Wheeling Island is located in Wheeling, West Virginia. That is in the northern panhandle of the state. It is a convenient drive for residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is also within a reasonable distance of Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.
Wheeling Island is literally on an island in the Ohio River. This makes the property prone to flooding. The casino was built ten feet above land to prevent flood damage. This puts it above the 100-year flood line.
Wheeling Island opened in 1866. It is one of the oldest racetracks in the United States. It was converted to a greyhound racing facility in 1976. Slots and video poker were introduced at the casino in 1995. Poker and table games were rolled out in 2007. There are about 1,100 slots and 20 table games in Wheeling Island’s casino.
A sportsbook opened at Wheeling Island in December 2018, but is currently suspended.
Greyhound racing is offered Wednesday through Sunday. There are 15 to 20 races each day. The greyhound track is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. The off-track betting parlor is open seven days a week. Bets are accepted on greyhounds and horses.
Smoking is permitted in the casino. There is also a non-smoking section.
The hotel hosts 151 rooms. There are two restaurants at Wheeling Island.
Wheeling Island sports betting
Wheeling Island Casino opened a sportsbook on the property in December 2018. However, it was forced to close down just a few months later on March 6, 2019.
A contract dispute between Delaware North, the casino’s owner, and its WV sports betting partner, Miomni left the casino without a sportsbook. Now, Delaware North is in search of a new partner to supply sports betting services to the property.
While it was live, bettors could bet on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, boxing, tennis, auto racing and mixed martial arts at the Wheeling Island sportsbook. Straights, parlays, teasers, props, and futures are available.
Wheeling Island casino games
There are 20 table games at Wheeling Island. It is home to the only double deck blackjack game in the state. The minimum bet is $15 or $25, depending on the time and day. Players may double down before and after splitting. The dealer hits soft 17. There are eight-deck blackjack tables with the same rules with a $15 minimum.
Craps has a $10 minimum bet. It offers ten times odds. The field pays double on 12.
Roulette, Three Card Poker and Let It Ride and Pai Gow Poker are spread at Wheeling Island. The minimum for each is $10.
The table game pit is not open 24 hours a day. It closes from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
There are 1,100 gaming machines at Wheeling Island. Most are slots. The few video poker machines among the group return less than 98 percent. Some require 20 coins to receive a full-pay royal flush.
Wheeling Island poker
There are nine poker tables at Wheeling Island. The poker room opens at noon and closes at 2:30 a.m. during the week. It is open 24 hours on weekends. The main cash game is 1/2 No Limit Hold’em with buy-ins of $50 to $200. The Wheeling Island poker room does not spread any tournaments.
Wheeling Island players club
The Wheeling Island Players Club offers players free play, food comps and hotel room perks. Players earn one point for every $5 wagered at slots and video poker. The same rate applies to racing tickets. Every $10 wagered at table games earns one point. Guests may convert 100 points into $1 in free play or comps. This returns 0.2 percent for slots, video poker and racing. Table game players receive 0.1 percent.
Wheeling Island restaurants
There are four restaurants at Wheeling Island. One is a full-service restaurant. The other is a buffet.
The Point offers a wide variety on its menu. It is open for dinner daily. The raw bar menu consists of oysters and tuna. There is also shrimp cocktail and crabmeat cocktail. Other appetizers include crab cake and calamari.
The house specialties include a tomahawk ribeye for two, sirloin oscar and whole lobster. The steak menu has New York strip, ribeye, porterhouse and filet mignon. The seafood menu offers salmon, scallops, halibut, bass and twin lobster tails.
The buffet is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The price on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is $15.99. Friday is seafood frenzy night, with a price of $26.99. Saturday has prime rib for $18.99. Sunday brunch is $18.99. Breakfast is served on Saturday mornings for $9.99.
The food court serves a breakfast buffet Monday through Friday. There is a pizza joint, deli and burgers for lunch and dinner. The racetrack has a concession stand that serves items like hot dogs, burgers and nachos. This snack bar is only open on race days. There is a coffee bar in the food court that is open 24 hours a day.
Wheeling Island hotel
There are 151 hotel rooms at Wheeling Island. Rates start at $122 on weeknights. Weekends are about $20 more. There are two types of rooms. One is a Deluxe room. The other is a Pure room. The Deluxe room is the base. A Pure room is about $25 more per night and has a special air filtration system.
All hotel rooms are non-smoking. They come with a coffee maker, air purifier, free wireless internet and a flat screen television.