Four applicants have tendered their proposal for a pope county casino before the Wednesday deadline set by the Russellville City Council’s gaming review panel.
Of those contending for a Pope County casino license are Cherokee Nation Businesses of Oklahoma, Kehl Management of Iowa, Warner Gaming of Nevada and Choctaw Nation Division of Commerce of Oklahoma.
The Gulfside Casino Partnership which had earlier placed its proposal for Pope county casino did not submit its proposal as the company has already sued the Arkansas Racing Commission when the earlier applications were rejected.
Last year in November, the state voters opted for one casino each in Pope and Jefferson counties. Moreover, gambling expansion plans were also approved for racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.
Chuck Garrett, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses said: “Today, in the spirit of continued transparency, we are pleased to provide public officials and the community-at-large with an additional resource containing details of our operating history and proposed world-class project.”
The gambling operator has proposed to build a $225 million resort outside Russellville.
Earlier this year in August, the Arkansas Racing Commission opened a new window for accepting fresh applications for awarding a casino license in Pope County.