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Oaklawn's sportsbook offers a theater-like ambiance for bettors.
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Book It: Sports Betting Takes Off in ArkansasLock Icon

In the last three months of 2019, Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff handled nearly $1.4 million in bets on sports. read more >
Work on the first phase of the  $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff is racing toward completion in June. The 80,000-SF casino floor, lined by restaurants, will have room to accommodate 50 table games and 2,000 slot machines. Expected to open next year, phase two encompasses the 300-room, 13-story hotel tower and events center.
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Construction Flurry Advances Saracen Casino

To get the first phase of the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff open as soon as possible, crews are racing the clock on a work schedule that is essentially 24/7. read more >
Oaklawn's hotel and event center, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in January 2021 with a prime location adjacent to the track.
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Will Arkansas Have Enough Gamblers?Lock Icon

When the Quapaw Nation opened its gambling parlor in Pine Bluff four months ago, the Saracen Annex created new competition for casinos in Hot Springs and West Memphis and raised a new question: Is Arkansas’ gambling market already saturated? read more >
Gamblers enjoying the modern slot machines at the Saracen Annex in Pine Bluff earlier this month.  Casino gaming made its debut in Arkansas in 2019.
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Players Seated: New Casino Industry Tracks, Rewards RegularsLock Icon

Knowing your customer is a business commandment, and for casinos, it may be the most crucial card game. read more >
An architectural rendering of the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff.  Construction, which started last month, is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
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Dining Options Aplenty Planned at Saracen Casino TablesLock Icon

Your Whispers staff has your first report on the dining menus planned for the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. 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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As Saracen Casino Goes Up, Minority Jobs Expected to Rise on Quapaws’ BetLock Icon

The Quapaw Tribe of Indians’ Downstream Development Authority LLC broke ground last month in Pine Bluff and expects a 300-room hotel and 80,000-SF casino complex to be fully built by the end of 2020. read more >
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Markham West Ownership Shifts in $19.7M Transaction (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Affiliates of Weingarten Realty of Houston, Texas, were on either side of a $19.75 million transaction involving a 166,735-SF retail project in west Little Rock. read more >
The historic Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs announced a $50 million renovation plan last year, before Arkansas voters approved casino gambling, which is coming to Hot Springs’ Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.
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As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for LiftLock Icon

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn’t have been happier. 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 >
John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians at the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma.
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Quapaw Casino-Growth Plans Generate Opposition in Kansas

The success of Downstream Casino Resort in Kansas and plans for expansion suggests that the Quapaw Tribe of Indians know how to run a casino — an expertise that might well worry Arkansas’ existing gambling venues. read more >
The Downstream Casino & Resort on the border of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri elevated the Quapaw Tribe to the forefront among Indian gambling developments.
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Tribal Land in Arkansas Draws Scrutiny

Two Indian tribes have made successful forays into Arkansas to reclaim historic ties through land ownership. One was made with the aid of a gift and the other through acquisition thanks to profits from casino operations in Oklahoma. read more >
The former Harvest Foods store at 4101 E. Kiehl Ave. in Sherwood.
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Sherwood Retail Project Recycled in $1.2M Sale (Real Deals)

A 40,750-SF former grocery store in Sherwood tipped the scales at $1.19 million. Tisdale Properties & Developments LLC, led by Tracy Tisdale, bought the 4101 E. Kiehl Ave. project from BancorpSouth Bank of Tupelo, Miss. read more >
Mulligan’s Golf was among the properties assembled by First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, whose steeple is visible in the distance.
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NLR Congregation Looks South to Grow (Real Deals)

A North Little Rock congregation put together more than 90 acres for future expansion across the interstate from its 1401 Calvary Road campus for $1.05 million. read more >
John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, led a historic return to Arkansas through land ownership.
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After 180 Years, Quapaw Tribe Returns to Arkansas in Land Deal

For the first time in 180 years, the Quapaw Tribe of Indians is the owner of Arkansas land with an 80-acre tract near the Little Rock Port Industrial Park. read more >