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Oaklawn top newsmaker of the year

The announcement of potentially the largest private tourism development in the state's history, a seismic shift in the racing schedule and the passage of a constitutional amendment that will allow full-fledged casino gaming in Hot Springs made Oaklawn Racing and Gaming the top newsmaker of 2018.

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Arkansas Gaming

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...
article Hot Springs tourism pulls in $677M as influx of visitors in 2018 sets record
(Arkansas) -- Hot Springs visitors in 2018 spent a record $677 million, a 29% increase since 2013, according to a report released by Visit Hot Springs, the city's...

8/19/2019

article New window opens for casino applicants
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Monday opened a 90-day window for accepting fresh applications for a casino license in Pope County. The move came four...
article Racing Commission reopens applications for Pope County casino
(Arkansas) -- In keeping with its decision last week, the Arkansas Racing Commission today officially reopened applications to operate a casino in Pope County.

8/12/2019

article Legends Resort & Casino announces plan for Pope Co.
(Arkansas) -- Legends Resort and Casino has announced their plan for an "extraordinary, world-class resort and entertainment destination" in Pope County. This...
article Casino talks held illegally, residents say
(Arkansas) -- A roulette wheel spins at Cherokee Casino & Hotel in West Siloam Springs, Okla. A Pope County justice of the peace and seven other residents complained...
article Pope County Quorum Court calls special casino meeting
(Arkansas) -- The possibility of a casino in Pope County has a lot of people on edge. The county’s quorum court has called a special meeting to discuss the issue....

8/11/2019

article Hard Rock Arkansas Developer Cries Foul Over Process to Issue Support Letter for Final Casino in State
(Arkansas) -- The developer proposing Hard Rock Arkansas, one of the five groups seeking a casino license in Pope County, Ark., accused government leaders of unfair...

8/10/2019

article Rival says tribe’s business to get backing to build casino in state
(Arkansas) -- A Las Vegas casino operator said Saturday morning they were notified that Pope County officials would endorse another group for the casino license there...
article 2 casino-license rivals claim to be shut out
(Arkansas) -- A Las Vegas casino operator and a Choctaw Nation spokesman -- representing two of five contenders for a license to a build a casino in Pope County -- said...
article Arkansas lottery's July revenue falls $1.2M from 2018
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's total revenue in July dipped by $1.2 million from the same month a year ago to $41.2 million, but still ranked...

7/30/2019

article Arkansas woman submits losing lottery tickets, wins $1M, officials say
(Arkansas) -- A Jacksonville woman used her losses to win big, claiming a $1 million lottery prize on Monday, officials said. Misuzu Hughes earned the prize by entering...

7/29/2019

article Pope County sees rise in residents who support a casino
(Arkansas) -- Nearly 9 months after Arkansas voted to allow gambling, the debate about casinos gets louder and louder in Pope County. That’s one of the 4 approved...

7/28/2019

article Pope County casino proposals revealed
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission originally received five applications to build a casino in Pope County in June.They received applications from Gulfside...

7/21/2019

article JPs split on calling for casino election
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission did not make a decision on an appeal by Gulfside Casino Partnership during its meeting on Thursday. Gulfside asked the...

7/20/2019

article Gulfside Casino Partnership Appeals Racing Commission’s Denial Of Its Application
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Gaming Commission is in the process of hearing an appeal from Gulfside Casino Partnership. This comes after the commission denied Gulfside...

7/18/2019

article Arkansas Racing Commission delays decision on Gulfside Casino appeal
(Arkansas) -- At a meeting on Wednesday morning, the Arkansas Racing Commission delayed a decision on the appeal of Gulfside Casino Partnership, whose application to...

7/17/2019

article Pope County Judge shares the only way for casino approval
(Arkansas) -- The pendulum may be swinging in Pope County as more people are coming out in favor of a new casino. But that might not be enough for officials to change...

7/15/2019

article BLOG: A Pope County casino: a good bet
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission will hear an appeal of its decision to reject a casino permit application on Thursday. Five casino operators have filed...
article Business Leaders Form PAC for Vigo County Casino
(Indiana) -- Business leaders in Vigo County have formed a political action committee in support of a referendum for a new casino. The Advance West Central Indiana PAC...

7/14/2019

article Debate on casino heats up in county
(Arkansas) -- A daily barrage of letters, emails, phone calls and meetings keeps members of the Pope County Quorum Court informed on all sides of the debate on whether...

