Members of the West Virginia Lottery Commission were regular Fred Astaires this week as they danced around a state law that perhaps should be reconsidered instead.
Gambling at The Greenbrier rests on a different legal foundation than the law that authorized gambling at the state's four racetracks.
As a result, different rules apply.
The law limits casino gambling at The Greenbrier to guests only, depending on how many rooms are occupied, unless there is an "event" such as The Greenbrier Classic that brings in daytime visitors.
The four racinos face no such restrictive regulations.
The commission was concerned that bus companies were advertising "casino trips" to The Greenbrier on the flimsy pretext that a "luncheon" is an "event," stretching the law to a ridiculous degree.
The commission wrestled mightily over the definition of the word "event." It came up with an incredibly complex, two-part definition based on occupancy that brings the word "micromanagement" to mind.
If 400 of the resort's 700 rooms are booked, then one rule applies. If the "event" does not fall into a certain category, other extremely precise regulations apply.
What's a "group event"? What's a "private party"?