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Card clubs, simulcasting can expand (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Erin Schmidtke
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Purses should be enhanced at Minnesota’s horse racing tracks thanks to a new law that changes statutes governing the state’s existing card clubs and allows simulcasting at tribal casinos.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan), the law, in part, authorizes Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Park to increase the number of tables in their card rooms from 50 to 80 and increase the poker bet limit from $60 to $100. It also establishes limits on the number of poker tournaments the tracks can conduct; limits on the number of tables used in poker tournaments; and will allow banked and unbanked games at the establishments.

The law, effective Aug. 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted, also establishes a framework for the possible implementation of pari-mutuel simulcasting at the state’s tribal casinos of horse races conducted at the tracks.

The law also removes statutory restrictions on the concentrations of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs administered to horses, instead allowing the Minnesota Racing Commission to set those standards. This section is effective May 5, 2012.

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