After Arkansas opened up for gambling in the state, it had been seeking applications from gambling operators.Thursday was the deadline to submit the applications. On the final day, four more applications were submitted.
Last year the voters passed an amendment after a court in Arkansas cleared the way for the voting process.The applications were being sought for operating casinos in Jefferson or Pope County.
According to a report from Associated Press, “The state received applications Thursday for a Pope County casino from the Cherokee Nation, Tri-Peaks Entertainment Group LLC, Robert, and Ruth Kehl Family and the Choctaw Nation. The state had previously received an application from Gulfside Casino Partnership.
Only one application has been submitted for Jefferson County, from the Downstream Development Authority.”
None of the Pope County casino applications include letters of support from current local leaders, while the Jefferson County application does. Racing Commission regulations say letters of support can only come from current officeholders. The Racing Commission will consider the applications June 13.
Earlier in March the two casinos, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis got their license approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission following which the operations began in April.