Category Archives: Instant Racing Machines

Graphic Presentation or video: does it matter?

The Franklin Circuit judge ruled that a graphic representation is as good as a video and does not affect the issue before his court which is whether the gambling is pari-mutuel. In one small concession to The Family Foundation, Judge …

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Nebraska attorney general on instant racing machines

Attached is a copy of the Nebraska attorney general’s opinion regarding  a bill that discusses whether or not instant racing machines are legal under the Nebraska constitution. In the end, the attorney general, Jon Bruning, concludes that, “LB 1102’s attempt …

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Maryland attorney general comes out against instant racing machines

Below is a copy of the opinion of Douglas Gansler, the attorney general for the state of Maryland, wherein he explains that he does not believe instant racing machines are legal, due to the fact that they do not use …

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Video: Watch an instant racing machine in action

Many of the gambling interests have argued that instant racing machines are similar to betting on a live horse race and that they should be allowed in states where slot machines are not because they are different than slot machines. …

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Proposal to withdraw rules for the installation of instant racing machines

This attached letter is a proposal sent to the executive director of the Texas Racing Commission, Chuck Trout, asking him to withdraw proposals for the installation of instant, or historical, racing machines. The author argues that these machines are no …

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A summary of the instant racing debate

New to the issue of instant racing machines? Read this terrific summary that details state-by-state the major debates going on around the country regarding these machines. It also gives a synopsis of what instant racing is and draws the conclusion …

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What’s it like to play an instant racing machine?

Attached is a first-hand account from Debbie Blank and Pat Loonjer, both of Nebraska and both members of Stop Predatory Gambling, regarding what it’s like to play an instant racing machine- a growing trend at race tracks across the country. …

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How gambling interests describe instant racing machines

Below is a screenshot of how gambling interests describe instant racing machines. Even though anyone can see that these machines are little more than an extension of slot machines, gambling interests continue to describe them as “pari-mutuel betting”.

Instant Racing Machines: Coming soon to Texas?

This article from the Dallas Observer explains why Instant Racing Machines may soon be coming to Texas. These machines have already come to Arkansas and Kentucky, though a major court case is underway in Kentucky challenging them, and Texas may be …

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Information on instant racing machines

Below is a memo that outlines the case against instant racing machines. This is a great read to become more educated on the topic of instant racing machines, how they work, and how the are different from conventional horse-race betting. …

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KY Supreme Court rules in Instant Racing case

In a unanimous opinion, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the legal authority to regulate wagers on previously run horse races presented on electronic gambling machines, called “instant racing machines” — but that …

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