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Southland Proposes to Operate 900 New Video Gaming Machines by November 2006

Southland Park Gaming & Racing Corporation operators anticipate that they will have up to 900 electronic gaming machines holding blackjack, video poker and 're-spin' slots. Southland Park officials hope to run the machines by November 2006. President of Southland Corporation, Barry Baldwin, said the dog track will comply with the plan submitted to the Arkansas Racing Commission for its approbation by August 29, 2006.

Southland and Oaklawn Park were permitted by the 2005 state law to add electronic games of skill if the voters approved their proposition.

Approval of the proposition by vote will begin in November. Blackjack is one of the games that the President of Southland Corporation has insisted they will add. Baldwin also stressed that people need a variety of games. Blackjack is one of the fastest growing casino games among gamers.

As Baldwin stated, "Studies we did... suggested that the prime number of machines for where our facility is - on Interstates 40 and 55 and with the tunica (casino) competition nearby - the prime number of machines is 990. I don't envision having that many when we open, but somewhere around 900."

The gaming machines, including blackjack, will be set up in a 30,000-square-foot gaming area that will support $40 million in the advancement of the 50-year-old dog park. The grand opening on November 1st will reveal the improvements of the game floor.

Baldwin added that the blackjack machines won't need more than $10 to start the game.


Wednesday, January 10 , 2007
Emma Green