Local Casinos in Arkansas

There are two casinos in Arkansas. They are Oaklawn Jockey Club in the city of Hot Springs, Garland county, Arkansas and Southland Greyhound Park in city of West Memphis, in Crittenden county. In Arkansas the only forms of gambling that are currently legal are horse racing, greyhound racing, and electronic games of skill. The electronic games played in Arkansas include virtual craps, poker, roulette, and blackjack. The games are played following the long accepted rules, but the virtual cards appear on each player’s personal monitor. Arkansas’ two casinos play an important role in helping to fund the state’s budget. Located on opposite sides of the state, the taxes the casinos generate and the jobs they create help to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people from Arkansas. Competition from adjoining states for the money Arkansans spend on legal gambling has led the Arkansas legislature to open the state up to extended casino hours and other types of gambling. Some casinos are now open 24 hours a day. These actions have made thousands of people happy and can lead to a significant swell in the state’s coffers. Oaklawn Jockey Club is a casino that’s very popular with people in Arkansas. Primarily known for its thoroughbred racing including The Racing Festival of the South, the facility now boasts a wide range of casino games. Opened in 1905, the casino has been subject to the state’s political forces. This has led to the facility having to close and reopen several times. Horse racing is what drew visitors in the 1930s and beyond. In 2008 Oaklawn added poker tables and casino...