SB 1010 HELPS CASINOS & INDIANS EXPAND
Casinos are unable to continue their previous expansion blitz.
When states have constitutional limits on casino locations or limit the number of casino licenses or have no legal casino type gambling, racetracks allow casinos to expand by skirting the law and by running $10 million campaigns to deceive the voters into believing that their kids education can't survive without casino style gambling.
Talks have taken place to sell Delta Downs racetrack and its still-unopened slot machine casino to Boyd Gaming, one of the nation's largest casino operators.
Harrahs Entertainment with 14 casinos in nine states and lottery giant GTECH have purchased Turfway horse racing track in Kentucky. Turfway's new leaders sidestepped the question of whether Harrah's involvement is a possible step toward slot machine gambling, saying that decision would require approval by Kentucky voters.
Oklahoma allows three Indian tribes to operate off-track horse betting locations. The Choctaws have off-track betting at four other sites. The Shawnee Tribe is suing the state for not compacting to allow other Class III gambling.
The financially troubled (bankruptcy) Woodlands' owners have sought for years to install slots and other casino games to compete with Kansas City's riverboats. The stumbling block is the Kansas Legislature's refusal to approve casino gambling at the state's struggling racetracks. Both The Woodlands' current owners and Grace have close ties to American Indian tribes, which could purchase the track through a friendly deal and seek federal approval for a casino.
When the Interior Department rejected their plan to turn a Wisconsin dog track into a casino, three bands of Chippewa Indians complained that a high-powered lobbyist hired by rival tribes had improperly influenced the department's decision.