Mountaineer Casino is located in Chester, West Virginia in Hancock County. The casino is in the northern tip of West Virginia, sandwiched between the Ohio and Pennsylvania borders.
It is owned and operated by Eldorado Resorts. The property opened as Waterford Downs on May 19, 1951. It was a greyhound racing track in its early days.
The track now hosts horse racing. Races are scheduled every Sunday through Wednesday from May to November. There is an occasional Saturday race. There is a racebook that takes wagers on dog and horse races throughout the United States.
Mountaineer Casino received approval for slot machines in 1994. In 2007, it announced the expansion into table games and poker.
There are 354 hotel rooms at Mountaineer Casino. There is a concert venue that hosts national acts from several genres of music. Lucky’s and LBV Steak and Pasta offer a weekend lounge act. The property is home to five restaurants.
Mountaineer sports betting
Mountaineer Casino launched sports betting on November 21, 2018. It was the third sportsbook to open in West Virginia. William Hill is the operator of the sportsbook at Mountaineer Casino. Mobile betting is not yet available at any West Virginia sportsbook.
Mountaineer Casino Games
There are 36 table games at Mountaineer Casino. Games include blackjack, craps, double-zero roulette, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus, Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud, Four Card Poker and Spanish 21.
Most table games have a $5 minimum bet. This includes blackjack. The lower limit blackjack games use eight decks, permit double down before and after splitting and the dealer stands on all 17s. Players may not surrender or re-split aces. The high limit salon offers these same rules. The difference is that the games in the salon only use six decks.
Craps uses 3-4-5 times odds. The field pays double on 12.
There are 1,500 slot machines at Mountaineer Casino. Most are penny slots. There are some video poker and keno games. A high limit slot section offers reels from $1 to $100.
There are 14 poker tables at Mountaineer Casino. Games run 24 hours a day. Players will find a 1/2 no-limit hold’em game with buy-ins of $75 to $300 and a 2/4 fixed limit hold’em game on a regular basis.
Mountaineer Casino offers four tournaments each week. There is a $55 no-limit hold’em tournament on Sundays at 2 p.m., Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. There is a $45 tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Sunday tournament becomes a $120 buy-in bounty event on the last week of every month.
There is a happy hour promotion in the poker room every Sunday from noon to midnight. A player that makes the hand of the day wins $100. There is an hourly $50 high hand on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to midnight. There is a drawing for the high hand every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Players draw a card out of the house deck. Wins start at $50 and run up to $500 if the player draws a joker.
Mountaineer other activities
Mountaineer Casino is home to a concert venue. Musical acts from country, to pop, to R&B, perform here throughout the year. Lucky’s offers a lounge act on weekends.
LBV Steak and Pasta have live entertainment in its lounge on Fridays and Saturdays, too.
There are five restaurants at Mountaineer Casino. They range from counter service to fine dining. It includes a 24-hour dining option.
LBV Steak and Pasta
This fine dining option is an Italian steakhouse. The menu starts with a variety of seafood appetizers. There are several salads and lobster bisque for other starters.
Pasta dishes include spaghetti and meatballs and seafood linguini. Entrees include fish, duck, lamb chops, pork chops, chicken and veal. Steak cuts available are filet ribeye and strip. LBV Steak and Pasta is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.
Mahogany Sports Bar
The menu here is typical of a sports bar. Diners will find fried food, nachos, burgers, sandwiches and sides. The Mahogany Sports Bar is open for dinner during the week and lunch and dinner on weekends.
Big Al’s is a 24-hour dining option. It serves sandwiches, pizza, baked goods and desserts. There is a large coffee menu, too.
Gatsby Restaurant and Buffet
Gatsby is a hybrid of a restaurant and buffet. It opens at 7 a.m. daily for breakfast with a typical menu. Lunch and dinner offer sandwiches and a variety of entrees. For weekend dinner, guests may choose between the lunch menu and buffet.
There is also a brunch buffet on weekends. The weekend brunch buffet is $12.99. The Friday seafood buffet is $21.99. The Saturday buffet includes steak, shrimp and barbecue. It is $18.99.
Vickar’s is the racetrack’s eatery. It opens Sunday through Wednesdays during racing season. Menu items include nachos, hot dogs and burgers.
Mountaineer Casino is home to 354 hotel rooms. Most rooms are standard and offer one king or two queens. Rates tend to be in the range of $115 to $140, depending on the time of year and day of the week.
The difference between weeknight and weekday rates is typically about $20. Rooms come with a coffee maker, mini refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and free wireless internet. The Deluxe Suite is usually reserved for VIP casino guests.