Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Expanded Gambling

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arguments in a challenge to a law that allowed voters in Hot Springs and West Memphis to approve video poker and other electronic games of skill will be heard this week by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the manager of Southland Park Gaming & Racing says the new electronic games haven't been a financial boon for the West Memphis greyhound track.  Troy Keeping says casinos in Tunica continue to draw customers away from his West Memphis track because the Mississippi casinos can offer more electronic games of skill.

Southland underwent a major renovation and expansion after the games were approved and offers nearly a thousand games of skill.  Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs added just 130 games.

The Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Thursday in the case brought by the Family Action Council Committee.  The group argues that the elections authorizing the games were citywide, denying county residents the right to cast ballots.  Circuit judges have ruled that the law authorizing the elections was constitutional, and the Garland County decision was appealed to the state's high court.

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