Legal Sports Betting Now Available in Arkansas
General Manager of the Hot Springs-based facility, Wayne Smith, was the first bettor to legally place a wager, marking the start of sports betting in the Natural State. Customers will now be able to place wagers at the venue’s remodelled Race & Sports Book.
Developing New Casinos and Launching Sports Betting
The constitutional amendment that allowed the addition of casino-style gaming at Arkansas’ two racetracks was given the green light by state voters back in November. The amendment included the development of two new casinos in Pope and Jefferson Counties, but also made in-person betting legal at these four new facilities.
In addition to Oaklawn, Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis also received the approval to add casino gambling and sports betting to its offering. And although both of these properties launched their casino floors earlier this year, Southland is yet to make sports betting available to its customers.
Following the launch of sports betting at Oaklawn, the facility will be able to accept wagers on a wide variety of sports events, such as the NFL, NCAA, the Olympics and many others.
The latest move made Arkansas the ninth state to offer legal sports betting within its territory since the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic decision to overturn PASPA and effectively end the federal ban on this activity, which had been in effect for more than 25 years.
Last month, the Arkansas Racing Commission informed Oaklawn it could begin offering sports betting starting from July 1. As we’ve already pointed out, customers will be able to place their bets at the venue’s remodelled Race & Sports Book.
Making the Offer More Appealing to Players
The racetrack and casino’s official site states its sports betting facility will be open seven days a week, offering teller wagering and user-friendly kiosks. A total of six kiosks are located inside the sportsbook, four are located outside of Silks Bar and Grill, and one is located in the High Limits area.
Sports betting at the facility will be powered by SBTech, European online gaming company which could be acquired by one of the leading sports betting and daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings in the coming period, at least according to rumours. SBTech has already announced its plans to expand across the US.
Prior to the official launch of its casino floor, Oaklawn added two craps and six blackjack tables. According to Mr. Smith, we can expect a couple of more blackjack tables to be added to the casino floor this summer.
Earlier this week, the Oaklawn General Manager stated the venue was excited to add sports wagering to its offer and pointed out the new sportsbook would add a whole new level of entertainment for customers.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Smith placed of $5 on the Dallas Cowboys to win beat the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 8.