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Friday, July 28, 2006

Court case? What court case?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2006 at 11:30 AM

Though an appeal still is to come on the election procedure by which the Arkansas legislature opened the door to video poker at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis, Southland, for one, isn't letting any grass grow. (We still wonder if anybody is willing to legally challenge the notion that the expanded gambling is truly a legal "game of skill," given that the house take will be set by the house at the maximum it thinks it can get away with and still draw gamblers.)

Roby Brock's Talk Business today writes about a Commercial Appeal article that says the Tunica-wracked dog track is about to go casino in a $40 million way. Unless still more loopholes are planned, it won't be able to offer table games and pure "slots" as the Tunica casinos do, but it's apparently betting the speedy Interstate 40 connection will send many Memphians over to their poker slots instead of winding down the Mississippi Delta to the Horsehoe, Grand, etc.. At the newly renamed Southland Park Gaming and Racing, says Brock:

Apparently, Southland is opening up a nightclub and bar with live entertainment, a 280-seat casino-style mega-buffet, special events centers that will cater to 450, and an electronic gaming room thanks to a new state law and recent special election by local voters. Also, expect more improvements such as extensive landscaping, a new facade, bright neon signage and valet parking.

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