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INTERVIEW: Racing Chairman Alex Lieblong Keeps Tight Rein on Casino Applicants

Alex Lieblong, 69, has served on the Arkansas Racing Commission since 2004 and was named chairman in May 2016. The commission has approved casino licenses in Hot Springs, Pine Bluff and West Memphis, but legal challenges have held up license approval in Pope County, the only other location where a casino would be legal under Amendment 100 to the state Constitution.

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10/18/2020

article Changes proposed for ballot measures
(Arkansas) -- In the Nov. 3 election, Arkansas voters will determine the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult for citizen-led...

10/14/2020

article Southland Casino Racing extends operational hours
(Arkansas) -- People will soon have more time to gamble at Southland Casino Racing. The casino announced Wednesday, Oct. 14, it has expanded its operating hours on...

10/8/2020

article Arkansas lawmaker objects to racing commission’s Gulfside pick
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses has received little good news recently in its attempt to gain a license to open a casino and resort in Pope County, and CEO...

10/3/2020

article Gulfside's temporary facility in the works
(Arkansas) -- A temporary casino facility is in the works for Gulfside Casino Partnership along Bradley Cove Road just outside the Russellville city limits. However, the...

9/25/2020

article Retailer's app offers way to remotely play lottery in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A mobile phone app that allows lottery players in Arkansas to buy draw-game tickets through their smartphones and collect their winnings without leaving...

9/24/2020

article Sports Wagering Soars at Arkansas Oaklawn Resort
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting is on the upswing at Oaklawn Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where the casino at the historic horse track is gaining its stride after a...

9/22/2020

article Casino litigation over for Pope Co.
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court deemed Citizen for a Better Pope County’s litigation against the Pope County Quorum Court as “moot” last...

9/17/2020

article Arkansas Casino Tax Revenue Rebounding After COVID-19 Falloff
(Arkansas) -- Since coronavirus infection rates began to spike in mid-March, wagering at the state’s three casinos declined by a combined $1.4 billion. The casinos...
article Arkansas Casino Tax Revenue Rebounding After COVID-19 Falloff
(Arkansas) -- With fewer people gambling in the spring, tax collections from Arkansas casinos fell sharply. But the numbers have been on the upswing in recent months....

9/16/2020

article Arkansas casinos take a billion-dollar beating from COVID-19
(Arkansas) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been cruel to the gaming industry everywhere, and especially to Arkansas. According to the state’s Department of Finance...
article Arkansas casinos recovering from coronavirus-related shutdown
(Arkansas) -- The three casinos in the southern American state of Arkansas together reportedly lost more than $1.4 billion in gross gaming revenues as a direct result of...

9/15/2020

article Wagers down over $1.4B at Arkansas casinos
(Arkansas) -- The coronavirus pandemic has cost Arkansas casinos more than $1.4 billion in gaming terminal wagers this year but the state's three gambling...

9/12/2020

article Southland third casino in state to offer wagering on sports
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting — complete with kiosks — has launched at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, joining two other casinos in the state in...

9/10/2020

article Southland now offers wagering on sports
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting -- complete with kiosks -- has launched at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, joining two other casinos in the state in offering...

9/9/2020

article Southland restarts on-site sports betting
(Arkansas) -- Visitors to Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas can once again bet on sports such as racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf,...

8/12/2020

article State lottery revenue for July up by $8.5M over last year
(Arkansas) -- In the fourth full month of the covid-19 pandemic in Arkansas, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in July increased by $8.5 million over the...

8/8/2020

article Group drops bid to put casinos on Arkansas ballot
(Arkansas) -- The committee promoting a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize 16 more casinos in Arkansas on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to...

8/7/2020

article Casino amendment backers drop court appeal and campaign
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Wins 2020, the campaign to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize 16 more casinos in Arkansas, has given up the fight.
article The Arkansas lottery is going to do what? Expand digital gambling?
(Arkansas) -- Michael Wickline, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Capitol ace, throughly elaborated on the naming of Eric Hagler as the new director of the Arkansas...

7/30/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission denies appeal for Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- Gulfside Casino Partnership remains the Pope County casino license holder after a three-hour-long meeting. On Thursday, the Cherokee Nation Businesses...
article Lengthy title snags measure on 16 casinos
(Arkansas) -- The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday balked at signing off on the ballot title's language for a proposed constitutional amendment that...

7/29/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission Chair Recuses Himself From Casino Fiasco
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC) Chair Alex Lieblong has recused himself from the process to award the state’s final remaining commercial casino...
article Another setback for casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Wins 2020, the group seeking to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize 16 more casinos controlled by amendment backers, got...

7/27/2020

article Chairman recuses vote for casino
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC) has set Thursday as the final decision date on the Pope County casino license, with Chairman Alex Lieblong recusing...
article Commission chairman recuses from Pope County casino matter; appearances favor Mississippi applicant
(Arkansas) -- Alex Lieblong, chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission, announced today he would recuse from consideration of competing applications to win a permit to...

