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KY Regulator Considers Three Harness Track Applications

The race dates committee for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will consider bids from three current track owners to take over the Standardbred racing license abandoned by Thunder Ridge and launch a new harness track in the Oak Grove area.

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2/21/2020

article Opinion: With sports betting bill, lawmakers are thumbing their noses at our constitution
(Kentucky) -- Sports wagering legislation now being considered by state lawmakers (House Bill 137) is only the most recent attempt to expand gambling in Kentucky. The...

2/9/2020

article Sports betting bill stumbles from starting gate in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the...

2/8/2020

article Sports betting bill far from done deal as both sides weigh in
(Kentucky) -- Not everybody is lined up in support of the expanded sports wagering bill that continues to sit in the Kentucky House. The Kentucky Baptist Convention and...

2/7/2020

article Sports betting bill stumbles from starting gate in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the...

2/6/2020

article Governor Beshear joins diverse group calling for legal sports wagering
(Kentucky) -- Gov. Andy Beshear joined a diverse coalition of groups Thursday to call for the passage of a sports wagering bill.Some of those groups have not always seen...
article Kentucky Gov. Beshear Calls on Lawmakers to Pass Sports Betting Bill
(Kentucky) -- Flanked by lawmakers, business leaders, and other proponents of sports betting, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear called on the General Assembly Thursday to pass...
article Kentucky’s sports betting bill is stalled in the House of Representatives. How come?
(Kentucky) -- By all measures, a bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky sailed through the early part of the 2020 legislative session. There was little debate over...
article Ky. governor, lawmakers, business and education leaders push sports betting bill
(Kentucky) -- Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has teamed up with a Republican lawmaker to push for a bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky. Beshear and Rep. Adam...
article Report: Sports Betting Bill 'Stalled' In Kentucky House
(Kentucky) -- The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that sports betting legislation in Kentucky seems to be stalled in the state's House of Representatives. It appears...

2/3/2020

article ‘Rumors’ of Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Demise are Exaggerated, Rep. Koenig Says
(Kentucky) -- It’s been more than two weeks since a bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky unanimously cleared a state House committee. However, the bill has...

1/30/2020

article Governor Beshear: Part of budget plan to be funded by sports wagering
(Kentucky) -- Governor Andy Beshear said a small part of the revenue in the budget he proposed Tuesday night would be funded by sports gaming.
article Ky. governor asks lawmakers to embrace expanded casino gambling in budget address
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's first proposed budget as governor focuses on education. Some of the governor's proposals include a $2,000 raise...

1/22/2020

article Kentucky Online Poker Bill Crosses First Hurdle In Frankfort
(Kentucky) -- As expected, the Kentucky legislature was quick to get the ball rolling on online poker this year. State Rep. Adam Koenig formally introduced HB 137 on Jan...

1/20/2020

article Kentucky Sports Betting: Ex-NASCAR Star Michael Waltrip Lends Support for Bill, Keeneland and Red Mile Likely to Partner for License
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky native and former professional athlete has lent his voice to the cause of legalizing sports betting in The Bluegrass State. Former NASCAR driver...

1/19/2020

article GRAY: Baptist leader explains opposition to sports betting
(Kentucky) -- In his first State of the Commonwealth address presented Tuesday night, Gov. Andy Beshear called on legislators to do more to serve “Team Kentucky....

1/15/2020

article Bill that allows betting on University of Kentucky sports advances in legislature
(Kentucky) -- A bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky was amended Wednesday to allow betting on the sports teams of in-state public universities, opening the door...
article Sports Betting Bill Advances In Kentucky Legislature
(Kentucky) -- A legislative committee has unanimously approved a bill that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky, sending it to be considered by the state House of...
article Sports betting bill unanimously passes through KY House Committee
(Kentucky) -- The idea of sports wagering in Kentucky took a big step Wednesday. House Bill 137, which would make sports betting legal in the state, passed the House...
article Sports wagering in Kentucky: Unintended consequences
(Kentucky) -- In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday night, Gov. Andy Beshear called on legislators to do more to serve “Team Kentucky.”...

1/14/2020

article Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Hails Sports Betting Bill, Wants Casinos for Additional Education Funding
(Kentucky) -- On the night before Kentucky’s sports betting bill gets its first hearing in the General Assembly, Gov. Andy Beshear told lawmakers he supports state...

1/10/2020

article Cothran: A gambling ‘expert’ gave pro-gambling legislators exactly what they wanted for Christmas
(Kentucky) -- The week before Christmas, Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations decided to give itself a present. Committee members,...

1/6/2020

article Five things to watch as another Kentucky legislative session begins in Frankfort
(Kentucky) -- Divided government returns to Frankfort Tuesday. When the Republican-led General Assembly convenes at noon Tuesday in Kentucky’s Capitol, they’...

1/4/2020

article Will Expanded Gaming Gain Traction In Kentucky?
(Kentucky) -- Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s platform on expanded gaming has support from some lawmakers this coming legislative session, but efforts to...

