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California Allows Video Gambling At Tracks

Monday, 26th June 2006

Meanwhile the California racing industry has "proposed legislation that would allow racetracks in the state to install nearly 13,000 video gambling machines," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Because the machines "mimic betting on historical races, they are not explicitly prohibited under state law". Currently Las Vegas-style slot machines "are only legal in California on Indian reservations", but Hollywood Park & Bay Meadows Race Course senior vice president Rick Baedeker told The Los Angeles Times: "We think we have found a potential solution to our problems." The Bill would allow up to 1,850 machines at 7 tracks (including Santa Anita Park, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows & Fairplex Park) with "30% of the machines' revenue earmarked for purses".

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