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Kentucky Casinos

No Indian Casinos and No Commercial Casinos

Kentucky has limited gambling. State laws allow horse betting at race tracks, parimutuel off-track betting, a few video gaming centers, the Kentucky Lottery and charitable gaming.

Indian Casinos

Two preconditions must be met before an Indian casino becomes a possibility in this state. First, a Kentucky tribe must receive federal recognition, and second, Kentucky must legalize casino gambling.

At the present time Kentucky has two tribes, the Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky and the Ridgetop Shawnee Tribe of Indians. Neither tribe is formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior, so neither tribe qualifies for Indian gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).

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Kentucky Horse Racing

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has licensed five thoroughbred and two standardbred racetracks.

Thoroughbred Race Tracks
Churchill Downs - Louisville, KY, Ellis Park - Henderson, KY, Keeneland - Lexington, KY, Kentucky Downs, Franklin KY and Turfway Park - Florence, KY

Standardbred Race Tracks
The Red Mile - Lexington, KY and Oak Grove Racing & Gaming - Fort Campbell, KY (Opening 2020)

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News New Bill Would Authorize Four Casinos by 2021 February 6, 2019 - The bill would authorize full-scale casino gambling including slot machines, table games and sports betting. Up to four casino licenses would be issued to casino developers and slots-only permits issued to racetracks. ... Read more News Casino Proposal: "Raven Rock Casino Resort" February 5, 2019 - A casino resort has been proposed for the city of Jenkins in Letcher County. It would include family entertainment attractions like tree top walks, ziplines and mountain coasters. ... Read more News Archive ...

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New Bill Would Allow Four Casinos by 2021

February 6, 2019

A new bill was introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly yesterday by Rep. Dennis Keene that would allow casino gambling in the state. It is House Bill 190 which has moved to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee for review.

These are the key highlights of the bill:

  • The bill would authorize full-scale casino gambling including slot machines, table games and sports betting.
  • Up to four commercial casinos in "brick-and-mortar" buildings would be licensed by the Kentucky Lottery. These casinos would offer full casino gaming.
  • Slot machine licensing would be issued to racetrack operators.
  • Casino licenses would cost of $50 million and slot licenses for racetracks would cost $25 million.
  • The minimum casino gambling age would be 21 years old.
  • Voter referendums would be required in each county wanting a casino. Local voters would approve or reject the casino.
  • A constitutional amendment is required for casino gambling and would appear on the November 2020 General Election ballot.

If voters approve the constitutional amendment 2020, this legislation would be effective January 1, 2021. Casino construction would take 12-18 months.

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Casino Proposal: "Raven Rock Casino Resort"

February 5, 2019

A casino has been proposed for the city of Jenkins in Letcher County, Kentucky. It would be named Raven Rock Casino Resort.

An investor, Kevin Mullins, said: "This city was built on coal, it very much was, but if we're going to continue to grow the city it's going to have to be built on something else. There is no magic bullet but this [casino] is as close as we're going to see to a magic bullet.

Raven Rock Casino Resort's attraction will be its casino but it will also be a family destination.

"Raven Rock can be the draw for the whole area. We want downhill biking, tree top walks, ziplines, mountain coasters, things like that, a true adventure," said James Hibbitts, CEO of Raven Rock Entertainment.

Raven Rock Casino Resort proposed building site is on a plateau on Pine Mountain. It would offer a vast view of Eastern Kentucky. If approved it would take about two years to build.

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11.21.2013   Bill Proposes 8 Casinos in KY
05.06.2013   Will Casinos be good for KYs Commonwealth?
03.05.2013   Opening of OH casino raises talks of Louisville Casino
02.17.2011   Recognition for Native American Tribes approved by House Committee
06.09.2009   Beshear's video slots plan
01.12.2009   Bill Could Legalize Slot Machines In Kentucky
07.22.2008   Kentucky casinos still possible
07.03.2008   Ellis Park to close
03.31.2008   Beshear Says Casino Bill Dead
03.10.2008   Beshear's Casino Proposal On Hold, Focus Shifted To Cigarette Tax
02.26.2008   Kentucky Casino Bill Fails in Committee
02.26.2008   Casinos voted down in legislative committee
02.15.2008   Governor Proposes 12 Casinos
02.15.2008   Kentucky Casino Locations
02.14.2008   Ky. Governor Makes Case For Casinos
02.12.2008   Ky. Considers Legalizing Casinos
01.02.2008   Casino Decision Coming in 2008
11.09.2007   Kentucky Election Signals Casinos are Coming


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