Arkansas Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

The Supreme Court gave each state the power to legalize sports betting in May of 2018 when they overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Arkansas legislators approved sports betting in November of 2018. The first bet was taken in July of 2019 at the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Arkansas?

Yes, sports betting is legal at up to four different casinos in Arkansas. You must be 21 years of age to bet on sports in Arkansas.Right now Arkansas residents can bet at the following locations:

  • Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
  • Southland Casino Racing
  • Saracen Casino Resort
  • Unchosen casino in Pine Bluff

Is online sports betting legal in Arkansas?

Online sports betting is not legal in Arkansas. Legislators attempted to pass a bill to legalize online sports betting in 2019, but the legislation stalled in Congress.

Is online poker legal in Arkansas?

No online poker is not legal in Arkansas. Online poker will likely remain illegal until Arkansas revisits online sports betting and iGaming in future legislation. For now, residents of Arkansas will have to go to the casino to play poker.

Is iGaming legal in Arkansas?

Online slot machines, or iGaming, are not legal in Arkansas. There is no current legislation that is close to being passed that would change this. Residents will have to continue going to the casino for slot games.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Arkansas?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson signed a bill in 2017 to legalize daily fantasy sports in the Natural State.

Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

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Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Arkansas?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Arkansas. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Arkansas as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does Arkansas have an online lottery?

No, the Arkansas Lottery does not offer any online games.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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