7/25/2020

article Appeal filed over Arkansas casino measure
(Arkansas) -- A group seeking to expand casino gambling in more than a dozen Arkansas counties filed an appeal Friday of Secretary of State John Thurston's decision...

7/24/2020

article Secretary of state rejects another ballot petition
(Arkansas) -- Secretary of State John Thurston has refused to give extended time for signature gathering to a third proposed constitutional amendment — to expand...

7/23/2020

article Consulting firm makes final report on Pope County casino company
(Arkansas) -- A third-party consultant is issuing a final report claiming a casino company is the best fit for Arkansas. The consultant out of Arizona said Cherokee...

7/22/2020

article Outside consultant favored Cherokee application for casino permit
(Arkansas) -- A Freedom of Information Act request from Pope County unearthed the evaluation of competing casino permit proposals by an outside consultant: His pick, the...

7/20/2020

article Casino campaign demands secretary of state certify its petitions
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Wins 2020, the mystery group backing a constitutional amendment to legalize 16 more casinos in Arkansas, has demanded that Secretary of State John...

7/18/2020

article Arkansas justices urged to compel count
(Arkansas) -- Two ballot committees promoting proposed constitutional amendments on changing elections for most state offices and the method used for redistricting on...

7/15/2020

article Arkansas rejects petitions submitted for 3 ballot measures
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas’ top election official has rejected the petitions for three initiatives vying for spots on the November ballot, citing issues with...

7/14/2020

article Casino firm: Deny request to block disqualification
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court should deny a request to block a lower-court ruling that disqualified the Cherokee Nation Businesses’ Legends Resort and Casino...

7/11/2020

article Arkansas lottery's record year is $532M in revenue
(Arkansas) -- Fueled by rising revenue from scratch-off tickets, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's total revenue in the recently ended fiscal year set a record of $...

7/10/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses appeals ruling denying it Arkansas casino
(Arkansas) -- In a decision that upset Cherokee Nation Businesses’ plans to site a resort and casino in Pope County, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled on July 2...

7/7/2020

article Supporters Of Arkansas Casino Amendment Proposal Submit 97,000 Signatures
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment expanding casino gaming submitted 97,000 signatures to the Arkansas secretary of state’s office...
article ‘The Vapors’ Explores Complicated History of Illegal Gambling in Hot Springs
(Arkansas) -- Race fans who’ve wagered on Oaklawn Park or traveled to Hot Springs, Ark., during the meet may be familiar with the town’s colorful history: In the early...

7/6/2020

article Arkansas Judge Denies Gulfside Casino Partnership Motion for Contempt
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas judge has denied a motion for contempt filed by Gulfside Casino Partnership alleging the state’s Racing Commission did not follow its own...
article Casino amendment supporters submit 97,000 signatures
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment expanding casino gaming submitted 97,000 signatures to the Arkansas secretary of state’s office...

7/4/2020

article Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino...

7/2/2020

article Groups backing ballot measures for casinos and non-partisan redisricting make final push for signatures
(Arkansas) -- July 4, when crowds traditionally gather for community celebrations, is often a good time for signature gathering. But that was before coronavirus. It...

6/30/2020

article Potentially Inappropriate Text Messages Add Fuel to Arkansas Casino License Fire
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas casino license legal drama added another plot twist over the weekend. That’s after potentially inappropriate text messages were made...

6/27/2020

article Lawyers: Rethink decision on Pope County casino
(Arkansas) -- Attorneys for the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Businesses have asked the Arkansas Racing Commission to reverse its decision to deny the firm the license...

6/23/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission finds bias in commissioner’s vote for Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission found bias in Commissioner Butch Rice’s vote for which casino operator would receive the sole license for Pope County...
article Panelists' vote finds bias in Pope County casino scoring
(Arkansas) -- Six members of the state Racing Commission voted Monday to find that the seventh commissioner, Butch Rice of Beebe, was biased in favor of a Mississippi...

6/22/2020

article Mayors, legislators sound off on casino
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas state representatives -- whose districts include Pope County -- and the mayors of five Pope County cities on Saturday asked the state Racing...
article Pope County casino license now uncertain after commission confirms scoring bias
(Arkansas) -- Not so fast on placing your bets. Gulfside Casino Partnership, which on June 18 was awarded a license for a a $254 million casino resort in Pope County,...

6/21/2020

article Gulfside casino gets Arkansas Racing Commission’s license
(Arkansas) -- The Mississippi-based Gulfside Casino Partnership won the Arkansas Racing Commission’s license to construct and operate a casino in Pope County. The...

6/20/2020

article Mayors, legislators sound off on casino
(Arkansas) -- Two state representatives -- whose districts include Pope County -- and the mayors of five Pope County cities on Saturday asked the state Racing Commission...

6/19/2020

article Gulfside casino gets Arkansas Racing Commission’s license
(Arkansas) -- The Mississippi-based Gulfside Casino Partnership has won the Arkansas Racing Commission’s license to construct and operate a casino in Pope County....

