Lottery, Blackjack and Poker, Hoof or Paw - There's plenty of gaming in Arkansas
Southland and Oaklawn Parks: Games of Skill & More plus Greyhound and Horse Racing in Arkansas
Southland Park Gaming & Racing
From the Delta to the Ouachita Mountains, plan your next vacation
around exciting games of skill in Arkansas. West Memphis is home to live
greyhound races at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, while Hot Springs offers four months of live horse racing at Oaklawn Park. Add a combined 1450 electronic gaming machines and simulcast racing between the two venues to the new Arkansas State Scholarship Lottery and you've hit the jackpot!
Located in West Memphis, Southland Park Gaming and Racing
has the distinction of being one of the largest greyhound racing
facilities in the world. Southland offers something for everyone - over
800 electronic gaming machines, simulcast racing, a 150-seat juke joint
and superb food, as well as Southland's claim to fame - greyhound
Let your rock star shine as you sing your heart out on karaoke nights.
Impress your friends during trivia night or sit back and enjoy live
music. The Juke Joint features music performed by some of the best
bands from around the region every Friday
and Saturday night.
The Bourbon Street Steakhouse and Grill offers succulent steaks, savory seafood, scrumptious soups, and refreshing salads with a New Orleans flair.
Cheering on the winner at Southland
Experience global fare without leaving Southland - the World Market Buffet
offers international cuisine during daily lunch and dinner buffets,
with All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp on Fridays, All-You-Can-Eat Crab Legs on
Saturdays and a champagne brunch on Sundays. If you're in a hurry, stop
for burgers, fries, snacks, and sodas. You can also visit the Kennel Club and dine while watching the greyhounds run.
Watching live greyhound races at Southland Park Gaming and Racing
is exciting! Get close to the track as the impressive greyhounds chase
the bone around the course. Southland Park features over 400 live
greyhound performances each year, as well as a simulcast room featuring
greyhound and thoroughbred races.
Southland Park is located at 1550 N. Ingram in West Memphis.
There is no sound quite like the call of the bugle as it announces the
beginning of the competition. Horse racing is a sport unlike any other.
At Oaklawn Park, horse racing spectators enjoy the satisfaction
of watching not only the strength and power of the horses but also the
jockey's handling skills of these graceful animals.
Thundering hooves at Oaklawn Park
Whether it's the thrill of the bet, the energized atmosphere, or
watching and cheering on the elegant powerhouses as they speed around
the course, there's something about the chase that never fails to draw a
The rush of excitement felt as the thundering hooves charge to the finish line has made Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs
a premier entertainment venue since its opening in 1905. Oaklawn is
Arkansas's only Thoroughbred racing venue. The track consists of a
one-mile dirt oval and features Thoroughbred races from late January through mid-April.
It is one of the top tracks in the country, and in addition to its
racing, the track is open year-round for simulcasting and electronic
The gaming experience at Oaklawn dates back to 2000. A recent grandstand
expansion provided the park more room for live racing, simulcasting and
gaming (both Instant Racing and electronic games of skill). Since
opening in May 2009, the new gaming facility features 650 games of skill
including cardless poker and blackjack. Phase two of the expansion is
expected to be completed in early 2010 and will add more games of skill
(up to a total of 1100) including the state's first electronic poker
room, featuring Texas Hold 'Em. Wrapping up the live racing season,
Oaklawn's Racing Festival of the South attracts the nation's top horses
and the Arkansas Derby winner normally can be expected to play a key
role in the famous Triple Crown races. Down through the years there have
been many horses that rose to the top of their profession via the
track. Horses like Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Temperence Hill, and
Summer Bird have come through Oaklawn before going on to success in
Triple Crown races.
Gaming at Oaklawn Park
More than horses, a day at the races is an event full of camaraderie,
people watching, drink, food (like the park's famed corned beef
sandwiches), and the anticipation of each upcoming race.
Oaklawn Gaming & Racing is located at 2705 Central Ave, Scenic Ark. 7, just south of Historic Downtown Hot Springs.
Arkansas State Lottery
Talk about anticipation! The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
is up and running, offering various chances to win, including instant
scratch and win tickets, Powerball and others. Net proceeds from the Arkansas State Lottery are used to support Arkansas education for Arkansas students and build a better future for the state.