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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
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Pope County Judge’s Letter Backs Cherokee Casino

Pope County Judge Ben Cross is doubling down on his support for a casino planned near Russellville by Cherokee Nation Businesses of Catoosa, Oklahoma. read more >
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State Supreme Court Rules Against Cherokee Casino in Russellville

The Arkansas Supreme Court threw plans for a Cherokee casino in Russellville into disarray on Thursday, upholding a ruling that voided the casino company’s license. read more >
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Update: Cherokee Nation to Appeal Ruling That Voids Casino License

The ruling is universally expected to face an appeal. read more >
These apps allow sports wagering from a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer from anywhere in Arkansas.
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Mobile Betting Taking Off in ArkansasLock Icon

Though still in its infancy, the future of mobile sports betting in Arkansas looks promising as more casinos gain approval and launch apps. read more >
Oaklawn's sportsbook offers a theater-like ambiance for bettors.
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Casino Apps Prepped; Sports Betting SpikesLock Icon

Wagers for the month were more than $10.6 million, beating the previous record set in October by $1 million. read more >
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Southland Launches Online Sportsbook; Saracen Awaits App Approval

Southland had been quiet about its preparations for mobile betting in Arkansas, making it something of a surprise that it was first to launch. read more >
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Mobile Sports Bets May Be Just a Tap AwayLock Icon

The state has three glittering gambling halls and a fourth on the drawing board, but Arkansas sports bettors could soon have a mini-casino in their pockets: their cellphones. read more >
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Racing Commission Awards Pope County License to Cherokee Nation Businesses

The Arkansas Racing Commission awards the Pope County casino license to Cherokee Nation Businesses, giving the company control of the state’s fourth and final casino license. read more >
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Supreme Court to Decide Who Builds Russellville Casino

The Arkansas Supreme Court will soon decide which of two gaming groups will build the state’s fourth casino, in Pope County. read more >
Opponents of competing proposals to allow casinos in Arkansas have been arguing against giving private businesses a monopoly over an industry.
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Gulfside Casino Hires Nabholz, AnderCorp to Build Casino

Nabholz Construction Corp. of Conway and AnderCorp LLC of Gulfport, Mississippi, formed a joint venture to oversee construction of the River Valley Casino Resort in Pope County. read more >
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Racing Commission Affirms Decision on Gulfside Casino

The Arkansas Racing Commission votes unanimously to make final its July 30 decision to award the Mississippi-based Gulfside Casino Partnership a permit that will allow Gulfside to operate a casino in Pope County. read more >
Saracen Casino Resort’s renderings by Marlon Blackwell Architects of Fayetteville are at the bottom. Saracen Development released HBG Design’s images, at top, in a news release in December. Blackwell’s  images were provided by MBA’s attorney, Mark Henry of Fayetteville.
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Judge Clears Path for Saracen Casino Design LawsuitLock Icon

A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week that a 2019 lawsuit can go forward over who designed the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. read more >
Alex Lieblong, owner of Lieblong & Associates and Arkansas Racing Commissioner
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Racing Chairman Alex Lieblong Keeps Tight Rein on Casino Applicants

Alex Lieblong, the Arkansas racing commissioner, says the "BS meter is probably the No. 1 meter you need, in all things in life." read more >
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Arkansas Judge Blocks Panel From Awarding Casino License

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen temporarily blocks the Arkansas Racing Commission from issuing a license for a casino to operate in Pope County. read more >
A major expansion at Southland Gaming & Racing in West Memphis will include a 20-story, 300-room luxury hotel and what officials promise will be “the Mid-South region’s premier casino,” a 96,000-SF gaming space with added amenities.

Southland to Stop Greyhound Racing by End of 2022

An east Arkansas track has agreed to phase out greyhound racing over the next three years, citing a decline in dog racing nationally and fears that the state's voters would approve ending the practice. read more >
An architectural rendering of the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff.  Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
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Commission Approves License for Pine Bluff Casino, Rejects Bids in Pope County

The Arkansas Racing Commission grants the Downstream Development Authority a casino license in Jefferson County, paving the way for construction to begin immediately on the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort there. read more >
Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith says sports betting will be an amenity at his racetrack, “but if we didn’t have it, we would have operated Oaklawn without it.”
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Bet on the Hogs? Soon, Sports Gambling Will Be Legal in Arkansas

Sports wagering is coming to Arkansas although its final form and true impact remain unknown. read more >
Pope County Judge Ben Cross expects the issue of building a casino in the county will eventually wind up in the courts. But whatever happens, “I will follow the law.”
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Pope County Says Casino Not a Good FitLock Icon

Garland and Crittenden counties have long histories as hosts of gaming establishments. Jefferson County needs jobs. But Pope County? read more >
Architect’s renditions of the proposed Quapaw-run casino for Pine Bluff, tentatively named Saracen Casino Resort, after a historic Quapaw Tribe chief.
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Quapaw Return to Arkansas Bearing a CasinoLock Icon

Pine Bluff gets ready to host the commercial return of Arkansas' "namesake" tribe. read more >