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MTR Gaming allows betting from mobile devices

CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) -- MTR Gaming Group Inc. is letting customers use their smartphones and iPads to place bets on horse races.

MTR says it now has the mobile betting platform at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, and Presque Isle Downs & Casino near Erie, Pa. When they are in specific areas of the facilities, customers can use their devices to bet on live or simulcast racing across the country.

Transactions take place over a secure network. Individuals must be 18 and provide legal identification to sign up for an account.

MTR Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Fred Buro says mobile gambling could help attract younger patrons to horse racing.