Southland Gaming changes name, adds new casino offerings
The Arkansas facility launches live table games today
Southland Gaming in West Memphis, AR is no more. In its place is Southland Casino Racing, a name change meant to reflect an increase in the venue’s offerings. As of today, for the first time, the facility is launching live table and casino games, a shift made possible when Arkansas voters approved a change to the state’s constitution last November.
Southland will offer 40 live gaming tables, including roulette, craps and blackjack. Poker is expected to be added at a later date and everything was reportedly in place as of 4 AM this morning.
According to Southland’s president, David Wolf, “I’ve been in gaming 38 years. This is probably one of the biggest things I’ve been involved in my entire career. We got these new roulette tables, they’re called blaze tables, nothing like it in the Mid-South. They light up, they’re a lot of fun.”
In about six to eight weeks, Southland is planning on breaking ground on an expansion project that will add a 20-story hotel with 300 rooms. It is expected to open sometime next year and carries a price tag of $250 million.
Wolf adds, “We’re going to be another great amenity for them, 7 and a half minutes from downtown. This is going to be great for them as far as assisting in attracting conventions, tourism.”
Those in the Memphis area who wanted to gamble, until now, had to travel to Tunica, MS. With the new gaming options at Southland, gaming analysts are curious to see how the Arkansas casinos will affect the Tunica area.