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Saracen Casino Resort Requests Change in Arkansas Law to Expand Online Gambling

Saracen Casino Resort marketing manager Carlton Saffa has written to Arkansas Racing Commission chairman Alex Lieblong asking for a law change. Arkansas casinos are allowed to offer online sports betting. However, games such as slots, craps, blackjack are required by law to be played only in the casino establishment. Sports betting was legalized in…
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Saracen Casino Resort Requests Change in Arkansas Law to Expand Online Gambling
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Commission approves new Arkansas casino license application period

This story was updated at 5:25 p.m. on May 6, 2024 to include comments from Cherokee Nation Businesses. The Arkansas Racing Commission on Monday voted to open a new 30-day application period for the state's fourth and final casino. Commissioners decided at Monday's meeting that both a digital and paper copy of applications for the Pope County…
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Saracen Casino Seeking to Launch iGaming in Arkansas

After the 2022 legalization of online sports betting in Arkansas had already resulted in significant revenue figures, Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff is seeking regulatory approval to launch an iGaming app and make additional online gambling operations available in the state. The move seeking legalization of online slots, blackjack, craps, and…
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Saracen Casino Seeking to Launch iGaming in Arkansas
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Arkansas Casino Seeks Authorization of Statewide iGaming

A brick-and-mortar casino in Arkansas is reportedly aiming to provide online wagering for its patrons. Saracen Casino Resort has submitted a request to the Arkansas Racing Commission to amend state gaming laws to authorize iGaming in the Natural State, according to Gambling.com. The request, submitted in March by Saracen Chief Market…
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Arkansas Casino Seeks Authorization of Statewide iGaming
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Saracen Casino requests change in Arkansas law to allow online gambling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas casino is looking to double down on its gaming options through a request to state regulators. Saracen Casino Resort marketing manager Carlton Saffa has written to state Racing Commission chairman Alex Lieblong asking for a rule change. Currently, an Arkansas casino is allowed to offer online sports betting, but games…
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Saracen Casino requests change in Arkansas law to allow online gambling
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Saracen Casino Resort is seeking iGaming approval

Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff is working to get approved for iGaming, which would let Arkansans play slots, blackjack, craps, and more casino games online. PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff is officially seeking approval for an iGaming app, which would allow Arkansans to play slots, blackjack, craps, and more casino games…
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Saracen Casino Resort is seeking iGaming approval
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Saracen Casino seeking approval for online play of casino games

An Arkansas casino is seeking approval to operate an iGaming app, allowing people within the state to go online to play casino games such as slots, blackjack, craps and more. On March 13, Carlton Saffa, chief market officer at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff, wrote to Arkansas Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong asking for a change in the…
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Saracen Casino seeking approval for online play of casino games
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Arkansas Casino Seek iGaming Approval

An Arkansas casino is seeking approval to operate an iGaming app, allowing people within the state to go online to play casino games such as slots, blackjack, craps and more. On March 13, Carlton Saffa, chief market officer at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff, wrote to Arkansas Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong asking for a change in the…
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Slot influencer visits Saracen Casino

Decked with images of Las Vegas across his button-down shirt, the man who goes by Vegas Matt on YouTube and other platforms shared his secrets on playing slot games with Saracen Player's Club members Friday at Saracen Casino Resort. Those secrets didn't involve how to beat the games. "There's not anyone who can tell you how to beat a slot machine,"…
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Slot influencer visits Saracen Casino
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New application period for final Arkansas casino license coming this summer

Arkansas will again accept applications as early as May to open the state's fourth and final casino, pending legislative approval. The state Racing Commission approved a set of rules Monday to govern a new 30-day application period for the fraught Pope County casino license. Those rules must be approved by the Legislature - likely next month -…
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New application period for final Arkansas casino license coming this summer
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Arkansas Racing Commission defers vote on new Pope County casino license process

The issuance of Arkansas' fourth and final casino license will be delayed - again - likely for months. And if the litigious history of the Pope County casino permit is a guide, the wait could be far longer. The Arkansas Racing Commission, which oversees the state's casinos, met for a half hour on Wednesday, but it took no action, instead deciding…
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Arkansas Racing Commission defers vote on new Pope County casino license process
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Pope County judge endorses Cherokee Nation for casino license

Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) looks to have an advantage in what will be a new process to grant a casino license in Pope County thanks to an endorsement letter from Pope County Judge Ben Cross. An Oct. 26 Arkansas Supreme Court decision sent the casino license process back to the Arkansas Racing Commission, an agency of the Arkansas Department…
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Supreme Court ruling results in new application process for Pope County casino license

