November, 2008
Election Results


Arkansas - Lottery
Colorado - Increase betting limits, new casinos
Maryland - 15,000 new slot machines
Missouri - Remove the $500 Loss Limit
South Dakota - Protect Video Lottery
West Virginia - Greenbriar Casino

Maine - Casino
Ohio - Casinos
Nebraska - Video Keno
Rhode Island - Harrahs' Indian Casinos


Arkansas - By approving a state-run lottery and annual legislative sessions, Arkansas voters dramatically changed the landscape of state government as lawmakers prepare to return to the Capitol in 2009.

CO - Voters approved Amendment 50, which, among other things, allows for an increase in betting limits to $100 from $5 in the state's three gaming jurisdictions of Cripple Creek, Central City and the location of Penn National's Bullwhackers casino, Black Hawk, provided that voters in those areas approve the changes.

Colorado voters approved Amendment 50, allowing residents of the three municipalities to decide whether to expand gambling.

Maine voters on Tuesday rejected a referendum question that would have allowed a casino to be built in Oxford County. The final margin wasn't really that close -- 55 to 45 percent

Maryland voters approved the addition of 15,000 slot machines to be divided between five sites, or zones.

Missouri's $500 loss limit is officially history.
In a legal opinion issued Friday, Barbara Wood, general counsel to the Missouri secretary of state, said the repeal took effect with passage Election Day.

Ohio voters on Tuesday rejected a proposed $600 million casino, the fourth time plans for expanded gambling in the state have been turned down since 1990.

• Nebraska voters said no to video keno in a 61-39 percent decision.
Initiative 421 would have allowed electronic keno games in bars to replace or add to the current keno games played on paper. Keno is a bingo-like game, which by some estimates provides the casino with an advantage against the player that is greater than any other gambling game.
Rhode Islanders defeated by a 63-percent margin a referendum that would have allowed a casino in West Warwick operated by the Narragansett Indians and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. The defeat came despite a campaign in favor of the casino in excess of $15 million.
In South Dakota 67 percent of voters rejected a repeal of video lottery known as Initiated Measure 7. Supporters of the measure argued that social costs of gambling were too high and that the $112 million annual revenue from video lottery could be replaced by other means.

West Virginia - Voters in Greenbrier County have approved gambling at a luxury resort [The Greenbrier] here, but now the house is holding all the cards.