West Memphis Dog Track Says Electronic Games of Skill will Double Purses

AUGUST 30, 2006 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The president of Southland Park at West Memphis says he expects the addition of electronic gaming to more than double the weekly purses offered by the greyhound track.

Yesterday at Little Rock, Southland president Barry Baldwin gave the state Racing Commission its first look at Southland's proposal to add electronic games of skill.  The games that Southland wants to add starting November 1 include video poker and video black jack.

Baldwin told commissioners that the park hopes to have a two-day "soft opening" to preview the electronic games to media and selected guests in late October.  He said the intent was to get an idea of how things will go on a normal day.

The commission is expected to review Southland's plan in September.  The panel must also approve the dog track's security measures and the individual games.

Eric Jackson, general manager of Oaklawn Park, said the horse track would submit its application for electronic games within the next two months.

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