CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Lottery Commission members are expected to approve two of four types of electronic table games requested by the Wheeling Island Casino.
"They've submitted four projects they would like to do. We're going to approve two of them. Two, we're going to hold off on, and take an additional look at," Lottery Director John Musgrave said Tuesday.
In June, Wheeling Island president and general manager Osi Imomoh made a presentation to the Lottery Commission explaining the need for the electronic table games.
Wheeling Island -- the hardest-hit of the state's four racetrack casinos by competitors in metro-Pittsburgh and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio -- renewed its annual $2.5 million table games license on July 1, even though Imomoh said the casino lost money in the past year on the labor-intensive games.
On Thursday, commissioners are expected to authorize Wheeling Island to operate two eight-player electronic blackjack games and one eight-player electronic roulette game.
"These games have been signed off on by Gaming Labs International. They've confirmed they meet all of our criteria," Musgrave said.
The electronic games are expected to be more cost-efficient, and provide for more rapid play, than the traditional table games, although each game will be manned by a dealer.
The commission is expected to approve the games via a conference call Thursday, prior to its scheduled monthly meeting on July 25.