Texas ponders horse, greyhound racing terminals track owners seek

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The panel that regulates horse and greyhound racing in Texas is to hear from racetrack owners seeking new revenue streams — and the machines they hopes will provide them.

The machines are historical racing terminals, which look like slot machines but displays video feeds of previous races at dozens of tracks around the country, allowing bettors to place wagers on those races.

Proponents say the betting is simply of the pari-mutuel variety already allowed by law, and horse and greyhound racing track owners believe they can adopt the games without legislative approval.

They would need Texas Racing Commission approval, however. The panel will consider the matter Tuesday, but commission spokesman Robert Elrod tells the Austin American-Statesman that no decision could come before August.

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Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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