Two Arkansas racetracks are ready to launch complete casino gambling offers. This is after their license requests were issued by the Arkansas Racing Commission late in March 2019. A legal amendment approved by Arkansas residents at a state-wide vote last November allowed Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs and Racing in West Memphis and Southland Park Gaming to transform into casino properties. They will now be offering gamblers slot machines and table games. It is also imperative to know that Oaklawn Racing & Gaming will run as Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. The properties rebrand was revealed last month in expectation for today’s official launch of casino gaming.
Two Arkansas Racetracks Casino Expansions
Following the approval of Modification 100 in November 2018, Oaklawn owners have announced a $100 million development of the property’s existing facilities. The growth will include 28,000 square feet of extra gaming space. Oaklawn looks to complete the casino extension prior to the 2020 live racing period. In addition, the expansion will see the development of a 200-room hotel with a spa and wellness centre, a 14,000-square-foot multi-purpose occasion and entertainment centre, and more dining venues.
Oaklawn also added eight table games to its 1,300 slot games ahead of its official change into a complete casino. Southland racetrack, which is in West Memphis, will be operating 2,000 slot games and 40 table games.
Sports Betting in Arkansas
Besides the casino, Amendment 100 also authorized the offering of sports betting services. Both Southland and Oaklawn show that they will go ahead and take advantage of the chance and will run sportsbooks. However, sports bet might not be available in Southland any time soon. The racetrack and the casino have started with the promotion of the upcoming launch of its BetLucky Sportsbook. Aside from adding sports gambling, the betting and hospitality operator also announced a $250 million development at Southland. It was named one of the main privately subsidized projects in the state by the government.
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