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Kentucky Gaming

11/14/2017

article Kentucky Baptists pass resolutions condemning gambling, supporting crime victims, calling for prayer
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s largest religious organization has again voiced its opposition to gambling in hopes of heading off yet another push to bring casinos into...

9/29/2017

article Instant-racing expansion is a bust for Ky. taxpayers
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs and Keeneland announced a partnership to expand gambling into eastern and western Kentucky and promised they’ll “create...

9/26/2017

article Kentucky should put hat in ring on sports gaming
(Kentucky) -- While Kentucky has been looking for new ways to bring in revenue, a new one that would set up the state to regulate betting on competitions other than...

9/25/2017

article Kentucky To Again Consider Casino Legislation
(Kentucky) -- The state of Kentucky is only one of a handful in America without any casinos, but that could change if a new proposal gains some traction this year....
article OP/ED: Expansion of ‘instant racing’ won’t live up to promises
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs and Keeneland announced a partnership to expand gambling into eastern and western Kentucky and promised they’ll “create...

9/21/2017

article Two State House Democrats endorse gambling plan in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Despite well-known opposition to expanded gambling in the state by Kentucky legislative leaders and the governor, two State House Democrats are endorsing a...

9/20/2017

article Kentucky Lawmakers Propose Casino Expansion Option
(Kentucky) -- Outside of the state lottery and parimutuel betting at racetracks, all other forms of gambling are banned in Kentucky. However, faced with a budget...
article Pension crisis fuels new momentum for casino gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- The pension crisis has renewed the push for expanded gambling in Kentucky as lawmakers look to fill a $30 billion to $60 billion hole without raising taxes...
article N. Ky. Lawmaker Wants To Legalize Casinos In The Commonwealth
(Kentucky) -- A northern Kentucky lawmaker suggests that casino gaming could help Kentucky solve its deepening pension fund problem. State representatives Dennis Keene (...

9/19/2017

article Democratic Lawmakers Bet On Gaming To Fund Pensions
(Kentucky) -- Two Democratic state lawmakers are looking to casinos to help pay down Kentucky’s massive pension liabilities, but the plan is unlikely to gain a...
article Kentucky Lawmakers Turn to Casinos to Fix $33 Billion Pension Shortfall Crisis
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky is facing a pension deficit of alarming proportions. By the latest conservative estimates, the Bluegrass State is some $33 billion short of the...

9/16/2017

article Churchill Downs: Two new horse tracks proposed in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s two top racetracks, Churchill Downs and Keeneland, Friday announced plans to build two new tracks in southeastern and southwestern...

9/8/2017

article Kentucky Governor rules out legal gambling, despite pension crisis recommendations
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin has told WHAS Radio that neither casino games nor marijuana will be legalized in his state while he is Governor, despite a...

9/7/2017

article Legalize pot and gambling to fund Kentucky's pensions? 'Not going to happen,' Bevin says
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky has a $40 billion pension problem, and legalizing weed or casino gambling could help solve it. But not while Matt Bevin is the state's...

9/5/2017

article Kentucky Downs Believes in Pari-Mutuel Gaming
(Kentucky) -- As money from added gaming has flowed into the industry, providing a boost for purses, most racetracks have missed a golden opportunity to fully take...

8/23/2017

article Casino gambling remains no dice for lawmakers in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Even with the state facing a projected budget shortfall and an enormous public pension debt, casino gambling remains off the table.

8/5/2017

article OP/ED: Roll the dice on Kentucky gambling and let voters decide
(Kentucky) -- Many elected officials in the Kentucky General Assembly boast that they are the party of personal freedom. They claim no other virtue is higher in their...

7/3/2017

article Debt paid on Floyd County harness track, ending potential problem for county
(Kentucky) -- The owner of a harness-racing track in Floyd County has paid off a $2.2 million bond that had caused concern over the potential for county taxpayers to get...

4/25/2017

article Report: Kentucky doesn't have a gambling problem
(Kentucky) -- Intimidated by the prospect of placing a wager on the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs or any other horse track in America? Here is a quick primer on how to...

3/6/2017

article Kentucky congress scraps daily fantasy sports bill
(Kentucky) -- Despite its win in the state of Mississippi, Daily Fantasy Sports took a loss at the Kentucky House of Representatives with the rejection of House Bill 414.

3/4/2017

article Booze bill raises ethics question in Kentucky's legislature
(Kentucky) -- When a Kentucky legislative committee approved a bill to let liquor store owners transport alcohol across county lines, Wesley Morgan was pleased by the...

10/7/2016

article Handle, Purses Spike at Churchill September
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs’ September meet posted strong handle growth this year, with all-sources and average daily wagering up 13.9% during the 11-day stand...

9/11/2016

article Is the Red Mile/Keeneland gamble on historical wagering paying off?
(Kentucky) -- A year ago, when Keeneland and the Red Mile debuted their joint instant racing parlor at the harness track in Lexington, expectations were high. The $42-...

