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Arkansas track wins big with games

11 June 2007

ARKANSAS -- As reported by the Columbus Dispatch: "Patrons at Southland Park Gaming and Racing plopped more than $92 million into 'games of skill' in the first six months after the renovated greyhound track and gaming parlor reopened last fall.

"The games at the $40 million track in West Memphis, Ark., are not gambling devices under that state's law because they require skill to spin electronic wheels to match rows of bars, fruit or playing cards.

"Ohio supporters of similar games hope to hold on to a favorable ruling from Attorney General Marc Dann about the legality of the machines. They suffered a setback last week, however, when Dann threatened to revoke a May 22 agreement with Castle King LLC because the company objected to the public release of a consultant's analysis of its Match 'Um Up game.

"...The company has hundreds of machines waiting in warehouses for shipment around the state if Dann approves. It hinges on the attorney general's initial opinion that winning one of the games in question is a matter of at least 51 percent skill, rather than mostly luck, which would render it illegal under Ohio law..."

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