Where To Wager On Sports In Nitro, WV
One of the state’s southwestern region’s premier gambling destinations, the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, is definitely where to wager on sports in Nitro, WV. While West Virginia residents weren’t the first in the country outside of Nevada to be welcomed to legal sports betting, WV legislators didn’t mess around and passed legislation only weeks after the decision of PASPA. Mardi Gras Casino is operated by Delaware North, who has serviced sportsbooks all over the country as well as restaurants and more.
Betting is possible on both professional and collegiate sporting events at the racino as well as through their online betting platform. Though the mobile action saw a hiccup in their opening months, the legality is still supporting mobile operations. WV residents and tourists are still advised to sign up with an offshore sportsbook in order to hedge your bets, shop lines, and not be under any federal or state gambling restrictions for sports betting in West Virginia. For example, betting from your phone on a WV-licensed book is only possible within state lines, as offshore sites allow participation from everywhere.
- Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
- Address: 1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313
- Phone: 1-800-224-9683
The History Of The Mardi Gras Casino And Resort
Of all of West Virginia’s gambling destinations, the Mardi Gras is the most recently developed. As such, it hasn’t got much actual history in the state, and – having never offered Thoroughbred or harness racing – its racetrack pedigree is lauded only because it’s one of the few places left in America where you can enjoy greyhound racing and greyhound racing betting.
Originally called Tri-State Greyhound Park, the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort first opened its doors to the betting public in 1985. In 1994, once slot machines were approved for use at track facilities, the venue changed its name from Tri-State Greyhound Park to Tri-State Casino and Resort. In 2007, table games arrived on the scene, and in 2010, the business changed names for a third time, settling on Mardi Gras Casino and Resort (which it remains to this day).
Ownership of the facility was transferred to Delaware North (which also runs WV’s other greyhound racino at Wheeling Island) in early 2018 for an estimated $27.6 million, with the new owner promising a slew of upgrades to the establishment in the years to come. Delaware North’s acquisition of Mardi Gras Casino and Resort is largely believed to be an effort to expand its reach in states where sports betting is on the fast-track to legalization in the wake of PASPA’s elimination.
Activities At Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
There are many activities available at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, from the facility’s year-round dog racing events to their slot machines, table games, dining experiences, and luxury resort amenities, all clad in the welcoming festivities of a genuine Mardi Gras experience.
The main gaming floor offers 90,000 square feet of gaming space, featuring blackjack, roulette, three-card poker, craps, Mississippi stud, and more. There’s also a dedicated area for No Limit Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, and other game types taking up 24 entire tables in the Big Easy Poker Room. Additionally, with nearly 1000 slot machines – and more on the way – the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort is home to millions of dollars in payouts each year.
For those looking for non-gambling entertainment, the Mardi Gras has you covered as well. With fine dining available at The French Quarter Restaurant and Bar, The Grill at First Turn, and Quick Bites, you can eat your fill – and then drink your fill at one of the venue’s six different bars!
Directions To Mardi Gras Casino And Resort
For directions to Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, all you really need is the address below and a mobile GPS-enabled device. However, to give you an idea of the basic routes to the resort, travelers can take the following roads: From the north, you’ll take I-77S; from the south, you’ll take I-77N and/or I-64N; from the east, you’ll take I-79W; from the west, you’ll take I-64E.
For those visiting via air, the nearest international airport to Mardi Gras Casino and Resort is 150 miles away in Columbus, OH (Port Columbus International, CMH).