Two Race Tracks from Arkansas Open Full-Scale Casinos


The state of Arkansas has officially legalized commercial casino gambling. They have followed in the footsteps of a number of other states. Namely, two race tracks launched their own gambling facilities on April 1st. This move took place after they had obtained a license from the Arkansas Racing Commission.

Not long ago, the residents accepted a constitutional amendment during a statewide vote. This authorized the Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis and the Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs to unveil their plans. They both wished to turn their properties into real casinos. Also, they wanted to provide table games and slot machines to their visitors.

The Oaklawn Racing & Gaming will change its name to Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, which they deem to be more fitting. They made this public just last month when everyone was anticipating the start of casino gambling.

What’s more, the owners claimed that they would invest $100 million in order to expand their property. This announcement followed the introduction of Amendment 100. And the endeavor will result in them adding 28,000 square feet of gaming space. Oaklawn will work diligently to finish this venture right before the 2020 live racing season.

Furthermore, this remarkable expansion will include a 200-room hotel, which will boast a spa and a wellness center. Aside from this, the resort will pride itself in a 14,000-square-foot multi-purpose event and entertainment center and some new dining facilities. Gambling enthusiasts will have a chance to enjoy about 1,300 slot machines. Also, they will have eight table games at their disposal. And when it comes to the Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, it will include 40 table games and 2,000 slots.

Sports Betting Will Shortly Arrive in Arkansas

Not only did Amendment 100 approve full-scale casinos, but it also permitted sports betting. The above-mentioned race tracks have insinuated that they will be more than glad to take advantage of this chance to run sportsbooks. Some news outlets have even indicated that Oaklawn will soon add sports gambling.

Yet it would seem that the Southland won’t be providing this service anytime soon. Earlier this year, the race track widely publicized the debut of their BetLucky Sportsbook. However, the Southland’s owner — the Delaware North — has chosen to end the contract with their sports betting partner. This decision will inevitably delay the launch of sports betting. In a released statement, the Southland only said that they were ending their partnership with Miomni Gaming. Also, they announced that they had begun a worldwide search for a new supplier. Nevertheless, they believe that this process won’t be finalized any time soon.

The Delaware North decided to end the partnership out of the blue on March 6th. Their two casinos in West Virginia have not been accepting bets ever since. Apart from revealing their plans of adding sports betting, the Southland has also confirmed they will finance a $250-million expansion. According to Governor Asa Hutchinson, this is undoubtedly one of the largest privately funded projects in Arkansas. It is set to add a 300-room hotel and an improved gambling complex.

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