Arkansas Online Sports Betting: 6 Mobile Sportsbook Apps Expected To Launch
Legal online sports betting has arrived in a number of states over the past few months, and now, Arkansas online sports betting has been cleared to launch.
There are still plenty of questions surrounding the launch, including which legal online sportsbooks could go live, but March 4, 2022, represents the 10th day following the Feb. 22 agreement.
On Feb. 22, 2022, the Arkansas Joint Budget Committee accepted the subcommittee rules on online sports betting, per XL Media’s Robert Linnehan.
BREAKING: The Arkansas Joint Budget Committee has accepted the subcommittee rules on online sports betting. Online sports betting received final approval and can begin after a 10-day filing period.
This all sets up for a potential launch before the March Madness tournament.
— RLinnehanXL (@RLinnehanXl) February 22, 2022
That set into motion the potential launch of online sports betting after a 10-day filing period. The most notable inclusion in the rules is that of a 51% profit requirement for state casinos.
That profit requirement has been a sticking point for quite some time, as Arkansas has held a firm line on the profit requirement for state casinos to earn as part of any potential partnership with an online sportsbook. To this point, none of the big-name sportsbooks have partnered with any of the state’s three casinos.
However, there is always a chance that in the days or weeks that follow, a partnership could be formed between a sportsbook and a casino. One obstacle that could potentially stand in the way of a deal in the short term is the incredibly fast 10-day turnaround period instituted by the state. The good news for prospective bettors, however, is that the hurdle that is often the hardest to clear –the legalization of online sports betting– has already been cleared.
Although there are plenty of variables at play, including a ton of uncertainty as to which sportsbooks could make their way to the Natural State, it’s worth diving into how we got to this point and what could be on the horizon for Arkansas online sports betting.
Sports Betting Apps That Could Launch in Arkansas
This is our list of the best potential online sports betting apps that could look to launch in Arkansas as of February 2022:
- 🚨All new-user offers and promos apply for those in already-legal and live online betting states, and do not apply to Arkansas users unless or until the specific sportsbook has launched in the Arkansas online sports betting market.
1. Caesars Arkansas Sportsbook
The top choice on our list –and one that could look to launch in the Natural State– is Caesars Sportsbook. Prospective bettors who are on the hunt for the largest new user promos in the business will likely find them with Caesars.
Caesars Sportsbook’s current offer is that of a $1,500 deposit match. This gives bettors the opportunity to double their starting balance. The minimum deposit to trigger the deposit match is $50, which means any bettor who deposits $50 would earn a $50 match from Caesars Sportsbook. Bettors who deposit $1,500 or more will receive the full deposit match bonus of $1,500.
2. FanDuel Arkansas Sportsbook
FanDuel Sportsbook is easily one of the best legal online sportsbooks in the business. The company took one of the biggest daily fantasy sports brands and added an incredibly sleek, user-friendly online sports betting app. The sportsbook’s expansion into a large number of states where online sports betting is legal has been notable, including Arkansas neighbors Tennessee and Louisiana.
Prospective bettors in Arkansas could potentially choose from multiple new user promos. One of those new user promos includes a $1,000 risk-free bet. This bet gives bettors the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 back in site credit if their first real-money wager loses.
3. DraftKings Arkansas Sportsbook
Arguably the most well-known sportsbook brand on this list is DraftKings Sportsbook. In fact, DraftKings Sportsbook is available in 16 states, including neighboring Louisiana and Tennessee. The sportsbook has expanded into 16 states thus far, and it’s entirely possible they’ll look to partner with one of the casinos in Arkansas prior to the launch of online sports betting.
DraftKings Sportsbook brings a ton to the table. The app is easy to navigate and offers perhaps the widest array of action in the business. Plus, DraftKings runs a ton of promos, boosts, and additional offers to keep existing users coming back for more.
4. BetMGM Arkansas Sportsbook
Chances are you’ve seen or heard a commercial or ad featuring Jamie Foxx touting the “King of Sportsbooks”. BetMGM could look to make a move into Arkansas, which could be a great option for bettors interested in incredible odds boosts and one-game parlay bets.
BetMGM offers fantastic odds boosts on games every day, including their own “Lion’s Boost” among other branded content. If BetMGM were to launch in the Natural State, bettors could expect a pair of promos to choose from. The sportsbook typically offers a $1,000 risk-free bet option, as well as a Bet $10, Win $200 promo on the NBA or NFL.
