On April 3, 2007, negotiations were already in the works for a training school for blackjack and poker dealers if the Kanawha County voters approve of the casino table games. The Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center and the West Virginia State University are currently in the midst of negotiations to offer casino courses in case the voters give their approval for the casino table games at the June 9, 2007 election.
Cathy Brackbill, the General Manager of Tri-State, said that this will be an exciting new development for their employees. Brackbill added that they are currently working on following a curriculum that was made by the Atlantic Cape Community College, which is an officially recognized casino school in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Just last month, the legislature passed a bill that will give the residents of the 4 counties with the racing tracks and the slot machine casinos, like in Ohio, Jefferson, Kanawha and Hancock, the chance to approve the casino table games, like the game of blackjack, poker, and roulette. The Kanawha County Commission decided to pursue the vote on June 9, 2007.
Ohio County also decided on a date and Hancock County is expected to follow the lead of the other counties. On the other hand, the officials in Jefferson County are still thinking of what date to hold their referendum. Dan Adkins, Vice President of Hartman and Tyner, the parent company of Tri-State, commented that about 1,000 jobs will be made if the casino table games are approved.
Brackbill commented that both the track and university are discussing what casino courses they can offer to their prospective students. They still have not decided where the school will be built. Brackbill added that they are currently on the lookout for prospective locations near the interstate and with parking, since they want to make it easy for their students to access the area.
Thursday, April 19 , 2007