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Eastern Idaho instant racing parlor’s status ‘increasingly precarious’

Double Down Betting Bar and Grill in Idaho Falls is finding itself in an increasingly precarious position, the Idaho Falls Post Register reports today. Not only could the off-track betting parlor lose its “instant racing” machines if a court challenge filed yesterday by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is successful, it’s also facing an administrative complaint from the Idaho Racing Commission that could suspend its license, if it doesn’t get a letter of approval from the Bonneville County Commission or move its operations to the Sandy Downs racetrack outside town.

Post Register reporter Bryan Clark reports that the Racing Commission filed an administrative complaint against Double Down on May 6, giving it 21 days to respond or lose its license. On May 27, the betting parlor’s owners filed a response, contending they didn’t need a letter of approval from the county commissioners, but they’re also pursuing one. Commission Chairman Roger Christensen said commissioners are still gathering the information they need to make a decision; he said he wasn’t aware that that simulcast betting operations had been moved from the racetrack to the betting bar until the issue hit the Legislature earlier this year.

“It’s just very confusing how things got moved from Sandy Downs to Outlet Boulevard, and we’re trying to create a paper trail and history on that,” he said. Clark’s full report is online here (subscription required).


Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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