7/12/2019

article Police seize 31 slot machines from Arkansas gas stations
(Arkansas) -- Authorities are investigating after police seized more than two dozen slot machines from a pair of convenience stores in northwest Arkansas. Thirty-one...

7/9/2019

article SBTech and Churchill Downs accept first legal sports wager in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- SBTech has partnered with Churchill Downs at Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino to power the first legal sports wager in the state of Arkansas. In November,...

7/7/2019

article State agency to hear casino's appeal
(Arkansas) -- The next phase in the battle over a possible casino for Pope County takes place Wednesday, when a state licensing agency hears the appeal of one of the...

7/4/2019

article Oaklawn starts sports betting
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began offering sports wagering Monday with the opening of its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book at the north end of the...

7/3/2019

article Arkansas casino hopes to cash in on legal sports wagering
(Arkansas) -- As of this week, you can now bet on sporting events in Arkansas. The Natural State is the ninth in the nation to allow sports betting and the only one in...

7/2/2019

article Sports wagering begins at Oaklawn
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began offering sports wagering Monday with the opening of its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book at the north end of the...

7/1/2019

article First Legal Sports Bet in Arkansas Low-Key But Meaningful
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort general manager Wayne Smith cast Arkansas officially into the legal sports betting market on Monday morning with a $5 wager on...
article Legal Sports Betting Goes Live In Arkansas At Oaklawn Racing
(Arkansas) -- On Monday morning at the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark., general manager Wayne Smith placed the state’s first legal sports bet...
article Oaklawn becomes first in Arkansas to offer sports wagering
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn has become the first in Arkansas to offer sports wagering with the opening Monday of its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book in the north end of...
article Oaklawn begins sports betting
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn, the racetrack and casino in Hot Springs, has begun taking bets on sporting events, as authorized by the casino gambling amendment approved in 2018...

6/29/2019

article Casino operator asks for appeal after rejected for Pope County site
(Arkansas) -- A Mississippi casino operator is appealing the state Racing Commission's rejection of a bid to build a $200 million casino resort in Pope County, a...
article Place your bets: Pope County casino competition intensifies
(Arkansas) -- The competition for the right to build a casino in Pope County continues, much of it out of plain view. This is open. The Gulfside Casino Partnership of...

6/28/2019

article State No. 9 With Sports Betting? Arkansas Wagering May Start Next Week At Oaklawn
(Arkansas) -- Gear up, Razorbacks: legalized sports betting appears on its way to Arkansas. Earlier this month, the Arkansas Racing Commission approved Oaklawn Racing...

6/23/2019

article Arkansas GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino...

6/17/2019

article Jerry Jones launches plans to build casino in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- When it comes to his business-savvy and how proficient he's become at turning his billions into more billions, the Dallas Cowboys' owner is as far...

6/15/2019

article First Sportsbook In Arkansas To Open On July 1
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Casino officials said that the new sportsbook will open on July 1. Media relations manager for Oaklawn, Jennifer Hoyt, indicated there will be...
article Oaklawn's multimillion dollar expansion proceeds at rapid pace
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort has made such rapid progress on its more than $100 million expansion since the close of the live race meet May 4 that it even...

6/14/2019

article Arkansas Casino Proposal Approved by State Racing Commission, Five Bids in Pope County Rejected
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas casino proposal for Jefferson County submitted by a Native American tribe has been formally approved by the state’s racing commission.

6/12/2019

article Arkansas Racing Commission to grant licenses Thursday
(Arkansas) -- Who will and who will not be awarded one of the state's two available casino licenses? We’ll have a lot clearer picture of that this time...

6/11/2019

article Cherokee Nation partners with Legends for Russellville casino bid
(Arkansas) -- According to KATV content partner Talk Business & Politics, Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Businesses will have an Arkansas connection in its proposal...

6/3/2019

article Arkansas Gaming Expansion: Casino CEOs Hope to Win Over Pope County Officials, Locals
(Arkansas) -- Several casino CEOs are working to win over locals in Pope County, Arkansas, as sentiment in the region remains largely opposed to permitting a gambling...

6/2/2019

article Casino CEOs hope to persuade Pope County on benefits of resorts
(Arkansas) -- Two casino resort CEOs believe their projects in Pope County can be of massive benefit locally and to the whole state. Bill Warner, CEO of Warner Gaming,...

