WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) – A full-fledged casino is now ready for visitors to cash-in at the renamed Southland Casino Racing.
The business, formerly called Southland Gaming and Racing, now has live table games for gamblers to try their luck.
Arkansas voters said yes to casino gambling just last November.
“I think voters started realizing that it’s good for the state, it’s good for the economy,” commented Southland’s President and General Manager Dave Wolf. “We give back to the community.”
Now Southland is boasting live table games for the first time both upstairs and downstairs, and adding 100 jobs. The additional jobs positions include dealers and support staff.
“We have 40 live table games,” said Wolf. “We have craps, roulette, blackjack, and Mississippi stud, and three-card poker. A couple of other card games here. Very exciting we’ve been very since 4 a.m. this morning.”
Officials say the additions will bring a more traditional gambling option for visitors.
“They’ve actually had casino gambling per se, but it was all mechanized,” said John McKanmie, a dealer at Horse Shoe Casino in Tunica. “Now why it took them so long to have actual live dealers, the voters made the choice.”
Wolf tells Local 24 News that sports betting can be expected later this summer.
This is only the first phase of a new look for the casino, which began as a dog track in 1956.
The company plans to break ground at the end of this month on a $250 million expansion project that includes an upgraded casino complex and a high-rise hotel.