Dayton approves expanded gambling at Indian casinos and horse tracks

The legislation will allow more card tables at Minnesota's two horse tracks and boost the betting limits. The deal also gives Minnesota's tribal casinos access to simulcast horse racing. The amendments are effective immediately.
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The legislation will allow more card tables at Minnesota's two horse tracks and boost the betting limits. The deal also gives Minnesota's tribal casinos access to simulcast horse racing. The amendments are effective immediately.

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Senate approves bill expanding gambling at horse tracks, casinos

The measure would allow race tracks to add more tables and higher stakes for card games such as blackjack and poker. Tribal-owned casinos would be allowed to simulcast horse races and take bets on them. It was a rare case of the tribes and racing industry both endorsing a bill.

Expanded gambling bill heads to Gov. Mark Dayton

House lawmakers gave the legislation final-approve Monday. If the measure is signed into law, it would allow more card tables at Canterbury Park and higher betting limits. It would also give tribal casinos access to simulcast horse racing. Dayton says he needs time to study the bill before making a decision.

Lack of gambling inspections at Minnesota's Indian casinos

The largest casinos in the state are operating with little to no government oversight. The Star Tribune reports it has been at least four years since slot machines were inspected at Mystic Lake Casino in Shakopee, Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs. The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division of the DPS told the paper budget constraints have reduced the number of inspections by its three full-time agents. The executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association says all casinos in the state are also regulated by the tribal governments.

Commission approves deal between race track and casino

The bargain calls for the tribe that operates neighboring Mystic Lake casino to pay Canterbury Park $75 million over 10 years. In return for that cash infusion to boost its purses, the Shakopee track will give up its long-running push for slot machines. The Running Aces harness racing track is not part of the deal and argued against it.

House committee approves bill to expand gambling

The proposal would allow electronic pull tabs, electronic bingo and sports-themed tip boards. The bill was originally meant to fund a new home for the Vikings, but the bill's author, Republican Rep. John Kriesel, separated the issue from the stadium, saying he was worried the stadium controversy would sink the gambling expansion.

Mystic Lake Derby debuts at Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park offered its richest purse ever for a single race at the track on Saturday. The $161,000 Mystic Lake Derby was the first significant event since the horse track partnered with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Last month, the owners of Mystic Lake Casino agreed to pay $75 million over the next decade to boost racing purses at Canterbury Park. In exchange, the racetrack will drop its longstanding push to add slot machines. Hammers Terror won the inaugural race, with jockey Lori Keith in the saddle.

Horse track sets 2012 average attendance record

The average attendance for the 62-day live racing season at the Shakopee racetrack was 6,595 -- a new record at Canterbury Park, the Shakopee Patch writes. That's up 7.3 percent compared to last summer -- which was 6 days shorter because of the state government shutdown. The amount of money wagered was also up 25 percent this year.

Will Minnesota lawmakers go after gambling revenue?

Minnesota's 18 Indian casinos bring in an estimated $15 billion a year. Part of this revenue could help finance a new Vikings stadium, but it's still unclear if the Governor and GOP leaders will consider expanding casino gambling to an off-reservation site. The Star Tribune reports tribal leaders and a battalion of lobbyists are preparing for a potentially fierce battle at the State Capitol.