5. Barstool Arkansas Sportsbook
There has been no indication to this point that Barstool Sportsbook could look to launch in Arkansas. However, if the sportsbook were to go live in the Natural State, bettors would be in for a treat. Any bettor familiar with the Barstool Sports brand would immediately find odds boosts, Barstool exclusives, and promos featuring Barstool personalities.
On the offer side of things, the sportsbook offers a $1,000 risk-free first bet to new users. This is a great offer for new and experienced bettors alike, as it gives players a mulligan if their first real-money wager loses. For example, if a bettor wagers $700 on their team to win its game, but the team loses, Barstool Sportsbook would refund the user’s account $700 in site credit.
6. BetRivers Arkansas Sportsbook
The final entry on this list is BetRivers. Powered by Rush Street Interactive, BetRivers gives players the opportunity to place bets in a straightforward app. The bells and whistles that might otherwise overwhelm or frustrate some bettors are far from this app.
Some bettors, especially new ones, could get in on the action with a respectable new user offer if BetRivers were to launch in Arkansas. The current new user promo offered in other states is a $250 deposit match. This promo gives bettors the chance to double their first deposit with up to $250 in site credit.
Arkansas Sports Betting Promos
It’s difficult to predict which new user promos will be available, as such offerings can change over time. However, these are the current new user promos offered in other states that could make their way to Arkansas:
|Caesars Sportsbook||$1,500 deposit match|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||$1,000 risk-free bet|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||$1,050 signup bonus|
|BetMGM||$1,000 risk-free bet|
|Barstool Sportsbook||$1,000 risk-free bet|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||$250 deposit match|
Where Else is Online Sports Betting Available?
Online sports betting is available in an ever-growing number of states, including a few neighboring states. This list is expected to grow by the end of 2022.
To learn more about how to place legal online sports bets in any of these states, take a look at our detailed state guides:
- New Jersey
- New York
- West Virginia
How Do I Sign Up for a Sports Betting App in Arkansas?
Keep in mind that when online sports betting goes live in Arkansas, there are a number of criteria that must be satisfied for bettors to sign up. Any prospective bettor interested in registering must verify their location within state limits, as well as provide some personal information. This includes a player’s full legal name, social security number, and residential address. There is additional information a sportsbook could request, including the bettor’s:
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Credit or debit card number
How to Bet on Sports in Arkansas
Arkansas online sports betting could go live in the Natural State as early as March 4, 2022. The early indications are that bettors will not only be able to place bets at brick-and-mortar casinos but also via online sports betting apps. At least one online casino has already announced that it will be going it alone to start, without a nationally-recognized online sportsbook partner:
"We’ve been working on BetSaracen for a year, so today’s vote is exciting for us and for Arkansas. We will launch BetSaracen, a first class, Arkansas born and bred mobile wagering app before March Madness."
— BetSaracen (@BetSaracen) February 22, 2022
Prospective bettors will need to be at least 21 years of age and be physically located within the state borders of Arkansas in order to place legal online sports bets.
Most legal online sportsbooks offer many of the same deposit methods, though it’s worth noting that given the uncertainty surrounding which apps could launch, these deposit methods are not a guarantee at launch:
- Online banking
- Wire transfer
- Credit or debit card
- Cash at Cage
- Prepaid cards
Keep in mind that the fastest and safest way to deposit money into an online sportsbook account is typically executed via online banking.
Types of Bets to Place
Prospective bettors in Arkansas could have the chance to place a wide variety of bets on all kinds of sports action. These bets can range from traditional bets to specials that are offered by different sportsbooks. Here are the most likely types of bets that players will be able to place:
|Type of Bet||Description|
|Moneyline||Choose which team or player will win the game at the odds offered by the sportsbook.|
|Point spread||Select the number of points that will separate the teams involved at the end of the game.|
|Over/under||Choose whether the total points scored in a game will go over or under the total points line determined by the sportsbook.|
|Props||Pick a bet that includes counting stats, races to a point total, or quarter-, half-, or full-time outcomes. These can be offered on the player, team, and game levels.|
|Parlays||Select multiple game and/or player prop bets from multiple different games. All legs of the bet must win for the parlay to settle as a win.|
|Teasers||This adds points in a bettor's favor on wagers with two or more legs.|
|Live, in-game betting||Select a game in progress and place wagers based on potential outcomes and player-based achievements.|
|Futures||Choose a team or player award, division, conference, or championship winner.|
Sports Available to Bet On
Any bettor who signs up for a legal online sportsbook account in Arkansas is expected to have plenty of sports and leagues to choose from. This includes a variety of American sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and more. Plus, sportsbooks typically offer international action on soccer, rugby, darts, cricket, and racing.
