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Kentucky Lawmakers Form Panel To Write Sports Betting Bill

A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers is writing a bill to legalize and regulate sports betting in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that states should be allowed to legalize sports betting, striking down a nearly 30-year ban. Rep. Jason Nemes, a Republican from Louisville, said the bill would generate between $6.5 million and $26 million for the state every year through licensing and taxes.

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8/9/2019

article OP/ED: Let’s be honest, Kentucky already has casinos. The state needs a bigger cut.
(Kentucky) -- The light is low and the soft ping-ping of machines covered in cherries, angels and sexy devils rings through the air at Red Mile. Briefly, when bets are...

8/4/2019

article Beshear's gambling proposal will go nowhere
(Kentucky) -- The idea of legalizing gambling in Kentucky to help shore up one of the worst pension systems in the country is an idea that has been floated since the...

8/3/2019

article EDITORIAL: Beshear's gambling proposal will go nowhere
(Kentucky) -- The idea of legalizing gambling in Kentucky to help shore up one of the worst pension systems in the country is an idea that has been floated since the...

7/31/2019

article Bevin points to suicides as reason to oppose gambling
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin claimed Wednesday that gambling-related suicides are nightly occurrences as he criticized his political opponent's support for...
article Kentucky Governor Makes Claim About Casino Suicides, Gets Refuted by Advocates Who Support Problem Gamblers
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a fierce critic of expanded gaming, once again lashed out on the topic during a radio interview Wednesday, when he claimed people...

7/22/2019

article Kentucky Instant Racing Revenue Nearly Doubles Year Over Year
(Kentucky) -- Though heavily criticized by anti-gambling advocates, Kentucky’s instant racing machines are completely non-controversial in one major aspect: their...

7/20/2019

article Kentucky Tracks See Big Jump as Wagering on Historical Racing Machines Tops $2 Billion in FY19
(Kentucky) -- Thanks in large part to the addition of a Churchill Downs-owned parlor, the total handle for instant racing in Kentucky jumped by more than 85 percent in...

7/19/2019

article Night racing, more race days could be on the horizon for Ellis Park in 2020
(Kentucky) -- With plans for the installation of lights before next summer’s meet, Ellis Park’s new owners could avoid the cancellation of live racing...

7/17/2019

article The growth of Kentucky's slot-like racing industry, in five charts
(Kentucky) -- Consumers wagered more than $2 billion in Kentucky’s slot-like historical racing machines in the state fiscal year that ended June 30, nearly double...

6/24/2019

article Louisville's downtown betting club means big bucks for Churchill. But how much is a secret
(Kentucky) -- Horse owners Gene McLean and Mike Schnell met for lunch one afternoon five years ago at a private thoroughbred club run by Keeneland and hatched an idea...

6/18/2019

article Historical Racing Returns to KY Supreme Court
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously accepted a request June 13 for a fast-tracked appeal to re-examine the legality of historic racing machines...

6/17/2019

article Kentucky Supreme Court to take second look at slot-like racing machines
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court will weigh in for the second time in a long-running case challenging the legality of the nearly 3,000 slot-like historical...

6/2/2019

article Is Kentucky being ‘shortchanged’ on its ‘slots’?
(Kentucky) -- Sitting at one of the hundreds of betting machines at Derby City Gaming in Louisville – with names like Electric Nights and Vegas Fortune -- it...

5/23/2019

article OP/ED: Truly, the fox is guarding the henhouse
(Kentucky) -- When a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR) released an expose’ early in Derby week showing that the horse racing...

5/22/2019

article Billy Reed: A case for casino gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- We all know that our city and commonwealth are hurting for revenue. Well, I have an idea that could help us get out of the trap, provided we can get the...

5/11/2019

article McElroy: Derby decision opponents showing instant-replay hypocrisy
(Virginia) -- It was a bad week for horse racing. First, favorite Omaha Beach dropped out of the Kentucky Derby with an epiglottis issue. Maximum Security was...

5/5/2019

article At Kentucky Derby, ‘Sometimes You Win and You Lose All in the Same Race’
(Kentucky) -- At first, after the 22 agonizing minutes, an awful purgatory that Gary West, the owner of Maximum Security, noted had accurately captured the “thrill...

4/30/2019

article Kentucky Horse Tracks Paid For Their Own Video Gambling Regulations
(Kentucky) -- When gamblers bet at the chirping, neon-glowing machines that stretch across Kentucky’s gambling parlors, they depend on a state commission to ensure...

