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Arlington Racecourse, which was home to the world’s first million-dollar thoroughbred race, the Arlington Million, as well as the 2002 Breeders Cup, is eligible for up to 1200 gaming positions in accordance with Illinois’ new casino gambling laws, but they aren’t interested in running a casino at all.
News About Arlington Racecourse And Churchill Downs
Chucrchill Downs Incorporated, which operates the venue, says that it would rather go without casino games rather than subject themselves to the exorbitant taxes that are going to be associated with opening a casino. Because it is a part-mutuel establishment, Arlington would have to pay up to 25% more taxes than other casinos, because that money would go to subsidizing purses for horse races. And to them, it’s just not worth it, although they WOULD like to have sports betting in the same location.
Arlington had actually lobbied for years to get casino games. And the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is understandably upset with them, as they would like Churchill Downs, which operates a casino venue in the state, to be disqualified from seeking a sports betting license for Arlington.
The track is only committed to racing through 2021. Beyond that, they will seek, in their words. “longer-term alternatives.”
The Hard Rock Casino Completes Their Renovations
The The Hard Rock is the talk of the industry in south Florida as it puts the finishing touches on its new “Guitar Hotel,” which cuts quite an iconic figure as it is in the shape of a giant guitar, 400 feet high. It will feature swim-up suites with private pools, and a lot more.
The Hard Rock, located in Hollywood, FL, has done a complete renovation of its collection of shops, which had been situated outdoors but will now be fully enclosed. There will be a host of restaurants on the premises, most notably a gournet Italian restraurant, a 24-hour New York-style deli and sumptuous buffet, not to mention its signature Council Oak Steakhouse, which is being moved within the complex.
The Hard Rock Cafe has also been renovated. Poolside dining options are being established. A 44,000-square foot nightclub will open its doors.
Grand opening for all this is slated for October 24.
The Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood is reported to have brought in more money than all eight Florida pari-mutuel casinos combined last year. And that gap is very likely going to widen.
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