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State Racing Commission suspends gaming license for Double Down Betting Bar & Grill in Idaho Falls

The Idaho Racing Commission has suspended an eastern Idaho's horse racing track's license to operate lucrative off-track “instant racing” betting terminals, but track officials say they will continue to remain open while the order is appealed. The Post Register ( ) reports that a commission hearing officer found that Double Down Betting Bar & Grill in Idaho Falls failed to obtain proper approval from the Bonneville County Commission to operate an off-track betting parlor, as required by state law. Double Down has 28 days to appeal the decision, after which the ruling becomes final; there’s a full report here from the AP and the Post Register.

Double Down is one of three locations in the state now operating the slot machine-like terminals; the other two are the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls, which has 35 of them, and Les Bois Park just west of Boise, which has more than 100. A case currently pending before the Idaho Supreme Court questions the validity of Gov. Butch Otter's veto of legislation this year to ban the terminals.

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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