Six tribal nations have called on Governor Kate Brown and other Oregon political leaders to launch a close review of Travis Boerma’s plan to open a gaming entertainment center in Grants Pass.
Their argument is that the Flying Lark that the founder of the Dutch brothers planned to completely change the game in Oregon with little formal scrutiny. Since the Flying Lark will be the first casino allowed to leave tribal lands, it will draw businesses away from tribal casinos and the Oregon State Lottery, and it could pave the way for more gambling venues. on other tracks in the state.
Boersma is expected to submit its request to state regulators to build the entertainment center adjacent to its Grants Pass Downs racetrack. The centerpiece of the building will be gaming terminals, similar to slot machines but which will instead allow players to bet on horse races.
Horse racing is a sport of little interest in Oregon; the state’s only commercial racetrack closed in 2019, and most of the country’s track operators have increased their runs with casino-style gaming venues adjacent to the tracks. However, Boersma argued that its operation would not work without the revenue from the Flying Lark and conducted a study which found that the two sites would generate more than $ 10.7 billion in expenses over 30 years of operation.
Casino-type gambling is normally only permitted on tribal lands, with racetracks being the only exception to this law.
Several track operators have been granted permission to build large casinos, and in states where casinos are restricted, the industry has developed certain “historic horse racing” machines that have helped locations qualify for the game. exception granted by track owners.
Nonetheless, critics argue that machines have evolved to the point that it is difficult to find a correlation with horse racing.