Keyword: slot machines

  • Supreme Court Barrels Over Gretna's Gaming Efforts

    Efforts to add slot machines by Gretna Racing, which offers pari-mutuel Quarter Horse Barrel Races at its facility outside of Tallahassee, hit a wall May 18 when the Supreme Court of Florida ruled the facility’s owners didn’t have the authority.

  • Penn National Race Course

    PA Report Shows Impact of Slots on Purses

    Statistics in the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission annual report for 2015 reflect how integral revenue from slot machines is to purses for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing at six racetrack casinos in the state.

  • Bill would permit slots at OTBs in Pennsylvania

    PA House Passes Internet Gambling Amendment

    The Pennsylvania House June 22 passed an amendment that adds Internet gambling to a bill that would permit more slot machines in the state but stopped short of approving video gaming machines for bars, taverns, and private clubs.

  • Penn National is one of six tracks in Pennsylvania

    PA Report: Slots Provide Almost 90% of Purses

    More than $228 million was accrued for purses at six Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015 with almost 90% of the funds derived from slot machine revenue, according to an annual report that analyzes the racetrack gaming industry in the state.

  • Suffolk Downs was awarded six racing days this year

    MA Breeds at Odds Over Cut of Purse Revenue

    A subcommittee of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission March 29 opted to delay a vote and instead solicit input on the percentage of revenue Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses and breeding funds get from casino gaming.

  • Quarter Horse racing at Hialeah Park

    Decoupling Push Ends, But for How Long?

    A strong push to decouple racing from gaming officially hit the wall with the end of this year's Florida legislative session March 11, but a horsemen's coalition said it fully expects the issue to come up again in 2017.

  • Florida Panel OKs Decoupling, Gaming Bill

    Legislation that would allow most pari-mutuel operations to end live racing and become slot-machine casinos or card rooms with simulcast wagering easily cleared the Florida House Finance and Tax Committee Feb. 29.

  • The 2016 Arlington meet begins May 6

    Illinois THA Reaches Out to Arlington

    The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said it believes it can find common ground with Arlington as it moves into contract negotiations and also work with track officials to better position Illinois racing.

  • Hialeah Park currently offers only Quarter Horse racing

    Florida Panel Examines Decoupling Financials

    A state group that studies the impact of tax changes in Florida offered a general assessment Feb. 26 that decoupling horse racing from gaming would have minimal effect on pari-mutuel revenue for state government.

  • Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania

    PA Racing 'Reform' Law Signed by Governor

    Legislation designed to modernize horse racing in Pennsylvania was signed into law Feb. 23 by Gov. Tom Wolf, who last fall threatened to shut down the industry because it couldn't pay for regulation.

  • Gulfstream Park is one of the Florida racetracks that has slot machines

    Decoupling Option Part of Tribal Compact

    A pricey compact between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe allows for the decoupling of casino gambling and pari-mutuel racing, but whether that provision becomes law remains to be seen.

  • Hawthorne is one of the Illinois tracks pushing for slot machines

    Slots Spread, Illinois Tracks Can Only Watch

    Illinois racetracks, which aren't permitted to have gaming machines, have watched about 5,100 other locations install slot machines which, according to a report, aren't subject to typical casino-style regulation.

  • Penn National is one of six racetracks in Pennsylvania

    Talks Continue on Funds for PA Regulation

    Racing stakeholders in Pennsylvania are working with Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to devise a funding plan for regulation in the wake of ongoing declines in pari-mutuel handle in the state.

  • Gulfstream Park is one of several Florida tracks with slots

    Opposition to Florida Decoupling Plan Expands

    Horsemen's groups are rallying to head off a move to decouple live racing from casino-style gambling at pari-mutuel facilities in Florida. Currently, tracks with slot machines must also offer live racing.

  • Florida Court Deals Gretna Racing a Setback

    Gretna Racing, which won a license to offer Quarter Horse barrel racing as a steppingstone to apply for slot machines, was dealt a setback when the Florida First District Court of Appeal Oct. 2 reversed its earlier opinion.

