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In Oklahoma, online gambling isn’t legal in any form. You cannot bet on sports, esports, Daily Fantasy Sports, casino games like poker, or even the lottery online. Hope to see William Hill, bet365, Unibet, TheScore, Betfred, Betrivers and other sportsbooks in Oklahoma in 2021 and further.
Wagers are only a regulated activity in land-based casinos that have a license from the state, and these are all in territory that belongs to Native Americans. While the legal age for betting in Oklahoma is 18, and you can purchase lottery tickets from that point in your life, practically it is 21 years old. This is because casinos can only sell alcohol to people of that age or above.
Internet casino wagering in Oklahoma is illegal, and there are no commercial land-based casinos either. What the Sooner State does have, though, are more than 100 tribal casinos. All of these are on former reservations belonging to Native Americans. In fact, only Nevada has more casinos in it than the state of Oklahoma. It is estimated that there are more than 71,000 slot machines across Native American casinos here, which means there are plenty of alternatives to online casino betting. Oklahoma has embraced land-based casinos like the Grand Casino in Shawnee where you can also play many other games of chance and card games, including poker.
While sports betting in Oklahoma is legal, this doesn’t extend to college sports or online platforms. To bet legally on sports in the Sooner State, you can only do so on the premises of the tribal casinos that have a sportsbook or racetrack attached to them. There is one major league sports franchise in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. It remains to be seen if state authorities will legalize mobile and/or online sports betting here, or whether it remains exclusive to Native American casinos with a licensed sportsbook.
With no digital poker rooms in Oklahoma for online gambling authorized by the state, you can’t play this legally over the internet. As mentioned above, however, you play this and other card games in one of over 100 tribal casinos located in the Sooner State. The laws governing Native American reservations and land are different. This means gambling, including playing poker, is legalized on such properties. At WinStar World Casino in the town of Thackerville, for instance, there is a 55-table poker room where No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em proves the most popular form of the game.
As Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) wagering in Oklahoma hasn’t been legalized by the state yet, the position is unclear. That hasn’t stopped FanDuel, DraftKings, and other leading providers of fantasy sports games from making their services available in the Sooner State, however. Playing DFS games like Fantasy Draft isn’t explicitly illegal, but the online betting aspect of some leagues may be in Oklahoma. While no ruling is made, fantasy sports operators will continue to have a presence here. Oklahoma is not currently among the seven states that have outlawed DFS.
Esports betting in Oklahoma is illegal because no provisions have been made by the state for it. Its popularity among young people may be behind this. Oklahoma has an esports league with popular games played by those attending Oklahoma City University, including Overwatch and Rocket League.
Playing the lottery is legal in Oklahoma, but there is no state-sponsored online service. While you can download a mobile app, this is not as sophisticated as other states. There are no ePaySlips for lottery ticket purchases over the internet or scan system, but you can check the results of draws. To do lottery wagering in Oklahoma, buy tickets from a retailer.
In Oklahoma, horse racing betting is legal but not online. You can do so on-track at one of three racetracks in the Sooner State, or in a licensed tribal casino. Major internet sportsbooks don’t operate or offer horse racing betting in Oklahoma.
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