9/8/2016

article Kentucky Downs finds success with full fields, racing machines
(Kentucky) -- One of the main issues I hear from horseplayers is small field size. Five and six horse fields may be good for trainers to keep their win percentage high.

7/20/2016

article KY Busy Finding Homes for Abandoned Horses
(Kentucky) -- Officials from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say they've found at least temporary homes for 15 of the 43 horses declared abandoned last month...

5/21/2016

article LETTER: Looks like a casino to me, too
(Kentucky) -- I applaud Tim Kelly’s May 15 op-ed, “If it looks, walks, quacks and pays like a casino ...”. Under current Kentucky law, pari-mutuel...

5/1/2016

article Kentuckians will wager on the Derby, but survey says Commonwealth doesn’t have gambling problem
(Kentucky) -- With the 142nd Kentucky Derby fast approaching and fans expected to wager more than $100 million on the event, the personal-finance website WalletHub...

4/19/2016

article Kentucky Lottery launches online ticket sales
(Kentucky) -- Without any fanfare, the Kentucky Lottery Monday began selling tickets online to try and attract more young adults. The initial offerings are limited to...
article Kentucky Lottery to launch online games
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Lottery announced on Tuesday that it has launched sales of several online products, including Powerball and Mega Millions. Eligible players...

4/17/2016

article Six months after opening, Red Mile gambling handle rising steadily
(Kentucky) -- A little over six months ago, Keeneland and Red Mile opened a gambling parlor with 902 Instant Racing machines and joint simulcasting room at the harness...

3/11/2016

article Kentucky Downs adds more gambling machines after record month
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Downs in Franklin is adding 143 gaming terminals, bringing the total up to 643, after a record month, according to Encore Racing Based Games,...

2/8/2016

article Kentucky Senators propose casino gambling legislation
(Kentucky) -- Since 2007, the state of Kentucky has been one that was supposed to be a major player in the gambling industry. The former Governor, Steve Beshear,...

2/7/2016

article A vote on gambling is a good but unlikely idea
(Kentucky) -- Former Gov. Steve Beshear was elected governor in 2007 on a promise to solve Kentucky’s revenue woes by bringing gambling casinos to the state....

2/4/2016

article KyCIR: Legislators look to expanded gaming to help pension systems
(Kentucky) -- State legislators are once again being called upon to allow casino gambling in Kentucky as a way to pump revenue into the ailing pension systems for public...

2/3/2016

article Expanded gaming bill introduced in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Expanded gaming bill introduced in KentuckyA new bill that would expand gaming and allow casinos in Kentucky was introduced in the state Senate on Tuesday...
article Measure to legalize casino gambling in Ky. receives support
(Kentucky) -- A measure to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky is receiving support from Louisville's Chamber of Commerce. Louisville Sens. Julie Raque Adams and...

2/2/2016

article Louisville's GLI Inc. backing latest push for expanded gambling in Ky.
(Kentucky) -- It's the hot button issue that refuses to die -- expanded gambling in Kentucky. This time GLI Inc. -- Louisville's Chamber of Commerce -- is...
article Beshear: Challenges Remain for Horse Industry
(Kentucky) -- Steve Beshear, the former two-term governor of Kentucky whose run ended in December 2014, said the recent winter storm that dumped about 10 inches of snow...

12/16/2015

article 14,000 poker players say they deserve lawsuit winnings
(Kentucky) -- About 14,000 Kentucky poker players are trying to get a piece of a multi-million dollar judgment against an online poker company. The Kentucky Justice and...
article Poker players seek to intervene in Kentucky lawsuit against online gambling sites
(Kentucky) -- A group of poker players say they — and not the state of Kentucky — should have a cut or all of a potential multi-million-dollar judgment...

12/2/2015

article Racing commission grants one gambling parlor request but not from Keeneland
(Kentucky) -- In the last meeting under Gov. Steve Beshear, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday granted approval for historical racing at a fourth location...
article Kentucky: Injunction delays Quarter Horse discussion
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday was stopped from considering a request by Keeneland to go forward with a new Quarter Horse track in Corbin...

11/30/2015

article Turfway Park plans gambling parlor; Keeneland applies for Corbin quarter horse license
(Kentucky) -- Before Gov. Steve Beshear leaves office and Gov.-elect Matt Bevin can reconstitute the racing commission, the regulatory body will take up some key...

11/23/2015

article Turfway applies for slot-like machines
(Kentucky) -- Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., has applied to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a permit to operate “historical racing machines,” the...

10/11/2015

article Conway Supports Expanding Casino Gambling In Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he would support legislation to expand casino gambling in Kentucky to bring in more money for the cash-...

10/6/2015

article Churchill wants to move Kentucky Downs racing out of September, possibly to August or July
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky racetracks are again battling over who will race in September. Kentucky Downs, Ellis Park and Churchill Downs all want some dates in the month....

10/5/2015

article Two Named to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed two new members and reappointed three members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

10/4/2015

article First part of casino deal completed by Churchill Downs
(Kentucky) -- The first part of an approximate $24.8 million deal, down from the $30 million price tag when first announced in October, 2014, between Saratoga Harness...

