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Arkansas greyhound track announces $250M casino, hotel

January 24, 2019 GMT

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — A greyhound track in east Arkansas is spending $250 million to build a new casino complex and high-rise hotel.

Delaware North, the parent company of Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, said Thursday it plans to begin construction this summer on its new 113,000 square-foot casino complex and 20-story hotel tower. The expansion is expected to add as many as 60 live table games and expand its gambling machines from 2,000 to 2,400.

The announcement comes months after Arkansas voters approved legalizing casinos at Southland, a Hot Springs horse track and in two other counties. The tracks already offer electronic gambling such as video poker.

Southland says it plans to open 40 live table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette, at its existing facility in April.