Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is a racino located in Wheeling. The property is one of four commercial casinos located in the Mountain State.
Gaming company Delaware North owns and operates Wheeling Island. The company also purchased Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, making it the only operator to own multiple properties in the state.
Wheeling Island‘s history as a gambling site stretches back to 1866. The property began as a thoroughbred and harness racing facility, though it has obviously expanded tremendously since then.
Wheeling Island Sports Betting
Sports betting in West Virginia began on Aug. 30, 2018. Hollywood Casino Charles Town, through a partnership with European sportsbook giant William Hill, became the first location to accept wagers on sporting events.
All five casinos in West Virginia are expected to offer sports betting in less than two months. Wheeling Island, for its part, has already secured a permit from the state to operate a sportsbook.
All early indications were that Wheeling Island would open its sportsbook at the end of September. The property even opened a new sports bar in preparation for the debut.
However, in early October, Delaware North informed the WV Lottery that there would be a delay on the launch. At this point, there is no established timeframe for a live sportsbook at Wheeling Island.
It’s possible that there are still some kinks in the negotiations between Delaware North and its new strategic partner, though. Sportsbook provider Miomni will assist Wheeling Island in both its retail and mobile applications.
We just don’t know when. However, there are reports that field testing of the property’s equipment may be underway or soon to be underway.
Mobile sports betting
The law that legalized sports betting in West Virginia provided for online play as well. Any license holder can offer both land-based and mobile/online sports betting to patrons.
However, with so little information available about what Wheeling Island’s plans are, it is unknown what a mobile product from the casino will resemble. With West Virginia’s spread geography and lack of population hubs, mobile sports betting is critical to the success of any sportsbooks in-state, including Wheeling Island.
Wheeling Island Casino gaming
Like its sister property, Wheeling Island is a mid-sized casino that offers most of the typical amenities of any casino resort. It is slightly larger than Mardi Gras, but is not of the same scale of Hollywood Casino or Mountaineer.
Slots and Table Games
Wheeling Island features more than 1,100 slot machines for players. Nearly 80 different titles adorn these machines.
The casino offers both reel-based and video slot games. More than one of these includes a jackpot feature, and at least one game, Hot Shot Progressive, offers the chance a big win.
Some of the more recognizable games include:
- Jurassic Park
- Black & White Wild Jackpot On the Double
- Dancing Drums
- Ellen – The Ellen Degeneres Show Video Slots
- Aztec Dawn
- Heavenly Riches
There are 47 slot machines available in the High Limit room. The High Limit room features both smoking and nonsmoking sections to maximize player comfort.
For players who love table games, Wheeling Island offers roughly 30 tables for play. Patrons will find games like blackjack, craps, roulette, and several other games that promise to be a fun time for all.
The poker room at Wheeling Island is a small room that offers action most of the day. The facility hosts nine tables for players to choose.
Wheeling Island’s poker room maintains the following hours:
- Monday – Thursday: noon – 2:30 a.m.
- Friday – Sunday: 24 hours a day, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday and ending at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning
The poker room spreads or will spread Limit Texas Hold’em, No-limit Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha. The room also features a somewhat unique promotion.
The room posts seven hand combinations on the wall. Each hour, one Texas hold’em hand is designated by room management as the hand of the hour.
If a player can hit the hand within the given hour, he or she will win $100 in cash. Note that this promotion only applies to non-tournament Texas hold’em play.
Wheeling Island hasn’t lost touch with its roots as a racetrack. The facility offers live greyhound racing to patrons on a year-round basis.
Greyhounds will run every day of the week except Mondays and Tuesdays. The first post time is at 1 p.m.
The facility is also open for simulcast racing every single day. The facility’s simulcast parlor feature 120 racing carrels with individual televisions and an entire wall of big screen TVs.
Wheeling Island also runs two promotions during the weekends at the racetrack.
The first is Lucky North 5, which runs on Fridays and Saturdays. Lucky North 5 designates five races as the selected races for the promotion, and bettors select one hound in each race.
Each selection must finish first, second or third for the player to remain in the contest. The bettor who chooses the most first-place finishers wins the contest.
The other promotion is the In the Money promotion, which is active on Saturdays and Sundays. The bettor will select one hound for races 3 – 8 during the day’s races.
As with the Lucky North 5, the winner is the player who successfully chooses the most first-place finishers. The player’s selections must once again finish in the top three in order for the player to continue in the contest.
Hotel and dining
Wheeling Island features a 151-room hotel for guests to stay. Guests can choose from standard Pure Rooms up to King Suites for their lodging needs.
Every room at the hotel features a marble shower, flat-screen TV, free wifi, and an in-room safe. The casino website also mentions the luxuriousness of its towels, which must mean that the towels are pretty special.
The hotel also offers package deals that bundle the room with various food and gaming credits. They are:
- Seasonal Package – $129 – $159/night
- Deluxe King room
- $5 Free Play per guest per night
- $10 Food Credit per room per night
- Stay and Play Package – $139 – $169/night
- Deluxe King room
- $10 Free Play per guest per night
- $25 Food Credit per room per night
- Romance Package – $169 – $199/night
- Deluxe King room
- $15 Free Play per guest per night
- $50 Food Credit per room per night
- One Dozen Hand-Dipped Chocolate Strawberries
- One Chilled Bottle of Korbel Champagne
Considering that Wheeling Island shares so many similarities with Mardi Gras Casino, it comes as a slight surprise that the casino offers so many dining options for patrons. Here they are:
- The Pointe (fine dining)
- The Buffet
- Food Court
- Trackside concessions
- Crescent Moon Coffee Bar
- The Waves Bar
- Castaway’s Bar
- The Sandbar
Wheeling Island’s players club features a way for patrons to get the most bang for their buck. The Lucky North Club features five levels of membership that convey an increasing bevy of perks.
Players accumulate points and levels through their play at the casino. Points are awarded using the following schedule:
- Slot play – 1 point per $5 wagered
- Racing – 1 point per $5 wagered
- Table games – 1 point per $5 wagered
One hundred points carries $1 of value. Players can redeem points for valuable Wheeling Island merchandise.
Wheeling Island FAQ
What is the nearest large city to Wheeling Island Casino?
Pittsburgh. The second-largest city in PA is a scant 59 miles to the northeast of the casino. People from Pittsburgh can make it to Wheeling Island by traveling about an hour southwest on I-79.
Does Wheeling Island have an online casino?
Not yet. In fact, there is no online casino anywhere in West Virginia at this point. However, the casino’s sports betting license allows for online wagering, so that may be the first entree into online wagering that Mountain Staters can get.