Arkansas accepts casino licence applications

The commission started accepting casino license applications. Credits: AP
The commission started accepting casino license applications. Credits: AP

The Arkansas commission started accepting casino licence applications for Jerfferson and Pope counties.

US.- The Arkansas Racing Commission has officially started accepting casino licence applications. The first applicant is Downstream Development Authority of the Oklahoma Quapaw Tribe.

The Oklahoma-based group submitted its proposal on Wednesday to obtain a licence for Jefferson County. The tribe hopes to undergo a US$300 million project. “This is beyond just dollars and cents for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma. This is the original homeland,” said Nate Steel, a legal counsel for the applicant.

The documents submitted on Wednesday detail the plans for construction and operation of the state-of-the-art casino resort.

“This is a full-scale first-class commercial casino resort so I think that the people of Jefferson County, central Arkansas and really this part of the country are going to be excited about having this built in Jefferson County, Arkansas,” said Steel.

Steel added that a third casino could lead to enhancing the Pine Bluff area overall, KATV revealed. “Within the next few years of operation, close to $10 million annually — that’s just the direct tax revenue. We’ll be looking at about 2,000 jobs during construction and 1,000 permanent jobs after that,” he added.

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