It can certainly be said that there are some states in the US where you will find it more difficult to try out gambling than others, and Arkansas is certainly one of these as there have been certain restrictions in place in the state for a long time – with only recently a few changes meaning that there was more room to expand gambling out of just the state lottery and into activities that you could really start to place bets on in a more traditional sense. It was only in the mid 2000s that votes started to be taken to see whether the citizens of the state would like to have casinos available for them, and reaction to the positive results of the ballot has been slow.
Still, this does not mean that there are no betting opportunities at all for those who want to put down real money here. Prior to a few years ago those who lived in Arkansas had the options of crossing state borders into Mississippi or Oklahoma in order to get some play in, but nowadays there is one casino in the state: the Spinzz Casino. It has known a bit of a rocky past with some closure thanks to wrangling over its legal status, but since then it has opened back up again and remained strong as the casino choice for local residents. Outside of Spinzz, there are also two options for betting that do not involve casino style games: a dog racing track, and a horse racing track, where you can bet on the outcome of the races. The Southland Greyhound Park is where you can go for the dogs, with a vibrant racing scene and some other great options for entertainment as well; the Oaklawn Park racing track is your option for horses, where you will see some great racing throughout the season. With both of these venues it is important to check ahead before you visit, as it is possible that you will need to reschedule to ensure that you are getting there at a time which is more appropriate, perhaps by going during the right season or on the right day – or even at the right hours. Oaklawn in particular has been praised in the past for the fact that it has brought a lot of tax revenue to the local area, as well as providing a way for the local businesses to grow and succeed through the larger crowds that pass through when the racing is on.
Other than this, you are sadly somewhat limited in what you can find when it comes to gambling based entertainment in Arkansas. Your other option of course is to go digital: get on to the internet and find yourself an online casino to play at. This is something that you can do at any time as the internet is universal, so be sure to set up your account before you leave if you are going to this area for a break.