5/31/2019

article Arkansas Casino Application Deadline Passes, Five Proposals Submitted for Pope County, One for Jefferson
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas casino proposals for the state’s two commercial gaming licenses needed to be submitted by the close of business yesterday, and officials say...
article Family from Iowa, Hard Rock Cafe, Cherokees and Choctaws apply for Arkansas casino license
(Arkansas) -- Developers with ties to the Cherokee and Choctaw nations, as well as the Hard Rock Cafe's casino brand, were among the four entities to petition for a...

5/30/2019

article 4 more tries made for Pope County casino
(Arkansas) -- Developers with ties to the Cherokee and Choctaw nations, as well as the Hard Rock Cafe's casino brand, were among the four entities to petition for a...
article Casino deadline today, at least one more application filed for Pope County
(Arkansas) -- Today’s the deadline, at 5 p.m., for filing of applications to operate casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties under the amendment approved by voters...
article Five casino bids made for Pope County, one for Jefferson County
(Arkansas) -- Ahead of Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline to submit bids for gaming licenses in Pope and Jefferson counties, the Arkansas Racing Commission received four...
article Proposal submitted to bring Hark Rock Hotel & Casino to Pope County
(Arkansas) -- Tri-Peaks Entertainment Group, LLC, a partnership between experienced casino operators Warner Gaming and Peninsula Pacific, announced Thursday details of...

5/23/2019

article Mississippi group submits first bid for a casino license in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A Mississippi company has applied for a casino license in Arkansas, but the proposal lacks the backing of current local officials. Department of Finance...

5/21/2019

article Application submitted for casino license in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- A Mississippi company has applied for a casino license in Arkansas, but the proposal lacks the backing of current local leaders. Department of Finance and...

5/20/2019

article Permit sought for Pope County casino
(Arkansas) -- As expected, an application has been filed to open a casino in Pope County, though it likely comes without the necessary approval of local officials. State...
article First casino license application submitted in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- The first application for a casino in Pope County was received on Friday. The application was submitted by Gulfside Casino Partnership. An application was...

5/13/2019

article Work underway on $100 million expansion at Oaklawn
(Arkansas) -- Construction is now underway on a $100 million expansion at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs. The expansion was announced shortly after Arkansas...

5/6/2019

article $250 million expansion for Southland casino could bring 1,500 construction jobs, 400 permanent jobs
(Arkansas) -- Construction of the $250 million Southland Casino Racing expansion project started Friday. The expansion will include a new casino complex and a 20-story...

5/1/2019

article Casinos at Oaklawn, Southland top $5.2 billion in wagers in 2018
(Arkansas) -- It was another record year for casino-style gambling in Arkansas and the biggest numbers are still to come. Electronic games of skill (EGS) wagers at...

4/26/2019

article Hard Rock and Warner Gaming join forces to obtain a casino license in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A week away from the opening of the application window for two casino licenses in the state, the Las Vegas-based hospitality and entertainment company has...

4/25/2019

article Pottsville says no to casino
(Arkansas) -- It took the City Council about 20 minutes to decide it will not write a letter of support for any casino in the community. The City Council voted 5-0...
article $250M casino resort proposed for Pope County; opinions remain split
(Arkansas) -- Getting a first look at the proposed river valley casino resort, Bob Balkman can't get enough. "It's only a dream to come to Pope county, just...
article Developer takes plan for casino to people
(Arkansas) -- It was on a duck-hunting trip deep in the Arkansas Delta where casino developer Terry Green first heard of Pope County, Ark. In a periwinkle plaid suit...

4/24/2019

article BLOG: Casino sales pitches continue
(Arkansas) -- Here's another announcement from a casino operator hoping to persuade Pope County to invite them to open a casino there under the new casino amendment...
article Hard Rock Proposes Arkansas Casino Resort in Pope County, But Residents Oppose Gambling
(Arkansas) -- Hard Rock International – owned by the Seminole Tribe in Florida – and Warner Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino operator, are partnering in...
article Hard Rock proposes Pope County casino resort
(Arkansas) -- A gambling company says it is partnering with the Hard Rock International brand to build a resort in Pope County, but the proposal faces legal hurdles....
article Gulfport’s Roy Anderson Corp. wins $200M contract to build Arkansas casino complex
(Arkansas) -- Gulfport-based Roy Anderson Corp. has landed a $200 million contract to build a casino and hotel at Southland in West Memphis, Arkansas, its parent company...

