Mobile sports betting underway for the first time in Arkansas

Betting on sports from your phone or mobile device is now available for the first time in Arkansas. Southland Casino and racing in West Memphis is the first Arkansas casino to launch its mobile sports betting app.The Southland Betly Arkansas app is now available to iPhone and Android users. To place a wager, you must be 21 or older and actually be in the state.The casino was also the first to offer online sports betting in March, which was a record month for sports wagers in Arkansas.”Southland had $3.3 million bet via its online betting service just in March. That’s without having the App Store, the iPhone option. And that led to a month in March we had $10.7 million wagered in Arkansas, which is about a million more than the previous record,” said Scott Hardin , spokesperson for the state Department of Finance and Revenue. Hardin told 40/29 News the odds are favorable that the state will continue to see record-breaking numbers with the mobile betting option.”Because you have hundreds of thousands of Arkansans around the state that can easily download an app and place a bet, but they’re not going to drive five, six hours to place a bet. It’s all about accessibility and this step by Southland just makes that more that much more accessible,” he said. In Arkansas, don’t expect to see the ‘any and all’ type of bets that are available in Las Vegas. Hardin told 40/29 News, that sports wagers must be specifically on games or races.”You’re not necessarily going to see whether or not does the national anthem last at the Super Bowl, last more or less than two minutes. I don ‘t think that’s a bet you’re going to see in Arkansas,” he said. Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff is expected to launch its mobile sports betting app sometime soon, according to Hardin. Oaklawn Racing and Casino in Hot Springs is expected to have its mobile app ready to go by August.

Betting on sports from your phone or mobile device is now available for the first time in Arkansas.

Southland Casino and racing in West Memphis is the first Arkansas casino to launch its mobile sports betting app.

The Southland Betly Arkansas app is now available to iPhone and Android users. To place a wager, you must be 21 or older and actually be in the state.

The casino was also the first to offer online sports betting in March, which was a record month for sports wagers in Arkansas.

“Southland had $3.3 million bet via its online betting service just in March. That’s without having the App Store, the iPhone option. And that led to a month in March we had $10.7 million wagered in Arkansas, which is about a million more than the previous record,” said Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the state Department of Finance and Revenue.

Hardin told 40/29 News the odds are favorable that the state will continue to see record-breaking numbers with the mobile betting option.

“Because you have hundreds of thousands of Arkansans around the state that can easily download an app and place a bet, but they’re not going to drive five, six hours to place a bet. It’s all about accessibility and this step by Southland just makes that more that much more accessible,” he said.

In Arkansas, don’t expect to see the ‘any and all’ type of bets that are available in Las Vegas. Hardin told 40/29 News, that sports wagers must be specifically on games or races.

“You’re not necessarily going to see whether or not does the national anthem last at the Super Bowl, last more or less than two minutes. I don’t think that’s a bet you’re going to see in Arkansas,” he said .

Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff is expected to launch its mobile sports betting app sometime soon, according to Hardin. Oaklawn Racing and Casino in Hot Springs is expected to have its mobile app ready to go by August.

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