Arkansas Tracks Say Games of Skill Handled $30 Million-Plus in Bets

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Figures from the Arkansas Racing Commission show that a West Memphis dog track and a Hot Springs horse track reported that electronic games of skill handled more than $30 million in wagers last month.

Combined, the machines paid out about $28.3 million and brought $369,725 to the state through an 18 percent privilege fee levied on their net proceeds.

The Oaklawn Park horse track at Hot Springs reported nearly $12.2 million in gross wagers and payouts totaling $11.5 million.  The machines at the Southland Park greyhound track at West Memphis had wagers totaling nearly $18.2 million and paid out about $16.8 million.

The state requires that the machines pay out at least 83 percent of gross wagers over their lifetime.  At Oaklawn, the payouts in May were 94 percent while Southland's figure was 92 percent.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)