Portland Meadows approved for Instant Racing

May 27, 2013 5:31 PM

Portland Meadows racetrack in Portland, Oregon, has been in business since 1946 but declining attendance and betting has forced the operators to consider closing the facility.

To help, the Oregon Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill allowing the track to add electronic gambling machines known as Instant Racing devices. The machines permit customers to wager on previously run races.

The Instant Racing machines were introduced at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and have been credited with saving racing at Kentucky Downs.

Louis Cella, whose family has owned and operated racing at Oaklawn Park since the early 20th century, credited the devices with giving the Arkansas track a financial lift.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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