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Saracen Raises Ante: $230M Event Center & Hotel Heads for 2025 DebutLock Icon

Work began in October on the 440,000-SF expansion that will more than triple the size of the casino complex in Pine Bluff. read more >
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Former Quapaw Lawyer Accused of Embezzling From Saracen Casino

Jack Brill allegedly funneled more than $2.34 million to former Quapaw Business Committee Chair John Berrey and several other associates. read more >
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Baby Needs a New Hobby (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

The defense for a rancher who swindled Tyson Foods says he was addicted to futures trading by phone. read more >
Carlton Saffa, chief market officer at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff.
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Saracen Set to Roll Out $200M AdditionLock Icon

The 400,000-SF hotel-event center will be one of the largest in Arkansas. “We’re all in,” said Carlton Saffa, chief market officer for Saracen. 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 >
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Saracen Launches Mobile Sports Betting

With its app and website now live, Saracen becomes the second casino in Arkansas to start accepting mobile wagers. 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 >

Mobile Sports Betting Gets Final OK in Arkansas

It's on track to launch before March Madness. read more >
Carlton Saffa, chief market officer for Saracen Casino, center, is flanked by attorneys for Southland and Oaklawn casinos as he speaks to a state legislative committee reviewing rules for mobile sports betting. 
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Update: Mobile Sports Betting Advances After Profit-Sharing Rule Approved

A final vote in the full committee is expected next week. read more >
Saracen Casino Resort’s first renderings were by Marlon Blackwell Architects of Fayetteville, top left, and were provided by Blackwell’s attorney. Saracen Development released HBG Design’s image, top right, in a news release in December 2019. Saracen Casino’s latest rendering, bottom, was provided by the casino. A lawsuit over the design has been settled.
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Saracen Casino Design Case Reaches SettlementLock Icon

Renowned Fayetteville architect Marlon Blackwell will now receive credit for designing the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. 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 >
A sampling of attractions at Saracen Casino Resort includes the Crossroads bar.
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Saracen Draws New Funding After Showing a Good HandLock Icon

Pine Bluff's Saracen Casino Resort proves it’s a favorable bet, landing a $375M refinancing deal. read more >
Featuring a new hotel and expanded casino, Oaklawn got off to an early start this season with December racing.
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Arkansas Racetracks Take Opposite TurnsLock Icon

Greyhounds will stop running at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis. In contrast, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs is running an expanded horse meet that began in December with a near-record 66 race days scheduled. 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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Saracen Credit Ratings Go UpLock Icon

Moody upgraded Saracen’s corporate family rating and $285 million senior secured notes due in 2025 to B3 from Caa1. read more >
Rockabilly singer Jason D. Williams appears in Saracen ads with the theme of  “Vegas, Arkansas style.”
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As Dice Roll, So Do AdsLock Icon

With three casinos operating in Arkansas, marketing heats up and ads proliferate. read more >
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Inflation Leads to Increasing Menu Prices

Arkansas restaurateurs, already contending with a resurgent pandemic, are also wrestling with the challenge of inflation, which is putting pressure on thin profit margins and has caused some to raise menu prices. 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 >
Gary Heathcott, a consultant to CJRW since early 2015, has been taken off two state accounts, according to the ad firm and the state.

Heathcott, CJRW Settle 2018 Breach of Contract Lawsuit

Ad man Gary Heathcott and marketing firm CJRW have settled Heathcott's $1.3 million breach of contract lawsuit from 2018. read more >
John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, said the $350 million Pine Bluff casino complex will be developed along the lines of the tribe’s Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma.

Quapaw Kicks Former Chairman Off Ballot

The Quapaw Nation Business Committee votes to kick off the ballot John L. Berrey, the former chairman who is facing criminal charges for abuse of office, conspiracy and embezzlement. read more >