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Arkansas Racing Commission approves licenses for 2 casinos

March 23, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved full casino licenses for a Hot Springs horse-racing track and a greyhound track in western Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said Saturday that the commission has granted casino license approval for Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, and will issue the licenses in the coming days.

Both facilities are scheduled to begin full casino operations April 1.

Hardin says the commission also will accept applications in May for a casino in Jefferson County and another in Pope County.

Voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution last year allowing for the two current tracks to expand to full casinos and for two additional casinos to be built.