9/12/2015

article Red Mile's instant racing gambling facility gets positive feedback on opening day
(Kentucky) -- While standardbreds took to the track outside during Red Mile's regular meet Saturday night, fans of casino gaming took their seats inside for the...
article Red Mile opens historic racing machines in Lexington today
(Kentucky) -- The world’s second oldest harness track adds historic racing machines to its offering at noon today. The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky added over...

9/4/2015

article Casino gambling bill to rise again
(Kentucky) -- It’s like something in one of those zombie series that are taking over television. It just won’t die. We’re talking about casino gambling bills in the...

9/1/2015

article One More Shot at Casino Gambling
(Kentucky) -- Last week, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo -- who seemed to have lost his fire for the issue during the last legislative session -- vowed to again make...

8/30/2015

article Red Mile to open for expanded gambling next month
(Kentucky) -- Sometime in the next two weeks, instant racing will be off and running at the Red Mile. But already the slots-like gambling machines are chiming away on...

8/29/2015

article Jack Conway says he's fine with proposal to remove names of county clerks from marriage licenses
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway said Friday he is "fine" with a proposal this week by the Kentucky County Clerks' Association to...

8/28/2015

article Gambling push different this time, Stumbo says
(Kentucky) -- As the 2014 legislative session drew to a close with casino legislation dead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo vowed the issue would be his top priority the next...
article Boyett: Bingo effort brought controversy with it
(Kentucky) -- Bingo balls were popping up all over the place 25 years ago. The sponsoring organization would gross more than $3 million before the Internal Revenue...

8/27/2015

article Opposing gambling views in Ky governor's race
(Kentucky) -- It's an area of clear contrast in the race for Kentucky governor, casino gambling. After House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced on Monday his plan to file...

8/26/2015

article Beshear Hopeful, Skeptical of Latest Casino Push
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling when the General Assembly convenes next...
article House speaker Stumbo to file expanded gambling legislation
(Kentucky) -- With Kentucky’s instant-racing machines crossing the billion-dollar threshold earlier this spring, and as Kentuckians spend billions of dollars more...
article House Speaker to Propose Expanded Gambling Legislation, Casinos in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo has pledged to propose a constitutional amendment to allow as many as seven casinos to open in Kentucky. Under Stumbo's plan...
article Prospects For Expanded Gambling Unclear As Candidates Weigh In
(Kentucky) -- Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear had a vision of bringing casino gambling into Kentucky to generate new revenue for state coffers, as he has often...
article Speaker wants expanded gaming vote
(Kentucky) -- Warren, Daviess, Hardin or Bullitt counties in the 2nd Congressional District could have casinos under an expanded gaming proposal advanced Tuesday by...

8/25/2015

article House Speaker Stumbo wants voters to allow casino gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky might take another roll of the dice when it comes to legalized casino gaming. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, wants the state to cash...
article Stumbo to File Constitutional Amendment Authorizing Expanded Gaming
(Kentucky) -- With Kentucky’s instant-racing machines crossing the billion-dollar threshold earlier this spring, and as Kentuckians spend billions of dollars more...
article Stumbo To Propose Expanded Gambling Legislation
(Kentucky) -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow as many as seven casinos to open in Kentucky, with tax revenue from the...

8/11/2015

article Huge stakes for horse industry in Ky. gov. race
(Kentucky) -- In the slumber party that is passing for this year’s governor’s race in Kentucky, neither major candidate — Republican Matt Bevin nor...

8/4/2015

article Casino eyes Northern Kentucky, floats ferry idea
(Kentucky) -- Rising Star Casino’s parent company is exploring re-establishing a ferry to Northern Kentucky to court gamblers. Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts...

7/30/2015

article Bevin says he wouldn't stop slot-like horse game
(Kentucky) -- Matt Bevin told a thoroughbred industry group Thursday that he supports the continuance of the historical horse racing games that opponents say are slot...

7/19/2015

article Churchill Downs Closes Bluff Magazine Operations…For Now?
(Kentucky) -- After just more than a decade in operation Bluff Magazine, one of the poker magazines that was borne from the online poker boom of the 2000s, will...

7/8/2015

article KY Downs Sets Historical Racing Handle Record
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Downs recorded $8,425,830 in pari-mutuel handle on its historical race wagering machines from June 29 to July 5 to set an all-time weekly record,...

6/5/2015

article OP/ED: Instant racing machines are just casino gambling
(Kentucky) -- Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott ran for the Republican nomination for Kentucky's governor this year in a race that was eventually...

5/4/2015

article Second Suit Filed Against Encore, KY Downs
(Kentucky) -- A second lawsuit has been filed in connection with a decision by Kentucky Downs to begin using a new company for its totalizator services, including...

4/27/2015

article Churchill Downs posts higher revenue, wider loss in first quarter
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. reported Monday that its first-quarter revenues increased 50 percent from the previous year, to $250.9 million — mostly because...

