Arkansas Racing Commission Announces Revision of Casino Rules

Arkansas residents voted to allow casino gambling in the state, leading to the approval of licenses for three casinos in Crittenden, Jefferson, and Garland Counties. However, a years-long legal battle has prevented the development of a fourth casino in Pope County. The Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC) has been working to revise the rules for assessing casino license applicants in order to move forward with the licensing process.

The ACR’s revision of the assessment rules has been officially approved, paving the way for the awarding of the Pope County casino license. Once the proposed rules receive approval from Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Commission will begin accepting applications, giving bidders 30 days to submit their proposals.

The new rules are expected to remove a provision that allows applications to be received after the 30-day period, in an effort to avoid potential litigation. Each casino operator will undergo a scoring process to determine their suitability for the license. Commissioner Steve Anthony emphasized the importance of a thorough and fair scoring process, which will ultimately determine the bidder with the highest score for the fourth casino license.

If there are no delays, there is a possibility that the last casino license in Arkansas could be awarded this year, marking a significant development for the state’s gambling industry. The efforts of the ARC and the upcoming assessment process signify progress in resolving the long-standing legal dispute and moving forward with the casino expansion in Arkansas.