6/17/2020

article Casinos return to business May and figures reflect the shorter month and capacity limits
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas casinos reopened May 18, at a third of capacity and without all gambling options available, and the monthly revenue figures reflect those...
article Virus Kills One ‘Bad’ Proposal; Another Seeks Signatures
(Arkansas) -- Seldom, this late in the Amendment process, have two terrible proposals been still ‘alive’ for Arkansas voters to sample. Thankfully, this past...

6/6/2020

article Group pushes to add 16 licenses for casinos
(Arkansas) -- A private group is promoting a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize the Arkansas Racing Commission to issue casino licenses to 16 private...

6/5/2020

article Southland Casino Racing to reopen limited table games
(Arkansas) -- More gaming options will soon be available for Southland Casino Racing visitors. Southland announced it will reopen certain types of table games on Monday...

6/2/2020

article BLOG: Group forms to prevent casino in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- I reported Sunday the formation of a group to attempt to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to prevent a casino in Pope County.

5/31/2020

article BLOG: Here come the petitions: Voting, casinos, anti-casinos
(Arkansas) -- Legal ads in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today reflect optimism that federal Judge P.K. Holmes’ ruling last week easing ballot petitioning...

5/28/2020

article And speaking of petitions: Another casino amendment is in the works
(Arkansas) -- The federal court ruling easing some restrictions on ballot petitions likely will encourage others in the field with proposals. For example, a new casino...

5/24/2020

article Pine Bluff casino plays its cards right, reopens with safety
(Arkansas) -- A stream of patrons were lined up at 10 a.m. and ready to go when the Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff reopened Monday. Visitors had their identification...

5/23/2020

article Council vote leaves Casino Annex free to keep games going
(Arkansas) -- On the same day the Saracen Casino Annex reopened, the Pine Bluff City Council debated a resolution asking it to close for another month. But the...

5/18/2020

article Southland Casino Racing reopens in limited fashion to long line of patrons
(Arkansas) -- For the long line of patrons waiting outside Southland Casino Racing, Monday morning wasn’t too early for the West Memphis casino to reopen —...
article Southland Casino reopens with restrictions including required face masks and new no smoking policy
(Arkansas) -- Southland Casino Racing welcomed patrons back Monday nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic shut its doors. Like other businesses, guests can...
article Patrons line up as casinos open
(Arkansas) -- When Andrew Burns, a retired Memphis police officer, went to bed Sunday night, he had one goal in mind for the next morning: getting up in time to be in...

5/17/2020

article Arkansas casinos making changes to prepare for reopening
(Arkansas) -- It’s been more than two months since Arkansas reported it’s first case of COVID19, and now businesses are slowing starting to open back up. One...

5/15/2020

article Southland Casino planning to reopen Monday
(Arkansas) -- Southland Casino is planning to reopen to customers Monday, May 18. West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon believes Southland Casino’s reopening Monday...

5/14/2020

article Oaklawn casino to reopen Monday
(Arkansas) -- Pursuant to the Arkansas Department of Health directive, Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino on Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m. “We are glad the Governor has...

5/13/2020

article Oaklawn to reopen casino with adjusted hours, regulations
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs announced on Wednesday that they will reopen their casino next week, according to a release. Oaklawn plans to...
article Oaklawn set to reopen casino on May 18th, requiring guests to wear masks at all times
(Arkansas) -- According to a press release, Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino on Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m., in directive with the guidelines placed by the Arkansas...
article Oaklawn To Reopen Casino May 18 At 33 Percent Capacity
(Arkansas) -- Pursuant to the Arkansas Department of Health directive, Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino on Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m.

5/12/2020

article West Memphis mayor asking people to stay home from casino
(Arkansas) -- In Crittenden County, Arkansas there have been 212 reported COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths, but with Southland Casino opening Monday more people may be...
article Closures, low gas prices cited as state lottery's revenue soars
(Arkansas) -- The drop in gas prices and the closure of the state's three casinos and other businesses amid the covid-19 pandemic helped fuel the Arkansas...

5/11/2020

article Arkansas casino directive to reopen: social distancing, masks for players and staff
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Department of Health has released a directive for casinos to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after Gov. Asa Hutchinson...

5/10/2020

article Restaurant industry divided on re-opening, casinos eager to implement new protocols
(Arkansas) -- Stacy Hurst, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, says the plans that are in motion to re-open casinos, restaurants, parks...

5/9/2020

article Oaklawn Casino Set to Resume Limited Operations May 18
(Arkansas) -- The Oaklawn Park casino has been given the green light by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to resume operations May 18. During his press briefing May 7,...

5/7/2020

article Arkansas allowing casinos to resume limited operations May 18
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas will allow the state's three casinos to resume limited operations May 18, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday. Southland Casino Racing in...

5/3/2020

article County considers budget adjustments to meet reduced revenue
(Arkansas) -- The Garland County Quorum Court Finance Committee will consider an ordinance Monday night reducing this year's general fund appropriations by $701,404...

5/2/2020

article Saber's Oaklawn horse racing wagering picks
(Arkansas) -- $40K starter allowance fillies and mares go six furlongs. No. 1 Timely Tradition gets Joel Rosario in this claim-proof spot. No. 11 Jaccat will go better...

