CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the state Lottery Commission Thursday approved a hybrid gambling system that gives players the option of using electronic touch-screens to bet on traditional live table games, including roulette and mini-baccarat.
Lottery Director John Musgrave hopes innovations like the Rapid Fusion system approved Thursday will help West Virginia's racetrack casinos compete with new gambling complexes in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
"This should make them more attractive," Musgrave said.
Requested by management of the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, but approved for all four racetrack casinos, the system will allow players to place bets electronically on touch-screen displays located adjacent to the actual table game.
Commissioners previously have approved electronic wagering on table games, with games such as Rapid Roulette, which uses a traditional roulette wheel, but with all players betting using electronic touch screens. Rapid Fusion is the first to give players the option of playing from the live table or at an electronic station.
Otherwise, out-of-state competition continued to take a toll on Lottery revenues for November.
Total revenue for the month was $98.85 million, down nearly 11 percent from $109.52 million of revenue for November 2012.
Racetrack video lottery was down $1.76 million to $48.9 million, while table games revenue fell 43 percent, to $4.2 million.