poker and blackjack to come to northeast West Virginia after all

Two years ago, four West Virginia counties voted on referenda to allow poker and other casino table games in their local racinos. Three of them (shown in purple on the map) approved the referenda, but Jefferson County (shown in red) rejected it.

Jefferson County voted again last week, and this time the referendum passed 59% to 41%. Charles Town Races & Slots is already prepping 30,000 square feet of space for table games to start in June or so. If they do it right, they will be the obvious choice of Washington and Baltimore gamblers, who will have no convenient alternatives.