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Quapaw Nation Secures Permission For Pine Bluff casino
Quapaw Nation Secures Permission For Pine Bluff casino

Quapaw Nation Secures Permission For Pine Bluff Casino

The Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday green signalled Quapaw Nation’s plan to build a casino in Pine Bluff. The gambling regulator also approved Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort’s application for sports betting. However, it rejected the applications of five other operators seeking a Pope County casino license.

As the license applications were rejected, the gambling commission allowed for a full refund of $250,000 paid as application fee. It was a discretion of the gambling commission to keep it or process a refund.

Commenting on the grant of license by the gambling regulator John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Nation, said: “I’m elated and exhausted. I’m really happy for Jefferson County and the people of Jefferson County. It’s really good for my tribe, my people. I heard they were watching it on TV. They’re all excited.”

The commission unanimously voted to reject five applicants — Gulfside Casino Partnership out of Gulfport, Miss.; Tri-Peaks Entertainment Group of Las Vegas; Choctaw Nation of Durant, Okla.; Cherokee Nation Business of Catoosa, Okla.; and Kehl Management of Dubuque, Iowa — for the Pope County license as none of the applicants had a letter of support from local government officials.

Earlier in April, Arkansas racetracks started full scale gambling operations. Sports betting operation is expected to come soon at Arkansas gambling venues.

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