12/19/2019

article Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Could See Action Fast, But It’s Not Perfect
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky sports betting will get another chance next year after Rep. Adam Koenig prefiled a bill similar to this year’s attempt. Along with sports...

12/13/2019

article Should Kentucky legalize online betting?
(Kentucky) -- Online betting and the entire gambling industry has been one of the most controversial sectors around the globe. Many countries and states have been...

12/10/2019

article As a New Governor Takes Office, Kentucky Pensions Still on the Brink
(Kentucky) -- In April 2018, thousands of Kentucky teachers descended on the state’s capital to protest looming changes to their pensions: changes championed by...

12/7/2019

article Kentucky Online Poker Sponsor To Take Another Bite At The Apple In 2020
(Kentucky) -- When 2019 began, Kentucky looked like it was on track to become the fifth state to legalize online poker — after Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and...

12/5/2019

article Could a change in Frankfort mean a casino and resort in Eastern Kentucky? Developers hope so.
(Kentucky) -- In 2016 developers began pushing for a resort and casino in Letcher County. Those who have been working on the Raven Rock Resort say they have hit barries...

12/4/2019

article COLUMN: It’s time to make a good political bet on sports wagering in Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Last week, state Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, wrote an editorial about why the General Assembly should just go ahead and legalize recreational marijuana...

11/23/2019

article Kentucky Sports Betting Will Get Another Shot In 2020 Legislature
(Kentucky) -- A familiar name plans to take another shot at legalizing Kentucky sports betting in 2020. Rep. Adam Koenig expects to introduce another sports betting bill...

11/22/2019

article Kentucky Lawmaker Readies Sports Betting Proposal for 2020
(Kentucky) -- With Kentucky’s recent Governor election putting a Democrat in the state’s top electoral seat, Republican Representative Adam Koenig hopes to...
article Millions worth of improvements made to Kentucky Downs
(Kentucky) -- The new owners of Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky are pouring millions into the casino, hoping to pull some people away from Broadway and to their...

11/21/2019

article Kentucky Sports Betting Will Get Another Shot In 2020 Legislature
(Kentucky) -- A familiar name plans to take another shot at legalize Kentucky sports betting in 2020. Rep. Adam Koenig expects to introduce another sports betting bill...

11/15/2019

article Kentucky Sports Betting Proponent Moving Forward With Bill for 2020 General Assembly Session
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky General Assembly will take up sports betting again in 2020 as the lawmaker who sponsored the bill told Casino.org he will refile his proposal...
article Renewed sports wagering push coming to Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- Sports wagering will again receive consideration in the Kentucky legislature next year, and one legislator is more optimistic of its passage in 2020, our...

11/13/2019

article Republican state legislator plans to file sports wagering bill
(Kentucky) -- Neighboring states appear to be winning big on sports betting, and a state legislator plans to get the ball rolling in Kentucky. Rep. Adam Koenig, R-...

11/6/2019

article Pro-Gambling Attorney General Wins Kentucky Gubernatorial Election
(Kentucky) -- While the incumbent has still yet to concede the election, it appears that Kentucky has elected a pro-gambling governor by a razor-thin margin.

11/5/2019

article OP/ED: Gambling in all the wrong ways
(Kentucky) -- We gamble all the time. When it comes to our politics, some individuals can’t accept, realize or are unwilling to acknowledge they’ve have been...

11/3/2019

article Kentucky governor embraces the Trump playbook in re-election bid
(Kentucky) -- It was a perfectly Trumpian moment for one of America’s most Trumpian governors. Kentucky’s attorney general, Andy Beshear, had just accused...

10/31/2019

article Beshear betting on expanded gaming to fix budget woes
(Kentucky) -- Andy Beshear is betting on expanded gambling to offer a solution to Kentucky’s budget problems. The Democratic candidate for governor has said that...

10/29/2019

article Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidates Spar in Vitriolic Final Debate
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky’s Republican Governor Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear squared off in the pair’s final debate at Northern Kentucky...

10/28/2019

article Bevin, Beshear get heated on expanded gaming in fourth debate at KET
(Kentucky) -- In their fourth debate, Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear met on the set of KET, where no stone was left unturned. The unplanned theme...
article During Debate, Bevin Denies Linking Casino Gambling To Suicide
(Kentucky) -- Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear participated in another televised debate Saturday night ahead of the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election. Bevin...

10/27/2019

article MORON ALERT: Kentucky gov’s race stirs clash over casino suicide claims
(Kentucky) -- Heading into the final days of Kentucky's bitter race for governor, Republican incumbent Matt Bevin has exposed himself to a new attack by denying his...
article Truth matters: Bevin denies linking casinos and suicides; tapes prove otherwise
(Kentucky) -- As Kentucky inches closer to Election Day, the race for the governor’s seat continues to heat up. Governor Matt Bevin and attorney general Andy...

10/26/2019

article At debate, Gov. Matt Bevin denies saying people commit suicide in casinos. He did.
(Kentucky) -- Democratic challenger Andy Beshear backed Republican incumbent Matt Bevin into a corner on linking casinos to suicides during their third gubernatorial...
article During Debate, Bevin Denies Linking Casino Gambling To Suicide
(Kentucky) -- Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear participated in another televised debate Saturday night ahead of the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election. Bevin...

