcasting every day from noon to closing time, which differs day to day: from Mondays to Saturdays it is open from 7am to 3.30am the next day, while on Sundays it is open from 10am to 3.30am to give a little more of a rest in the mornings. You will of course also find a race book at each of these venues so that you can place bets on the outcome of any of the races while you are watching them, and you may be able to bet on other races which are going on across the country in other states too. Typically for the dog racing you will see no live events on Tuesday, though they are open for around the same kind of hours as the horse tracks on other days of the week.
You will also find that there is a state lottery here with some great prizes and weekly draws, so make sure that you get a ticket for the West Virginia lotto if you want the chance to win big while you are on holiday as this could really be the win of a lifetime. You can also get on to some table games through an online casino if you would like to do so.