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Gambling Definitions Could Affect Horse Racing Tracks

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Race horse Only Win walks around Hoosier Park after a win.

The wording of a definition in Indiana‘s gambling regulations is playing a key role in the debate over whether to allow full-fledged casinos at horse-racing tracks.

Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand already have blackjack and roulette, even though the law grants them only slot machines. What they have are electronic versions, with a video dealer announcing winners.

“In many states, those type of units had grown out of slot-machine-type units and were considered a slot machine, as they are in several other states,” says Centaur Gaming president Jim Brown. “Most of those states now have changed to live table games.”

Brown argues since the games already exist, live versions would not expand gambling. Governor Mike Pence and House and Senate leaders have disagreed.

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