Thoroughbred racing returns to Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino in Vinton, La., Nov. 1 after a 19- month hiatus brought on by Hurricane Rita. The 88-night season, which runs through March 31, 2007, offers a 39-race stakes schedule worth more than $4 million.
A group of truckstop casinos near Vinton, La., want the state Gaming Control Board to determine if 100 video poker machines at the Delta Downs slot-machine parlor are legal.
The Louisiana Racing Commission is at odds with Delta Downs over the racetrack's refusal to pay a little-known head tax. Racing commissioners want Delta Downs to pay 25 cents for each patron that enters its doors for horse racing or to play slot machines.
Two separate meetings set for Feb. 27 to look into problems at Delta Downs were canceled.
The slot-machine parlor at Delta Downs reopened the evening of Feb. 22 after it had been shut down by the state police that morning for various violations. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board had suspended the license of Boyd Gaming, owner of the Vinton track, to operate the 1,500 slot machines that went on line in mid-February.
Boyd Gaming will keep all 700 new Delta Downs employees on its payroll even though it doesn't know when it will open its slot-machine casino at the Vinton, La., facility it purchased for $125 million.
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