4/18/2019

article Andy Beshear touts expanded gambling as way to fund pensions
(Kentucky) -- Promoting an issue his father unsuccessfully championed as governor, Democrat Andy Beshear said Thursday he wants to expand gambling in Kentucky and use...

4/8/2019

article COMMENTARY: Legislature should be lauded for rejecting bad betting bill
(Kentucky) -- Unfortunately, the Kentucky Standard editorial board responded to the defeat of Kentucky House Bill 175 (the so-called “sports wagering” bill)...

3/27/2019

article Kentucky Postpones Online Poker, Sports Betting Bill to 2020
(Kentucky) -- A month ago, there was optimism among Kentucky-based gamblers that state was slowing headed towards an expanded gambling industry that would involve the...

3/25/2019

article Wait for legal wagering continues in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- With the 2019 legislative session nearly over, Kentucky House Bill 175, which would permit legal sports wagering in Kentucky, appears to be dead, despite...

3/21/2019

article Kentucky Online Poker Bill Back In The Barn Until Next Year
(Kentucky) -- One thing is certain about Kentucky politics. No matter how much support a bill seems to have on any given day, that can quickly change. Case in point,...

3/18/2019

article Thayer: Tax Law Fix on Gambling Winnings a "Heavy Lift"
(Kentucky) -- In a change that never should have occurred in the first place, Kentucky lawmakers eliminated the ability of gamblers to claim losses up to the amount of...

3/14/2019

article Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Out of Time for 2019 General Assembly
(Kentucky) -- An attempt to pass legislation that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky has fallen short for this year, the bill’s primary sponsor said.

3/13/2019

article Notable bills fizzle out in final days of KY legislative session
(Kentucky) -- The final days of the Kentucky legislative session are winding down. That means the chances of passage for bills that haven’t been voted on in either...

3/2/2019

article Ky. Senate committee advances bill to restore gambling loss deduction
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky Senate committee on Friday passed a bill that would restore a provision of the tax code that allows residents to deduct their gambling losses...

2/27/2019

article Religious Groups Line Up Against Kentucky Sports Betting Bill
(Kentucky) -- The race to 60 votes is on. As proponents of a sports betting and online poker proposal in Kentucky work toward reaching the 60 votes in the House that are...

2/26/2019

article 'Unintended' tax on gross gambling winnings will be fixed, Thayer says
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Senate majority leader said Tuesday he expects lawmakers will correct an "unintended consequence" of last year's tax bill that...

2/25/2019

article Ellis Park eyes sports betting future
(Kentucky) -- Everyone knows you can bet on horses at Ellis Park, but what about football, basketball, and baseball? Racing season at Ellis Park is still 4 months away,...

2/21/2019

article Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Passes House Committee, But Odds of Legislative Approval Remain Long
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky sports betting bill passed a state House committee this week with unanimous support, but for the legislation to one day become law, the statute...
article State Lawmakers Place Their Bets On Sports Gambling
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s public employee pension system, $39 billion in the red, is among the worst-funded retirement plans in the country and has vexed lawmakers...

2/20/2019

article Bill to legalize sports betting passes Kentucky House panel, but still faces long odds
(Kentucky) -- A bill to legalize and tax sports betting in Kentucky and devote much of the estimated tens of millions of dollars in revenue to public pensions flew out...
article Sports betting bill advances in Kentucky legislature
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky took the first step to legalizing sports betting on Wednesday as a legislative committee strongly endorsed a bill that one estimate says would...

2/13/2019

article First steps taken to allow sports betting in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- A plan to bring sports betting, online poker and fantasy sports gaming to Kentucky has officially taken its first step. Legislators in Frankfort discussed...

2/12/2019

article Horse industry lobbyists push to legalize sports gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Revenue from sports gambling is something lawmakers have said may be helpful in solving Kentucky’s $43 billion pension crisis.
article Kentucky bill would give racing commission control of sports betting
(Kentucky) -- A new bipartisan bill to allow legal sports betting, online poker and fantasy sports in Kentucky was introduced on Feb. 5 by state representative Adam...
article Sports gambling bill could help fill Kentucky pension shortfall
(Kentucky) -- Revenue from sports gambling is something lawmakers have said may be helpful in solving Kentucky’s $43 billion pension crisis. The shortfall is also...

2/3/2019

article SUNDAY EDITION | Horseshoe Southern Indiana takes hit after Derby City Gaming opens in Louisville
(Kentucky) -- Steven Denny Jr. used to drive from his home in Louisville to Horseshoe Casino in Harrison County, Indiana three or four times a week.

