The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is located in New Cumberland. It is one of five West Virginia casinos.
The Mountaineer is in the farthest northern outpost of West Virginia. The property sits on the eastern bank of the Ohio River, which forms the border between West Virginia and Ohio.
Oddly enough, despite the casino’s location, its closest large city is Pittsburgh. The city in western Pennsylvania is merely 45 miles east of the property.
Gaming company Eldorado Resorts owns the Mountaineer. The company owns 21 properties, but this is its only West Virginia one. Eldorado Resorts also has a partnership with sports betting giant William Hill.
Mountaineer sports betting
On Oct. 22, The Mountaineer applied for a sports betting license. The casino officially launched sports betting on Nov. 21. Its William Hill Sports Book features a video wall showcasing numerous games, HD televisions and plenty of seating.
The Mountaineer marks three of five WV casinos with sports betting licenses that have actually launched betting. WV Lottery officials have stated several times that they expect functional sportsbooks at all five casinos before 2018 ends.
Mobile sports betting
So far, Mountaineer has not made many positive moves toward a mobile app. The casino has not completed any sort of app testing with the state, a necessary step before mobile wagering can take place.
Mountaineer’s partner, William Hill, has plenty of experience with mobile sports betting apps. The company has mobile operations in both Nevada and New Jersey.
So, it’s possible that Mountaineer will come out of nowhere with a new app, ready to go. We’ll have to wait and see.
Casino and racetrack
The Mountaineer is not a small operation, considering its location. Even though Pittsburgh is less than an hour away, the casino is competing with some of the closer options to Steel City.
That said, the Mountaineer acquits itself well with the options for bettors. There are plenty of games to play.
Mountaineer has over 1,525 slot machines to offer patrons for play. The games spread across 78,000 square feet of gaming space.
The slot machine options include several video poker machines. Jackpots at the machines can award prizes in the five-digit range.
The space features both a smoking pavilion and a large non-smoking area. There is also a high-limit area with machine limits as high as $100 per spin.
The Mountaineer offers 36 table games with a variety of games for play. Those games include:
- Blackjack (which includes side betting In-Bet In Between)
- Three Card Poker
- Texas Hold’em Bonus
- Let It Ride
- Mississippi Stud
- Four Card Poker
- Spanish 21
The Mountaineer offers the River Poker Room for guests looking to win big on the felt. The room is open 24 hours a day.
River Poker Room offers several promotions to poker players at the Mountaineer. Some of the promos are:
- Happy Hour Hand – Sundays, noon – midnight
- $50 High Hand – Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon – midnight
- Jokers Wild High Hand – Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – midnight
- Win a Bounty Seat – Monday – Thursday and Sunday, all day
The room also offers tournaments on several days in the week. They include a rebuy tournament on Mondays, two Wednesday tournaments, and a $120 bounty tournament on the last Sunday of the month.
Like most West Virginia casinos, Mountaineer features a horse racing track that has live racing year-round. The track will eventually offer 124 shows during 2018.
The signature event at the track is the grade-3 $200,000 Governor’s Purse. The event runs in early August each year.
The Mountaineer’s track is a turf surface, which is unusual for most tracks in the area — most are dirt tracks. However, the track’s handle was over $1 million last year, making the track a destination for many racing aficionados.
Any patron of the Mountaineer can join the ONE Club membership program. The ONE Club allows players to acquire points good for redemption at any Eldorado property.
There are also several running promotions at Mountaineer that can put money in your pocket. Some of them are:
- 3x Tier Points
- Mondays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- 50 for 50
- Players 50 or older can win $50 in Free Play
- Tuesdays, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Player’s Choice
- Earn 35 Tier points and swipe at a ONE Club kiosk
- Receive $10 Free Play or a $10 food voucher
- Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Blackjack Tournament
- $1,000 guaranteed prize pool
- Occurs in Pit #3
- Wednesdays, 3 p.m. for Early Bird Registration
- Wheel of Funds
- Spin to win up to $500 in Free Play
- Fridays in August, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Beat the Heat Hot Seat
- On September 8, 3 winners win $100 in Free Play every 20 minutes
- Promo runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Begin earning entries with play on or after September 1
- $28,000 Football Frenzy
- Earn entries for drawings to win up to $500 in Free Play
- Fridays in September, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Accommodations and dining
The hotel at the Mountaineer features both rooms and suites for guests to relax. They range from 390 square-foot rooms to spacious 760 square-foot suites.
There are also five different places to eat at The Mountaineer. They are:
- LBV Steak and Pasta
- Mahogany Sports Bar
- Big Al’s (casual dining, open 24/7)
- Gatsby Restaurant & Buffet
- Vickar’s (racetrack food venue)
Amenities and entertainment
Playing in the casino is not the only thing to do at The Mountaineer. There are a host of other activities at the resort.
The chief among these is the Woodview Golf Course. This course, minutes from the property, is a full 18-hole course with par 72.
The course plays over 6,000 yards from the blue tees. Guests at the Mountaineer are able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of northern West Virginia while they play a round.
If relaxation is more your style, the Spa at Mountaineer is waiting. Patrons can find a wide variety of available services, including massage, facials, nail care and hair care.
Guests can also tone at the fitness center. The center is open 24 hours a day.
Finally, the shopping patron can find plenty to buy at the Gift Shop at Mountaineer. Shoppers can find anything from fine jewelry to snacks, all in the same shop.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort FAQ
Does Mountaineer Casino have sports betting?
Yes. Mountaineer Casino became the third WV sportsbook to open its betting windows on Nov. 21, 2018.
What is the nearest large city to the Mountaineer?
Pittsburgh. The Mountaineer is in the farthest northern portion of the state, and the large Pennsylvania city is only 45 miles to the east.
Does the Mountaineer have any kind of rewards program?
Yes. Eldorado Resorts owns the Mountaineer, and as such, the casino offers membership in Eldorado’s players club, ONE Club. Points earned at the Mountaineer are good for redemption at other Eldorado properties across the country.
Can I bet online?
No. At this point, there is no online gambling in West Virginia. Any online wagers will likely be sports wagers, but there’s no telling when Mountaineer might produce a sports betting app.