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Louisiana Bill Would Divert Slot Revenue to Fund Fair Grounds Improvements

Louisiana state legislators have stepped in the middle of a simmering dispute between Churchill Downs Inc., owners of Fair Grounds racetrack in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which in February sent a letter to CDI president and COO William Carstenjen, requesting permission to hire an expert to assess a turf course […]

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Florida Regulators Block Casino Deal Between Gulfstream, Genting

Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation has ruled that a pari-mutuel and slots license issued to the non-profit Gulfstream Park After Racing Program (GPTARP) may not be moved from Broward County to Miami-Dade County to facilitate a stand-alone casino. In January, Gulfstream Park owner The Stronach Group, along with the Genting resorts casino company, […]

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Florida Senate to Discuss Gambling Overhaul at March 3 Hearing

With a reported $5 million in campaign contributions pouring in from pro- and anti-gambling interests since 2012, Florida lawmakers are poised to consider sweeping new legislation proposed on Monday by the Senate’s Gaming Committee, under the leadership of Republican chairman Garrett Richter of Naples. Three bills are proposed that would: 1) permit one destination casino […]

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Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs on Ice After Frozen Water Pipe Bursts

While awaiting a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling on their legality, Instant Racing machines went dark on Tuesday at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., but not because of any court action: a frozen water pipe located over the server/electronics room burst, with water damage short-circuiting the equipment and forcing a shutdown. Until a new server is […]

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Illinois Horsemen Hoping for Legislative Help on Slots, ADW

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield today for their fall veto session. The session is scheduled to last six days; lawmakers will work through Thursday of this week, and then Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 7. Tomorrow afternoon, the House will hold a hearing on the gaming expansion proposal that passed the Senate but stalled […]

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West: Government killing Texas horse industry

Gary West, writing for, says the once-bright future for horse racing in Texas is in the process of being murdered by state and local officials who permit slot-machine like games to proliferate throughout the Lone Star State while hamstringing racetracks with restrictive gambling laws. “More than $2 billion rings and dings through these gizmos […]

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Groundbreaking expected this fall on new Ohio tracks, casinos

Penn National Gaming is moving forward with plans to build racetracks and slots casinos in Dayton and Austintown, Ohio, with groundbreaking expected this fall.  This week, PNG said it had filed licenses with Ohio officials as part of its plan to relocate tracks from Columbus and Toledo to Austintown (near Youngstown) and Dayton, respectively. The […]

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Poll: Ontario residents approve of slots at racetracks

Fully three quarters of Ontarians say they approve of the ‘Slots at the Racetrack” program (74%), and two thirds approve of the specific terms of the deal OLG has with Ontario’s horse racing tracks (61%) according to a new survey conducted by Forum Research on behalf of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association. The vast […]

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Minnesota racino bill shot down – again

A Minnesota Senate committee has rejected a bill that would allow slot machine-style games at the state’s horse racing tracks. It’s another in a long line of failed attempts over the past decade by tracks and horse breeders to gain support for racino operations.  But Canterbury Park, Running Aces Harness Park and other supporters of […]

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