4/7/2015

article Gambling change prompts suit vs. Ky. Downs
(Kentucky) -- A change in machines for the slot-like historical horse racing games at Kentucky Downs has prompted a lawsuit from the bet-processing company that...
article AmTote files suit against Kentucky Downs, Encore Gaming
(Kentucky) -- The bet-processing company AmTote has filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and intellectual-property theft against Kentucky Downs and a company...

4/2/2015

article Flanery: Lack of casino gambling could be 'death by a thousand cuts' for Kentucky horse industry
(Kentucky) -- Addressing a roomful of Louisville Rotarians at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville Thursday afternoon, Churchill Downs racetrack president Kevin...
article Report: KY Expanded Gaming Push Again in 2016
(Kentucky) -- The speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives is preparing to push again for expanded gaming in the state when the General Assembly next meets in...
article Kentucky Downs gambling devices bring new era
(Kentucky) -- Today marks a new era for slot-like historical horse racing. Since RaceTech developed the game in use at Oaklawn Park and those machines began to be used...

3/29/2015

article After laying low on expanded gambling, Kentucky lawmaker plans push in 2016
(Kentucky) -- The state legislative session that ended last week was the first in years in which the subject of whether Kentucky should have expanded gambling didn't...

3/6/2015

article How Kentucky Money Fuels Cross-Border Casinos (and Other State Budgets)
(Kentucky) -- Braving temperatures in the 30s on a recent Wednesday morning, the 25 or so people bunched in the Kroger parking lot in west Louisville had plenty of...

3/5/2015

article Internet gaming bill moves forward in General Assembly
(Kentucky) -- A bill that would make Internet gaming cafes illegal is moving forward at the state legislature in Frankfort. The bill was reported favorably out of the...

2/27/2015

article Kentucky lawmakers push to ban Internet cafes
(Kentucky) -- A new push by lawmakers in the Commonwealth aims to shut down certain Internet cafes. Senate Bill 28 would ban the businesses and received unanimous...
article New Sweepstakes Cafes in Covington Would Be Banned Under Bill that Passed Senate
(Kentucky) -- Online sweepstakes offered across Kentucky at businesses advertised as “Internet cafes” would be outlawed under legislation unanimously passed...

2/24/2015

article Senate OK's credit ban for Internet lottery
(Kentucky) -- A bill that the Kentucky Lottery Corp. says would severely hamper revenues for its planned launch of Internet games later this year passed the Senate on...
article Horse bills you haven't heard (enough) about
(Kentucky) -- As the legislature is now in the second half of its session, here's a list of bills of most interest to the horse industry. They deal with Instant...

2/20/2015

article Senate committee takes up electronic gaming, approves three bills
(Kentucky) -- How technology is revolutionizing gambling and threatening traditional bingo and state lotteries was evident at a hearing of a state Senate committee...

2/19/2015

article Bill for video pull tabs at bingo gets 1st OK
(Kentucky) -- Charities using bingo halls could sell electronic pull tabs — tablet versions of the traditional paper game — under a bill that passed a Senate...

2/16/2015

article Expanded gaming may be nonstarter, but lawmaker hopes to standardize instant racing licensing this session
(Kentucky) -- A year after the General Assembly set up a taxing system for instant racing, state Rep. David Osborne hopes to give the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission...

2/13/2015

article Kentucky Senate votes to allow lottery to contribute to pari-mutuel pools
(Kentucky) -- On Friday morning, the full Kentucky Senate voted 22-9 to pass a bill that would allow the state lottery to send bets into commingled pari-mutuel pools,...
article Senate Gives the Go Ahead for Lottery Game with Horse Racing Connections
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation paving the way for development of a new state lottery game that has an equine connection. Proponents say the...

2/11/2015

article Panel gives lottery-racing bet unanimous OK
(Kentucky) -- A bill to allow the Kentucky Lottery to implement a combined lottery game and a horse racing bet received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Senate...

2/9/2015

article Kentucky Casino Bill Faces Long Odds
(Kentucky) -- Like it did last year, the state of Kentucky is once again looking at casinos, but the 2015 efforts are facing long odds, according to a report from The...

2/7/2015

article Bills on smoking, beer, casinos advance in Ky
(Kentucky) -- In a week where America celebrated Groundhog Day, the General Assembly provided vivid flashbacks of its actions of recent years, with the Republican Senate...
article Kentucky lawmakers discuss bills to bolster charity gambling
(Kentucky) -- The Knights of Columbus in Bowling Green used to donate nearly $80,000 a year from its gambling revenues to support local charities, including the Boys and...

2/6/2015

article House Speaker Stumbo places expanded gambling back on the table
(Kentucky) -- It is still considered a long shot, but a big supporter of casino gambling in Kentucky is once again putting his chips on the table.
article Lawmakers discuss bills to bolster charitable gaming
(Kentucky) -- Charitable gambling revenues have declined 40 percent in Kentucky in the past decade, and service organizations across the state are feeling the pinch.

2/5/2015

article Kentucky house speaker presents minimum wage, casino gambling bills
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo presents his minimum wage bill to the House Labor and Industry Committee. It would raise the minimum wage in Kentucky...

