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OH Eyes 'Next Steps' After VLT Court Ruling

Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland indicated Sept. 21 his administration is preparing to take the "next steps" in the wake of an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that says a statewide referendum is required before the state implements racetrack video lottery terminals.

O'Donnell Named Calder President

O'Donnell Named Calder President

Gaming executive Tom O'Donnell has been named president and general manager of Calder Race Course, parent company Churchill Downs Inc. announced Nov. 13. O'Donnell also will serve as a senior vice-president of CDI, the company said.

Conner Named FG Marketing Director

Mark Conner, a 16-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been named the new director of marketing at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

No 'Signal Wars' Evident at Turfway Park

No 'Signal Wars' Evident at Turfway Park

Turfway Park said Aug. 20 it has received horsemen's consent to distribute its racing signal for the upcoming fall under the auspices of the present exclusive agreement with TVG, thus ending any speculation of a standoff similar to those plaguing other tracks.

Panelists: Racing Better as Part of Entertainment Package

Representatives of operations that have or will have gaming at racetracks left little doubt which half of the equation drives the financial engine, and they indicated marketing horse racing as an entertainment option rather than a gambling enterprise may be the way to go.

Finalists for Illinois Casino License Named

Three finalists for a dormant casino gaming license in Illinois currently held by bankrupt Emerald Casino Inc. were named by the state gaming board Wednesday.

Louisiana Racino Appears to Impact Riverboat Casinos

Slot machines at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., appear to have impacted five riverboat casinos in the Shreveport/Bossier City market, according to July revenue reports filed with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Louisiana Downs Slots Revenue Already in Millions

The racino at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., took in more than $2.6 million in revenue in its first 11 days of operation, according to figures released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. The 905 slot machines went online May 21.

Senate Committee Approves Slots for Fair Grounds

A Louisiana Senate committee April 1 approved slot machines for Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The measure, which passed on a 4-2 vote, now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Harrah's Purchase of Louisiana Downs OK'd

The transfer of Louisiana Downs' horse-racing license to Harrah's Bossier City Investment Co. is nearly complete after the Louisiana Racing Commission approved the move Thursday.

Louisiana Downs Financial Investment May Increase

Harrah's Entertainment may increase the initial $157 million it wants to spend on Louisiana Downs, the Bossier City racetrack it purchased this year. The casino company plans to install 1,500 slot machines at the track when the acquisition is complete.

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