The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 24, 2012

Lottery: Greenbrier no longer busing in gamblers

The Greenbrier has complied with a Lottery Commission order and stopped busing gamblers in to its $80 million casino, Lottery Director John Musgrave said Tuesday.

The Charleston Gazette says Musgrave told commission members that the White Sulphur Springs resort was breaking the law by allowing several Virginia charter bus companies to bring in day-trippers.

The 1999 law that allowed The Greenbrier to build the casino also restricted access to registered overnight hotel guests or members of the Greenbrier Sporting Club. Legislation approved in 2009 granted an exception for registered participants at a convention or event at the resort, if at least 400 rooms are booked.

In September, the commission updated its rules to clarify that the Greenbrier Classic PGA golf tour is such an event.

But Musgrave said day trips promoted by bus companies are beyond the scope of the law, and he told management as much last week.

“We told them it could not continue,” he said. “It had to cease immediately.”

The Greenbrier will also stop providing “casino club” passes to people who own property at the Glade Springs resort near Beckley and the Wintergreen resort near Charlottesville, Va., Musgrave said. Both properties are also owned by Jim Justice, who owns The Greenbrier.

Resort attorney Brian Helmick said the staff has been granting casino passes based on whether an event or outing has been pre-registered and listed on The Greenbrier’s daily events calendar.

If a group came to play golf and have dinner, for example, they would not be allowed into the casino, he told the commission.

But if the same group scheduled that outing and dinner through the hotel sales department and got listed on the events calendar, they could get casino passes with Lottery staff approval.

 

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