2/4/2015

article Stumbo files casino bill; lottery'd oversee
(Kentucky) -- It may have no shot, but House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a constitutional amendment on Wednesday to allow casinos in Kentucky.

2/1/2015

article Despite track plans, instant racing not legal in state yet
(Kentucky) -- The oft-quoted witticism that is generally apropos for the current instant-racing debacle is "Don't get the cart before the horse." But...

1/26/2015

article Republican front runners clash on gaming
(Kentucky) -- After more than an hour of offering similar views on issues facing Kentucky, the harmony between top Republican candidates for governor was broken when...

1/24/2015

article Sparks fly at governor candidate forum
(Kentucky) -- Gubernatorial candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner attacked each other over the issue of gaming — an issue upon which they say they agree —...

1/21/2015

article Instant Racing investigated in Idaho
(Kentucky) -- As a Kentucky court case about Instant Racing rolls into another year, the slot-like game -- based on the outcome of previously run horse races -- is...

1/13/2015

article Scott opens race for governor by backing expanded gambling
(Kentucky) -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Will T. Scott has selected former sheriff Rodney Coffey as his running mate and has endorsed expanding gambling as a way...

1/5/2015

article No Push for Casinos Expected in Short Session
(Kentucky) -- The issue of expanded gambling has been on Governor Steve Beshear's radar throughout his time in office. The 2015 legislative session could very well...

12/31/2014

article No Push for Casinos Expected in Short Session
(Kentucky) -- The issue of expanded gambling has been on Governor Steve Beshear's radar throughout his time in office. The 2015 legislative session could very well...
article Odds bad for casinos, but gambling talk likely
(Kentucky) -- While the perennial issue of casino gambling is widely given no chance in the 2015 General Assembly, other — also potentially controversial —...
article Churchill Downs Upgraded by Zacks to Neutral (CHDN)
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs, Inc. logoZacks upgraded shares of Churchill Downs (NASDAQ:CHDN) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report...

12/20/2014

article Anti-Gambling Bill Reinstated by Kentucky Senator
(Kentucky) -- Anti-Gambling Bill Reinstated by Kentucky SenatorThe idea of expanding online gambling across US States is still an ongoing topic with lawmakers.

12/18/2014

article Kentucky State Senator Wants to Ban Online Gambling
(Kentucky) -- Online gambling expansion is a hot topic of debate all across the country, with lawmakers in states as geographically distant and politically diverse as...
article Churchill Downs completes acquisition of Big Fish Games
(Kentucky) -- US racetrack and casino owner Churchill Downs has completed the acquisition of mobile and online games developer and distributor Big Fish Games. The...

12/16/2014

article Churchill Downs completes acquisition of Big Fish Games
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. has completed its acquisition of Big Fish Games Inc., a producer and distributor of mobile and online games. The transaction includes...
article Churchill Downs Inc. online gaming deal done
(Kentucky) -- Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. announced Tuesday that its purchase of Big Fish Games, Inc. is complete. Churchill is buying Big Fish as a way to...

12/14/2014

article Fractured horse biz paddling upstream on De Nile
(Kentucky) -- In February 1994, former Keeneland President Ted Bassett told a state legislative committee, "We are not going to cave in to a hypothetical threat of...

12/11/2014

article Sen. Wilson Files Anti-Gambling Bill
(Kentucky) -- Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green is looking at making online gambling illegal in Kentucky. He says there are online gambling cafes across the state...

12/8/2014

article KEEP is now formally opposing casinos
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Equine Education Project said Friday that its board has voted to oppose casino gambling. The horse industry advocacy group was once at the...
article Kentucky Casino Advocates Lose Racing Support
(Kentucky) -- Citing the successful rollout of instant racing machines, the leading advocate for casino expansion among Kentucky’s horseracing industry has decided...

12/7/2014

article Kentucky casino legalization push takes hit as racing lobbying group pulls support
(Kentucky) -- The odds of Kentucky legalizing casino gambling got a little longer this week after a racing lobbying group dropped its support of the idea.

12/6/2014

article Horse industry group says it no longer supports casino gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- After a decade of pushing for it in Frankfort, Kentucky's major horse industry advocacy group no longer supports casino gambling. That doesn't...

12/5/2014

article Horse group now opposes Kentucky casinos
(Kentucky) -- The horse industry group once at the forefront of the push for casinos at Kentucky racetracks is now opposed to the proposition that it once advocated as...
article KEEP Vote: We’ll Back Instant Racing, Not Casino Gaming in 2015
(Kentucky) -- As the 2015 legislative session in Kentucky approaches, the issue of expanded gambling will likely once again be a topic of discussion. One group that will...
article Kentucky lobbying group pulls support from legalized casino gambling
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Equine Education Project, a racing lobbying group in Kentucky, will no longer actively support legislation that would legalize casino gambling...

12/2/2014

article KHRC Approves Keeneland Instant Racing Plans
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland has moved closer toward launching historical race wagering both in Lexington with harness track partner The Red Mile and on a planned new Quarter...
article Kentucky commission likely to appeal ruling reinstating Veitch
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is likely to appeal a recent ruling that called for the commission to reinstate John Veitch to his former position of...

