Legalized sports betting has exploded onto the scene in the United States following the reversal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in 2018. Since then, 35 states have legalized sports betting in some capacity.
Want to know if you’re able to bet in the Natural state? Check out our Arkansas guide to sports betting:
Sports betting is legal in the state of Arkansas as of November 2018. At its outset, retail sports betting (at physically licensed casinos) was the only option for Arkansans to get action down.
Online sports betting has since launched in March of 2022, giving Arkansans the opportunity to wager on their computers and phones.
How do I bet on sports in Arkansas?
Arkansas sports betting allows users over the age of 21 to make online, mobile, and retail wagers. Additionally, all legal sports bets need to be placed within state lines.
Mobile sportsbooks utilize geolocation to track your phone’s internal GPS chip. When betting online, users are prompted to download a plugin to make legalized bets. If making retail wagers, head to an Arkansas casino to make your bets in person.
Can I bet on college sports in Arkansas?
Betting on college sports is allowed in Arkansas. Various sports are available to bet on, and Arkansans are able to bet on sporting events involving their in-state Division I schools (University of Arkansas, Arkansas State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Central Arkansas, Little Rock) as well as all other regulated NCAA sporting teams and events.
Additionally, futures bets on college teams and players are allowed. Popular futures bets include betting on the University of Arkansas to win the SEC conference in basketball or on “who will win the Heisman trophy” in football. Futures betting is not just subject to schools in Arkansas, as all available teams and players can be wagered on.
Where can I bet on sports in Arkansas?
Currently, only three legal sports bet operate in the state of Arkansas. Right now, sports betting in Arkansas is scarce as the state requires third-party online operators to give at least 50 percent of their net online sports betting receipts to the state. Due to their strict revenue-sharing, more well-known operators like BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings are hesitant to enter the market.