5/1/2020

article 2 Pope County casino licensing votes called improper
(Arkansas) -- A Little Rock lawyer said the state Racing Commission should void recent decisions concerning the Pope County casino license because the group violated the...
article Pine Bluff, county consider budget-cut options
(Arkansas) -- Government officials in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff said they face the specter of furloughs, cuts in services and long-term struggles as a result of...

4/29/2020

article Filing by Pope County casino foes claims rules flouted
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group asked a circuit judge to bar the state Racing Commission from issuing a license for a casino in Pope County, saying as justification...

4/24/2020

article Arkansas to reopen casinos when coronavirus spread declines
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas casinos shuttered due to the new coronavirus outbreak will be able to reopen only when state health officials are certain the spread of the virus...

4/23/2020

article Casino-restart conditions put forth by state
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas's three casinos can reopen only when state officials are confident the spread of coronavirus is on the decline and the casino industry makes...

4/17/2020

article Arkansas gaming regulators agree to a Pope County casino duel
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC), the state body charged with overseeing casino licensing, held a scheduled meeting yesterday to address several...
article Casino closures hit state revenue
(Arkansas) -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked all casinos in the state to close March 17 and they did, which put a halt to tax flow from gambling that’s not yet been...
article Mid-South casinos remain closed one month later
(Arkansas) -- It’s been one month since Mid-South casinos were ordered to shut their doors. It’s just one of many industries with an uncertain future. The...

4/14/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission to Meet Wednesday over Pope County Casino License
(Arkansas) -- A controversial proposed gaming property in Pope County Arkansas could be debated Wednesday by the state’s Racing Commission. The commissioners will...
article Former Russellville mayor touts Gulfside casino ahead of Racing Commission meeting
(Arkansas) -- Former Russellville Mayor Randy Horton is again pushing his belief that Gulfside Casino is the best option in the controversial effort to build a casino in...

4/12/2020

article Arkansas judge tells racing commission to consider Gulfside casino application
(Arkansas) -- In a decision that further delays, and could undermine, the hopes of Cherokee Nation Businesses to site a casino in Russellville, a Pulaski County circuit...

4/3/2020

article Mayors, JPs call to license casino
(Arkansas) -- The Pope County Quorum Court and five of the county's six municipalities are drafting resolutions and letters urging the state Racing Commission to...

4/1/2020

article Judge's ruling rouses all sides in Arkansas casino debate
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission has been inundated with letters from each corner of the Pope County casino license debate after a judge ruled last week that...
article Oaklawn extends closure of casino through April 30
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort announced Tuesday that pursuant to the Arkansas Department of Health directive for Casino Extension made Monday, Oaklawn's...

3/31/2020

article State extends casino closure until April 30
(Arkansas) -- As promised yesterday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has extended the closure of the state’s three operating casinos until April 30. An earlier closure order...

3/29/2020

article Southland Casino Racing donates food to area food pantries
(Arkansas) -- A business that has been impacted due to COVID-19 has donated food and produce to several food pantries in the area, with pantry officials saying the...

3/27/2020

article Pope County Arkansas Legal Battle Continues over Casino Application Process
(Arkansas) -- Two competing applicants for a casino license in Pope County, Arkansas are now looking to the state’s Racing Commission for quick approval after a...

3/26/2020

article Judge kicks back rejected casino application to racing panel
(Arkansas) -- A judge ruled that the Arkansas Racing Commission erroneously rejected a casino application, concluding that the bases on which it was initially denied are...

3/25/2020

article Court kicks Pope County casino decision to Racing Commission
(Arkansas) -- Developments in the multi-faceted effort to open a casino in Pope County under a 2018 constitutional amendment that expanded casino gambling in Arkansas....
article Gulfside Casino Wins Lawsuit Against Arkansas Racing Commission
(Arkansas) -- A Pulaski County judge has ruled that Gulfside Casino is a qualified applicant and its application with the state Racing Commission must be considered....
article Judge sends rejected Pope County casino license back to Arkansas Racing Commission
(Arkansas) -- A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge kicked a rejected application for a Pope County casino license back to the state Racing Commission, saying an added...

3/22/2020

article Governor closes casinos in state
(Arkansas) -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday ordered the state's three casinos -- Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Southland in West Memphis, and Saracen Casino Annex in Pine...

3/18/2020

article Hutchinson asks casinos to close, Saracen suspends operations
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson asked all casinos to shut down for the next two weeks during his public address update on the Coronavirus on Tuesday. A...

3/16/2020

article Arkansas Horse Track's Casino Temporarily Closing Over Virus
(Arkansas) -- A Hot Springs horse track is closing its casino for the next two weeks over concerns about the novel coronavirus. Oaklawn announced Sunday it was closing...

3/11/2020

article Lottery decline and the prospect of more gambling
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s monthly report on Arkansas lottery revenue shows a continuing decline for the year and includes the lottery’s...

3/6/2020

article Gambling Expansion | Think before signing petition to put machines in stores across state
(Arkansas) -- Well, the move to expand gambling in Arkansas is under way — yet again. Las Vegas-style table games, slots and sports betting are just getting...

