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Arkansas State Lottery, Blackjack and Poker, Hoof or Paw - There's plenty of gaming in Arkansas

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 electronic game machines and year-round simulcast racing between the two venues to the Arkansas State Scholarship Lottery and you've hit the jackpot!

Southland Park Gaming & Racing

Located in West Memphis at 1550 N. Ingram, 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 1,450 electronic gaming machines, simulcast racing, a 150-seat juke joint and superb food, as well as year-round greyhound racing.

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.

Experience global fare without leaving Southland - the World Market Buffet offers international cuisine during daily lunch and dinner buffets, with Surf 'n' Turf Fridays, All-You-Can-Eat Crab Legs on Saturdays and a champagne brunch on Sundays. If you're in a hurry, stop by Quinn & Ella's 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! With live racing six days a week year-round (closed Tuesdays), you can catch a great race almost anytime. Get close to the track as the impressive greyhounds chase the bone around the course. Southland features over 400 live greyhound performances each year, as well as a simulcast room.

Oaklawn Park Horse Racing & Gaming

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.

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 crowd.

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 gaming operations.

Since its introduction in 2000, the gaming experience at Oaklawn had led to grandstand and gaming expansions, providing even more room for live racing, simulcasting and gaming (both Instant Racing and electronic games of skill). A huge array of skill games are offered including cardless poker, blackjack, 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.

Oaklawn Park Horse Racing

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

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery continues to expand its offerings to players. The numerous ways to play include Instant Games, Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, Cash 3, Cash 4, the Natural State Jackpot, Decades of Dollars, and Arkansas 50/50. Special “second-chance” promotions are also offered. Net proceeds from the lottery are used to fund scholarships and grants to in-state colleges and universities for Arkansas citizens.