Arkansans Gamble $14.9 Million on Games of Skill

JANUARY 22, 2007 - Posted at 3:56 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansans gambled $14.9 million on electronic games of skill at a dog track in West Memphis and a horse track in Hot Springs in December.  The figures were released today by the state Racing Commission.

The machines, installed in November, paid out nearly $13.2 million combined.

Southland Park in West Memphis reported gross wagers of $5.3 million, with more than $4.2 million in payouts at the dog track from the machines.

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs reported gross wagers of $9.6 million, with more than $8.9 million in payouts at the horse track.

The state has received $314,259 from the machines from an 18 percent privilege fee levied on the net wagers of the machines.  Combined, the tracks had net revenues of $1.7 million.

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