Casino Wagering Tops $1 Billion At Oaklawn And Southland

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Casino-style electronic games of skill wagers at Oaklawn and Southland continued their year-over-year increases, but record months weren’t in the numbers in April.

Still after back-to-back months of record highs, the two racetracks cleared the $1 billion mark in total EGS wagers in 2013.

The latest statistics released by the Arkansas Racing Commission showed both tracks with 29% increases in electronic games of skill (EGS) wagering in April versus the previous year.

Hot Springs-based Oaklawn posted April 2013 EGS wagers of $99.22 million, a 29% increase from March 2012. West Memphis-based Southland totaled $179.67 million in EGS wagers in April 2013, a 29% uptick from the previous year.

Year-to-date in the first four months of 2013, the two tracks topped the billion dollar mark with total EGS wagers of $1.111 billion.

Southland’s year-to-date EGS wagers exceeded $731.1 million, while Oaklawn surpassed $380.42 million for the year.

EGS wagers include gambling spent on video blackjack, poker, slot machines and other casino-style games.