Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas
In mid-2020 the Arkansas Racing Commission selected and licensed a plan submitted by a Mississippi casino group, Gulfside Casino Partners, to build a $254M casino resort in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas.
The new casino will be named River Valley Casino Resort and feature 2,100 slot machines, 100 table games and 600 hotel rooms.
A temporary casino, the River Valley Casino Annex, is planned to open in 2021 while a permanent casino is under construction. The final casino will open in 2022 followed later by construction of the hotel.
River Valley Casino will be built in 3 construction phases.
Phase 1 will open a temporary casino annex in 2021 featuring the following:
30,000 square-foot building
500 slot machines
8 table games
Phase 2 will open a permanent casino in 2022 featuring the following:
100,000 square-foot casino floor
2,100 slot machines
100 table games
Phase 3 will add a 600-room hotel.
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October 11, 2020
River Valley Casino Resort was licensed on July 31, 2020 and is currently seeking additional approval to build a temporary casino to open in 2021 and operate during the construction period of the final facilities.
The temporary casino will be known as the River Valley Annex and will be built on Bradley Cove Road just outside the Russellville city limits.
The Annex will be 30,000 square feet and feature 500 slot machines, 8 table games and a restaurant. After the permanent casino opens in 2022, the Annex may become a convention center.
Restaurants and bars at River Valley Casino Resort will be built in the first 2 construction phases. The following restaurants will be included in Phase 1:
Buffet, steakhouse, 24/7 cafe, coffee and pastry shop, casino lounge, casino show bar
When the first 2 phases are finished, River Valley Casino will offer:
Buffet, steakhouse, 24/7 cafe, coffee and pastry shop, casino lounge, casino show bar, seafood restaurant, sports bar
The hotel at River Valley Casino Resort will be built and expanded in each of the 3 construction phases. When Phase 1 is completed the hotel will have 300 guest rooms including 40 suites, a pool and a pool bar.
When all phases of construction have been completed, there will be 600 guest rooms, pool, fitness center,spa, meeting space
August 4, 2020
The Arkansas Racing Commission met last Thursday to discuss the appeal by Cherokee Nation Businesses of the Pope County casino license awarded to Gulfside Casino Partners in a June vote. A commissioner who voted in June was found to have bias prompting the Cherokee Nation to appeal the decision.
An outside consultant was hired to review and analyze the casino applications of both parties, the Cherokee Nation Businesses and the Gulfside Casino Partners. The consultant's report showed the Cherokee Nation's proposal was better.
However, at the end of the 3-hour hearing the commissioners voted 3-2 to stay with their June decision. Gulfside Partners will be awarded the Pope County license to build their proposed $254M "River Valley Casino Resort" in Russellville, Arkansas.
June 22, 2020
The Arkansas Racing Commission will award the sole casino license for Pope County to Gulfside Casino Partnership from Mississippi, which proposes building a casino and hotel named River Valley Casino Resort in Russellville, Arkansas.
December 28, 2018
A Mississippi casino group, Gulfside Casino Partners, is proposing to build a $254M casino resort in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas. The opening date could be Fall 2020.
The group will submit a casino application to the Arkansas Racing Commission when the commission has finalized its rules and procedures.
If approved, River Valley Casino Resort will be built in these 3 phases:
PHASE 1 $148 Million (opens Fall 2020)
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PHASE 2 $52 million
RESTAURANTS & BARS
PHASE 3 $54 million
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