12/23/2018

article Kentucky Appeals Court Sides with PokerStars in $870-Million Gambling Losses Lawsuit
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by a lower court this past Friday, thus stripping the online poker room of liability to pay $871 million in...
article Stars Group Off the Hook for $870 Million as Appeals Court Shoots Down ‘Absurd’ Kentucky Clawback Lawsuit
(Kentucky) -- Shares in PokerStars parent The Stars Group shot up nearly eight percent on Friday after a panel of Kentucky appellate judges called a fine imposed on the...

12/14/2018

article Could legalizing marijuana or casinos solve Kentucky's pension crisis?
(Kentucky) -- A law to help control Kentucky's $43 billion pension debt has been struck down, triggering more discussion on new forms of revenue – such as...

12/13/2018

article Kentucky considers legalized gambling to cover pensions
(Kentucky) -- Depending on who you ask, sports gambling in the U.S. could be worth as much as $150 billion. That’s the figure that most have estimated as being the...
article Churchill Downs Historical Racing Gaming Parlor Fined for Machine Errors
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs opened its Derby City Gaming parlor in Louisville, Kentucky, in September, and each day since then the state has been fining the company $1...

12/10/2018

article Beshear reflects on year as possible pension decision looms
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has been vocal about a number of high-profile issues over the past year, often challenging Governor Matt Bevin...

12/4/2018

article If Pension Bill Struck Down, Ky. Republicans Say They’ll Pass A New One
(Kentucky) -- Republican leaders of the Kentucky legislature say they will consider passing another bill dealing with state workers’ retirement benefits if the...

12/2/2018

article Expanding gaming in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- We recognize there are people who may disagree with this editorial today, so we say up front we respect everyone's opinions. We also want to say that...

11/30/2018

article Kentucky AG urges lawmakers to expand gambling to boost pension funds
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging lawmakers to legalize expanded gambling — such as casinos, sports gaming and eventually online poker...

11/28/2018

article Kentucky AG Calls on Lawmakers to Legalize Casinos, Says Gaming Revenue Can Fix Broken Pension System
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Attorney General and 2019 gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear (D) believes the legalization of commercial casinos can help fund the state’s...

11/27/2018

article POV | Approving gambling would solve a lot of problems for Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Attorney General Andy Beshear, like his father did when he was governor, is asking state lawmakers to approve gaming in Kentucky.

11/26/2018

article Andy Beshear betting casinos can land him the governor’s mansion
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear continues to push to make gambling legal in Kentucky in all its iterations, pulling a page straight from...
article Beshear to lawmakers: Legalize gambling to help fix pension system
(Kentucky) -- Attorney General Andy Beshear sent a letter to state lawmakers asking them to legalize casinos and sports betting as the way raise money to save Kentucky...

11/20/2018

article Commission OKs License For $150M Racetrack In Oak Grove, Creating More Than 400 Jobs
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a joint venture between Churchill Downs and Keeneland at a proposed $150 million racetrack and betting...

11/18/2018

article Commissions OK license for new racetrack
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a joint venture between Churchill Downs and Keeneland at a proposed $150 million racetrack and betting...

11/17/2018

article Commission OKs license for new racetrack
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a joint venture between Churchill Downs and Keeneland at a proposed $150 million racetrack and betting...
article For first time in nearly 25 years, Kentucky is getting new racetrack
(Kentucky) -- Keeneland and Churchill Downs on Friday won the right to jointly build and run a new harness racetrack and gambling parlor in Western Kentucky near Fort...

11/14/2018

article Horse racing veteran Winchell heads group buying Kentucky Downs
(Kentucky) -- Franklin's Kentucky Downs race track, which has experienced explosive growth both in its Historic Horse Racing machines and its live turf racing held...

10/30/2018

article Kentucky commission votes to delay awarding casino-harness track license
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted narrowly after a five-hour meeting on Tuesday to delay awarding a license to one of three applicants for a...

10/26/2018

article 'Instant-racing' machines don't violate state gambling laws, judge says
(Kentucky) -- It’s coming up cherries for Kentucky’s racetracks. Slot-like “instant-racing” machines at Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs, which base...

