There are colorful machines with their flashing lights and their ongoing murmur of noise — some playing what sounds like the soundtrack of a 1980s Eddie Murphy buddy movie, others thumping out an electronic beat or chirping ding-ding-ding.
Welcome to the Instant Racing machines of Ellis Park: part slot machines, part video games, with a veneer of horse racing tossed in.
The track will throw open the doors at 10 a.m. today to the new 187-machine casino parlor in its clubhouse, issuing in a new era at the 90-year-old track.
No longer will gamblers have to wait a half-hour between live races at Ellis or races simulcast on TV from other tracks. Now, players will be able to sit at an electronic console and place a wager every few seconds. Instant Racing will run from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days, 365 days a year.
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