Arkansas Betting Laws & Guide

Arkansas has had a measure in place which made sports betting legal since late 2018. However, there was nothing in that bill about mobile sports betting in Arkansas. It’s been years since then, and the sports betting landscape has shifted significantly in the time since that amendment. This is how Arkansas stands now.

Is sports betting legal in Arkansas?

Yes, Arkansas has legal sports betting and has been accepting sports bets since November 2018 at its three casinos. In early March 2022, they legalized and launched online betting in the state. The deal allowed eight mobile operators to enter Arkansas sports betting, although it is moving at a snail’s pace. Right now, Betly and Oaklawn Sports are the only mobile sportsbooks taking wagers.

Is DraftKings sports betting legal in Arkansas?

No, DraftKings sportsbook is not yet legal in Arkansas, although they seem poised to make their presence known soon enough. Along with their daily fantasy sports being a legal option in Arkansas for years, they were present at the Arkansas Racing Commission's meeting at the end of 2021. DraftKings seems like one of the surest bets as an online operator in Arkansas shortly.

Why is Sports Betting Illegal in Arkansas?

It’s illegal because you’re not 21 yet. Otherwise, Arkansas is fully legal in every capacity now. They had kept mobile betting illegal likely to drum up attendance and revenue at the casinos they opened up, which had sports betting on site. While the gaming revenue boost they saw from this was surely nice, the amount of revenue other states generated from mobile sports bets were too lucrative to avoid forever.

When Will Arkansas Sports Betting Start?

Even though the options are limited and the major sportsbooks aren’t yet active, Arkansas sports betting is awaiting your wagers. You can visit any of their casinos that have retail sportsbooks, or download one of the available apps and submit your bets from wherever you may be. The full range of sports and teams will be available for you to choose from when you bet in Arkansas.

Latest Arkansas sports betting news

  • September 17, 2022: Arkansas State will look to bounce back from their loss to Ohio State when they head to Memphis to take on the Tigers.

  • September 17, 2022: The 2-0 Arkansas Razorbacks will seek to remain undefeated when they host Missouri State, their last test before a gauntlet of divisional opponents. Their following three opponents: Texas A&M, Alabama, and Mississippi State.