Two Oklahoma Tribes Seek Casino License in Pope County, Arkansas

An application for a casino in Pope County, Arkansas, was received by close of business Monday on the Arkansas Racing Commission’s deadline day. 

The submission came from the Choctaw Nation, which joins Cherokee Nation Businesses in vying for the sole gaming license in Pope County — the fourth and final commercial casino permit in Arkansas. 

Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) announced in June that it teamed up with Legends, a joint venture founded in 2008 by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, on its proposed resort. CNB unveiled its plans for the $225 million Legends Resort & Casino Arkansas in Pope County in August. According to CNB’s projections, Legends Resort & Casino would make a total statewide economic impact in excess of $5 billion in the first 10 years.

CNB obtained three letters of support — from the city of Dover, the Pope County Quorum Court and the county judge — in support of its bid. CNB’s application identifies that it would either establish a casino facility in Pope County or in the city of Dover.

The Choctaw Nation has also released plans for its $290 million proposed casino for Pope County, but it did not submit any letter of support.

“Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) is the only operator to fully meet the qualification requirements pursuant to Amendment 100, and we remain highly optimistic upon today’s closing of the application window set forth by the Arkansas State Racing Commission,” said Cherokee CEO Chuck Garrett.


“We continue to follow their lead with respect to process and look forward to receiving the casino license. In the meantime, we continue to work closely with local elected officials to determine which is the best location for the project,” he said.




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