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Indiana casinos win few gains from Legislature

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The Indiana Legislature turned down most of the proposals meant to boost the state's casinos as they face greater competition from neighboring states.

The compromise that received final approval from the Senate early Saturday won't allow live table games such as blackjack and roulette at the horse track casinos near Indianapolis, where only electronic versions of those games are now allowed. It also won't permit the 10 riverboat casinos to build new inland facilities nearby.

Republican Sen. Phil Boots of Crawfordsville had sought those provisions and said he was disappointed he couldn't get an agreement from House Republicans who regarded them as a gambling expansion.

The bill does give some tax breaks by allowing the casinos to deduct up to $5 million a year in free gambling given in promotions.

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  • Legislators are idiots.
    We can't ban smoking at casinos because that would reduce the customer base and tax revenues and now we can't let the racinos have live dealers??? You guys are idiots. The new Cincy casino is "smoke-free" and is jammed full of smokers and non-smokers. Live dealers would give a boost to the racinos here in INDIANA, why not allow it??
  • Indiana's loss
    I guess I'll continue going to Cinci and St Louis

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