Southland Park Gaming and Racing is Full of Surprises
Recently, I was in West Memphis
for the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which was held at Southland Park Racing and Gaming
. While the conference is full of activities from speakers and sessions to socializing, I still found a little time in the evenings to take advantage of being at Southland Park, which is how I found out that I am a roulette kinda girl. I also love to bet on the dogs even though I have no understanding of picking a greyhound in a race. I sure do enjoy seeing them run.
From greyhound racing to casino gaming, this racino is full of surprises. Southland has reel games, blackjack and video poker. The gaming floor chimes with the sounds of the machines in action and is lit by their colorful flashing lights. You’ll find fast-paced gaming tables and a one-of-a-kind poker room. Right now at Southland Park, New Player Rewards members get $20 in Free Play.
Southland Park opened its doors in 1956. Back then it offered only seasonal greyhound racing, but because of growing popularity in the 80s it now has a year-round racing season and a track surface fitted with an underground heating system. It has one of the largest kennel compounds in the nation, and is the only racetrack in the U.S. that conducts nine-dog racing as part of its live racing programs. Southland conducts an average of 6,000 races over the course of a year. Also popular is its simulcast wagering seven days a week, year-round (except on Christmas and Easter). Since I also love horse racing, this appealed to me as well.
Other surprises? Your dining options at the World Market Buffet and the Bourbon Street Steak House Grill. You won’t believe the fine dining and wine offerings of the steak house. It may be one of the city’s best kept secrets. One of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life was at the steak house. The live music makes a trip to Southland worthwhile as well. (1550 N. Ingram Blvd.; 800-467-6182; www.southlandgreyhound.com)