10/25/2018

article Judge rules instant racing machines don't violate Kentucky state constitution
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky circuit court judge has ruled that gambling devices in operation at four facilities in the state comply with the state’s definition of...
article Kentucky Court Designates Historical Racing Machines as Legal Pari-Mutuel Betting, Not Slots
(Kentucky) -- In a case that has kicked around in the judicial system for nearly eight years, a Kentucky Circuit Court ruled this week that historical horse racing...
article Coalfield casino project lobbying Kentucky legislature in January
(Kentucky) -- There’s more than one gambling casino project proposed for our region. The border of Virginia and Kentucky holds promise for a second casino,...
article Coalfield casino project lobbying Kentucky legislature in January
(Kentucky) -- There’s more than one gambling casino project proposed for our region. The border of Virginia and Kentucky holds promise for a second casino,...

10/15/2018

article Kentucky Sports Betting Hearing Highlights Need For Mobile Wagering, Competitive Tax Rate
(Kentucky) -- The discussion on Kentucky sports betting took a leap forward on Friday, as lawmakers heard testimony from several gaming stakeholders on how to...

10/10/2018

article KY Regulator Considers Three Harness Track Applications
(Kentucky) -- The race dates committee for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will consider bids from three current track owners to take over the Standardbred racing...

9/30/2018

article Sports Group Lobbying Kentucky Lawmakers for 'Integrity Fee' Related to Sports Gambling
(Kentucky) -- The nation’s largest professional sports organizations are registering in Kentucky for the first time following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision...

9/19/2018

article Kentucky commission posts notice on racetrack licenses
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday posted a notice on its website stating that it was accepting applications for “new and renewal...

9/11/2018

article Kentucky Could Be the Next State to Legalize Sports Betting
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby horse race, could be the next state to legalize sports betting in 2019 if a prominent lawmaker's prediction comes...
article Kentucky Legislature Preparing to Regulate Sports Betting, Governor’s Stance Still a Mystery
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky State Senator is optimistic that the state legislature will approve legalized sports gambling during the upcoming 2019 legislative session, and...

9/9/2018

article Racing! Why Kentucky Downs has big purses
(Kentucky) -- Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we congratulate longshot winner of the E.B. Johnston, 80-1 shot Shades of...

9/8/2018

article Legislation allowing Kentucky racetracks to offer sports betting coming soon
(Kentucky) -- Legislation permitting Kentucky racetracks to offer sports betting will most likely be introduced during the legislature’s 30-day session in 2019....

9/5/2018

article Sports Orgs Get In Formation Ahead Of Kentucky Betting Bill
(Kentucky) -- The NBA, NFL, and the PGA are among the major professional sports organizations signing up to lobby the Kentucky General Assembly in 2019. Representatives...

9/4/2018

article Pro-Sports Lobbyists Head to Kentucky for Sports Betting Bill Push
(Kentucky) -- Two squads of pro-sports lobbyists have registered in Kentucky, signaling an attempt to influence whether lawmakers put an integrity fee into sports...

8/27/2018

article Kentucky ‘Working Group’ Reaches Sports Betting Consensus: Tax on Net Revenue, No Integrity Fee
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s working group on sports betting appears to have come to at least two decisions regarding sports betting in the state – taxes will be...
article The Future Of Kentucky Sports Betting Legislation Is Underway
(Kentucky) -- A group of state lawmakers is close to finalizing a Kentucky sports betting bill it plans to pre-file prior to the start of next year’s legislative...

8/22/2018

article Study: Climate May Be Right for Sports Betting in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Is the timing finally right for sports betting in Kentucky? According to a study by the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, it may well be. At Wednesday...

8/20/2018

article Judges need old-fashioned horse sense to resolve gambling dispute
(Kentucky) -- There’s no mistaking a race horse. They’re big, long-legged creatures with smooth coats, flowing manes, and they make a unique neighing sound....

8/13/2018

article Sports Betting Could Soon be Coming to Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- WAVE reported Sunday that a bipartisan group of lawmakers were working on legislation that would bring sports betting to the state of Kentucky following a...

8/11/2018

article Legalized sports betting has good chance in Kentucky, lawmaker says
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Sen. Morgan McGarvey said a bipartisan group of legislators is working on a bill to legalize sports gambling in the state, and predicted that the...

8/8/2018

article Pathway Opens to Legal Kentucky Sports Betting As ‘Working Group’ Convenes
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s sports betting working group isn’t working in a vacuum. During its first meeting on Monday, the nine-member panel took time to...
article Legalized sports betting has good chance in Kentucky, lawmaker says
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Sen. Morgan McGarvey said a bipartisan group of legislators is working on a bill to legalize sports gambling in the state, and predicted that the...

