12-23-13 New betting option for table games approved

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Lottery Commission has approved the use of electronic touch screens at the state’s racetrack casinos as an option for betting on live table games.

Commissioners previously allowed electronic touch-screen wagering on table games. The option approved last week would let players bet from either the actual live table or from an electronic station.

The system was requested by the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races but was approved for all four of the state’s racetrack casinos. Lottery Director John Musgrave hopes innovations such as the Rapid Fusion system will help them compete with new gambling complexes in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Lottery says table game revenues fell 36 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year.

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