2/25/2020

article Study suggests Arkansas casino would have $3.15 billion impact
(Arkansas) -- As part of its effort to obtain approval to build a resort and casino in Russellville, Cherokee Nation Businesses has issued its findings that a venue...

2/24/2020

article Arkansas Ethics Complaint Leads to Investigation of Pro-Casino Group
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas’ Ethics Commission is looking into allegations that a group — which supports a gaming property in Pope County — is acting as an...

2/23/2020

article Arkansas lottery chief opposes ‘amusement machines’ effort
(Arkansas) -- The head of Arkansas’ lottery on Friday said he opposes a measure a group is trying to get on the ballot that would allow thousands of coin-operated...

2/21/2020

article Ethics complaint filed over Pope County politicking. Does it matter in ethics-free Arkansas environment.
(Arkansas) -- A complaint has been filed with the state Ethics Commission against political activities of the Pope County Majority, an advocate of casino development in...
article Arkansas lottery chief opposes 'amusement machines' effort
(Arkansas) -- The head of Arkansas' lottery on Friday said he opposes a measure a group is trying to get on the ballot that would allow thousands of coin-operated...
article Group forms to oppose gambling machine amendment
(Arkansas) -- Funny. Shortly after raising questions earlier today about spending by a group seeking to expand machine gambling in Arkansas comes the announcement of the...

2/17/2020

article Lake Of The Ozarks Casino Bill Is A Gamble, But Supporters Say A Casino Is Coming, One Way Or Another
(Arkansas) -- “It’s the bill that won’t die,” says Rocky Miller of his HJR 87, the bill that could bring casino gambling to the Lake of the...

2/11/2020

article Pope County community considers using casino tax revenue to fund county projects
(Arkansas) -- On March 3rd Pope County voters have the chance to weigh in on a controversial topic, the casino. This time, however, they aren’t voting for or...

2/8/2020

article Divisions on casino fueling JP races
(Arkansas) -- In the midst of a battle over a potential casino license that has pitted neighbor against neighbor and divided county and city government, Pope County has...

2/6/2020

article Legal battle over casino in Pope County drags on
(Arkansas) -- The latest on the legal and political mess in Pope County over a proposed casino: Gulfside Casino Partnership, one of the operators hoping to apply for a...

2/5/2020

article Pope County residents to vote on future of casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- The March 3 election will prompt Pope County voters to approve or reject a ballot issue that proposes to use casino tax dollars for funding various capital...

2/4/2020

article $705,000 Wagered At Arkansas Casinos In First Opportunity To Bet On Super Bowl
(Arkansas) -- Sunday was the first time patrons of Arkansas casinos have been allowed to wager on the outcome of the Super Bowl. Bets placed on the NFL championship game...

2/3/2020

article Pope County voters will decide on future casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- Voters in an Arkansas county will decide whether to use expected casino revenue to pay for improvements, including a new jail and senior citizens center....
article Vote set on uses of casino revenue in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- Pope County voters will decide in the March 3 election whether to pledge more than $80 million of future net casino revenue on improvements that include a...

2/2/2020

article In Southland Casino’s first few days of sports betting thousand of dollars were bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl
(Arkansas) -- The Super Bowl is one of the most competitive days every year for sports betting. Sports betters came out to Southland Casino in West Memphis, on Sunday,...

1/30/2020

article Arkansas casino set to debut sports betting with the Super Bowl
(Arkansas) -- With Super Bowl LIV being held this Sunday, an Arkansas casino is debuting its sports betting platform for a soft opening this weekend.

1/29/2020

article Southland Casino Launches Sportsbook Ahead Of Super Bowl LIV
(Arkansas) -- With Super Bowl 54 incoming, major casinos don’t want to miss out on all the wagers that will be taking place. So, it is no surprise that just days...
article Sports betting launches at Southland Casino
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting began with a “soft opening” yesterday at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis yesterday, Michael Wickline reports at the D-G:

1/27/2020

article RADIO: Arkansas' casino operators work to appeal to many potential customers
(Arkansas) -- Two years ago Arkansas voters approved an amendment allowing full-fledged casino gambling in the state. Since then owners of the casinos have been working...
article New Full-Fledged Arkansas Casinos Track Customers, Watch What Has Broadest Appeal
(Arkansas) -- As gambling is expanding in Arkansas, the entities operating the three full-fledged casinos open so far are tracking every aspect of what their customers...

1/26/2020

article Casinos Use Dining to Build Loyalty, Brand
(Arkansas) -- Dining and drinking are increasingly important ingredients of the casino experience, industry experts say, and all indications are that Arkansas’ new...
article EDITORIAL: A Different Kind of Horse Race
(Arkansas) -- Competition is coming for Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs. Of course, it’s always faced competitors in the form of other thoroughbred...
article INTERVIEW: Racing Chairman Alex Lieblong Keeps Tight Rein on Casino Applicants
(Arkansas) -- Alex Lieblong, 69, has served on the Arkansas Racing Commission since 2004 and was named chairman in May 2016. The commission has approved casino licenses...

