Craps and Other Casino Games Featured in Mountaineer
On December 23rd, 2007, the signal of a new era was started with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the first roll of the dice at the craps games table. But Ted Arneault will tell you that the movement to bring the casino table games in Hancock County is not an easy task. He added that he started pursuing this idea back in 2002. They have built the facility with the addition of the casino table games in mind.
It took a lot of debate and rounds at the Legislature of West Virginia for the gaming bill that will allow the state's four racing tracks to host casino table games. There was the local initiative as Mountaineer and Arneault aggressively lobbied for the game. The voters gave approval to the game on June 30th, 2007.
Mountaineer hired an additional 750 employees to run the casino table games and offer assistance to the operation. Ted Arneault stood inside the Hotel Speakeasy Casino after the 10:00 a.m. ribbon cutting. A lot of spectators and Mountaineer employees participated in the festivities. Dan Muranko, who is residing in Strongsville, Ohio, threw the initial dice at the craps casino table game of Mountaineer after his name was drawn in a raffle.
The games of roulette, blackjack, three card poker and craps will now be part of the regular line-up of the casino, joining poker which was initially offered more than a month ago. Arneault is already planning for a housing development, a pub-based restaurant and other amenities. He added that they will now be focusing on things that will really develop Mountaineer and Hancock a one-of-a kind destination area.