The State Racing Commission voted Friday to award Cherokee Nation Business the license to operate a casino in Pope County.

Media reports indicated that three members of the commission voted for the motion while two others voted no and one did not vote. The license is to be issued by the close of business Monday.

The vote followed a mandate by the Arkansas Supreme Court Nov. 9 that said Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi, which had originally been awarded the license, was not a qualified applicant.

Cherokee Nation Business proposed to build a $225 million casino and resort and received support from Pope County officials.