1/24/2020

article FOI investigation details allegations of secret meetings and malfeasance on casino negotiations by Pope County officials
(Arkansas) -- Pope County officials conspired to hold secret meetings and hoodwink the public during discussions of a proposed casino, according to the accounts of Pope...

1/22/2020

article Arkansas casino talks violated law, letter asserts
(Arkansas) -- A county judge and several Quorum Court members violated the state Freedom of Information Act multiple times when selecting an applicant for a Pope County...
article Arkansas Lawsuit Seeks Protection of Intellectual Property
(Arkansas) -- In a creative profession like architecture, no one wants to take a gamble with intellectual property rights—even when designing a casino. A federal lawsuit...

1/21/2020

article Special prosecutor found Pope County Quorum Court violated FOIA but declined to pursue criminal charges
(Arkansas) -- The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the actions of the Pope County Quorum Court during negotiations over establishing a casino found that the...

1/15/2020

article For 3rd time, business seeks casino license
(Arkansas) -- Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Businesses on Wednesday submitted to the Arkansas Racing Commission its third application for a license to build and operate...

1/14/2020

article The battle for a Pope County casino continues
(Arkansas) -- Following a hearing on Tuesday, it could be until the end of March before a decision on issuing a Pope County casino license comes to fruition. Currently,...

1/10/2020

article Casino applications' 2nd round is cut off
(Arkansas) -- In the face of court rulings against the path it was taking, the Arkansas Racing Commission on Friday decided to abandon its second round of taking...
article Judge sets hearing on Pope County casino permit case
(Arkansas) -- A Pulaski County judge has set a surprise hearing on one lawsuit and the Racing Commission has acceded to another judge’s ruling in a separate case...

1/6/2020

article Pope County casino license process blocked by judge
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked a state panel from issuing a license for a casino to operate in Pope County. Pulaski County Circuit Judge...

1/5/2020

article Judge rules against Arkansas casino licence
(Arkansas) -- A County Circuit Judge issued a temporary restraining order that blocks an Arkansas panel from issuing a casino licence for Pope County. US.- Back in 2018...

1/2/2020

article Fight continues to delay award of Pope County casino permit
(Arkansas) -- Opponents of a casino in Pope County have asked Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen for a hearing on a request for a temporary order to prevent the state Racing...

1/1/2020

article Arkansas high court allows commission to issue casino permit
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court will not prohibit the Racing Commission from issuing a casino license to applicants in one county after a company whose license...

12/28/2019

article BLOG: More Casinos in Arkansas Set to Open in 2020
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas’ casino industry has been undergoing some major changes. Several Native American tribes in the state have been pushing to open new gambling...

12/20/2019

article Deadline near for Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- When it meets Jan. 6, the Arkansas Racing Commission will consider whether to issue a license for a casino in Pope County that day or delay that decision...
article Racing Commission to Consider Pope County Casino in January
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission may decide on Jan. 6 whether to issue a casino license for Pope County. Cherokee Nation Business and the Choctaw Nation,...

12/19/2019

article Arkansas Racing Commission sets date to consider Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will consider on Jan. 6 whether to issue a license for a casino in Pope County or whether to further hold off on that...

12/18/2019

article OP/ED: Racing toward success
(Arkansas) -- They flocked by the hundreds into the Hot Springs Convention Center on a recent Tuesday night for Oaklawn Park's annual employee awards banquet. The...

12/10/2019

article Anti-casino group doesn’t owe legal fees, judge rules
(Arkansas) -- A circuit court judge ruled Monday that an anti-casino group does not have to pay the county's legal fees after the dismissal of a case that claimed...
article Judge asked to dismiss casino lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group asked a Pulaski County circuit court judge Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit it brought against the state Racing Commission to bar it from...

12/9/2019

article Judge denies attorney fees for Pope County in casino case
(Arkansas) -- Circuit Judge Bill Pearson of Russellville today denied at a hearing today the request from Pope County Judge Ben Cross and the Pope County Quorum Court...

12/4/2019

article County, city receive $400K from Oaklawn Sept. gaming
(Arkansas) -- County and city coffers continue to benefit from the casino gaming amendment voters passed last year, as their shares of the tax levied on September net...
article State revenue for November sets a record; month’s haul $515M
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' general-revenue tax collections in November increased by $23 million, or 4.7%, over what the state took in for the same month a year ago to $...

12/3/2019

article Group appeals casino decision
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group is appealing to the state Supreme Court a circuit court judge's decision to declare unconstitutional an initiated Pope County...

12/2/2019

article Just one hour, casino operator requests in bid to have hearing in Pulaski County
(Arkansas) -- A Mississippi casino operator -- which is suing the state Racing Commission for tossing out its application for a Pope County gaming license -- asked a...

11/27/2019

article Oklahoma tribes compete for commercial casino in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation continue to compete for a commercial casino in Arkansas even as one of their fellow Oklahoma-based tribes is...

11/26/2019

article Pulaski County circuit judge to casino: Wait for ruling or transfer case
(Arkansas) -- Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Monday told lawyers for Gulfside Casino Partnership, which is challenging state regulators' refusal to license...

