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Track Manager Hopeful

17 February 2004

WHEELING, West Virginia -- As reported by the Charlston Daily Mail: ``Geoff Andres, the new general manager at the Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, keeps a candy dish full of dice in his office.

``Each die shows one stage in the process of making a casino-grade product, from having the spots carved out to the application of the glossy finish.

``If Andres gets his way, though, he'll need a lot more dice and probably a few thousand decks of cards to complete the conversion of the old greyhound track turned slot machine paradise into a real live casino.

``But before he and other track operators can start picking felt colors for blackjack tables, they have to wait for the Legislature to show its hand. But Andres thinks this could be the session when the conversation about table games goes from the hypothetical to the practical.

``…If West Virginia allows the table games option to come before voters in the counties where the state's four racetracks are, Andres has the ideal resume to help Wheeling make the switch.

``…He left a post as the number two man at Harrah's New Orleans casino, overseeing all the operations of the mega-million operation. Prior to that, he had been the head of table games at Harrah's Las Vegas operation…"

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