Arkansas Online Sports Betting History
The road to Arkansas online sports betting has been an interesting one. Let’s take a look at how the Natural State has gotten to this point:
- 🗓 November 6, 2018: Arkansas voters approve Issue 4 on the ballot
- 🗓 July 1, 2019: Sports wagers first accepted at casino
- 🗓 December 30, 2021: Arkansas Racing Commission votes to authorize online sports betting
- 🗓 February 22, 2022: Joint Budget Committee approves expanded rules and regulations, including casino sportsbook licenses
Back in 2018, voters in the Natural State approved a constitutional amendment, which allowed Arkansas to issue casino licenses. This amendment, Issue 4 on the ballot, allowed two casinos in Arkansas to expand gambling operations, including offering electronic games of skill. The most notable inclusion in Issue 4, however, was that it allowed for four casinos in the state to offer sports betting.
First Sports Wagers Accepted
On July 1, 2019, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began taking sports betting wagers at their casino. Oaklawn became the first of four casinos to gain regulatory approval and take sports bets in the state.
Arkansas Racing Commission Votes to Authorize Online Sports Betting
On December 30, 2021, the Arkansas Racing Commission held a vote to amend the Natural State’s casino gaming rules. This vote was meant to give bettors the chance to place legal online sports bets throughout the state. The amended rules also included a provision that would allow the state’s casinos to operate a sports betting platform of their own or to work with a third-party company. Among the amended rules and regulations was a controversial revenue share requirement. This requirement was put in place to ensure that no more than 50% of any revenue generated by a sportsbook and casino partnership would leave the state. By comparison, many national sportsbooks in a number of states often share a fraction of that.
Joint Budget Committee Approves Expanded Rules and Regulations
On February 22, 2022, the Arkansas Joint Budget Committee accepted a subcommittee report, which allowed for Arkansas online sports betting to launch after a 10-day filing period. While the timeframe seemed rather hasty, it came with good reason. The launch would allow any of the approved casinos in the state to launch their own sportsbook apps or launch in partnership with any of the national brands prior to the start of the NCAA mens’s basketball tournament.
Potential Tax Revenue for Arkansas
In-person sports betting has been in place since July 2019. Since then, more than $120 million has been wagered on sports in Arkansas. In 2020, sports wagers generated $583,000 in tax revenue, while 2021 saw a massive uptick in tax revenue generated to the tune of $1.2 million. It stands to reason that those numbers will jump again in 2022, especially if multiple legal online sports betting apps are offered to bettors.
Arkansas Casinos That Could Partner with Sportsbooks
🎰Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
- Website: https://oaklawn.com/
- Twitter: @OaklawnRacing
- Instagram: @oaklawnracingcasinoresort
- Facebook: @OaklawnRacingCasinoResort
- Address: 2705 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Contact Phone #: (501) 623-4411
- Mobile App: iOS (App Store) and Android (GooglePlay)
- Review at TripAdvisor
🎰Saracen Casino Resort
- Website: https://saracenresort.com/
- Twitter: @SaracenCasinoAR
- Instagram: @saracenresort
- Facebook: @SaracenCasinoResort
- Address: 1 Saracen Resort Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
- Contact Phone #: (870) 686-9001
- Review at TripAdvisor
🎰Southland Casino Racing
- Website: https://www.southlandcasino.com/
- Twitter: @SouthlandGaming
- Instagram: @southlandcasino
- Facebook: @SouthlandCasinoRacing
- Address: 1550 N. Ingram Boulevard, West Memphis, AR 72301
- Contact Phone #: (800) 467-6182
- Mobile App: iOS (App Store) and Android (GooglePlay)
- Review at TripAdvisor
Arkansas Online Sports Betting FAQ
Which sportsbooks are live in Arkansas?
Currently, no national sportsbook brands have partnered with brick-and-mortar casinos in Arkansas. Saracen Casino Resort, however, has announced they’ll release their own sports betting app.
Can I legally bet on sports in Arkansas?
Bettors have had access to in-person legal sports betting since July 2019.
When will Arkansas online sports betting go live?
Arkansas online sports betting is set to go live on March 4, 2022.
How old must a bettor be to wager on sports in Arkansas?
Any prospective bettor must be at least 21-years-old.
How much tax revenue will sports betting generate in Arkansas?
Given that $1.2 million of tax revenue was generated by in-person sports betting in 2021, it stands to reason that the addition of legal online sports betting in 2022 will bring with it a significant increase.