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Online sportsbooks in Arkansas could be a possibility if a new Senate vote goes the right way. You’ll also be able to download an Arkansas sports betting app and gamble on the move, whether you’re in Little Rock, Springdale or Hot Springs.
|Current Arkansas Betting Status:||Retail only|
|Projected Arkansas Online Betting Launch Date:/td>||2022|
|Betting Lines / Wagering Types Expected:||Mobile, online - lines TBD|
|Legal Arkansas Sports Betting Age:||21 and over|
|Pre-Live Arkansas Sports Betting Offer Details:||TBD|
|Expected / Confirmed Arkansas Sportsbooks:||DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM|
|Legal Arkansas Sports you can bet on:||TBD|
|Legal Arkansas Sports Betting Age:||21 and over|
|No. of licences to be issued:||TBD|
|Legal Arkansas Sports Betting Age:||21 and over|
|Regulator:||Arkansas Racing Commission|
Retail betting outlets have only been in operation in Arkansas since 2019. However, if a new vote goes through this year, Arkansas residents will have access to regulated online sports betting sites and apps.
November 2021: Latest news is that the draft rule change is presented to the AR Racing Commission which would permit legalized mobile sports betting. A formal vote is expected in November 2021. Mobile betting could start as soon as January 2022.
November 2021: Racing Commission approves a license for a new casino in Pope County, the Legends Resort & Casino.
April 2021: Despite further attempts to introduce mobile sports betting bills, the Arkansas legislature’s session ends with no agreements.
January 2021: SB 669 proposed which would allow make online and mobile sports betting legal in Arkansas. The sports betting bill dies before reaching the Senate committee.
July 2019: First legal sports bet is placed in Arkansas.
November 2018: Amendment 100 approved which allows casinos to open retail betting locations in Arkansas.
April 2017: Act 1075 authorizes betting on daily fantasy sports (DFS)
December 2013: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort launches first horse racing betting app in Arkansas, Oaklawn Anywhere.
In 2018, Arkansas made a key amendment to its existing gambling laws following a public referendum. Under the amendments, retail sportsbooks were permitted at the state’s four land-based casinos, three of which were already operational:
It took a couple more years for any proposals expanding the current Arkansas legislature to include online sportsbooks. If an Arkansas Senate vote goes the right way, online sportsbooks could take their first AR bets in early 2022.
There are three casinos in the state, some – like Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort – offering table games alongside trackside horse racing betting. Casinos were expanded in 2018 following the public vote and now offer more games and retail sports betting. The Arkansas Racing Commission issued a license to the Legends Resort and Casino in Pope County in 2021. It is yet to open.
Casinos and racinos are regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission. All thoroughbred horse racing and greyhound racing is overseen by the Commission too. Pari-mutuel betting is permitted at all racinos and racetracks.
According to Legal Sports Report and Arkansas Online, there have been over $85m of sports bets placed at Arkansas’ three casinos since 2019. Those bets have resulted in around $74m being paid out to gamblers, with $12m taken by the state.
According to Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration figures, Arkansas casino gaming and sports betting amounted to $24.7m for the months July through October 2021. This was up on last year, where due to the pandemic, takings for the same period amounted to just $18m.
For a long time, Arkansas casinos levied a tax of 3% on winnings above $1,200. However, in March 2021 HB1703 was introduced which proposed an increase to 5.9% for gamblers.
As of November 2021, retail sports wagering is the only way to enjoy legal sports betting. However, by the end of the year, mobile and online betting could be fully legal for Arkansas residents. Top online sportsbooks could launch by February 2022.
You can bet on all professional sports such as NFL and NBA at AR sportsbooks. Plus, you can get involved in live wagering on many college games, NFL and MLB. You are also permitted to bet on overseas sports and international leagues such as the English Premier League.
There are three casinos or racinos in Arkansas, each with its own retail sportsbook. A fourth casino and sportsbook – Legends Resort & Casino – got the greenlight in 2021.
|Sportsbook Name||Casino Name||Address||Sportsbook Opened||Sportsbook Software|
|Oaklawn Sportsbook||Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort||2705 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901||July 2019||SBTech|
|Betly Sportsbook||Southland Casino Racing||1550 N. Ingram Blvd. West Memphis, AR 72301||January 2020||IGT|
|Saracen Annex Sportsbook||Saracen Casino Resort||3513 Market St Pine Bluff, AR 71601||October 2020||IGT|
|TBD||Pope County Casino||TBD||TBD||TBD|
With mobile and online sports betting on its way in Arkansas, every casino in the state should launch legal apps. You’ll have to be of legal gambling age - 21 or over to register for an online sportsbook account and you’ll have access to some great promotions along the way.
Many of the biggest sportsbook operators are already prevalent in multiple US states, some are live right now in a neighboring state as Mississippi gambling sites. Let’s see who could be appearing in Arkansas.
DraftKings has been a trailblazer in the regulated sports wagering market in the US. The DraftKings Sportsbook is now live in multiple US states where it enjoys a big following.
