Three sportsbook firms want legal mobile sports betting in Arkansas. At present, mobile wagering is not allowed in the state. Thus, a lobbyist for the three sports betting companies wrote to the Arkansas Racing Commission regarding the rule change.
The lobbyist represents DraftKings, FanDuel, and MGM Resorts. Director John C. Campbell of the Arkansas Racing Commission said that licensed casinos are the only firms allowed to open a sportsbook in the state. The three companies are operating sportsbooks inside casinos.
Casinos with licenses to operate in the state are Southland, Oaklawn, and Saracen. A casino in Russellville has a sports betting license. However, it is engaged in a legal dispute. Campbell said that the three sportsbook firms are the first to propose changing mobile sports wagering rules.
The Racing Commission is open to discuss the legalization of mobile sports betting in the state. According to sportsbook pay per head reports, Arkansas casinos can develop mobile sports betting apps. However, players need to be within the casino property to place wagers through apps.
As per sportsbook pay per head reviews, mobile sports betting outside casino properties needs a rule change. Casinos haven’t proposed any rule changes yet. If the commission changed the rules, private sportsbook operators could partner with casinos to provide mobile betting services.
With sports events in full swing, sportsbooks in the state are reporting increased handle. For the previous two months, the handle is more than $1 million for each sportsbook. Southland had the biggest handle in October when it got more than $4 million in bets.
In November, Tennessee legalized mobile sports betting. Since then, Southland’s handle hasn’t reached more than $4 million. Many people speculated that some players who crossed the Mississippi River to wager at Southland are now staying in Tennessee to bet on sports using their smartphones.