11/25/2019

article Judge Tim Fox puts off resolution of casino lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- Circuit Judge Tim Fox dashed hopes by parties in court over a casino permit for Pope County that he’d rule today on an argument by a Mississippi...
article Pope County casino plans face setback in pending lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- A casino applicant hoping for a court ruling received the unexpected on Monday. Gulfside Casino Partnership, who is suing the Arkansas Racing Commission,...
article Judge to casino: Wait for ruling or transfer case
(Arkansas) -- Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Monday told lawyers for Gulfside Casino Partnership, which is challenging state regulators' refusal to license...

11/21/2019

article Sports-bet setup not regulated by state
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday instructed its attorney to inform a Nevada company that operates a site for people to buy and sell active...
article Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announces $100 million-plus expansion
(Arkansas) -- Construction is still underway at the Oaklawn Casino resort in Hot Springs, but not for long. In just two months the newly 28,000 square feet of expanded...

11/19/2019

article Choctaw Nation competes with Cherokee Nation for gambling license
(Arkansas) -- On November 20, the Choctaw Nation formally submitted an application with the Arkansas Racing Commission to develop and operate a casino within Pope County...

11/13/2019

article October lottery revenue shows drop from 2018
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and amount raised for college scholarships fell sharply in October from the same month a year ago, when the...

11/5/2019

article Gates out; greyhounds, too
(Arkansas) -- Animal rights activists cheered Oct. 17 when Southland Casino told the state Racing Commission it will end greyhound racing by Dec. 31, 2022. Until then,...

11/3/2019

article Statute On Casino Declared Unlawful
(Arkansas) -- Circuit Court Judge Bill Pearson rejected or denied allegations made at a hearing on Tuesday morning by the anti-casino organisation Citizens for a Better...

11/1/2019

article Local Casino Ordinance Declared Unconstitutional
(Arkansas) -- Circuit Court Judge Bill Pearson dismissed or struck down allegations by the anti-casino group Citizens for a Better Pope County in a Tuesday morning...

10/31/2019

article Judge touts day-old ruling in re-election bid UPDATE. Post taken down.
(Arkansas) -- The committee working to elect Bill Pearson to a third term as circuit judge in Russellville posted a testimonial Wednesday from the winner of a hotly...

10/30/2019

article “Unconstitutionality” argument denied in Arkansas casino fight
(Arkansas) -- As soon as “Pope County” and “casino” merged into a single sentence, it was expected that a battle would ensue. Residents of the...

10/29/2019

article Pope Co. judge declares local casino ordinance unconstitutional
(Arkansas) -- A Pope County circuit judge declared a voter-approved ordinance as unconstitutional that would have required an election before allowing a casino to be...
article Report: Judge strikes down Pope County ordinance requiring casino vote
(Arkansas) -- River Valley Now, a news outlet in Pope County, reports that a circuit judge in Russellville this morning ruled that an ordinance approved by voters last...
article Statute on casino declared unlawful
(Arkansas) -- A circuit judge declared unconstitutional an initiated Pope County ordinance that requires voter approval before a casino license candidate can be endorsed...

10/28/2019

article Pope County repeals contradicting ordinance on local vote for casino
(Arkansas) -- The Quorum Court in Pope County voted to repeal a local ordinance that gives the citizen a local vote on the casino. Pope County Judge Ben Cross said the...

10/23/2019

article Dog Racing Soon Leaving The State; Casino Will Stay
(Arkansas) -- Most of the readers of this column have never been to the Southland Greyhound Race Track in West Memphis. So there will be very little public outcry here...

10/21/2019

article County review of casino law fails
(Arkansas) -- In a special meeting Monday night, the Pope County Quorum Court failed at an attempt to consider repealing a 2018 ordinance that requires county officials...

10/20/2019

article East Arkansas track closing, but dogs won't go homeless
(Arkansas) -- The greyhound racing industry and people who want it abolished agree on one thing: Greyhounds make great pets. Well over 1,000 greyhounds will be available...

10/19/2019

article Pope County to consider repealing required vote on casino
(Arkansas) -- The Pope County Quorum Court will consider an ordinance at 5 p.m. Monday to repeal the 2018 voter-approved ordinance that required a county vote before...
article Racing commission to wait on Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission says it will wait for the outcome of two lawsuits before considering applicants for a casino license in Pope County.

10/18/2019

article Racing panel to wait out lawsuits
(Arkansas) -- Both lawsuits involve issues of endorsements, as required under Amendment 100 to the state constitution. Successful applicants for licenses in Pope and...
article Live greyhound racing to end at Southland Casino Racing
(Arkansas) -- Live greyhound racing will soon be coming to an end at Southland Casino Racing after an agreement was reached between the entertainment venue and the...
article Southland Casino Racing, Arkansas' only live track, to end greyhound racing by end of 2022
(Arkansas) -- Live greyhound racing will end in Arkansas by the end of 2022, the owner of Southland Casino Racing announced Thursday. Southland Casino Racing in West...