12/1/2014

article Historical Racing Bets Up in October in KY
(Kentucky) -- Historical race wagering at two Kentucky racetracks registered healthy increases in October versus the same month in 2013, according to statistics released...

11/30/2014

article Kentucky prep online lottery; Northstar New Jersey miss revenue targets
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky wants to be the next state to take its lottery into the online realm. Currently, only four US state lotteries – Georgia, Illinois, Michigan...

11/28/2014

article Kentucky Taps Gtech for iLottery System
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Lottery has chosen Gtech as its preferred bidder to provide an Internet lottery system that is expected to launch early next fall. Five...

11/24/2014

article Ky. lottery plans online ticket sales by fall
(Kentucky) -- By early next fall the Kentucky Lottery expects to make the sale of tickets for at least some games available through the use of computers, smart phones...

11/3/2014

article Judge Delays Date for Instant Racing Trial
(Kentucky) -- A Circuit Court judge said Nov. 3 he would issue a ruling within two to three weeks on a motion seeking a trial date and other deadlines in connection with...

10/29/2014

article Churchill cutting online bingo site
(Kentucky) -- Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. on Wednesday announced it is pulling the plug on its Luckity online bingo site after two years. In a filing with the...

10/22/2014

article Keeneland, Red Mile to team up on instant racing gambling parlor
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland is scrapping plans for its on-site expanding gambling venture and instead will team with The Red Mile to open an instant racing parlor near...

10/21/2014

article Kentucky dates approved for 2015 - but not without drama
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a full slate of 2015 dates for the state’s racetracks, including a bloc in September that...
article Keeneland proceeding on track purchase alone for now
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland Association announced Tuesday that it will proceed — at least for now — in seeking approval to buy a Floyd County standardbred...

10/14/2014

article Racing commission: Keeneland buying track not done deal
(Kentucky) -- The proposed purchase of a small Kentucky standardbred track by Keeneland Race Course and a partner is not guaranteed for approval, Kentucky Horse Racing...

10/9/2014

article Beshear, Legislative Leaders Not Betting on Expanded Gaming in 2015
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will likely leave office next year without making good on one of his campaign pledges. Legislative leaders say casino...

9/26/2014

article Expanded Gaming Losing Steam In Frankfort
(Kentucky) -- One a pillar of Gov. Steve Beshear’s campaign for governor, the pledge to legalize expanded casino gambling appears less and less likely.

9/18/2014

article New hedge fund makes big bet on Churchill Downs Inc.
(Kentucky) -- A new hedge fund has amassed more than 5 percent of the shares of Louisville-based casino and racing company Churchill Downs Inc., according to a filing...

9/13/2014

article Legislators hear pitch for lottery game that involves horse racing
(Kentucky) -- Legislators heard details on Friday about one man’s quest to get the Kentucky Lottery Corporation to purchase a game of chance he conceived to...

9/3/2014

article State casino gambling supporters increasingly reticent
(Kentucky) -- Support for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling appears to be waning, even among those who are for it. Champions of casino gambling aren't...

9/2/2014

article Thoroughbred breeder's death recalls gambling debate
(Kentucky) -- Best known as the founder of the Camping World retail chain, thoroughbred breeder David Garvin, who died Saturday, played a role in Kentucky's long-...

9/1/2014

article Kentucky casino supporters are increasingly mum
(Kentucky) -- Support for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling appears to be waning, even among those who are for it. Champions of casino gambling aren’t...

8/27/2014

article Kentucky casino supporters are increasingly mum
(Kentucky) -- While no candidate for Kentucky governor is actively campaigning against a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, the issue appears to be waning,...

8/26/2014

article Kentucky Lottery is telling residents where money goes: Restriction on advertising how proceeds are distributed lifted
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Lottery, for the first time, is running ads explaining that nearly all of its profits are used to support educational programs, due to a new...

8/5/2014

article Instant Racing growth at Ellis Park continues in July
(Kentucky) -- Instant Racing handle at Ellis Park saw its third consecutive record month in July, eclipsing the $4 million mark for the first time, according to Kentucky...

8/3/2014

article Kentucky speaker: Local option sales tax is focus
(Kentucky) -- House Democrats’ top priority in January could be allowing local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for construction projects, House...

7/29/2014

article Keeneland shelves plans for Instant Racing parlor
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland has put its plans to build a parlor for slot-machine-like devices on hold “indefinitely” because of its recent selection as the host...

7/28/2014

article Kentucky pushes ahead with online lottery proposal
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to progress with plans to launch an online lottery system in the US state.

7/25/2014

article Keeneland gambling parlor on hold, cites Breeders' Cup
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland Race Course is delaying indefinitely its plans to build a parlor for the slot-like Instant Racing game in Lexington, a track official said Friday...

7/23/2014

article Churchill Downs Readies Online Gambling Platform
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. has been blocked from entering the U.S. online gambling market, but has still developed an online platform at its Louisville Kentucky...

