Mardi Gras Casino and Resort

1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV | Mardi Gras Casino

Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is located west of Charleston, adjacent to a greyhound track where races are still held. The casino offers about 700 slot and video poker machines, 35 live table games, and a poker room. The hotel offers 150 nonsmoking rooms and suites.

We were welcomed at the front door by a friendly security guard who talked with us for a minute. She was one of many great employees we spoke with at Mardi Gras Casino. Smoking is not permitted inside the casino or racing areas.

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Mardi Gras Casino

The 700 or so slot machines are mostly video penny slots Players will also find video poker, video keno, and electronic table games at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. 

All video poker machines that we found at Mardi Gras Casino appear to be a part of the video lottery. The denominations are nickel, quarter, half-dollar, and dollar. Some machines in the high limit slot area have only the $1 denomination.

The options are Pick N Play with games such as Triple Ace Poker and Joker Poker, or Game Kings with Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, and White Hot Aces. The pay tables are typical of a video lottery, and the payouts are the same for all denominations.

The best video poker game that we found was 6/5 Bonus Poker. We did not find any video poker variants at Mardi Gras Casino. If you want to play quality video poker, you will need to create an account at an online casino. West Virginia online casinos are licensed in the same way Mardi Gras is in the state.

Mardi Gras Casino table games

The live table game selection at Mardi Gras Casino includes blackjack, craps, double zero roulette, Criss Cross Poker, Louisiana Stud, Super 4 Poker, and Three Card Poker. The minimum table game bets are typically $5 for everything except blackjack and craps, which are $10.

Craps odds are 3-4-5 times. The five-times odds cover the six and eight. Four times applies to the five and nine. The four and ten have three times odds. The field pays double on 12.

There is one blackjack game at Mardi Gras Casino. It uses eight decks. Players may double down before and after splitting. The dealer stands on all 17’s. 

Betly Sportsbook

Mardi Gras Casino has a Betly sportsbook. The sportsbook has seven kiosks. Bets may also be placed at the cashier counter. Kiosks and teller windows are available daily from 9am until 4am.

Sports betting options include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, Australian Rules, auto racing, boxing, golf, mixed martial arts, hockey, and more. Like other West Virginia sportsbooks, Betly is available online and on mobile platforms.

Mardi Gras Casino greyhound racetrack

Mardi Gras Casino has a racetrack that hosts greyhound races. Live races are scheduled year-round Tuesday through Saturday. For the 2023 season, races start at 6pm with 15-20 races run each race day. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend and wager on races.

The simulcast racing parlor opens at noon daily. It has 50 individual carrels each with a TV.

Mardi Gras Casino poker room

The live poker room reopened on July 15, 2021. It opens at 4pm Wednesday and Thursday and 1pm Friday and Saturday. It closes at 2am. The most popular game is 1/2 no limit Texas hold’em. It has a buy-in of $50 to $500. There may be a 2/5 game during busier hours with a buy-in of $200 to $1,500.

Poker tournaments are no longer dealt at Mardi Gras Casino. Before the pandemic closure, there was a daily $70 no limit Texas hold’em tournament, except for Fridays. More about Mardi Gras Casino’s poker room.

Lucky North players club

The Lucky North Club is Mardi Gras Casino’s players card. It is also used at Wheeling Island Casino. Players earn points for wagers at the greyhound track. One point is earned for every $5 at slots and keno, and for every $10 at video poker, craps, or blackjack. Two points are earned for $10 average bets at other table games. Poker players earn around 50 points for each hour of play.

Each point is worth a penny in free slot play or two cents in non-gaming discounts. Free play is redeemable in $5 increments on any machine.

Players club promotions vary throughout the year. These promotions may include multiplier days, gifts, slot tournaments, hot seat drawings, or grand prize drawings. Check with the rewards center for more details. Learn more about West Virginia casino promotions for April 2024.

Lucky North Club member tiers

Player tiers are earned in six-month periods: January through June and July through December. Benefits increase with higher tier levels. Players may receive free play mailers based on their level of action.

  • Ruby
  • Emerald – 600+ points
  • Sapphire – 3,500+ points
  • Diamond – 15,000+ points
  • Black Diamond – 40,000+ points

Dining at Mardi Gras Casino

There are three open dining options at Mardi Gras Casino. The Grill at First Turn restaurant is currently closed. The French Quarter is an upscale restaurant. The Cafe Orleans food court offers quick bite options. The Sports Bar is open daily serving snacks.

Mardi Gras Casino’s dining option details and listings by day of the week

Mardi Gras Casino hotel

Check-in: 4pm | Check out: noon

Mardi Gras Casino and Resort has 150 guest rooms and suites. Hotel amenities include complimentary breakfast, and access to the indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, exercise facility, and business center. The hotel is limited to guests 21 years of age and older. Pets are not allowed. The pool and hot tub are currently closed.


All rooms include complimentary WiFi, workspace, TV, safe, clock radio with iPod dock, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, and a chair with ottoman. Rooms feature either a single king or two queen beds.


Mardi Gras Casino offers three different suite trims. The Junior Suite features two queen beds and a twin-size sleeper sofa. The Executive Dining Suite features a king bed, a dining table that seats four, a decorative fireplace with a seating area, a refrigerator, a wet bar, a second TV, and wireless charging pads with Bluetooth. The Presidential Suite consists of two rooms featuring three TVs total, a king bedroom with a jacuzzi tub, bathrobes, slippers, and a living room with a full-sized sleeper sofa, refrigerator, and a wet bar. 

Mardi Gras Casino FAQ

Is Mardi Gras Casino open 24 hours a day?

No. The casino is open daily from 9am until 4am.

Is smoking allowed at Mardi Gras Casino?

No. Smoking is not permitted.

Are table games available at Mardi Gras Casino?

Yes. Blackjack, craps, double zero roulette, Criss Cross Poker, Mississippi Stud, and Three Card Poker are dealt.

Is there a poker room at Mardi Gras Casino?

Yes. The poker room is open Wednesday through Saturday.

Is there a sportsbook at Mardi Gras Casino?

Yes. There is a Betly sportsbook.

Is mobile sports betting available through Mardi Gras Casino?

Yes. Mobile sports betting is available through Betly Sportsbook.

Is there a racetrack at Mardi Gras Casino?

Yes. There is a greyhound racetrack.

When is there live racing at Mardi Gras Casino?

Greyhound races run Tuesday through Saturday all year.

Are minors allowed at the racetrack at Mardi Gras Casino?

No. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend any races.

Is there a hotel at Mardi Gras Casino?

Yes. Hotel guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Are smoking rooms available at Mardi Gras’ hotel?

No. All rooms are nonsmoking.

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Last updated: December 30, 2023