However, both Helmick and Musgrave said The Greenbrier strictly enforces the 400-room rule, and Helmick said groups are denied casino access on days when fewer than 400 rooms are booked.
Helmick said that while Greenbrier management collaborates with charter bus companies to bring tours to the resort, they were not aware that at least one of the companies was promoting tours as "Greenbrier casino day trips."
McCormick questioned that, noting that until recently the hotel's daily schedule and newsletter to guests had promoted such day trips as "casino party fun trips."
Commissioners Tuesday agreed to schedule a special meeting prior to the Nov. 27 Lottery Commission meeting to discuss whether the definition of "event" in The Greenbrier casino regulations needs to be clarified or modified, and asked that Greenbrier management attend that meeting.
Also during Tuesday's Lottery Commission meeting:
The casino's net revenues of $804,000 for September were 160 percent above Lottery projections for the month.
Revenues from video lottery machines at the state's four racetrack casinos took the hardest hit, dropping from $62.5 million in September 2011 to $56.7 million. However, Lottery officials had projected video slots revenue to fall to $43.7 million for September, because of competition from new casinos in Columbus and Cleveland.
By comparison, Wheeling Island took in $1.17 million in September 2010, and more than $2.5 million in its first month of table game operations, in 2008.
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