Wednesday saw a successful launch of sports betting at Southland casino racing in West Memphis. The retail sportsbook of the casino enabled wagers acceptance on Sunday’s big NBA game. It will also allow betting on NASCAR racing, college basketball, PGA tournaments, including more. The details were given by the marketing manager of Southland casino, Natalie Carlson.
Carlson said that while there were sports betting facilities in Mississippi also, their Memphis vicinity provides them with a whole new level in the sports betting market. She said this in an email sent to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The casino saw approval in sports betting via the casino gambling amendment that was released in 2018.
Oaklawn started taking bets on sports last summer. Pine Bluff’s Saracen Casino Resort started its annex for gambling in October last year with around 300 slot machines along with on-offer sports betting. The casino is however, still under construction.
The Arkansas Racing Commission took vote over the weekend unanimously to seek approval for the Southland’s sports betting. This makes it the 3rd one to be approved for sports gambling by the commission.
Webster Franklin, the head of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a report that:
The timing for sports betting opening in Southland casino is considered apt as it comes around the year’s greatest betting event, the Super Bowl, which is going to happen this Sunday.
According to some sources, the timing of Southland for the sports betting is a downright coincidence with the biggest game of sports betting this year, the Super Bowl, which is going to happen less than 7 days away.
“Timing is great,” were the words of Jeff Strang, with Southland. Strang says that the sports betting provides a brand new attraction for the patrons and will boost the visitors at the casino.
He even believes this event to be a benefit for Memphis. He said,