CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Lottery Commission members will discuss next week whether management of The Greenbrier resort is violating state gambling regulations by allowing bus tour groups access to the hotel's guests-only casino.
Commissioners voted Monday to add the issue to the agenda for the Lottery's monthly meeting Oct. 23.
"I think we've got to make sure there's some clarity in the policy we have," Lottery Director John Musgrave said of the discussion, which took place during the commission's teleconference to set the Oct. 23 meeting agenda.
"I mentioned to them what has been in the paper, and that I had received the same complaints," Musgrave said.
The Gazette first reported that management of The Greenbrier has been allowing charter bus day-tour groups access to the hotel's $80 million underground casino, using an exception to the guests-only rule for special events at the hotel.
Under the original draft of the 2009 legislation authorizing a casino at the White Sulphur Springs resort, access to the casino was to be limited to registered overnight guests of the hotel, or members of the Greenbrier Sporting Club, the resort's residential development.
At the Lottery Commission's request, the bill was amended to make an exception for persons attending conferences or conventions at The Greenbrier, if the hotel was booked close to capacity.
At the time, Musgrave said the Lottery did not want to deny such convention attendees access to the casino, particularly if they were unable to book a room at the hotel.
"You might have someone from Lewisburg or Beckley attending a convention but driving in from home, or you could have someone who's staying at the Brier Inn because there are no rooms available at The Greenbrier," Musgrave said at the time.
Under the law, the special events exception applies only when 400 or more rooms at the hotel are booked.