4/21/2019

article Arkansas Constitution threshold questioned
(Arkansas) -- Questions linger over a 68-year-old Arkansas Supreme Court opinion that denied lawmakers the ability to alter constitutional amendments, after attempts to...

4/18/2019

article Dover mayor contacted by casino companies
(Arkansas) -- Mayor Roger Lee told the Dover City Council at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday that he had been contacted by two casino companies each soliciting a...

4/13/2019

article Hot Springs official seeks reserve fund for casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- An additional $3.65 million in tax revenue expected following the passage of a casino gaming amendment could be used to finance Hot Springs' unfunded...

4/11/2019

article Hot Springs official seeks a reserve fund for casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- A Hot Springs official is proposing to finance the city's unfunded debt with additional tax revenue expected following last year's passage of a...
article Hot Springs official seeks reserve fund for casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- An additional $3.65 million in tax revenue expected following the passage of a casino gaming amendment could be used to finance Hot Springs' unfunded...

4/10/2019

article Spa City looks at allocating additional casino-tax revenue
(Arkansas) -- The city of Hot Springs is projecting a revenue windfall from last year's passage of the casino gaming amendment, posing questions about how to...

4/3/2019

article Once a dog track in West Memphis, now it's Southland Casino Racing, the region's largest
(Arkansas) -- When high water flooded the Tunica County casino district in 2011, Memphis-area residents quickly turned to the gaming machines at the big dog track across...

4/2/2019

article Oaklawn starts full casino operations (with video)
(Arkansas) -- The dice are rolling again in Hot Springs -- legally, this time. Oaklawn became the first legalized, full-fledged casino in the city's history shortly...
article Southland Casino Racing Opens Live Gambling Operations
(Arkansas) -- A West Memphis, Arkansas, greyhound racetrack got a new name and a new game early Monday morning. Formerly known as Southland Gaming & Racing, the...

4/1/2019

article Arkansas Race Tracks Start Full Scale Gambling Operations, Sports Betting To Start Soon
(Arkansas) -- The two race tracks in Arkansas have begun full-scale operations making Arkansas another US state which has legal and operational gambling facilities. Last...
article Two Arkansas Race Tracks Launch Full-Scale Casinos Today
(Arkansas) -- Two state race tracks are set to launch today full-blown casino gambling offering after their license applications were issued by the Arkansas Racing...
article Arkansas Casinos Commence Operations, Becomes 29th Commercial Gaming State
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas casinos open for play today fewer than five months after state voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize commercial gambling.
article Casino gambling begins today at West Memphis, Arkansas track
(Arkansas) -- Less than five months after voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize casinos, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs and Southland...
article Southland Gaming & Racing gets new name and live table games
(Arkansas) -- Southland Gaming & Racing President and General Manager David Wolf says it is probably ‘one of the biggest things’ he’s been involved...

3/31/2019

article Southland Gaming will now be known as “Southland Casino Racing” on Monday.
(Arkansas) -- Southland Gaming will now be known as “Southland Casino Racing” on Monday. For the first time, live table games will be offered just minutes...
article Arkansas casinos set to begin operations at 2 racetracks
(Arkansas) -- The wait for Arkansas gambling fans ends next week when casinos at two racing tracks formally begin operations. Fewer than five months after voters...

3/29/2019

article Arkansas casinos set to begin operations at 2 racetracks
(Arkansas) -- The wait for Arkansas gambling fans ends next week when casinos at two racing tracks formally begin operations. Fewer than five months after voters...
article Bill pitched for alternate sites for casino falls in House vote
(Arkansas) -- Two River Valley counties that had been pitched as possible alternative sites for a new casino saw their chances sink Friday, as the House voted down...

3/28/2019

article House panel endorses 2 counties as casino options
(Arkansas) -- Proponents for putting a new casino in Arkansas' River Valley received a potential boost Wednesday from lawmakers who advanced a measure that would...

3/27/2019

article The Wait Is Over For Gamblers In Arkansas – First Ever Casino To Operate From May 1
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas has been conservative towards adopting progressive gambling laws in comparison to the other US states. For those in Arkansas the only legal...

3/25/2019

article BLOG: The casino political fun continues with Pope County judge op-ed
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is preparing to take applications for casino permits in Pope and Jefferson Counties, but the high-powered politicking is...

3/24/2019

article Casinos at racing sites get state OK
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Saturday unanimously approved a license application form for prospective casino proprietors and gave its blessing for two...

