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Arkansas Late Entry into Expanded Gambling Operations in Bible Belt

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Arkansas has long been a holdout in the push to bring more gambling to the Bible Belt.  But more games will begin tomorrow.  Hundreds of charities across Arkansas will be allowed to run bingo games and sell raffle tickets to raise money for their causes.

A constitutional amendment approved last year okayed the new games, marking a major shift for the state surrounded by states that offer riverboat wagering, lotteries and large casinos.

Before bingo and raffle were approved, the only legal gambling in Arkansas was at the Oaklawn Park horse track in Hot Springs and Southland Park greyhound track in West Memphis.  Bingo and raffles were legally questionable.

Under the new gaming rules, Arkansas state government will take in revenue from the sale of bingo equipment to cover the cost of regulation.  The charities will keep all their proceeds after paying winners.

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