10/22/2019

article "Efforts to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky would die in Senate," GOP lawmakers say
(Kentucky) -- Two top Republican lawmakers have said Thursday that any effort to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky would be “dead on arrival” in the...

10/18/2019

article Beshear wants casinos – but Churchill Downs execs bet on Bevin
(Kentucky) -- Only one of the two main candidates in Kentucky’s race for governor – Democrat Andy Beshear – wants to legalize casino gambling in the...
article Top Republicans pledge to block expanded gambling in KY Senate, undercutting Beshear
(Kentucky) -- The two highest ranking Republicans in the Kentucky Senate said Thursday that any legislation expanding casino gambling in Kentucky will not be heard in...

10/17/2019

article Kentucky Republican leaders call casino gambling proposal 'dead on arrival'
(Kentucky) -- Two powerful Kentucky Republican lawmakers have announced there is "no chance" a casino gambling bill will pass in an upcoming legislative...

10/11/2019

article Kentucky Downs to spend $25 million in renovations
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Downs plans to conduct major renovations to its property over the off-season for the Franklin, Ky., track, with the goal of countering additional...

10/10/2019

article Is Sports Betting Legal in Kentucky? Where Can I Bet On Sports?
(Kentucky) -- If you like horse racing, you are in luck. With iconic Churchill Downs and world-renowned Keeneland, you can bet on anything and everything that goes on at...

10/9/2019

article KHRC unanimously approves CDI request to purchase Turfway Park; details, renderings revealed
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday unanimously approved a Change of Control Request that will allow Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase...

10/4/2019

article Bevin, Beshear bicker over gambling, education at debate
(Kentucky) -- In a hard-hitting debate that exposed their mutual rancor, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear traded swipes Thursday over...

10/3/2019

article Beshear and Bevin wrangle over gambling
(Kentucky) -- Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear bickered over legalizing casino gambling during an hourlong debate in western Kentucky....

9/19/2019

article Beshear releases plan aimed at boosting Kentucky tourism
(Kentucky) -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear on Thursday released a plan aimed at making Kentucky a bigger tourism destination as a way to build economic...

9/17/2019

article Sports Betting A Better Bet In Kentucky in 2020
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky lawmakers haven’t found a way to legalize sports betting since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was struck down by the...

9/16/2019

article Kentucky gubernatorial candidate embraces gambling
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky gubernatorial candidate would definitely embrace gamblingKentucky is one of a shrinking number of U.S. states that still doesn’t have a...

9/14/2019

article Andy Beshear, Kentucky Candidate for Governor, Reveals Plan for Casinos, Sports Betting Across State
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear unveiled his plan Thursday to expand gaming and bring casinos, sports betting, fantasy sports, and...
article Kentucky candidates focus on abortion, gambling
(Kentucky) -- Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear fought to shift the battleground of their bitter campaign Thursday, both turning to...

9/13/2019

article There's a horse racing boom in Kentucky. What's fueling it? Gaming machines
(Kentucky) -- Tyler Baze has followed the money for about 2,000 miles. Formerly a fixture on the California circuit, the veteran jockey has relocated to Kentucky in...

9/12/2019

article Beshear calls for casinos, sports betting to help fund pension system
(Kentucky) -- Democratic candidate for governor and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced his plan for expanded gaming in the Commonwealth in an effort to...
article Kentucky candidates focus on abortion, gambling
(Kentucky) -- Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear fought to shift the battleground of their bitter campaign in Kentucky on Thursday, both...

9/11/2019

article Kentucky could soon see sports betting
(Kentucky) -- Legalized sports betting is not yet inevitable in Kentucky, but it no longer appears impossible. Backers of a bill that would regulate and tax wagering on...

9/6/2019

article Churchill Downs plans racetrack, gaming machines in 'neglected' northern Kentucky market
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. plans to spend up to $200 million building a facility in northern Kentucky that will have live thoroughbred racing, 1,500 slot-like...
article ‘Shocked’ Turfway Park plans to fight Churchill Downs dates takeover
(Kentucky) -- Turfway Park, which is in the middle of changing hands, plans to fight moves by Churchill Downs Inc. to take away the northern Kentucky’s track...

9/5/2019

article Churchill Downs Inc. proposes new track for ‘neglected’ northern Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- The corporate parent of the Kentucky Derby announced Thursday that it wants to build a $200 million racetrack and gambling parlor in northern Kentucky. The...

8/27/2019

article Lawmaker's proposal would allow sports wagering at horse tracks, help fund pension systems
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky lawmaker is proposing a new way to help fund the pension systems of teachers and most state employees: sports betting at horse racing tracks....

8/26/2019

article Governor’s race could determine expanded gaming’s future
(Kentucky) -- Expanded gaming, including legalizing casinos and sports wagering, is likely to come up again during the 2020 General Assembly, but how hard it will be...

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...

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