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Arkansas Sports Betting

Updated: November 18, 2021

Sports betting is legal at casinos in Arkansas. After the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018, each state in the US can create its own laws and regulations for sports betting.

Subsequently, bettors in Arkansas have been enjoying legalized sports wagering since July 1, 2019.

The first bet was placed at the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. All betting in Arkansas is over-the-counter and mobile wagering is not allowed.

Arkansas residents have also been able to bet on fantasy sports since 2017. Outside of sports, there is a state lottery as well as horse and greyhound racing.

Arkansas Sports Betting at a Glance

Legal gambling in Arkansas has taken shape over the last 15 years. ‘Games of skill’ were approved in 2005, which allowed Oaklawn and Southland casino bettors to make bets on electronic games of skill. Video poker and other electronic table games were also authorized at those locations.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act passed in 2008 allowing for the launch of a state lottery the following year. All proceeds go towards public education. There was a long break in legislative efforts surrounding gambling until 2017, when further steps were taken to allow for bingo and raffles to operate with proceeds going to charitable causes.

With PASPA overturned in 2018, sports wagering was approved more recently.

Arkansas currently has two casinos in the state, though more are expected to follow. The legal age to bet on sports in Arkansas is 21, however, you can bet on horses if you are 18.

Arkansas Sports Betting Latest News and Updates

Check back for the latest news and updates surrounding Arkansas sports betting.

  • November 18, 2021: Arkansas regulators are advancing rules to allow between three to eight online sportsbooks in the state. There is no official launch date yet, but this could mean Arkansas would become the first Southern state with online sports betting and retail casino sportsbooks.

Where to Bet on Sports in Arkansas

Established in 1904, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort is Arkansas’s oldest casino. It is the home to the Arkansas Derby, a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Currently, it is the only location with sports betting in Arkansas, however, Southland Casino Racing should have it soon as well, as will the new casinos to be built in the near future.

Casino/Racetrack Sportsbook Address Hours
Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort Oaklawn Race & Sports Book 2705 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Sunday – Friday: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday – Thursday: 9am to 3am
Friday – Saturday: 9am to 5am

Arkansas Sports Betting FAQs

Is online gambling legal in Arkansas?

Arkansas state law requires a person to be physically on-site in order to place a bet. As of now any form of mobile wagering is not allowed. The next best option is traveling to the Prairie State, where sports betting Illinois allows for mobile wagering.

Does Oaklawn have sports betting?

Yes. The Oaklawn Race & Sports Book was the first to accept a sports bet in Arkansas. They offer both teller and kiosk betting.

Can I play online poker in Arkansas?

Because mobile wagering is still not allowed and no legal poker venue has been established as of yet, options are limited in Arkansas for poker players. Global Poker is a sweepstakes site that falls into a grey area and does allow for residents to play online.

You can track up-to-date data and analysis of monthly Arkansas revenue reports, from sports betting handles to hold percentages.