Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Less than nine years after the passage of State Question 712, officials with Global Gaming Solutions — a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation — recently announced Remington Park has surpassed the $100 million contribution to the state’s education fund.
“The Chickasaw Nation has always placed a strong emphasis on giving back to the communities in which we have a presence, and we are very pleased to see Global Gaming’s contributions to Oklahoma’s education system increase significantly as a result of the revitalization efforts at Remington Park,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.
The passage of State Question 712 in November 2004 cleared the way for the State-Tribal Gaming Act. The act allows certain types of electronic gaming machines at the state’s horse racing tracks. It also mandates a certain percentage of gaming revenues generated at those facilities be split between the state’s education fund as well as the breeders and winning purses.
Remington Park’s contributions have significantly increased in recent years, with contributions growing from under $11 million in 2008 to $18.5 million in 2012.
The track’s casino opened in November 2005. Global Gaming Solutions purchased Remington Park in 2009 and assumed operations of the racetrack and casino Jan. 1, 2010.