The state regulator has given the green light for two Arkansas casinos to launch in the Hot Springs horse-racing track and a greyhound track in West Memphis.
US.- While the gaming industry in the US seems to focus on sports betting, it continues to expand elsewhere. That’s why the gaming regulator has approved two Arkansas casinos to launch within racetracks in the state.
The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved full licences for Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis. They will host the first two Arkansas casinos after the regulator effectively issues the licences in the next few days.
Both venues will begin operating next April 1, nonetheless, others will soon join in.
What’s next for Arkansas casinos?
According to Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin, they will issue further licences. In May, the commission will accept applications for a casino in Jefferson County and another in Pope County.
“The Racing Commission looks forward to opening the application process. We anticipate applications will be accepted beginning in early May,” Hardin had advanced.
“The total number of applications received will determine the timetable for review of said applications. As Oaklawn and Southland plan to offer expanded table games in the near future, the Commission will formally license both locations at an upcoming meeting.”