Arkansas Sports Betting is Live!
Written by Phoebe
Published date · March 18, 2022 | Last Updated · Dec. 14, 2022 | Read Time: 1 mins
Southland Casino was the first to provide online sports betting in Arkansas. Arkansans are legally allowed to bet online during March Madness! Southland Casino Racing opened its Betly online sportsbook at the beginning of the month, allowing online sports betting. The sportsbook is accessible on all standard browsers, and it is not currently compatible with mobile devices, but that is likely to change soon. Read on to find out more!
March Madness was in sight when the county Legislature's Joint Budget Committee authorized the Arkansas Racing Commission's proposed regulation authorizing mobile sports betting on February 22, 2022. Whereas betting at each of Arkansas' three casinos, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff, and Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis has been permitted since last summer, March 4 was the first day that bettors were able to freely wager from everywhere in the state. Just recently, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort said it was striving vigorously to make its mobile platform accessible to the public as quickly as possible. The casino is adopting a "somewhat conservative approach," waiting for formal permission from the Legislature before proceeding with its subcontractor to launch the platform. Last year, in-person sports betting generated around $1.2 million in tax revenue for Arkansas. According to state lawmakers, the new mobile system has the potential to triple those figures, so we will keep you posted on what happens next!