Every year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians cross the border to do a little shopping in the US, and an Indian tribe in Maine is banking that many of those people will come and play at a proposed racetrack and casino complex. The Passamaquoddy Indians are waiting for the results of an upcoming referendum that would allow them to build the new multi-million dollar racetrack, casino and high-stakes bingo facility to attract some of the Canadian traffic.
The area where the proposed gambling Utopia would go is currently undergoing rough times and the tribe believes that their racetrack-casino, with 1,500 slot machines as well as conference facilities, would help to uplift the area.
As it stands, Canadian sports bettors are only allowed to gamble on multiple sporting events with a single bet, but if NDP MP Joe Comartin has his way, that will change to allow those same gamblers to place sing bets on one-off sporting events, like the Super Bowl. The bill has passed the first hurdle, but must still go through the Justice and Human Rights Committee, before hitting the House for a third reading, which is where the bill could eventually become bogged down. Comartin is confident that he has enough support to prevent that from happening, but time will tell.