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday (Oct. 26) affirmed a lower court ruling that said Cherokee Nation Businesses was not a qualified applicant when granted a casino license in Pope County. The decision opens anew the application process. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ruled Jan. 12 that Arkansas officials "unconstitutionally" granted…
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Casino’s exec calls Pine Bluff a winning bet at expo

Carlton Saffa, chief market officer for Saracen Casino Resort and keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo breakfast, says Pine Bluff's footprint is far greater than its population would suggest. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Byron Tate) Saracen Casino Resort's Carlton Saffa on Thursday praised Pine Bluff's location, infrastructure,…
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Casino’s exec calls Pine Bluff a winning bet at expo
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Arkansas casinos report 23% first quarter jump in winnings

Arkansas casinos won a total of $177 million dollars during the first three months of the year, up 23% for the same period a year ago. Southland Casino Hotel in West Memphis brought in the most cash at $84.4 million for the January through March period, up 25% from $66.7 million last year. Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff won $46.6 million for…
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Revenue up almost 9% at Ark. casinos in 2022

The combined total win for Arkansas' casinos in 2022 was $614 million, up nearly 9% from $564.79 million in 2021, according to information provided by Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Southland Casino Hotel in West Memphis reported the largest total win with $292.78 million last year, up nearly 11% from $264 million in 2021.…
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Casinos win $60B in best-ever year

Commercial casinos in the United States won more than $60 billion from gamblers in 2022, the best year in the industry's history. Figures released Wednesday by the American Gaming Association, the gambling industry's national trade group, show that in-person gambling remains the bread-and-butter of the industry, accounting for more than 80% of its…
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Casinos win $60B in best-ever year
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Saracen Casino launches new million-dollar slot machine

New progressive slot machines launched on Tuesday. The machines are linked to Vegas, meaning the jackpots are bigger, by six or seven figures. "The biggest jackpot paid in Arkansas reported history is $93000. That was here," Saracen Casino Chief Marketing Officer Carlton Saffa said. "The machine behind me, right now, it's a penny machine and the…
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Arkansas judge voids casino license granted to Cherokee Nation

The contentious path to building a casino in Pope County took yet another turn Thursday when Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ruled that Arkansas officials "unconstitutionally" granted a casino license to Cherokee Nation Businesses. Gulfside Casino Partnership had appealed a November 2021 decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission to…
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Arkansas judge voids casino license granted to Cherokee Nation
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Judge voids Pope County casino license granted to Cherokee Nation

The contentious path to building a casino in Pope County took yet another turn Thursday (Jan. 12) when Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ruled that Arkansas officials "unconstitutionally" granted a casino license to Cherokee Nation Businesses. Gulfside Casino Partnership had appealed a November 2021 decision by the Arkansas Racing…
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Judge voids Pope County casino license granted to Cherokee Nation
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Enduring Lawsuit on Arkansas’ Legends Resort and Casino License Close to an End

According to Arkansas Advocate, Judge Timothy Fox is expected to rule on the matter of Legends Resort and Casino and their entitlement to open a new casino in Pope County. The ruling will be made public in the upcoming days, putting an end to the four-year controversy regarding who should be the rightful operator of the fourth authorized casino in…
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Arkansas Problem Gambling Council will work as state racing commission’s treatment provider for Arkansans with gambling disorders

The Arkansas Problem Gambling Council will start work as the Arkansas Racing Commission's provider of educational and treatment services for Arkansans with gambling disorders next week, nearly four years after voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring the commission to provide at least $200000 a year for gambling disorder and treatment…
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Arkansas Problem Gambling Council will work as state racing commission’s treatment provider for Arkansans with gambling disorders
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Commission gives Arkansas casinos OK to pursue multi-state, progressive jackpot games on slot machines

The Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday authorized Arkansas' casinos to contract with companies that offer multistate, progressive jackpot games on slot machines. The commission's action clears the way for the Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff to contract with IGT for the multijurisdictional wide area progressive system MegaJackpots. With the…
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Saracen Casino announces multi-state gaming coming

By the end of the year, Saracen Casino will be able to offer patrons the chance to win jackpots of $1 million or more. Appearing on the Oldies 1013 morning show, Saracen Chief Marketing Officer Carlton Saffa explained that machines at Saracen will be connected to machines in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and some of the big casinos' in Louisiana to…
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Saracen Casino announces multi-state gaming coming
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Arkansas Racing Commission Approves Wide Area Jackpot Systems

The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved a pitch by the Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff, to link the state's gambling machines with those from other states. This decision is possible thanks to a ruling against the Wire Act that briefly threatened to upset cross-border gambling during the Trump administration. With the pesky piece of legislation…
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Racing Commission approves system for mutli-state machine gambling jackpots

