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Arkansas' Gambling Rules Reviewed

7 September 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – As reported by the Arkansas News Bureau: "State legislators Wednesday reviewed new rules and regulations governing booming natural gas exploration in western Arkansas and expanded gambling at the state's two pari-mutuel racetracks.

"…During Wednesday's meeting, the committee reviewed a series of rules and regulations for implementing Act 1151 of 2005, which authorized wagering on electronic games of skill for the first time in the state at Oaklawn Park thoroughbred track at Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park at West Memphis.

"Byron Freeland, attorney for the Arkansas Racing Commission, told lawmakers the regulations were modeled after existing regulations in Oklahoma and Florida. A national consulting firm also was hired to develop the rules.

"The new rules deal with the operation of electronic games of skill, licensing and service, employee licenses, privilege fees, underage patrons and employees, days and hours of operation, accounting and internal controls, security and franchise holders, and technical specifications.

"Last week, Southland President Barry Baldwin told the Racing Commission he expects the games to more than double the weekly purses offered by the dog track…"

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