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Slot talks set

Oct 22, 2002 1:50 AM

Dover Downs is preparing for a major event early next month, but it’s not NASCAR or horse racing.

The Racino 2002 conference takes place Nov. 6-8 in the Delaware capital city. The conference will focus on issues and campaigns that will have an impact on racing and gaming.

The keynote speaker will be Gary Loveman, president and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, which recently purchased controlling interest in Louisiana Downs.

Video slot machines are expected to be the hot topics in upcoming elections in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, Arizona, New Hampshire, Ohio and Massachusetts.

Other scheduled speakers at the conference include Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., president of the American Gaming Association, and Donald Snyder, head of Boyd Gaming Corp. Boyd, a Las Vegas gaming giant, also owns Delta Downs in Louisiana.

NY tracks wary of slots

New York track officials remain concerned that projected slot revenues may be overly optimistic.

Four firms have been selected to supply video slot terminals for a new gambling program that could be up and running sometime between April and June of 2003.

"That’s a legislative issue at this point," said Carolyn Hapeman, spokesperson for the New York lottery. "The agency is trying to implement the program and will leave to the state legislature decisions about whether to increase the split for tracks.

Earlier this year, the lottery agency tapped Multimedia Games, a Texas company, to provide the central system that will run the new electronic gambling program.