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…]

The Woodlands Could Return in Kansas

Slot Machines TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a bill designed to revive a Kansas City-area dog and horse racing park with slot machines. The Senate was taking up the measure Thursday, a day after a committee approved it.
The bill would help The Woodlands in Kansas City, Kansas. The park closed in…

Horse racing season begins with new push for slots at tracks

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Another season of thoroughbred racing is beginning at Fairmount Park in southwestern Illinois, where racetrack officials hope a change in the governor’s office may bring an expansion of gambling. Fairmount opens its 90th season Tuesday. Fairmount Park President Brian Zander tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1CiOUKy ) that adding slot machines at horse…

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.…

Casino Operator’s License for Harrah’s Philadelphia Approved

slot machineHARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today unanimously voted to renew the Category 1 casino operator’s license of Harrah’s Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino in Delaware County.
The seven member Board determined that Harrah’s Chester Downs and Marina had fulfilled the obligations under its current…

Slot Machine Revenue in Pennsylvania Up Nearly 6% in December

slot machineHARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s monthly slot machine revenue report for December of 2014 shows an increase of 5.82% in gross revenue generated over December of 2013.
The report has been posted on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. According to the report, the play of slot machines at the… [Read more…]

Casino Operator’s License Renewed for Parx Casino

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board unanimously voted to renew the Category 1 casino operator’s license of Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, LLC., operator of Parx Casino in Bucks County. The seven member Board determined that Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment had fulfilled the obligations under its initial casino operator’s license…

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…

OLG to integrate Ontario’s horse racing business by end of August

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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.

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