7/17/2018

article Saratoga Casino nearing purchase of Kentucky race track
(Kentucky) -- Saratoga Casino and Hospitality Group is nearing a purchase of Ellis Park, a thoroughbred race track and simulcast parlor in Henderson, Ky. According to a...

7/16/2018

article Beshear touts gambling as pension solution in meeting with retirees
(Kentucky) -- Andy Beshear is continuing to tout gambling as the solution to the gaping hole in Kentucky’s public pension funding. At a meeting in Frankfort on...

7/11/2018

article Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Andy Beshear Makes it Clear, He Wants Casinos in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear (D) announced he’s running for the state’s highest office this week, but the attorney general is...

7/10/2018

article Kentucky gubernatorial candidate in favor of allowing casinos in state
(Kentucky) -- A gubernatorial candidate in Kentucky has come out in support of casino gambling in the state, resurrecting an old issue that has never gained full...

6/27/2018

article Kentucky lawmakers to consider sports betting legislation in September
(Mississippi) -- A proposed legislation has reportedly been filed in Kentucky that could see the southern state introduce legalized sportsbetting at horse racing venues...

6/25/2018

article Former casino moving up Ohio River
(Kentucky) -- If you're a river watcher, you'll likely see a strange sight later this week. A barge that resembles a small town is traveling up the Ohio River...

6/19/2018

article Kentucky Lawmakers Form Panel To Write Sports Betting Bill
(Kentucky) -- A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers is writing a bill to legalize and regulate sports betting in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month...
article Kentucky Lawmakers Form Sports Betting Panel, Project Substantial Tax Revenue Benefit
(Kentucky) -- A group of Kentucky lawmakers are ready to bet on sports gambling to grow state revenues. State Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) announced this week on ESPN...

6/18/2018

article Bill would permit sports gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- A bi-partisan group of Kentucky lawmakers wants to make sure Kentucky isn’t left behind in a rush to legalize sports betting after a Supreme Court...
article Despite No Casinos, Kentucky Looks At Legalizing Sports Betting
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky is in the minority of states with regards to not having a casino, but that isn’t stopping local lawmakers from moving to legalize sports...
article Kentucky General Assembly Forms Panel To Draft Sports Betting Legislation
(Kentucky) -- Members from both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as from both chambers of Kentucky's General Assembly, have come together to form a...

6/17/2018

article Proposed legislation would legalize sports gambling in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Another attempt to legalize sports gambling in Kentucky could go before lawmakers. This week, Democrat Julian Carroll filed legislation that would allow...

6/16/2018

article Stagnant horse racing betting court ruling helps the sport
(Kentucky) -- Horse racing has been struggling for years to regain a strong footing on the national sports landscape, and owners hope to use betting on other sports to...

5/20/2018

article Gambling expansion vote not expected anytime soon
(Kentucky) -- While Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for states to legalize betting on college and professional sports, Kentucky legislators have...
article Kentucky’s Calipari sounds unconcerned about legal gambling
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky coach John Calipari’s reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing individual states to allow legal gambling on sports events? A...

5/18/2018

article Churchill Downs Inc. taking ‘patient approach' to sports betting in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. is taking a “patient approach” to the possible legalization of sports wagering in Kentucky, but it expects to add high-...

5/15/2018

article Kentucky lawmaker already working on sports gambling legislation
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky may have not been prepared for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that struck down a prohibition on state sports gambling, but it didn’t...

5/5/2018

article It is raining at the Kentucky Derby and people have started betting a lot of money on one horse
(Kentucky) -- One horse in the Kentucky Derby already made a surprising move on race day at Churchill Downs, hours before the race was set to begin. In the 24 hours...
article Justify Wins Kentucky Derby, Conquering Rain, Mud and a 136-Year Curse
(Kentucky) -- Since 1882, when the Standard Oil Trust was formed, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and the electrical age began with the flip of a switch that lit up one...
article Kentucky Derby disqualified its winner for first time 50 years ago
(Kentucky) -- In 1968, a drug test led officials to controversially disqualify Kentucky Derby winner Dancer's Image.

5/3/2018

article Kentucky Derby a reminder of horse racing's 'casino connection'
(Indiana) -- Saturday’s running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs serves as a reminder of how close the very different worlds of casino entertainment and...

4/30/2018

article Here's why it's harder to win big betting Kentucky Derby
(Kentucky) -- For people who bet horses regularly, slogging through the charts and past performances to find every money-making angle in races big and small, cracking...
article These Stories Of Horse Racing Gamblers Will Get You Psyched For The Kentucky Derby
(Kentucky) -- Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics. The Kentucky...

