Court Rules Kentucky Downs Can Run Slot Machines

It seems many are allowing the acceptance of slots as we just released the news that Florida will allow slot machines and now at Kentucky Downs.

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A conservative anti gambling group has had its demand for Kentucky Downs to remove gambling devices from the racetracks turned down by a Kentucky court. The Appeals Court denied the Family Foundation’s injunction, which was filed in September. The group said that Kentucky

Downs was acting in an unconstitutional manner by allowing wagers to be made through gambling devices using previously run races in order to generate rewards. Kentucky’s gambling rules state that all forms of gambling, except the lottery and horse racing, is illegal.

The court stated that “it cannot agree that the injury is irreparable or one that could not be rectified through the current litigation.”

Kentucky Downs is the only horse track in the state that has applied for a license to run these devices, although others have considered following suit. This Instant Racing form of entertainment has proven to be very popular among visitors to Kentucky Downs.

Last year, the Franklin Circuit Court ruled that betting on “historical races” was legal and pari-mutuel, and that Kentucky racetracks were allowed to offer this type of wagering, ahead of regulatory approval.

A spokesman for the Family Foundation said: “They were ruling on a very narrow request, as to whether there was irreparable harm. It does seem to us that if slot machines harm people, and instant racing games are slot machines, and people are using them now, then they are harming people now.”

The spokesman said that nobody involved in the litigation had actually come down to look at an instant racing machine, and that he believed that the ruling would have been different if they had.

The President of Kentucky Downs, Corey Johnson, was pleased with the ruling. “I’m more convinced today than ever that not only is this legal, but this is really important for the commonwealth of Kentucky and the horse industry,” he said. “When I said we would generate millions of dollars for the state and the horse industry, I’m confident we can do that in 2012.”

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