Racing Commission says no to electronic blackjack games

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2012 - 11:02 PM

Running Aces loses bid for high-tech card room tables.

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yathinksoDec. 13, 12 9:03 PM

Decision bought and paid for by????? Indian Gaming

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Flash_GordonDec. 13, 12 9:17 PM

Let's see if I understand this. Canterbury signs a lucrative contract with a tribe which helps to fund its race season but Running Aces gets aced out when they try to expand their purses. I thing that YATHINKSO has got it right!

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mvorceDec. 13, 12 9:53 PM

Complete BS. Electronic Blackjack is not a slot machine. How do they even come to that conclusion? Why because it's a machine or they look similar? Completely different game and Blackjack is already legal at Running Aces, correct? Looks like the commission is definitely bought and paid for.

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lloyd55423Dec. 13, 1210:01 PM

So now I see that the gang that runs the harness racetrack up Northside have voted against electronic blackjack. My old friend Hoppy and I used to barnstorm the rural areas in the 50s and 60s, and sometimes we'd run across a game of chance that was operating without the benefit of state sanction, if you take my meaning. Well, no one was any the wiser over such small time operations, and the same can be true of future ventures, if the powers-that-be play their cards right and grease the skids on an as-needed basis. Thanks for letting an old inveterate gambler wax nostalgic on this important subject.

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RossbergDec. 13, 1210:13 PM

Sorry, no electronic blackjack but can we interest you in some electronic pulltabs?

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squarnDec. 13, 1210:22 PM

Electronic blackjack may not be considered a slot machine, but it sure is boring. Why would anybody play electronic blackjack, when the facility deals live blackjack??? But I'll tell you what IS extremely similar to slot machines are the electronic pull tabs! And please leave Canterbury out of this...they fought the good fight for years, and in the end they did what they needed to do to keep their doors open. Running Aces exists in order to keep their card room open. Minnesotans do not follow harness racing....if they did, Canterbury would run them.

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win0123Dec. 13, 1210:37 PM

How can the commission be trusted, Jesse Overton who is the chairman of the commission, started two baseless investigations involving strong women employed by the racing commision and also who now is currently under investigation for his misconduct was one the strongest voices against the machines. It is not to big if a leap to presume that he has been bought and paid for by Mystic lake

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eurotravelerDec. 13, 1211:00 PM

Come on - change the state law and allow gambling anywhere. This "only on tribal land" business is ridiculous.

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physics1966Dec. 14, 12 4:32 AM

You know, there was an incident some years back in St. Paul where an able-bodied man entered the home of an elderly couple after assaulting the old guy as he was shoveling snow. He got inside and took some valuables. And guess where the police finally caught up with this guy and arrested him? You guessed it right: at the Casino in Prior Lake. This is the kind of thing that goes along with the casino culture. Expanding legal gambling is no good for Minnesota because it degrades the quality of life that we enjoy here. I'd be happy to pay more state income tax if it meant expansion of legal gambling was tabled. That's just my take on things.

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EleanoreDec. 14, 12 7:16 AM

On the other hand they should be required to accept video pull tabs to provide for the NFL. If this unelected comission is allowed to ban them, we ethically have to terminate the vikings stadium project.

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