On May 14th 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional and in doing so lifted the federal ban on sports betting. Following the court’s ruling, lawmakers in Arkansas opted to put the question of legal sports betting to the electorate and in November 2018, the state’s residents voted in favor of establishing a regulated market in Arkansas.
The ballot measure allowed for retail sportsbooks to open in the state’s four casinos with the industry regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission. The state’s first legal sports wagers were placed on July 1st 2019.
However, the voter referendum only allowed for retail sports betting meaning that there are currently no mobile sports betting options within the state. This may change in the near future as bill HB 4912 that will permit online sports betting has been introduced at the state legislature.
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