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Equine Industry


Much has been written in the Kentucky press over the last few years about how the state is falling behind other states due to Kentucky’s absence of traditional casinos, sports gambling on the NFL, NCAA, etc., and other gambling forms. A major topic has been the potential tax revenues that would be collected if some forms of gambling are legalized in the state. Yet not much has been written about how Kentucky citizens differ from or are similar to citizens in other states with respect to opinions about gambling morality, gambling and spending preferences, and gambling policy. State laws are the major determinants of which forms of wagering that players can choose. The findings of this exploratory paper are interesting in that although there are similarities between Kentucky residents and their counterparts in other states, there are also keen differences which may help to explain why Kentucky policies with regard to gambling are different from those of other states.