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Ky gambling to save the state pension

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 proposal to amend the Kentucky Constitution to legalize casinos.

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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...
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...

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