In Arkansas, aside from three mobile sportsbooks, bettors have the option to place their bets at any of the state’s three operating retail sportsbooks, each housed within one of Arkansas’ casinos. A fourth casino currently under construction in Pope County also plans to feature a retail sportsbook.
Arkansas Sportsbooks and Betting Apps
- Oaklawn Sportsbook
- Betly Sportsbook via Southland Casino
Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort stands as the oldest and most renowned gambling location in Arkansas, boasting over a century of history as a top horse racing venue. Home to the prestigious Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn pioneered sports betting in Arkansas, launching its sportsbook in July 2019. It offers a full-service betting experience with both teller windows and kiosks.
Alongside horse racing, Southland Casino Racing offers a unique sports betting experience. The sportsbook is located within the casino’s sports bar, blending betting with dining and entertainment. For convenience, betting kiosks are distributed throughout the property.
Operated by the Quapaw Nation, a federally recognized tribe from Oklahoma, Saracen Casino Resort represents a rare instance of tribal ownership in commercial casinos. The Saracen sportsbook was inaugurated in 2022.
Legends Resort & Casino (Coming Soon)
The forthcoming Legends Resort & Casino in Russellville, situated about 75 miles northwest of Little Rock, plans to integrate a sportsbook within the hotel’s sports bar, adding to Arkansas’ growing list of sports betting venues.
Daily fantasy sites FanDuel and DraftKings, among others, are also available to play their games within the state.
Potential and New Arkansas Sportsbooks To Launch
ESPN Bet Arkansas
- Status: ESPN Bet is expanding across the U.S. With Arkansas passing new online sports betting laws, ESPN Bet is a likely contender for one of the eight licenses. Expect features like parlay boosts and welcome offers.
- What to Expect: Competitive odds, varied betting options, easy site navigation, and a mobile platform. Current online options include Bet Saracen and Betly, with hopes for more branded sites soon.
- Status: Known for excellence, bet365 is expanding in the U.S. but hasn’t planned for Arkansas yet. If it enters the market, expect top-notch betting experiences and payouts.
- What to Expect: Currently, Arkansas offers limited online betting. If bet365 launches, it will offer great features and bonuses. Betly and BetSaracen are the current options.
- Status: Arkansas is just opening up to online sports betting. BetMGM isn’t in the state yet due to the need for a local casino partnership. If it launches, expect a range of sports and a solid mobile platform.
- What to Expect: In-play betting, live streaming, early cash outs, and varied bet types. Currently, only Betly and Bet Saracen are available.
- Status: As Arkansas legalizes online sports betting, major brands like BetRivers are not yet available. If it gets a license, expect a secure, diverse betting environment.
- What to Expect: Currently, options are limited to Betly and BET Saracen. More variety is expected as the market grows.
Caesars Sportsbook AR
- Status: With sports betting being new in Arkansas, Caesars hasn’t launched yet. Upon licensing, expect sign-up bonuses and a mobile app.
- What to Expect: Wide market access, in-play betting, and competitive odds. Betly and BET Saracen are the current options until more brands launch.
- Status: With online betting just legalized, DraftKings isn’t available in Arkansas yet. It’s expected to be a key player once the state issues more licenses.
- What to Expect: A comprehensive platform covering American and international sports, with attractive welcome bonuses. Presently, Bet Saracen and Betly are operating.
Betting Markets and Available Sports in Arkansas
The Arkansas State Racing Commission has recently expanded the state’s sports betting options by approving 17 additional markets. This brings new and diverse sports into the mix, like lacrosse, pool, and bowling, adding to the already available 15 sports markets. Among the new additions are unique choices such as knuckle fighting, cornhole, field hockey, floorball, futsal, NHRA drag racing, world sailing, snooker, table tennis, various forms of volleyball, and water polo. These join established markets for popular Arkansas teams and sports, including college football and basketball, where fans can follow local favorites like the Arkansas Razorbacks.
With this expansion, bettors in Arkansas now have a more varied selection of sports to bet on, enhancing the overall experience. Traditional betting markets for sports like basketball, boxing, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, tennis, motorsports, golf, e-sports, and MMA/UFC remain popular.
The available betting types include:
- Moneyline: Simple bets on which team or player will win.
- Point Spread: Betting on the margin of victory.
- Totals (Over/Under): Wagering on the combined score of a game.
- Game Props: Bets on specific events within a game.
- Player Props: Wagers on individual player performances.
- In-play: Betting on games as they happen.
- Futures: Bets on future outcomes, like championship winners.
- Parlays: Combining multiple bets for higher payouts.
Arkansas Sports Betting FAQs
Can I bet online in Arkansas?
Online betting is available at three online sportsbooks: Oaklawn Sportsbook, Southland Sportsbook, and BetSaracen app.
Where can I place sports bets in Arkansas?
You can bet at three places: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, Southland Casino, and Saracen Casino Annex. You can use the betting windows, kiosks, or their websites while you’re there.
How old do I need to be to bet in Arkansas?
You have to be 21 to bet. But if you’re at least 18, you can buy lottery tickets.
Do I have to pay taxes on my betting winnings in Arkansas?
Yes, you do. Betting winnings can be taxed up to 13% and should be included in your income tax.