WHEELING, W.Va. — Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is seeking workers for “anticipated” sports betting in an effort to be up and running in the coming months. On Monday, the facility held a job fair and a second is planned for next week.
West Virginia lawmakers passed a measure earlier this year to allow the state’s five casinos to offer sports betting if the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — a law prohibiting sports betting in most states since 1992. With that law being overturned in May by the Supreme Court, the state’s casinos now are permitted to offer sports betting. The casinos are in the process of installing the necessary equipment and hire workers to man the sports betting portion of their facilities.
“We are preparing for it (sports betting) right now. The state of West Virginia has made it possible for us by passing the legislation they passed in the first part of the year,” said Kim Florence, president and general manager of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.