Public in Japan Against Mindless Games of Chance

Slot MachinesJapan’s ruling bloc steamrolls controversial casino bill through upper house amid growing social concerns

Ditch attempts by opposition parties. The ruling coalition shut down by majority the attempts by the opposition camp, including the main opposition Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party, to stall the bill, agreeing to submit a no-confidence motion against Abe’s cabinet in the lower house earlier in the day. Were the… [Read more…]

Northern N.J. Casino Fight has N.Y. groups jumping in with big bucks

TRENTON — New York-based groups on either side of a fall referendum to decide whether to expand casino gambling to the northern part of the state are gearing up for a fight, according to a news report. The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council and a group backed by a Queens virtual casino operator are… [Read more…]

Casino’s Impact on PA’s Horse Racing Industry

racino slots machine Annual Report on Casino Gaming’s Impact on PA’s Horse Racing Industry Published by PA Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Slot machine gaming in Pennsylvania generated $246 million to support the state’s horse racing industry, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report, released today. The report, which covers calendar year 2015, is the 9 th compiled by the Gaming Control Board detailing the impact… [Read more…]

Parx, Penn Among Casinos Receiving Fines from the Gaming Control Board

racino slots machine HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb., 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved fines totaling $32,500 against three casino operators for various violations. The fines were the result of the approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and: Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County,… [Read more…]

Expanded Gaming Approved for Woodbine Race Track

Wager on Woodbine After an all-day debate, city council has voted 25-19 to support expanded gaming at Woodbine Race Track in the northwest part of the city.
Mayor John Tory (open John Tory’s policard), a strong proponent of the plan, said he doesn’t diminish opponents on council who are concerned about problems created by gambling. “My support for taking… [Read more…]

Expanded Gaming at Woodbine Racetrack?

Wager on WoodbineThe Toronto casino debate is set to reignite, this time focused solely on expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack, the Star has learned. Woodbine Entertainment Group, the not-for-profit company that operates the northwest Etobicoke track, has in recent months lobbied Mayor John Tory (open John Tory’s policard), councillors and city officials to reconsider council’s May 2013 vote.…
For nearly 15 years, Ontario horse racing tracks have been home to two very different types of people. On one side, the casino player wants to pull a handle or spin a wheel and have instant results. Behind the casino walls, horse racing bettors study and decipher an age-old sport, supporting an industry that is of…

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Mass. Track Suffolk Downs working hard for Casino License

Little Suffolk Downs in Boston, MA is making strides towards turning the racetrack into a much larger complex that includes a full-scale casino.

“We would hope that the strength of having 76 years as a responsible participant in the gambling business would be a factor in our favor,’’ said Chip Tuttle, COO of Suffolk Downs.

Tuttle conceded that even with modest improvements, racing is still fighting for survival, not only in New England, but nationally.

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FREE Money in Indiana may be coming to an End

IndianaOver the past couple of years the Indiana breeding and racing industry has invested a ton of advertising money in both supporting and growing the sport in the Hoosier Park. This was as a result of years of casino money that grew purses in Indiana to levels that rivaled the neighbor state, Kentucky.

Following an attempt earlier this year by the Indiana legislature to reduce the amount of funds from slot machines at racetracks that are allotted to the horse racing industry, Indiana Inspector General David O. Thomas and attorney Kristi Shute issued a report making the same suggestion.

“Assuming that a continued subsidy to the horse racing community is deemed proper by the Indiana legislature, we respectfully recommend the legislature consider evaluating the amount of the subsidy and consider a monetary cap at pre-racino figures,” Thomas stated in the report, which was released Nov. 10.

The effect of such a reduction, which would require legislative action, would decrease horsemen’s funds from $58 million to $28 million. That’s over 50% for those calculating.

Learn more in this article from The Blood-Horse