Community Impact

The Arkansas Casino Gaming Amendment of 2018 imposes a state tax of 13% on casino gaming revenue, and apportions these tax receipts to state and local governments, as well as the two racing facilities currently in operation in Arkansas.

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Warner Gaming engaged Union Gaming Analytics, a leading casino gaming research firm, to conduct an independent assessment of projected revenues for Hard Rock Arkansas. With offices in Las Vegas, New York City, Hong Kong and Macau, Union Gaming and its investment banking affiliates have financed and researched casino gaming projects all over the world. 

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Based on Union Gaming’s midpoint projections of $134.1 million for annual gaming revenue, Hard Rock Arkansas would yield $17,433,000 in gaming tax revenue. If the Hard Rock Arkansas were to be developed on a site outside of Russellville city limits in unincorporated Pope County, then the tax revenues would be apportioned as follows:

Arkansas General Revenue Fund

Arkansas Racing Commission Purse Fund

Pope County Government

If the Hard Rock Arkansas were to be developed on a site located within the city limits of Russellville, then the tax revenues would be apportioned as follows:

Arkansas General Revenue Fund

Arkansas Racing Commission Purse Fund

Pope County Government

City of Russellville

Union Gaming has projected that Hard Rock Arkansas will deliver a total of 1,649 jobs, categorized as follows:

Direct jobs from the construction project

Permanent direct jobs from operation of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Arkansas

Indirect and induced (or “multiplier-effect”) jobs statewide from the construction project

Indirect and induced (or “multiplier-effect”) jobs statewide arising from operations

In addition to positions at the property, jobs are created throughout the community at companies who provide goods and service to the hotel/casino.

Union Gaming has projected additional substantial economic benefits for Pope County and Arkansas, including:

  1. A total economic benefit to Pope County of $269.9 million from the construction project alone, including $35.2 million in indirect impacts (example: construction site support services) and $40.1 million in induced (or “ripple” costs) impacts (example: money spent in the area by construction workers)

  2. A total state-wide economic benefit to Arkansas of $306.4 million from the construction project alone, including $51.7 million in indirect impacts (example: construction site support services) and $60.1 million in induced (or “ripple”) impacts (example: money spent in the state by construction workers)

  3. A recurring annual benefit to Pope County of $237.7 million, including $54.2 million in indirect impacts (examples: payments to vendors and suppliers) and $17.3 million in induced (or “ripple”) impacts (example: increased purchasing power of employees)

  4. A recurring state-wide annual benefit to Arkansas of $284.8 million, including $82.9 million in indirect impacts (examples: payments to vendors and suppliers) and $35.8 million in induced (or “ripple”) impacts (example: increased purchasing power of employees)

It’s just a good place to be...

  • Warner Gaming has created an environment in this county that’s above anything I’ve ever seen. Entertainment has skyrocketed. We are growing and there’s a lot of construction going on. It’s just a good place to be. Young folks want to be entertained. They want to have quality of life choices and Warner Gaming has brought a lot of that to the area. All of the specs that were presented in the preliminary rounds were met, were exceeded and since the casino was built, they’ve exceeded their own expectations with a number of building projects in the loop, that have been done and will be done. In my viewpoint Warner Gaming delivered 150%. It’s been exciting to be involved.
    Mark Monson, Executive Director/Missouri River Historical Development