3/23/2019

article Casino gaming set to start April 1 in 2 AR locations
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas State Racing Commission approved Oaklawn and Southland's request to begin Casino Gaming on April 1, 2019. The approval happened during the...
article Arkansas Racing Commission approves licenses for 2 casinos
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved full casino licenses for a Hot Springs horse-racing track and a greyhound track in western Arkansas. Arkansas...
article Panel to vote on casino license at Oaklawn
(Arkansas) -- A draft of the proposed application form for casino licenses in the state does not include a caveat that the constitutionally required endorsements must be...

3/22/2019

article Oaklawn, Southland casino licenses to be considered Saturday
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting. Arkansas...
article Casino panel to vote on start of operations
(Arkansas) -- A draft of the proposed application form for casino licenses in the state does not include a caveat that the constitutionally required endorsements must be...
article Oaklawn, Southland casino licenses to be considered Saturday
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting. Arkansas...

3/21/2019

article Full casino operations expected by April 1 at Oaklawn and Southland
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission will meet Saturday and is expected to begin the licensing process for full-fledged casino operations at Oaklawn Park in Hot...
article Oaklawn, Southland casino licenses to be considered Saturday
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting. Arkansas...

3/19/2019

article Split Rebel Stakes Leads to Record Day at Arkansas’ Oaklawn
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Racing and Gaming’s Rebel Stakes proved to be a record-setting day on Saturday. The Arkansas track drew national attention for splitting its...

3/17/2019

article Atlantic City sportsbooks prepared for March Madness
(Atlantic City) -- Sports betting is legal in New Jersey for the first time during March Madness and the resort’s sportsbooks are ready for college basketball...
article Arkansas casino filings, table games at starting gate
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is on track to begin accepting casino license applications by early May, while the state's two racetracks can start...

3/16/2019

article Bill allows cities to use casino tax to secure debt
(Arkansas) -- Legislation allowing Hot Springs voters to pledge casino gaming tax receipts to repayment of debt issued for capital improvements or economic development...
article Hot Springs' notorious casinos
(Arkansas) -- Hot Springs was thriving when I was a kid growing up next door in Montgomery County. It was the largest city in the Ouachita Mountains, a place with a...

3/13/2019

article Atlantic City casino revenue continued to grow in February
(Atlantic City) -- Casino gaming revenue was up for the ninth consecutive month in February, according to state gaming regulators. Total gaming revenue for the month was...

3/12/2019

article The First Arkansas Sportsbook Is ‘Coming Soon’ To West Memphis
(Arkansas) -- How close is Arkansas sports betting to becoming a reality? It depends on how one of the state’s racetrack casinos defines “soon.”...
article Gambling losses measure stalls
(Arkansas) -- A bill that would ax the individual state income tax deduction for gambling losses and use the increased revenue to reduce the developmental disabilities...
article Legislation to eliminate Arkansas income tax gambling loss deduction fails in committee
(Arkansas) -- State Representative Julie Mayberry thought she had support for her bill she ran on Tuesday. But when it came time for a motion in the House Taxation...

3/6/2019

article House favors rule on casino support
(Arkansas) -- The House on Tuesday approved a bill that would require local letters of support for casinos to come from county judges and mayors in office at the time a...

2/27/2019

article Arkansas House panel advances highway funding proposal
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas House panel endorsed a proposal Tuesday to raise fuel taxes for the first time in 20 years and tap into expected casino revenue to increase...
article Casino-measure change rejected by House panel
(Arkansas) -- The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted down a proposal to change the county where one of Arkansas' four new casinos may locate. House Bill 1563...

2/26/2019

article Arkansas panel OKs 314-page casino rulebook in 2 minutes
(Arkansas) -- It took less than two minutes Monday for a legislative committee to approve 314 pages of rules to govern casino gambling in the state. No legislators on...

2/25/2019

article Planning underway for Jefferson County casino, resort
(Arkansas) -- Backers of a planned casino and resort in Jefferson County say the project will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs in the area. Officials in Jefferson...
article Now comes the promised effort to move a casino from Pope to Johnson County. Lawsuit to come.
(Arkansas) -- Republican Rep. Aaron Pilkington introduced today his promised legislation to alter the brand-new Amendment 100 to move one of the two newly authorized...