4/28/2018

article Gambling, Drug Charges Follow Raid On Russell Co. Billiards Hall
(Kentucky) -- A raid Friday on a billiards hall resulted in the arrest of five people in what police said is an ongoing investigation into complaints about gambling and...

4/20/2018

article Churchill Downs adds casino exec. to oversee new venture
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs has hired a casino executive to run its new facility that will offer machines allowing people to gamble on past horse races.

3/3/2018

article Churchill Downs acquires Presque Isle and Lady Luck casinos
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI), in a move believed to be part of an overall strategy to gain a foothold in sports wagering, should the U.S. Supreme Court...

2/13/2018

article Ky gambling to save the state pension
(Kentucky) -- If enticement is inherent to gambling, then the lure of easy fixes to complex state problems is the curse of legislators. Such is the case with the latest...

2/12/2018

article Kentucky Business Community Lobbies For Casino Gaming
(Kentucky) -- Some of Kentucky’s most influential business leaders are calling on lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment allowing voters to decide whether...

2/4/2018

article Will legislature go for sports betting?
(Kentucky) -- Stateline, an in-depth journalism website, reported last week that "lawmakers across the country are moving quickly to legalize sports betting,...
article Casino gaming: One potential solution to Kentucky's pension crisis
(Kentucky) -- State Senator Morgan McGarvey described Kentucky's budget shortfall in a few short words: "This budget is dire. "

2/3/2018

article Kentucky Lawmakers Push for Casinos, Ask Gamblers to Keep Money at Home to Pay State Pensions
(Kentucky) -- Build casinos right at home in Kentucky: that’s the consensus of Bluegrass State lawmakers who wants to bring back gambling dollars they see...

2/1/2018

article Bill would allow casino gaming in Kentucky, fund pensions if approved
(Kentucky) -- Supporters of casino gambling in Kentucky believe a new push to legalize it could be the answer to the state's pension crisis. House Bill 229 would...

1/22/2018

article Bill would use casino gaming to fund pensions
(Kentucky) -- A Louisville lawmaker is among three Republicans pushing for a new casino gambling bill that would solely fund the state’s pension system....
article State Senate Leader Credits Historical Racing For Playing a Role in Record Purse Level
(Kentucky) -- A leader in the Kentucky senate believes electronic gambling machines focusing on previously run horse races are partly responsible for record purses at...

1/5/2018

article Will Kentucky Horse Racing Make Room For Casinos?
(Kentucky) -- The calendar has barely flipped to 2018. Yet there is already an effort afoot to expand gambling in Kentucky. Legislation introduced on Jan. 2 would...

12/30/2017

article From coal to craps: Supporters push for casino in historic Eastern Kentucky town
(Kentucky) -- There are a lot of ideas on the drawing board or in the works to help diversify the economy of Eastern Kentucky in the wake of a crash in coal jobs,...

12/26/2017

article Cash-strapped Kentucky takes another look at legalizing casinos
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky lawmakers are studying proposals to amend their constitution in a bid to accommodate four casinos across the Bluegrass State. Cash-strapped...

12/25/2017

article Casino bill pre-filed in Kentucky for 2018
(Kentucky) -- Efforts to see casino gaming brought to the state of Kentucky will be revived next year as one Senator has already pre-filed a new casino bill. Lawmaker...

12/22/2017

article From coal to craps. Supporters push for casino in historic Eastern Kentucky town.
(Kentucky) -- There are a lot of ideas on the drawing board or in the works to help diversify the economy of Eastern Kentucky in the wake of a crash in coal jobs,...
article Land work begins at proposed horse track
(Kentucky) -- With the paperwork completed, the site work has now begun on the 145 acres of property off the Corbin bypass that will be the home of Keeneland’s $50...

12/21/2017

article Kentucky could get casinos, higher minimum wage, new tax on hybrid cars if Legislature OKs new bills
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky residents who drive hybrid or electric cars might soon have to pay an extra fee annually if the Kentucky Legislature approves a proposed bill in...

12/20/2017

article Churchill Downs to build $60 million historical racing facility
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs is getting into the business of historical race wagering in a big way. A $60 million facility to be called “Derby City Gaming”...
article Now we know the name of Churchill Downs' new gaming facility in Louisville
(Kentucky) -- At a groundbreaking event this morning, Churchill Downs Inc. unveiled the name of its new gaming facility on Poplar Level Road. The $60 million historical...

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...

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