10/14/2019

article Pope Co. Casino Committee recommends River Ridge Casino
(Arkansas) -- The committee charged with vetting casino companies for the City of Russellville picked a favorite Monday night. The panel voted 3-0, with two abstaining,...

10/8/2019

article Casino heads vie for license in Russellville
(Arkansas) -- About 100 members of the public listened Monday as three contenders for a Pope County casino license presented their proposals to the city's gaming...
article Casino applicant from Mississippi makes case for meeting amendment terms
(Arkansas) -- Legal papers are continuing to pile up in the contest for a new casino permit in Pope County. The latest filings indicate some legal support once existed...

10/7/2019

article Casino groups share design plans, hope for backing from Russellville city leaders
(Arkansas) -- Getting the backing for a casino license in Pope County is no sure thing, but three companies thought tonight was their best chance to play their hands....
article Casino heads vie for license in Russellville
(Arkansas) -- On Aug. 13, the Pope County Quorum Court -- amid allegations of secret meetings -- passed a resolution supporting Cherokee Nation Businesses. Ben Cross,...
article Lawmaker asks to halt Pope County casino decision, four bidders submit plans
(Arkansas) -- Rep. Joe Cloud sent a letter to the Arkansas Racing Commission to hold off on awarding a casino license, due to three lawsuits in state courts concerning...

10/4/2019

article Letter requests pause on casino
(Arkansas) -- A state representative asked the Arkansas Racing Commission to hold off on awarding a casino license in Pope County until all lawsuits and investigations...
article City, county see first receipts from new casino tax
(Arkansas) -- Expectations that the casino gaming amendment voters passed last year would be a boon to city and county coffers have been borne out by tax receipts from...

10/3/2019

article Pope County meeting on ordinance that requires casino election
(Arkansas) -- Hot times tonight in Pope County. With little advance notice, the Pope County Quorum Court has scheduled a “discussion” of the county ordinance...
article Casino gambling amendment bears fruit for Hot Springs, Garland County
(Arkansas) -- Expectations that the casino gambling amendment that voters passed last year would be a boon to Hot Springs and Garland County coffers have been borne out...

9/24/2019

article Hot Springs casino ups minimum wage for hourly workers
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort announced Monday the minimum wage for employees who don't receive tips will rise to $13 an hour from $9.75 an hour,...

9/23/2019

article Casino case to Pulaski County
(Arkansas) -- A Pope County Circuit Court judge ruled Monday that a case challenging the rejection of a casino license application by the state Racing Commission belongs...
article Hot Springs casino ups minimum wage for hourly workers
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort announced Monday the minimum wage for employees who don't receive tips will rise to $13 an hour from $9.75 an hour,...

9/20/2019

article Arkansas: NDAs prohibited in casino pitches
(Arkansas) -- The Russellville City Council strengthened its resolve that the process of reviewing proposals for a Pope County casino license will be open and...

9/18/2019

article Casino panel looks at alternatives for applicants' privacy
(Arkansas) -- A Russellville committee tasked with reviewing proposals for a Pope County casino license is exploring alternatives to protect the applicants' private...

9/17/2019

article $5.2B wagered in machine bets at state's tracks
(Arkansas) -- Gamblers at the state's two racetracks wagered a total of $5.2 billion on slot and other betting machines and won $4.9 billion in prizes in the fiscal...
article Arkansas Racinos Enjoy Record Fiscal Year, Future Bright as Venues Now Full-Scale Commercial Casinos
(Arkansas) -- Players at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis and Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs insert $5.2 billion into the electronic gaming machines...

9/15/2019

article Existing casinos hit jackpot with tax cut
(Arkansas) -- Michael Wickline, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s veteran Capitol correspondent, produced an excellent and comprehensive report today on casino...
article $5.2B wagered in machine bets at state's tracks
(Arkansas) -- Gamblers at the state's two racetracks wagered a total of $5.2 billion on slot and other betting machines and won $4.9 billion in prizes in the fiscal...

9/11/2019

article Arkansas Scholarship Lottery net proceeds dip in August, but chief says revenue strong on sales of instant tickets
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery raised $4.9 million for scholarships in August -- the lowest amount of net proceeds in that month in 10 years of...

9/7/2019

article Pope County exec says city gets casino-deal perks
(Arkansas) -- Russellville was not left out of a nearly $40 million incentive package negotiated before Cherokee Nation Businesses was endorsed last month for a casino...

8/30/2019

article Amendment proposes expansion of prize-awarding machines
(Arkansas) -- A filing this week at the state Ethics Commission reveals the beginning of an effort to propose a constitutional amendment that would “authorize coin...

8/26/2019

article NWA EDITORIAL: A clean race?
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission might be tempted to put blinders on and race intently toward the finish line in awarding the final casino license under...

8/21/2019

article Arkansas school district chief recalls casino pitch; JP argues private talks don’t count as meeting
(Arkansas) -- A Russellville School District administrator said Tuesday that he attended a private meeting earlier this month with elected Pope County officials --...
article BLOG: The mess in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- Fine story by Jeannie Roberts in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning based on material unearthed by the Freedom of Information Act. It adds to the...

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