7/18/2014

article Churchill Downs building online casino
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc.'s entry into the emerging online casino market was planned for — in of all places — Louisville, in the state where its...

7/15/2014

article Conway backs expanded gambling to create revenue
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway said Thursday he is willing to campaign for expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state...
article Churchill building online casino in Louisville
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc.'s entry into the emerging online casino market was planned for — in of all places — Louisville, in the state where its...

7/10/2014

article Conway backs expanded gambling to create revenue
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he supports expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state programs and hasn't...
article Conway backs expanded gambling to create revenue
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway said Thursday he is willing to campaign for expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state...

7/1/2014

article Organizers Believe Boycott Impacted Churchill
(Kentucky) -- A horseplayers group believes its boycott negatively impacted handle at the Churchill Downs spring meet where the total money wagered decreased by more...

6/27/2014

article Churchill Downs donates to conservative group
(Kentucky) -- A new political action committee working to elect conservatives to the Kentucky legislature has received a $100,000 contribution from Churchill Downs.

6/26/2014

article Churchill Downs donation imperils gambling bill
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs has contributed $100,000 to a new political action committee that says its main goal is to elect conservatives to the Kentucky legislature...
article Churchill prospers in the face of criticism
(Kentucky) -- Over the past several months, Churchill Downs Inc., the owner of the iconic Louisville track that conducts the U.S.’s biggest race, the Kentucky...

5/12/2014

article OP/ED: Casino-style machines at Red Mile site would addict students
(Kentucky) -- The Red Mile is set to start construction on what amounts to a casino with 500 slot machines smack in the middle of the University of Kentucky's...

5/5/2014

article Churchill Downs Inc. sees most profitable Kentucky Derby week ever
(Kentucky) -- The 140th Kentucky Derby won by California Chrome proved to be a success by most attendance and wagering results. While television ratings dropped slightly...

4/30/2014

article Churchill Downs taking a bigger cut of wagers
(Kentucky) -- Before the Kentucky Derby contenders sprint from the starting gates, the crowd at Churchill Downs will hand over millions of dollars at betting windows.
article Kentucky racing industry's future in doubt because of competition
(Kentucky) -- As Derby Day nears Kentucky's signature sport faces greater competition from other states that lure horses and trainers with bigger purses.

4/29/2014

article Halt to casino credited to Ky. Baptists
(Kentucky) -- Major secular newspapers have run stories in recent weeks focusing on why a proposal to legalize casino gambling didn't make it out of Kentucky's...

4/28/2014

article Chuchill Downs, Vegas books lack simulcasting deal
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs and racebooks in Las Vegas have so far failed to reach a simulcasting deal, potentially jeopardizing the ability of the racebooks to offer...
article No Kentucky Casino Bill Until 2016, Says Churchill Downs CEO [sub req'd]
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky is now unlikely to embrace expanded gambling until at least 2016 after legislative efforts came up short this year, according to the CEO of...

4/27/2014

article Why Kentucky Derby Isn’t Enough for Churchill Downs
(Kentucky) -- Robert Evans, CEO at Churchill Downs, talks with Erik Schatzker about how the company diversified outside of horse racing and the state of horse racing and...

4/23/2014

article Casinos boost Churchill Downs revenues in first quarter
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. reported Wednesday that first-quarter revenue reached record levels, largely the result of increases in revenue from its casino...

4/20/2014

article In Frankfort, this group holds the clout
(Kentucky) -- Why have casinos and gay marriage had such a tough time in the Kentucky General Assembly? Baptists.

4/10/2014

article Churchill Downs to take more from each bet
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs has decided to increase the amount it takes from each bet – a move that could add $8 million to its revenues and provide a similar...

4/3/2014

article Instant Racing Proposals Surprise Family Foundation
(Kentucky) -- The director of the Family Foundation says he's surprised at Keeneland and the Red Mile's decision to move forward with instant racing, since the...

4/2/2014

article Keeneland Plans to Add Instant Racing in 2015
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland plans to offer historical racing at a new 40,000-square foot facility to be built on the property and scheduled to open in July 2015.
article Kentucky commission approves Keeneland, Red Mile applications for Instant Racing machines
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved applications by both Keeneland and the Red Mile to operate hundreds of slot machine-...
article Red Mile racetrack plans $25 million, 500-terminal instant racing venue
(Kentucky) -- The Red Mile, a historic harness racetrack near downtown Lexington, plans to invest $25 million in a potential new gambling parlor that could employ as...
article Tracks’ instant racing plans OK’d by panel
(Kentucky) -- Two Lexington racetracks less than six miles apart both received unanimous approval Wednesday from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to add hundreds of...

3/31/2014

article 2 Lexington tracks plan instant-racing sites
(Kentucky) -- The two Lexington horse tracks are planning separate facilities for the slot-like Instant Racing game, with both requests expected to be heard Wednesday by...

3/26/2014

article Instant Racing tax, take three
(Kentucky) -- Despite reservations about passing a retroactive tax and taxing something that's in the middle of a lawsuit, the Kentucky Senate approved a 1.5 percent...

