Southland Park Racetrack & Casino Review
Southland Park is one of two casinos in Arkansas which is located in West Memphis. It was initially opened in 1956 as a greyhound racing track, making it one of the oldest in the United States. It has set many attendance and wagering records for greyhound racing throughout its history, and the course is still wildly popular today. Though the racetrack is not as prestigious as the thoroughbred course at the Oaklawn Park track in Hot Springs, it does still have its draws.
Like Oaklawn Park, Southland was not able to offer any casino games until 2005 when new legislature was passed enabling electronic machines, though actual renovations were not completed until 2006. After this legislature was passed, the renovation added the large casino floor that is present today which now features a variety of electronic games. Just a few years ago, their gaming offerings were expanded once again to include live table games. Their casino is now host to popular games like blackjack, slots, video poker, three card poker, virtual roulette and more.
Casino at Southland Park
The casino at Southland Park features over 1,700 electronic games spread out over a 55,000 square foot gaming floor which includes everything from video poker and slot machines to virtual table games. Their offering of games, as well as the gaming floor size are both relatively small when compared to other large casino resorts. The slot machine varieties here are pretty standard as well, and include IGT and Bally machines among others. They also have a fairly sizable video poker parlor with dozens and dozens of machines (though the exact number is not available). Electronic table games include craps and roulette.
One unique feature of the electronic machines at Southland Park is their “RDY2WIN” jackpot game which is present on many machines throughout the gaming floor. This gives you a chance to win one of two jackpots on any spin through marked machines. These machines will be clearly designated throughout the casino and you do not need a player’s card to be eligible. The two available jackpots include the “fast” and “big” jackpots which are approx. $100 and $5,000 respectively. See video below for more info:
High Limit Room at Southland Park
The High Limit Room at Southland Park is relatively new and includes a variety of popular slot machines. The denominations available on machines within the high limit room are fairly low when compared to other cities like Las Vegas, ranging from $5 to $25. This should be enough to meet your needs, unless you are a big slots player. The high limit room currently has dozens of popular machines like Wheel of Fortune, Top Dollar and Double Diamond among others. It does not have any live card games like blackjack however.
Poker Room at Southland Park
Southland Park does offer a poker room, which features electronic games and is relatively small. They offer both cash games and tournament style games. Tournaments run here just about everyday, and sometimes twice or more per day. The poker room has just 6 tables and is smoke-free which is convenient if you do not smoke. You generally do not need to call ahead to reserve a seat.
Racetrack at Southland Park
The Greyhound Racetrack at Southland is among the largest and most storied within the United States. Opening more than 60 years ago, there is a lot of history here and the track features year-round racing. On the premises, you’ll find over 25 buildings capable of holding upwards of 2,000 greyhounds. This makes it one of the largest such facilities in the world.
Each year, over 6,000 races are held here, meaning that you can watch live races essentially everyday. The racetrack is over 65,000 square feet, which is larger than even the casino. The stadium is capable of holding more than 20,000 people, and simulcast wagering is available as well.
Restaurants and Bars at Southland Park
Southland Park’s dining options are somewhat limited, though they are generally high-quality. All-in-all the casino and racetrack offer one buffet, one cafe and two restaurants. In addition to these options, they also offer several racing concessions at the track. This is somewhat small, especially if you are accustomed to options offered in places like Atlantic City or Las Vegas. Below we have outlined each of the food options here:
- – Sammy Hagars Red Rocker Bar & Grill
- – Bourbon Street Steakhouse & Grill
- – World Market Buffet
- – Quinn & Ella’s Cafe
Though they do serve alcohol with little limitations, you’ll notice that there is not many bars here. They do have waiters and waitresses which will serve you while playing. Drinks are generally free, though tipping is pretty standard.
Hotels at Southland Park
Much like the other casinos in Arkansas, Southland Park does not have an on-site hotel. They do have a player’s program however, which can give you discounts on hotel stays in the area among other things. If playing here, you should enroll in the player’s program so that you can receive these discounts if you plan to visit often. Though Southland does not offer a resort or hotel, they do have a few amenities that are not available at other Arkansas casinos. This includes a 400-seat event center and a 150-seat nightclub.