North Dakota’s plans to expand gambling by creating up to six state-owned gambling enterprises have actually been grabbing the headlines into the regional news, due to the probable impact on tribal and charitable video gaming operators.
‘Instant racing’ uses principles of parimutuel betting, but has faced appropriate challenges in the number of states where it’s been introduced as being, in reality, a glorified slot device.
However now an under-the-radar bill, spotted by regional radio host Mike McFeeley this week, poses a second danger towards the 300-odd charitable gambling locations in bars and clubs throughout the state.
Senate Bill 2221 would authorize ‘historic racing’ or ‘instant racing’ machines at as much as ten locations in the Peace Garden State. These machines allow gamblers to place bets on races that have already been run.
Video of races from around the global world are stored, and a race is played at random once bets have been placed. The names associated with horses and dates and locations associated with the races, are, of course, hidden from the bettor.
Slot or perhaps Not?
Basically, the devices are made to simulate a day at the races for the happy-go-lucky bettor, but there is also another, less obvious cause for their presence. Because these events are classed as parimutuel betting, with multiple players causing a pool, they are not defined as ‘slots,’