Arkansas is getting closer to making legal sports betting a reality in the state by the end of 2019. Following the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can legalize sports betting with legislative approval.
Arkansas voters have spoken. Residents and those people within the boundaries of the state age 21 and over will soon be able to bet on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, boxing, UFC and other types of sports.
Legislation updates on Arkansas online sports betting
Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment in November, 2018 to include legal sports betting in the state. In February, 2019 a bill on the ballot titled Issue 4 was passed by a 54% to 46% vote to include sports betting and casino-style gambling at four locations in the state. The voter-approved amendment does not include specific reference to mobile or online wagering, which would likely come at a later date.
State regulators will now approve the bill and the Arkansas Racing Commission can start accepting gambling applications by June 1, 2019. Two sports betting licenses were automatically granted on the amendment to include:
Where Can I Bet Sports Legally in Arkansas?
Oaklawn Jockey Club (near Little Rock) and Southland Racing Corporation (near Memphis).
Two additional gambling licenses to include sports betting will be granted to applicants. Those properties will likely be casinos located in Pope County and Jefferson County.
There are no initial proposals for mobile or online sports betting in Arkansas. That will change once legal sports betting begins in the state. While residents in Arkansas wait for legal sports betting at locations within the state, there are other options to bet on sports online.
Residents of Arkansas may visit legally sanctioned, US-friendly online sportsbooks that operate offshore or outside the United States. Offshore sports betting is considered legal in most states because licensed offshore sportsbooks are located outside the jurisdiction of the US federal laws. A majority of online sports betting sites and offshore sportsbooks set the minimum age at 21 years old.
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