Regulators to Get Look at Southland's Plans for Electronic Games

AUGUST 28, 2006 - Posted at 5:09 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Operators of Southland Park will ask state regulators tomorrow to approve a plan to open more than 900 video poker and other electronic gaming machines by November.

The West Memphis dog track will present its application and plan for the electronic games of skill to the Arkansas Racing Commission.  The Commission is expected to vote on the proposal in October.

Southland's application with the Racing Commission proposes operation of between 750 and 1,500 games of skill on the main floor of the greyhound track's existing grandstand.  Southland President Barry Baldwin said today that the track plans to open November 1 with between 920 and 930 gaming machines.  He said the track also hopes to have a two-day preview for media and other guests in late October to help test the machines.

A 2005 state law allowed Southland and Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs to add electronic games of skill if local voters approved.  Voters in both locations approved the measures in November, and the commission adopted regulations this month after gambling opponents lost lawsuits in the two counties where the tracks are located.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)