What types of gambling are legal in Arkansas?
Arkansas has a wide variety of legal gambling options. There is a state lottery. Horse racing betting is legal too. There are casinos with no limits on games or betting. Daily fantasy sports and sports betting are also licensed in Arkansas.
This list shows the types of gambling found in Arkansas and where to find it:
- Racing (horses; off-track and mobile – greyhounds; live, off-track and mobile)
- Slots, video poker, live poker and table games (racetracks, tribal casinos)
- Sports betting (mobile and casinos)
- Bingo and raffles (charities)
- Lottery (instant games and lotto at retailers)
Online Gambling in Arkansas
Online gambling is limited to three forms. Mobile horse and greyhound racing is allowed, as well as daily fantasy sports and sports betting.
Mobile racing is available through apps operated by companies like TVG.com and TwinSpires.com. All major daily fantasy sports companies accept players from Arkansas. This includes DraftKings, FanDuel, Fantasy Draft and Yahoo. Mobile sports betting companies are licensed through the state’s gaming regulators and operators.
Online Gambling Laws in Arkansas
The three forms of legalized online gambling in Arkansas were created through separate actions. Mobile horse racing was approved by the state racing commission in compliance with the federal Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978. Daily fantasy sports contests were legalized in 2017 through HB2250. Players for these forms of online gambling must be at least 18 years old.
Sports betting was approved by voters in 2018 through a constitutional amendment. Mobile was created through gaming regulations. Players must be at least 21 years old.
All other forms of online gambling are illegal in Arkansas. This includes online poker and casino games offered by offshore sites.
Land-based Casinos in Arkansas
There are four casinos in Arkansas. All standard games are permitted. This includes slot machines, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, live poker and proprietary games.
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Casino Laws in Arkansas
The current form of land-based casinos were approved by voters through a 2018 constitutional amendment. This expanded gambling to live table games and sports books. Previously, Arkansas casinos were required to be at a racetrack and could only operate slots, video poker and electronic table games. Casino players must be at least 21 years old.
Sports Betting in Arkansas
Sports betting is legal in two forms in Arkansas. Casinos may offer live sportsbooks. Mobile apps are also legal if licensed by the state. Major forms of sports betting are legal, like straights, parlays, teasers, props and futures. Professional and amateur sports, including college, are permitted at Arkansas live and mobile sportsbooks.
Sports Betting Laws in Arkansas
Sports betting was permitted through the same constitutional referendum that expanded casinos in 2018. The licensing fee is $250,000. The tax rate is 13% of gross gaming revenue. Players must be at least 21 years old.
Poker in Arkansas
Poker is legal at Arkansas casinos. There are no limits on games or betting. Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud and any other game that has rules on file may be dealt in Arkansas poker rooms.
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Poker Laws in Arkansas
Live poker was part of the 2018 constitutional amendment that expanded gambling in Arkansas. Before then, poker rooms in the state were electronic. Poker players must be at least 21 years old.
Home Poker Games
Home poker games are presumed to be illegal in Arkansas. The state does not have a social gaming exception to its gambling laws.
Fantasy Sports in Arkansas
Fantasy sports contests are legal in Arkansas. All major daily fantasy companies accept players from here. The names include FanDuel, DraftKings, Fantasy Draft and Yahoo. All contests are available to these players.
Fantasy Sports Laws in Arkansas
Fantasy sports contests became legal in Arkansas through HB2250 in 2017. The tax rate is 8% of gross gaming revenues. Players must be at least 18 years old.
The Arkansas Lottery offers instant games and lotto drawings. Tickets are sold only at retailers. There are no online lottery sales in Arkansas. Instant games are sold in scratch-off and FastPlay form. The FastPlay is a lottery terminal at a retailer that generates electronic tickets.
Intrastate Lotto Drawings
- Cash 3
- Cash 4
- Natural State Jackpot
Interstate Lotto Drawings
- Lucky for Life
- Mega Millions
Arkansas Lottery Laws
The Arkansas Lottery was approved and modified through a series of constitutional amendments. The regulations are codified under state law. Proceeds go towards college scholarships. Lottery players must be at least 18 years old.
Arkansas Horse Racing Betting
Greyhound racing is held live at two racetracks in Arkansas. Each has an off-track betting parlor for simulcast betting. Mobile betting apps like TVG and TwinSpires are legal in Arkansas if licensed by the Arkansas Racing Commission.
The 2018 gambling expansion created the opportunity to phase out greyhound racing in Arkansas. It allowed casino-style gambling at resorts without the racing requirement attached. Greyhound racing is expected to end in Arkansas by the end of 2022.
Arkansas Horse Racing Laws
Legal Arkansas racing dates to 1935. In the past, horses and dogs were raced. Today, only greyhound tracks operate. The Interstate Horseracing Act permits online racing bets in Arkansas as approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission. Bettors must be at least 18 years old,
eSports are not expressly permitted in the state sports betting regulations. Social gaming is not legal in the state. Based on this, it is presumed that eSports betting is illegal in Arkansas.
Traditional Games of Skill
Sites like Worldwinner and apps where skill games for money are played are not permitted in Arkansas.
Skill-based Gaming Machines
Skill-based gaming machines are permitted to be played for cash in casinos. Certain games are permitted with non-cash prizes at arcades and taverns.
Arkansas Charity Gambling Law
Arkansas charities are permitted to deal bingo games and raffles to raise funds. Charities must be in existence for at least five years to participate. This was created through a 2006 constitutional amendment.