The Arkansas Racing Commission has opened a new window for accepting fresh applications for awarding a casino license in Pope County.
The new application window will be open for 90 days. The announcement has been made after a Mississippi-based company filed a lawsuit against the commission for denying its request to reconsider its application which was earlier denied by the gambling authority.
All applications for casino gaming licenses must be submitted to the commission’s office at 1515 W. Seventh St., Suite 505, in Little Rock by 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Application forms are available from the commission office or on its website.
“Applications will be provided to Commissioners as they are received. Due to the competitive advantage that would be created by broad release prior to the close of the application period, applications will not be shared publicly until November 18,” state Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said.
“If one application is received, a thorough review will be conducted by Commissioners to ensure the requirements of Amendment 100 are met prior to licensing. In the case of multiple applications, the Commission must weigh several factors within each proposal to determine the best fit for Pope County and the state of Arkansas,” Hardin added.
Earlier this year in July, after Arkansas legalized sports betting, first sports wagers were placed at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming after it received the go-ahead from the gambling commission.