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Senate approves Instant Racing at Portland Meadows

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Oregon Senate approved a bill that allows the Portland Meadows racetrack to add electronic gambling machines.

Since opening in 1946, the Portland Meadows racetrack has withstood a fire that burned its grandstand to the ground and the massive flood that eliminated Vanport City. But it might not survive the exodus of gamblers who prefer the simplicity of slot machines to the inscrutable numbers inside the Daily Racing Form.

The machines resemble slots and the bets are made on actual races from the past. The old races are on video, but horse names are withheld so bettors can’t know the winner in advance. Gamblers could visit the track site year-round to place bets on the machines.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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