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New casino not a sure bet among Saratoga residents
SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) -- The planned expansion of casino gambling in New York state isn't a sure bet in Saratoga Springs despite its famous race track and a long history with wagering.
Most voters in Saratoga County said no to last week's referendum to allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos to be built, including four upstate. Saratoga Springs is a likely front-runner to land one of them.
The city is already home to the seasonal Saratoga Race Course and a year-round racino. But some residents and business owners are opposed to expanding the racino into a Las Vegas-style casino with table games such as roulette. They say it will detract from the city's charm and hurt businesses in Saratoga's thriving downtown.