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Oklahoma Regulators Preparing Gaming Rules

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Gaming at Oklahoma racetracks is closer to reality, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission officials said Jan. 27 during their monthly meeting. Rules that would govern alternative gaming will be formulated in a month, they said.

Oklahoma Gaming Bill Signed Into Law

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Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry signed a bill Monday that allows electronic gaming machines at three racetracks in the state. A bill-signing ceremony was scheduled for Tuesday.

Oklahoma Deal Calls for Racetrack Gaming

Indian tribes, the horse racing industry, and Gov. Brad Henry have reached an agreement on legislation that would allow racetracks to install gaming machines and regulate devices currently operating at tribal casinos. The measure now goes to the state legislature.

Choctaw Nation Buys Blue Ribbon Downs

Backstretch LLC, a private company wholly-owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, closed a deal Monday to purchase Blue Ribbon Downs, one day before the Sallisaw, Okla. track was to be auctioned.

Remington Park Forced to Run Quarter Horse Dates

The Oklahoma Racing Commission denied Thursday a request by Remington Park to eliminate its Quarter Horse dates for the time being and run only 65 days of Thoroughbred racing next year. Remington Park officials say the decision puts the track in financial jeopardy and may force it to close.

Governor Extends Indian Compact in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating has extended the off-track betting compact with the Choctaw Indian Nation for an indefinite period of time, which will enable the tribe to continue simulcasting at a casino located just miles away from Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw.

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