Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Southland Park Gaming and Racing (2008)
|Location||West Memphis, Arkansas|
|Owned by||Delaware North|
|Race type||greyhound racing|
Southland Park Gaming and Racing is a casino, buffet, and greyhound racetrack in West Memphis, Arkansas. Over 400 greyhound races take place at the Park each year. Simulcast thoroughbred and greyhound races from other tracks around the United States are also offered. After years of low attendance, Southland Park has regained popularity because neighboring casinos in Tunica, Mississippi experienced devastating floods 2011. In 2014, it was announced that Southland was to undergo a nearly $38 million dollar expansion and renovation. It is one of the most visited attractions in Arkansas and the city of West Memphis.
Southland Park began as a dog racing track in 1956. At its opening in 1956, Southland became Arkansas’s only greyhound racetrack, following in the tradition of the earlier Riverside Kennel Club, which was the first greyhound track in West Memphis. Riverside had been located at the Arkansas end of the Mississippi River bridge between West Memphis and Memphis, Tennessee, and proved to be a popular diversion. Based on that popularity, Southland was established after the demise of Riverside. Originally owned by the Upton family and other individuals, Southland was purchased by Delaware North Companies, Inc., based in Buffalo, New York, in the early 1970s.
The state of Arkansas does not use traditional slot machines, all games offered are "electronic games of skill" which is defined by section 10.17 of the Final Rules of the Arkansas Racing Commission Regulations for Franchise Holders Operating Electronic Games of skill as "game(s) played through any electronic device or machine that affords an opportunity for the exercise of skill or judgment where the outcome is not completely controlled by chance alone." 
The state of Arkansas does not allow the states to have live table games, but Southland Park does have electronic versions of Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em and Mississippi Stud.
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