2/22/2019

article Arkansas Sports Betting Rules Clear Key Hurdle As State Inches Toward Launch
(Arkansas) -- The state racing commission pushed Arkansas sports betting a step closer to reality Thursday by approving governing rules. The Arkansas Racing Commission...
article Arkansas Racing Commission approves new rules for casinos
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved regulations for the state's new casinos, including one that could affect plans for a casino in Pope County...

2/21/2019

article Arkansas Senate approves funding plan for state’s highways
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a proposal to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue for state highways, advancing the first part...
article Company urges commission to follow casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will be in breach of the state constitution if it doesn't follow a recently passed amendment and issue four casino...
article Gambling on the Constitution a hot topic at public hearing
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission, which regulates casino gambling, is holding a public hearing today on rules for expanded casino gambling in the state. Most...
article Johnson Co. leaders hope for casino that was planned for Pope Co.
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved a rule that would require a letter of support for a casino from the current county judge and mayor. Johnson...
article State casino rules hashed out, adopted
(Arkansas) -- Amid threats of legal action and the promise of legislation to change a constitutional amendment, the Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday unanimously...

2/20/2019

article Arkansas Racing Commission to either accept or reject proposed casino rules at upcoming meeting
(Arkansas) -- The rules on casinos in Arkansas could officially be in place as early as next week. More than 160 public comments were submitted and on Thursday, Feb. 20...
article Company urges Arkansas commission to follow casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will be in breach of the state constitution if it doesn't follow a recently passed amendment and issue four casino...
article Arkansas athletic chiefs suggest sports betting rule changes
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has received almost 150 comments on proposed sports betting rules for casinos, including suggestions from four state...

2/19/2019

article Filing: 4 casino licenses means 4
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission must issue four casino licenses or be in breach of the state constitution, attorneys for a proposed multimillion-dollar...

2/18/2019

article Arkansas Religious Leaders Pray State Officials Will Slow Casino Regulatory Process
(Arkansas) -- Faith-based Family Council President Jerry Cox, Rev. Stephen Copley, and attorney Scott Trotter – who represents Ensuring Arkansas’ Future, a...
article State agency updates forecast for casino tax's proceeds
(Arkansas) -- The state Department of Finance and Administration has updated its projection of how much the state will receive from casino tax revenue, with a prediction...
article Arkansas agency updates forecast for casino tax's proceeds
(Arkansas) -- Casino tax revenue would provide $20.8 million to the Department of Transportation in fiscal 2021, and the funding would eventually grow to $43.2 million...
article Caution Urged as Arkansas Racing Commission Creates Casino Rules
(Arkansas) -- Three individuals came forward recently in Arkansas to petition the state’s Gaming Commission regarding casino operation rules and sports betting.
article Asa uses casinos as a cover to raid general revenues for highways
(Arkansas) -- Michael Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports today on a state revision in financial estimates to support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to...

2/16/2019

article Petitioners urge Arkansas casino caution, ask state panel to slow rule-setting process
(Arkansas) -- A Little Rock attorney and two faith-based leaders petitioned the state Racing Commission in a joint effort Friday to slow down the process of adopting...
article Johnson County Court Approves Bringing Casino To Town
(Arkansas) -- On Thursday (Feb. 14) the Johnson County court voted 7 – 4 to approve an amendment that allows a casino to come to the area, according to Shirley...

2/12/2019

article Arkansas governor unveils $300M highway plan
(Arkansas) -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed levying a new wholesale sales tax on gas and diesel fuel, permanently extending the state's half-percent sales tax for...

2/11/2019

article Senator pushes back at notion of county switch for new casino
(Arkansas) -- State Sen. Ron Caldwell, chair of the Senate State Agencies Committee, has written Johnson County officials to pour cold water on the idea of the...
article Legislators go to the dogs tonight for drinks. It's a good time to talk about dog racing
(Arkansas) -- Legislative freebies today are courtesy of the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association, which races dogs at the Southland track in West Memphis and just got...

1/31/2019

article Gambling on the Future of Hot Springs
(Arkansas) -- The city of Hot Springs has always found a way to heal itself and survive. During the Civil War it was decimated, looted and ransacked, but it bounced back...

