Campaign Starts on Gambling Votes in West Memphis and Hot Springs

SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CDT

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Groups in support and opposition of a proposed expansion of gambling at Hot Springs and West Memphis are making their cases ahead of a November 8 vote.

The campaigning has been visible in Hot Springs, where Oaklawn Park would be able to add "electronic games of skill," such as video poker, with the approval of local voters.  The same question will be on the ballot for Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis.

Advertising in favor of the measure touts the economic benefits of expanded gambling at Oaklawn.  Opponents cite the social costs of added gambling, claiming that video poker represents the most addictive form of slot-machine gambling.

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