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“Great fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
2705 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
800-625-5296
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Ranked #19 of 62 things to do in Hot Springs
Activities: Gambling
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Owner description: An unusual feature to see in a National Park is this world-class horseracing track.
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is a fantastic race track! I had never been to a horse race before, and loved it, even though I didn't win any money! The lines aren't long for food or for placing bets. My dad won $100 on a $2 bet! Facilities are clean, and make sure to bring your whole family!

Visited March 2013
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Memphis
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Nice change of pace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

If you like casino gaming and parimutuel betting, Oaklawn is as good as it gets in Hot Springs. They have a large selection of slot machines downstairs and exciting simulcast greyhound and horse racing upstairs.

Visited October 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Payouts”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Over the past few months, the last time I went to Oaklawn I have noticed that while they have been in the process of remodeling/expanding, the payouts from the slots have gone way down. There were times in 2012 when it was actually a possibility that you would win something on at least one or more of different machines, on many different occasions. In this last year, winning is next to impossible and this was listed as a 94% payout gaming facility for Arkansas. Also, there are always people with clipboards, walking around or standing right behind you when you are winning and then all of a sudden after they walk off, the machine shuts down. I think they should change the 94% payout scale to 46%. I no longer go to Oaklawn. It used to be a fun place to go and spend a few hours and enjoy myself. I don't mind paying for having a good time for a little while, but not just completely funding their expansion.

Visited June 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
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“Good for a little fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Slot player's paradise. They had some blackjack, electronic roulette, but primarily this is a slot casino, There's a good variety of slots to play. If you're a new player they have an incentive for signing up for the players card. All the employees I encountered were very nice. There's a non-smoking area for players who can't take the smoke, We're not smokers, but I must say, most people weren't smoking anyway, so that wasn't a problem for us. There is no valet parking as in most regular casinos, but they do have small shuttle trams to transport people to and from the parking lot. If this is first time, eat before you go, The food in the dining room is limited to 3 entrees and it's quite expensive, Not sure about free mixed drinks or beer, but they do have free soft drinks. There's waitresses, but they do have drink stations where you can serve yourself.

Visited October 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Its not Vegas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Oaklawn is nice and clean and the employees are friendly. If you like slots the place is an adult Disney World. I am not crazy about slots but loved there OTB(off track betting)My wife hates to gamble but actual like the OTB. It is clean and if you are a $2.00 better you can't go wrong. The only bad thing is even in the no smoking area you can smell the smoke. But once you get caught up into the betting the smell is not too bad. This is worth the visit and no charge for parking or admission

Visited October 2013
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