History of Gambling in Idaho

A look at how we got here

Nearly 125 years ago, Idaho’s Constitution was short and sweet on the subject of gambling: There’d be no “lottery or gift enterprise.” Today, Idaho residents looking for a place to lose or win a quick buck need only to stop by the nearest gas station, grocery store, bar, race track or Indian… [Read more…]

Northern Idaho Tribe looking to stop Instant horse racing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is going up against Idaho’s horse racing industry by asking the state to ban lucrative betting machines known as instant horse racing terminals. Legislation backed by the tribe would repeal a 2013 law that authorized instant horse racing – betting on a previous race without any identifiable information.… [Read more…]

Historic Racing Earns Big Bucks, but Draws Concerns

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Nestled in the heart of the small town of Garden City, just outside of Boise, are 200 slot-like machines collecting millions of dollars each month. Friendly staffers at Les Bois Park walk around offering drinks from the bar while rows of machines display brightly colored animations, blast chirpy music as bets are… [Read more…]

Texas Judge Rules Against Historical Racing

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A judge says the Texas Racing Commission exceeded its authority by clearing the way for historical racing at dog and horse tracks. Judge Lora Livingston in Austin on Monday ruled the commission on Aug. 29 wrongly approved such betting on slot-type machines. She says the Texas Legislature should make such decisions. Critics…

Keeneland, Red Mile team up on Instant Racing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Two central Kentucky racetracks are dropping plans for their own Instant Racing parlors and have announced plans to partner in one large facility. The deal involving the thoroughbred Keeneland Race Course and The Red Mile standardbred track announced Wednesday still requires the approval of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The Courier-Journal reported…