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Expanded Gaming, Not Slots In MN?

Published: May 1, 2012 2:02 pm ET

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It has been reported that on Monday, April 30, legislation which calls for expanded table gaming at Minnesota's Running Aces Harness Park and Canterbury Park easily survived a House vote and is now on the desk of Governor Mark Dayton for approval.

There has been a hard and prolonged push for full-blown racino gaming at the state's racetracks, but, according to a report by, a recent deal reached between the raceways and Indian-run casinos could make an increase in table gaming at the tracks become a reality.

The article states that the legislation outlines that the two tracks would be able to increase the amount of gaming tables from 50 to 80; be able to increase the amount bet from $60 to $100, and would also allow the raceways to offer blackjack gaming. The Indian-run casinos would be allowed to simulcast racing from the tracks at their facilities.

“I think this is something we can do to help the horse industry,” Rep. Paul Anderson was quoted as saying.

A spokeswoman for Mark Dayton was cited as saying the Governor will need time to make a decision regarding whether or not to sign the bill.

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