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Is “Instant Racing” Coming To NJ?

On December 9, the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee advanced S2935, a bill that would authorize “instant racing” to be offered at New Jersey racetracks, OTWs, and casino simulcast rooms.

Instant racing is a form of horse race wagering offered only at wagering terminals. The customer is offered a screen with horse numbers and past performance data, and the option to make traditional horse race bets. The race itself is a randomly selected, recorded race, often from many years ago. Because the track, date, and horse names are not identified, and the race is selected at random, it would be extremely difficult to identify the actual race so as to enable the customer to have the advantage of knowing the result.

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