A bill was recently introduced in the West Virginia legislature that could increase revenue for casinos across the Mountain State.
If this bill gets approved, this grant West Virginia casinos the freedom to branch off into satellite locations. In the Friendly City, Wheeling Island Casino is feeling positive about this move towards expansion.
Kim Florence, the general manager for Wheeling Island Casino, says not only would the ability to expand be a great way to generate more revenue but it’s also a way for the Wheeling Island Casino to secure its assets.
“We obviously have challenges and threats with flooding that even unfortunately last year caused us to close twice,” Florence said. “We also know there’s some pending road construction and bridge work that’s gonna happen over the next two to three years and this could be a very proactive way in helping us protect the revenues that we generate for the state, county and city.”
There currently is no timeline for when or if these satellite locations would come into fruition because the bill has yet to be passed through the house and or senate.
As far as locations are concerned, Kim Florence says it’s too early to say. However, Wheeling Island is not opposed to the idea of opening a location at the Highlands.
If the bill passes, Wheeling Island Casino would not be relocating. The casino would simply be opening a smaller, second location somewhere else.