Indiana casinos winning few gains from Legislature

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The Indiana Legislature isn't going to boost the state's casinos nearly as much as supporters had wanted as they face greater competition from neighboring states.

A compromise bill won't allow live table games such as blackjack and roulette at the horse track casinos near Indianapolis, where only electronic versions of those games are now allowed. The bill also won't permit the 10 riverboat casinos to build new inland facilities nearby.

Republicans Sen. Phil Boots of Crawfordsville had sought those provisions and said Friday he was disappointed he couldn't get an agreement from House Republicans who regarded them as an expansion of gambling.

The bill that was awaiting votes in the House and Senate allows the casinos to deduct part of the cost of free gambling given to patrons in promotions.

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