1/28/2019

article Arkansas Racetracks Taking Different Approaches To Expand Casino Gaming
(Arkansas) -- With the passage of November's constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling in Arkansas, two of the state's mainstays of gaming are taking...
article Southland Park Plans Major $250 Million Casino and Hotel Expansion
(Arkansas) -- The Memphis city skyline is about to get some competition from the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River as Southland Park Gaming & Racing made a...
article Lawmakers introduce bill to clarify 'letter of support' rule for casino applicants
(Arkansas) -- Several state legislators are introducing a bill to help clarify the 'letter of support' rule for casino applicants ahead of the Arkansas State...
article The casino battle continues with clarifying legislation
(Arkansas) -- Sen. Breanne Davis of Russellville has proposed legislation to make it clear that local approval for a casino in Jefferson or Pope counties must come from...

1/27/2019

article Bet on the Hogs? Soon, Sports Gambling Will Be Legal in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- Sports wagering is coming to Arkansas although its final form and true impact remain unknown. Arkansas voters approved Issue 4 by a margin of 54 percent to...

1/26/2019

article Southland plans call for casino, hotel, hundreds of jobs in West Memphis
(Arkansas) -- Tunica casinos could have some competition headed their way as Southland Gaming and Racing begins a multi-million dollar expansion that is set to bring...

1/25/2019

article Arkansas Dog Track Launches $250 Million Bid to Become State’s First Casino
(Arkansas) -- West Memphis greyhound track Southland Gaming and Racing has announced a $250 million expansion as it seeks to become Arkansas’ first full-scale...

1/24/2019

article Arkansas greyhound track announces $250M casino, hotel
(Arkansas) -- A greyhound track in east Arkansas is spending $250 million to build a new casino complex and high-rise hotel. Delaware North, the parent company of...
article Southland plans expansion at amendment-protected West Memphis casino
(Arkansas) -- As predicted months ago, the owners of the Southland Park casino and dog track in West Memphis will announce today a major expansion thanks to Amendment...
article Southland's $250M Expansion Will Include Casino, 300-Room Hotel
(Arkansas) -- The owner of Southland Gaming & Racing in West Memphis plans a $250 million expansion — including a 96,000-SF casino complex and a 20-story high-...

1/21/2019

article Casino proposal creates no buzz / State notes lack of rules feedback
(Arkansas) -- A week after the Arkansas Racing Commission published its proposed rules on licensing and running gambling facilities, no written comments have been...

1/15/2019

article Johnson County City Writes Casino Letter of Support
(Arkansas) -- The newly passed state law regarding casinos says gaming facilities can only be in four counties, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson and Pope. However, there...

1/14/2019

article Why are casinos only allowed in 4 Arkansas counties?
(Arkansas) -- Questions remain over casinos in Arkansas, two months after voters approved an amendment authorizing four to be built in the state. Some ask, "Why not...

1/13/2019

article State lottery revenue rises in December
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in December increased by $1.1 million over the same month a year ago to $45.8 million, exceeding the record...

1/12/2019

article Anti-casino suit in Arkansas now moot, lawyer says
(Arkansas) -- A day after the Arkansas Racing Commission agreed to put its proposed draft of casino rules and regulations out for public vetting, a casino opponent asked...

1/11/2019

article Arkansas Gaming Expansion Takes Key Next Step
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas is one key step closer to the largest gambling expansion in its modern history – and it’s first-ever legal sports bet. Earlier this...
article Meeting on Arkansas casino rules gets a crowd
(Arkansas) -- The timing of support by local officials for proposed casinos was debated Thursday by speakers before the Arkansas Racing Commission, which then moved...

1/10/2019

article Arkansas: The Land of Gaming Opportunity?
(Arkansas) -- During the 2018 midterm elections, Arkansas voters weighed in on Issue 4, a referendum to amend their state constitution to allow full-scale casino...
article BLOG: Racing Commission reviews casino rules
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission, which regulates casinos, today heard comments about a draft of rules to license and govern the four full-fledged casinos...

1/9/2019

article Court asked to toss casino foe's suit over letter
(Arkansas) -- A former county judge asked a court Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed over his last-minute endorsement of a proposal by a Mississippi company to build a...
article Draft casino rules to be considered Thursday
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission, which will regulate casino gambling under the new Amendment 100, meets at 11 a.m. Thursday and is expected to begin a 30-day...
article Rule change could invalidate Pope County casino support
(Arkansas) -- A proposed rule change for regulating Arkansas casinos could invalidate letters of support for a casino in Pope County written by the now former county...
article Draft casino rules to be considered Thursday
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission, which will regulate casino gambling under the new Amendment 100, meets at 11 a.m. Thursday and is expected to begin a 30-day...
article Firm vows school aid if county backs casino
(Arkansas) -- The developer of a proposed hotel-casino in Russellville pledged Tuesday to donate $20 million to education in Pope County -- where voters last year...
article Former Pope County judge challenges local casino ordinance
(Arkansas) -- Jim Ed Gibson, the former Pope County judge who gave lame-duck approval to Mississippi casino operators should they apply for a license in Arkansas, has...

