The two race tracks in Arkansas have begun full-scale operations making Arkansas another US state which has legal and operational gambling facilities. Last month it was announced that the two race tracks will begin their casino operations from April 1.
The two casinos, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis had got their license approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission last month.
It all started in November 2018 when through statewide voting the two race tracks were authorized to develop into a gambling venue allowing the venues to offer slot machines and table games.
The Oaklawn Racing & Gaming will now be called Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. After they got the authorization to offer gambling activities at the venue, the company announced that they would invest $100 million to develop the property by adding more amenities. The funds will also be spent on developing 28,000 square feet of gaming area.
The development will also include a 200-room hotel which will host amenities like a spa, a wellness center, a 14,000-square-foot multi-purpose event and entertainment center, and dining facilities.
Currently, the Oaklawn venue has eight table games and 1300 slot machines. The Southland race track has 2000 slot machines with 40 table games to offer.
Also, with the legalization of sports betting in the state, the two race track casinos will also soon be offering sports betting.
The race track operator has also announced a $250 million expansion plan for the Southland venue.