Along with DraftKings, FanDuel is a leading operator of US fantasy sports sites and sportsbooks. FanDuel legal sportsbooks were early to launch in states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They also operate retail sportsbooks such as the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in Illinois.
UK betting behemoth, William Hill, has had a presence in the US for some years. Since being acquired by the US casino chain, Caesars sports, the brand has gone from strength to strength. Gamblers in states from New Jersey to West Virginia can now install a William Hill mobile app.
BetMGM legal sports sites are some of the largest providers in the United States. They now provide regulated betting in over 15 states and would be keen on entering the Arkansas market.
Looking forward to legalized online sports wagering in Arkansas? Here’s what you could expect to see at the first mobile betting platforms:
It’s not clear whether online sportsbook sites in Arkansas will permit pre-registration. However, the strategy has proved popular in states such as Florida. With pre-registration, you can earn a free wager or bonus just for signing up early. Plus, when the sportsbook goes live you can take advantage of a welcome bonus for new players.
Welcome bonuses at Arkansas sportsbooks should follow those seen in other regulated states. Earn free bets when you open your account or get a deposit match bonus just for loading your account.
You’ll also be able to claim special promotions centered around big sporting events. Get free bets to use on the Super Bowl or World Series or get money back if your player scores a touchdown.
Rewards schemes are a great way for AR gamblers to earn extra cash. You’ll earn player points every time you place bets. You can redeem points for cash or unlock special bonuses such as faster cashouts and birthday offers.
A vote on legalizing mobile sportsbooks is expected before the end of 2021. The first mobile betting apps are expected to launch sometime in early 2022. You’ll be able to download and install special mobile betting apps for iOS and Android devices. Log in with your usual online account details and opt in to earn bonuses or deposit money.
Arkansas gamblers already have access to full sports betting at retail outlets in the state. It’s likely that the first online and mobile sportsbooks in the state will offer the same range of markets. You’ll also be able to wager on college sports in Arkansas but politics may be excluded.
Arkansas legislature on DFS passed back in 2017. Under Act 1075 of 2017, it’s legal to enter paid DFS contests within Arkansas state lines. Operators are taxed 8% on gross revenues, although activity has been slow in Arkansas. DraftKings and FanDuel wasted no time in opening their sites to AR fantasy enthusiasts. You can pay to join real-money fantasy sports pools for a shot at winning cash in NFL or MLB contests.
It’s already legal to bet at ADW (Advance Deposit Wagering) sites in Arkansas. You can place real-money pari-mutuel bets on races taking place across the US and overseas. Sites such as TVG offer odds and markets on all tracks, including thoroughbred meets in Arkansas.
Arkansas bettors have a huge number of teams to bet on - Here are five of the best home sides.
Arkansas State Red Wolves: The Wolves play football in Division I of the NCAA and represent Arkansas State University. They were founded in 1911 but haven’t won a national title since 1970.
Arkansas Razorbacks: The University of Arizona boasts several Razorbacks teams, predominantly in basketball and football. The Razorbacks basketball team has seven conference tournament titles to their name, most recently in 2000. Many Razorbacks stars have gone on to enjoy success in the NBA.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions: There are over 10 college football teams in Arkansas. Like the Razorbacks, the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions represent the University of Arkansas.
We only recommend you sign up with legal sportsbooks when Arkansas goes live in 2022. While offshore sportsbooks are available in Arkansas, you can’t guarantee that your funds are secure and the gaming can be trusted. At legalized sportsbooks, you get:
US states with legal sports betting tend to offer the same kinds of promotions. There’s no reason to suspect Arkansas will be any different. You should be able to claim a comparable range of bonuses for Mississippi, Tennessee betting, and West Virginia betting:
Online sports betting should be fun, but it’s not fun for all gamblers. Gambling addiction affects people across the US, but sportsbooks will provide resources to get you help fast. We expect that the first AR mobile sportsbooks will also supply links to problem gambling charities. You’ll also be able to set your own deposit limits or request a time-out.
If you need help controlling your play, contact the National Council On Problem Gambling in Arkansas.
Gambling laws were expanded to allow sports betting at land-based casinos. Mobile sportsbooks are expected to be legalized in 2021.
Online apps should go live in 2022. You’ll be able to gamble anywhere in the state.
Yes. Daily fantasy sports (DFS) is fully legal in Arkansas. Join up to FanDuel or DraftKings and play real-money contests.
There are three land-based casinos in Arkansas that offer legal sports betting. Some also offer racing betting.
Yes. DraftKings is legal in Arkansas and offers online daily fantasy sports contests for anyone aged 18 or over.
There are no online sportsbooks up and running in Arkansas. However, there are three retail sportsbooks in operation.
No, but you will need to be physically present in AR when you sign in and bet online.
Yes! There are several racetracks and racinos that offer pari-mutuel betting on greyhounds and horse races.
There are three land-based casinos offering sportsbooks in Arkansas: Oaklawn, Southland and Saracen.
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