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Pope County casino gets new contender

Pope County casino gets new contender
Many companies want to develop the new Pope County casino.

Legends Resort and Casino announced plans to develop a venue and joined several companies in the race to land the rights over a Pope County casino.

US.- New gaming venues will soon arrive in Arkansas. However, it remains unclear which developer will land the Pope County casino licence, as many companies are pushing for it.

After many had already voiced their interest, Legends Resort and Casino has announced its plan to develop the venue. It would be an “extraordinary, world-class resort and entertainment destination,” the company said.

Legends explained its Pope County casino project would take 135 acres in Russellville. It would invest US$225 million and would take up to 18 months to complete the development.

The company explains its project would bring in over US$5 billion to the state. Out of that, US$21-US$31 million will go to the Arkansas State Racing Commission, US$49-US$67 million to Pope County & Russellville and US$131-US$246 million to the state of Arkansas.

Hard Rock’s interest

The new Arkansas casino comes after voters approved a constitutional amendment. That triggered a partnership between Warner Gaming and Hard Rock that are pushing for a fully-integrated resort casino.

“We aim to deliver to Pope County a facility that will attract visitors throughout the region and beyond,” Bill Warner, owner and CEO of Warner Gaming said. “With its truly global reach, the Hard Rock brand will help us do that.”

“The Hard Rock brand is one of the most recognisable in the world. We are pleased with the opportunity to bring the Hard Rock brand to Arkansas and continue our relationship with the Warner Gaming team,” said Jon Lucas, chief operating officer of Hard Rock International.

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