Byron Freeland, attorney for the state Racing Commission, has provided me with a copy of draft rules for regulating expanded casino gambling in Arkansas. It’s more than 340 pages, so I’m just going to leave it right here for now and invite some crowd-sourcing for items of interest.

In case you didn’t know, the Racing Commission regulates casino gambling in Arkansas. Until now, that has meant oversight of the so-called “electronic games of skill,” or electronic forms of slot machines, craps, roulette  and poker that have been allowed along with horse and dog race gambling at Oaklawn and Southland parks.

A new constitutional amendment allows full-fledged casino games at the track casinos, along with sports wagering, and also authorizes casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties, subject to a permitting process.

No formal applications for casinos have been filed yet, pending adoption of rules. But local authorities in Jefferson County have already endorsed the Quapaw tribe’s plan for a casino there and, as I reported last night and today, a legal squabble is shaping up in Pope County, with a midnight endorsement by a lame duck county judge soon to leave office and the likelihood of a legal fight over a local ordinance requiring a casino referendum before a Pope County application can proceed.


Here’s the set of proposed rules. Freeland has invited comment from interested parties.