3/25/2014

article No dice! Beshear expects no action on casino bill in 2014
(Kentucky) -- Complaining that pro-casino forces can't get their act together, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he does not expect any action on expanded...

3/23/2014

article Arlinghaus: Kentucky is losing money to its neighbors
(Kentucky) -- Five hundred feet. That is all that separates Kentucky from several hundred million dollars a year. For the last 20 years, while the debate has continued...
article Editorial: OK gambling in Kentucky, but do it right
(Kentucky) -- One by one, states surrounding Kentucky have legalized casino gambling, leaving the commonwealth one of only 10 states that haven't yet authorized...
article Opinion: Gambling preys on the poor
(Kentucky) -- No matter how great Kentucky’s economic need becomes, no politician or community leader will ever outright propose a bill to heavily tax the poor and...

3/21/2014

article Stumbo: Gambling bill will be priority in 2015
(Kentucky) -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo said gambling expansion will be his top legislative priority in 2015 if the Senate doesn’t do something on the issue in the...

3/18/2014

article House Speaker Greg Stumbo says don't bet on vote to expand Kentucky gambling
(Kentucky) -- Seconds after roughly 35 legislators rallied Monday to break the legislative stalemate over expanded gambling, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said the effort...

3/17/2014

article Expanded gambling likely dead despite lawmakers' push, Stumbo says
(Kentucky) -- About 35 legislators attended a news conference Monday aimed at giving the casino issue a boost in the final days of the 2014 session, but seconds after it...

3/10/2014

article Can horse industry divide over Kentucky casinos be repaired (or does it matter)?
(Kentucky) -- Horse racing makes news being unpredictable. The horse industry being divided over expanded gambling, however, hardly qualifies as a surprise (or maybe...
article Henderson: Churchill Downs already embracing casino-gambling business
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs has revealed its hand. No longer able to hide behind Louisville's iconic twin spires is a looming casino, slots and online gambling...

3/7/2014

article Pro-casino group to back gambling bills offered by Stumbo, Seum and Clark
(Kentucky) -- Louisville-based casino advocacy group Kentucky Wins said Friday that it will support any of three proposed gambling bills, including one introduced...

3/5/2014

article Another attempt to tax advanced deposit wagering in Kentucky filed in House
(Kentucky) -- The final day to file bills in the House on Tuesday was trumped by the filing of House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s constitutional amendment to allow casino...
article Ky. Bill Would Provide Path for Added Gaming
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky lawmakers will have another option when considering a possible constitutional amendment that would pave the way for placing casino gambling before...

3/4/2014

article Expanded gambling bill filed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo
(Kentucky) -- A third constitutional amendment that could allow Kentucky casinos was filed on Tuesday by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

3/2/2014

article Churchill Downs still pushing for casino gambling
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs executives say they remain “heavily engaged” in the pursuit of casino gambling in Kentucky. In a conference call Thursday with...

2/28/2014

article Churchill Downs is 'optimistic' about Kentucky casino chances
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs executives said Thursday they remain "heavily engaged" in the pursuit of casino gambling in Kentucky.

2/27/2014

article Churchill Downs is 'optimistic' about Kentucky casino chances
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs executives said Thursday they remain "heavily engaged" in the pursuit of casino gambling in Kentucky.

2/25/2014

article Fischer says Churchill Downs would build a casino downtown
(Kentucky) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Churchill Downs Inc. officials have told him they would prefer operating a casino in downtown Louisville rather than at...

2/21/2014

article Instant Racing opponents can continue fight, but ruling removes some arguments
(Kentucky) -- Opponents of the Instant Racing gambling machines will be able to continue their fight to have the slot-like games declared illegal, but the Kentucky...
article Kentucky court leaves Instant Racing question unsettled
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky can license and regulate Instant Racing, a slot-machine type of game — available at Henderson’s Ellis Park — where people bet on...
article Court overturns decision allowing state to take over 132 gambling domains
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a decision allowing the state to seize 132 gambling domain names.

2/20/2014

article Split Decision in Instant Racing Ruling
(Kentucky) -- Any hopes for a Kentucky Supreme Court decision that resolved all legal issues surrounding historical racing in the state didn't pan out when the court...

2/19/2014

article Lawmaker says 'D-Day' coming for Kentucky casino push
(Kentucky) -- The push to bring casinos to Kentucky will be over by next week if racetrack owners can't come together to support the effort, a Louisville lawmaker...

2/17/2014

article The state of the casino bills at the midway point
(Kentucky) -- My father asked over the weekend if I was still blogging. I can take a hint. Here is the latest missive from our legislative coverage on the status of the...

2/15/2014

article Gambling bill still 'work in progress,' Beshear says
(Kentucky) -- As the 60-day session of the General Assembly nears its halfway point, even proponents of legislation to allow casino gambling in the state are giving it...

2/13/2014

article Beshear: Expanded Gaming Still Possible This Session
(Kentucky) -- Despite setbacks this week, Gov. Steve Beshear says expanded gaming is not dead yet. On Monday, the Senate Republican majority caucus held off on a casino...

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