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Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Allowing Poker at State's Horse Tracks, Simulcast Betting at Indian Casinos

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill on Friday, May 4, authorizing the expansion of poker rooms at the state's two horse racing tracks and allowing Indian casinos to offer simulcast betting, reported

The legislation cools a long-running dispute between the state's two racetracks, Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Park, and Indian casinos, which have ardently protested the tracks' push to become racinos.

In return, Indian casinos will now have the opportunity to offer simulcast betting on horse racing and other off-track betting operations.

The new bill permits the racetracks to expand their poker rooms from 50 to 80 tables and provides them unlimited tables for poker tournaments. Furthermore, the racetracks can increase their betting limits from $60 to $100. Players at table games will now play against the house rather than each other in “non-bank” games.

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On April 28, the bill passed the Senate by a 44-18 vote, and on May 1, the bill passed the House by a 97-34 margin.

According to the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, the proposal resulted from a deal between Canterubry Park and nearby Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.