  • WV Racing Industry Sets Legislative Goals

    The West Virginia racing industry will pursue several initiatives during the 2016 legislative session, including statutory changes that would lower the minimum number of racing dates for which tracks must apply each year.

  • PA Bill Would Lower Racing Dates Minimum

    Pennsylvania lawmakers are examining legislation that would lower the minimum number of live racing days required at racetrack gaming facilities, and also allow each track to install slot machines at up to four OTW parlors.

  • Hawthorne has asked to conduct live racing from Jan. 1 through April 27, then from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

    Hawthorne Hopes to Overcome Obstacles

    Live Thoroughbred racing returned to the Chicago area Feb. 20 as Hawthorne Race Course began its season amid frigid weather and an equally challenging financial and political landscape.

  • NJ Report: Racing, Casinos Should Partner

    A white paper prepared by the Rutgers Equine Science Center released Nov. 7 shows a continued loss of ground for the New Jersey horse racing industry and calls for a partnership between racing and casinos.

  • Massachusetts Sets Gaming Splits for Racing

    The Thoroughbred industry in Massachusetts will receive the lion's share of future expanded gaming revenue to be collected and allocated by the Race Horse Development Fund.

  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Approval of Florida Dates Deal Seems Imminent

    A report that Calder Casino & Race Course is preparing to close its poker room could be an indication that Calder and South Florida neighbor Gulfstream Park will soon receive state approval for their deal on racing dates.

  • Centaur owns Indiana Grand Race Course, formerly called Indiana Downs.

    Centaur Gets IHRC Approval to Refinance

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission June 26 granted approval to Centaur, which owns the two racetracks in the state, to proceed with refinancing that won't impact slots revenue that goes to purses and breed programs.

  • PA Audit: Ag Department Misused Racing Funds

    The Pennsylvania racing fund, which pays for regulation of horse racing in the state, has been misused by the state Department of Agriculture and is close to bankruptcy, according to a state audit released June 18.

  • Penn REIT Has Agreement to Buy The Meadows

    Gaming and Leisure Properties, a real estate investment trust spinoff of Penn National Gaming Inc., said May 14 it has an agreement to purchase The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in western Pennsylvania for $465 million.

  • Gulfstream Park

    HBPA Weighs In on Gulfstream-Calder Plan

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said May 9 it has given Gulfstream Park recommendations regarding a Gulfstream plan for ending head-to-head weekend racing with neighboring Calder.

  • NH House Votes Against Casino Legislation

    The New Hampshire House of Representatives said no dice to casino gambling again May 7, handing supporters their third defeat in two months and dashing hopes that live Thoroughbred racing might return to Rockingham Park.

  • Fair Grounds Race Course

    LA Lawmakers Blast CDI But Defer Bill Action

    An official with Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots assured Louisiana lawmakers May 6 that owner Churchill Downs Inc. will make the improvements required under a conditional license it received from state racing commission.

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    Louisiana Grants One-Year License to CDI

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission April 29 granted a one-year conditional license to Churchill Downs Inc. for Fair Grounds. The company must provide a list of improvements to be made in the next 60 days.

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    Louisiana Puts More Pressure on Fair Grounds

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission has scheduled a special meeting for May 1 to consider the license Churchill Downs Inc. holds to operate Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and a ring of OTB parlors with video poker.

  • Prairie Meadows Opposes Proposed Casino

    Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino is opposing a proposed casino in Jefferson, Iowa, that it estimates would reduce its gaming revenue by nearly $13 million.

  • Hastings Has Three-Year Live Racing Deal

    A multi-party agreement has paved the way for a three-year funding model for Hastings Racecourse in British Columbia, Canada, officials said Feb. 17. The 2014 Thoroughbred meet is expected to begin in late April or early May.

  • Sponsors Tout Aspects of Kentucky Casino Bill

    Casinos at five racetracks in Kentucky would generate about $86 million a year for the horse industry, a sponsor of expanded gambling legislation told the House Licensing and Occupations Committee Jan. 15.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah May Push for Thoroughbred License

    Hialeah Park has begun its fifth consecutive Quarter Horse racing season and is preparing for a year in which it might have its biggest chance yet to regain a Thoroughbred racing license.