1/8/2019

article Arkansas: Rule change could invalidate Pope County casino support
(Arkansas) -- A proposed rule change for regulating Arkansas casinos could invalidate letters of support for a casino in Pope County written by the now former county...
article Casino group promises charitable foundation if it gets casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Mississippi casino group that wants to get a license in Pope County is dangling the promise of $1 million a year in local charitable contributions if...
article Casino applicant makes case to Pope County ahead of upcoming commission meeting
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday to decide what a company has to do to apply for a casino license. One company thought it had good odds to...
article Gulfside Casino Partnership proposes Pope Co. Education Foundation
(Arkansas) -- Pope County residents have shown resistance when it comes to a casino, but plans for one are already in the works. The company planning to build a casino...

1/7/2019

article Racing Commission working on a draft for new casino rules that could have major impact
(Arkansas) -- The state is moving fast on casinos, but the debate over whether or not Pope County will get one continues. The Racing Commission has been working on a...

1/5/2019

article Clearance for a Pope County Casino Is Still Under Review
(Arkansas) -- A change to a proposed rule could derail casino plans in Pope County. State Senator Breanne Davis, who represents Russellville, requested an Attorney...
article Endorsement changes proposed for Arkansas casinos
(Arkansas) -- Changes that toughen endorsement requirements in proposed casino licensing rules were part of the refinement process and not a response to an ongoing...

1/4/2019

article As the Pope County casino turns
(Arkansas) -- Here's a brief update on the machinations about the possibility of a casino in Pope County under the new Amendment 100, which expanded casino gambling...
article Change to Proposed Rule Could Derail Casino Plans in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- A lot can change in a week. Just look at the casino issue in Pope County. A lawsuit still waiting for its day in court seeks to nullify a letter of support...
article Proposed change to Ark. draft casino regulations could render support letters invalid
(Arkansas) -- A minor tweak to draft rules regulating casino expansion in Arkansas could have major implications for two out-of-state resort casino developers. Legal...

1/3/2019

article Arkansas attorney general releases response to Pope County casino opinion request
(Arkansas) -- State Senator Breanne Davis requested an opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on December 27, 2018, concerning a Pope County Judge’...
article New official added to suit by casino foes
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission and a newly sworn-in county judge were added to a lawsuit that seeks to nullify a letter of support for a Mississippi...
article Racing Commission rules get a tweak in apparent response to Pope County casino furor
(Arkansas) -- Byron Freeland, attorney for the Arkansas Racing Commission, has distributed a proposed change in draft rules for the regulation of casino gambling that...

1/2/2019

article BLOG: Rocky transition in the Pope County judge's office
(Arkansas) -- A new wrinkle in Pope County, where controversy brews over a casino project. Ben Cross, the new county judge, took office Jan. 1 to find the previous judge...

1/1/2019

article New Russellville Mayor Sworn In, Speaks Out Against Casinos
(Arkansas) -- The newest mayor of Russellville, Richard Harris, got sworn into office Tuesday. Photos show the moment Harris became the newest Russellville mayor. Just a...
article Outgoing Arkansas mayor backs casino plan on last day
(Arkansas) -- The outgoing mayor of Russellville chose his last day in office to express support for a Mississippi company's proposal to build a $254 million, 600-...

12/31/2018

article $250 million casino proposal for Pope County stirs controversy
(Arkansas) -- An announcement that a Mississippi-based casino plans to build a $250 million complex in Pope County was met with opposition from local elected officials...
article Mississippi casino draws endorsement from another lame duck
(Arkansas) -- Lame duck Russellville Mayor Randy Horton said in a letter released today by a Mississippi casino operator that he believes the Mississippi group would be...
article Oaklawn top newsmaker of the year
(Arkansas) -- The announcement of potentially the largest private tourism development in the state's history, a seismic shift in the racing schedule and the passage...

12/30/2018

article Gulfside Casino Partnership annnounces $250m Arkansas resort casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- Mississippi-based operator, Gulfside Casino Partnership LLC, on Thursday announced plans for a three-phase $250-million resort casino in Pope County...

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