The Arkansas Racing Commission today approved a proposal from the Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff for a system that links gambling machines in Arkansas to machines in other states and thus creates a potential for large jackpots,sometimes as high as six or seven figures. The machine vendor IGT would oversee the so-called wide area progressive system.…
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Racing Commission approves system for mutli-state machine gambling jackpots
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How to Get Free Rooms at Downstream Casino

The Quapaw people are descended from a group of Native Americans who used to live in Arkansas, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. All other Sioux tribes save for the Quapaws were located farther south than the Quapaws. The O-Gah-Pah, which means "The Downstream People" in their language, gained their nickname. Many Native American tribes,…
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Kambi Group Partners with Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

The third of Arkansas' three sports betting operators will finally have an online component, as Kambi Group has reached an agreement to be the sports betting solutions provider to Oaklawn Casino Racing Resort. Sports betting in Arkansas will soon have a third online operator. Technology provider Kambi Group announced on Monday that it had reached…
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Kambi Group Partners with Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
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Smoking bans in casinos studied

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- For decades, it was accepted wisdom in the casino industry that eliminating smoking would automatically lead to revenue declines and customer losses. But a new report examining how the coronavirus pandemic has changed gamblers' habits says that may no longer be the case. The report issued Friday by Las Vegas-based C3 Gaming…
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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup

Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated. Galaxy Gaming has launched Triton Casino Systems, a brand-new table game progressive operating system. Triton…
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Saracen Casino celebrates 1 year

The columns that protrude from the top of Saracen Casino Resort is the starting point for the construction of a hotel, casino officials say.(Pine Bluff Commercial/Byron Tate) A year ago, mask-wearing officials and dignitaries strolled through the gaming area of Saracen Casino Resort as the doors to the full-sized casino were opened for the first…
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Saracen Casino celebrates 1 year
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Foes pressing their bet on Pope County casino

A Pope County anti-casino group is moving full steam ahead on a petition drive to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the state's general election ballot next year that would remove the county as one of the locations for a casino. The effort by the grassroots group Fair Play Arkansas continues despite an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling…
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Foes pressing their bet on Pope County casino
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Casino: Embrace Pine Bluff

Most anyone reading this has likely seen the Saracen Casino commercials that run multiple times each afternoon and evening during Little Rock newscasts. The ads are slickly produced with catchy songs and eye-popping scenes of glitzy slot machines and exuberant winners. But why do they always advertise the casino as being "40 miles south of Little…
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Casino: Embrace Pine Bluff
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State justices overturn decision on Pope County casino

From left, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox and Ben Cross, the current county judge of Pope County, are shown in this undated combination photo. Actions by the state Legislature and the Arkansas Racing Commission to add rules and requirements to the casino amendment were in line with the Arkansas…
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State justices overturn decision on Pope County casino
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Saracen Casino officially opens in Pine Bluff

Step right up and place your bets because the highly anticipated Saracen Casino is finally a reality in Pine Bluff. PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Step right up and place your bets because the highly anticipated Saracen Casino is finally a reality in Pine Bluff. It opened Thursday afternoon during a soft-opening event after a two-years long process. "It's nice…
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Gaming Wins Are Still Low at Arkansas Casinos

While casino revenue across states continues to improve, that of Arkansas casinos is still low. The Saracen Casino Resort is the only gaming facility in the state with better results than other casinos. The profit accumulated in May was better than April's, making this casino the only one with good improvement. Ideally, Saracen casino collected…
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Governor, hundreds more get sneak preview of casino

From the outside, Saracen Casino Resort still has vestiges of the active construction site it has been since August of last year, but on the inside, the state's largest purpose-built casino could sit alongside any Las Vegas or Gulf Coast gambling palace and be right at home. From the brand-new, state-of-the-art slot machines to the seven…
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Governor, hundreds more get sneak preview of casino
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Early going suggests Saracen bet a winner

After two full months in operation, the Saracen Casino Resort's numbers are looking good to Quapaw Nation officials. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Byron Tate) For the second month in a row, the numbers coming out of Saracen Casino Resort are cause for Carlton Saffa to crow a bit as the doubters eat some of the same bird. The casino opened its big location…
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Early going suggests Saracen bet a winner
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Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining

Every time my friends and I arrive at a casino in the Delta region, there's a palpable excitement. We know good things are about to happen. Parking lot high-fives are followed by hyperbolic gambling predictions. "Those pit bosses are gonna wish they'd never seen us coming," one of us will say. Never mind the fact that we're all terrible gamblers…
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Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining
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Monthly numbers show a drop in gambling at two of three casinos in Arkansas

The state Racing Commission's monthly figures on casino gambling show an overall dip in play over the previous month, with the Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff showing a gain with drops at Southland in West Memphis and Oaklawn in Hot Springs. The period covers Saracen's first full month of operation of a full casino, after beginning its operation with…
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Monthly numbers show a drop in gambling at two of three casinos in Arkansas