Richmond, Va., voters decisively reject casino in second referendum

BY: - November 8, 2023

The second time was not the charm for developers’ dreams of building a casino in Richmond, Virginia. City voters appeared to have decisively rejected the idea in a referendum Tuesday, with more than 60% of votes cast opposing the measure at the time the Richmond Grand Resort & Casino’s backers declared defeat. Two hours after […]

Richmond, Va., casino promoters make racially inflammatory remarks on local radio 

BY: and - November 6, 2023

Radio entrepreneur Cathy Hughes may have upended her push to build a casino in Richmond by letting her opinions fly on the radio. Just days before Richmonders head to the polls to vote a second time on a proposed casino partly owned by Urban One, the media company Hughes founded, casino opponents published a series […]

Online sports betting begins in Kentucky

BY: - September 28, 2023

Kentucky sports fans began placing online bets with mobile phones Thursday morning.  As part of the state’s rollout for legalizing sports betting, mobile applications were approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in recent weeks. Users could also pre-register for accounts before Thursday in preparation to make wagers.  Earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear […]

Kentucky politicians place their bets as in-person sports gambling opens

BY: - September 7, 2023

LOUISVILLE — In-person sports betting opened to Kentuckians Thursday morning and some of the state’s top politicians celebrated by placing bets — Gov. Andy Beshear at Churchill Downs and Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer at the Red Mile.  Democrat Beshear bet on the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville football teams and against […]

Kentuckians pre-register for online sports betting with approved apps

BY: - August 28, 2023

Kentuckians began pre-registering for online sports wagering apps Monday as part of the state’s timeline for implementing online sports betting.  Approved mobile apps could start pre-registering accounts as early as 6 a.m. The apps can begin taking wagers on Thursday, Sept. 28. In-person sports betting begins in the state next week.  Earlier this year, the […]

Kentucky Supreme Court appears skeptical of ‘random’ change of venue law

BY: - August 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — Several Kentucky Supreme Court justices appeared to be skeptical of a new law that allows cases challenging the constitutionality of state laws and decisions to be randomly moved to any of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The state’s highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of Senate Bill 126, which went into effect […]

Sports betting will begin in Kentucky Sept. 7, mobile betting on Sept. 28

BY: - July 10, 2023

LEXINGTON — Gamblers can begin casting legal sports bets at racetrack-related locations across Kentucky on Sept. 7 and through mobile apps on Sept. 28, under emergency regulations signed yesterday by Gov. Andy Beshear at the Red Mile. The legislature earlier this year made Kentucky the 37th state to legalize sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court […]

Bipartisanship abounds as Beshear signs bills legalizing medical marijuana and sports betting

BY: - March 31, 2023

FRANKFORT — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear called Friday an “amazing” day as he signed two pieces of legislation — legalizing medical marijuana and sports betting — that were passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.  With legislative sponsors and advocates gathered around him in the Capitol Rotunda, Beshear signed Senate Bill 47 and House Bill 551. […]

Sports gambling makes it across the finish line

BY: - March 30, 2023

FRANKFORT — A bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky overcame a hurdle that’s stopped it in the past with the Kentucky Senate approving the measurel in the final hours of this year’s legislative session.  The bill has full passage from the GOP-controlled Kentucky legislature and would just need to be signed by Democratic Gov. […]

‘Gray machines’ ban receives final passage in Kentucky Senate

BY: - March 14, 2023

FRANKFORT — Legislation that would ban so-called “gray machines” in Kentucky received final passage Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Kentucky Senate and heads to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk.  House Bill 594, sponsored by Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Nicholasville, saw much less resistance among Republicans than when it was approved by the House last week, passing the upper […]

‘Gray machines’ ban, sports betting legalization advance in Kentucky House

BY: - March 9, 2023

FRANKFORT  — Two gambling-related bills — one to legalize betting on sports contests and another to ban so-called ‘gray machines’ — advanced in the Kentucky legislature Wednesday.  House Bill 551, sponsored by Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, would legalize sports gambling in Kentucky and advanced out of the House Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee.  “I’m […]