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August 18, 2019

Sports wagering in the state was approved in mid-June

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort opens first sports betting facility in Arkansas

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort opens first sports betting facility in Arkansas
Oaklawn is the first of four locations in the state that will offer sports betting, with the other three in various states of preparation before getting approval from the Racing Commission.
United States | 07/03/2019

The Arkansas Racing Commission gave the go-ahead for the Oaklawn Hot Springs casino to offer sports wagering to visitors on July 1st.

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aklawn Racing Casino Resort, a racino which is also home to a thoroughbred racetrack, opened the doors to a new sportsbook, offering bets in the VIP racing area of the casino.

Located in Hot Springs, news of the Oaklawn Casino sportsbook opening makes Arkansas the ninth state in the United States to officially offer sports betting.

General manager of the resort, Wayne Smith, placed the state’s first legal bet with a teller on Monday morning, WSN reports.

Smith bet $5 for the Cowboys to cover the 7.5-point spread to beat the New York Giants on opening day of the NFL season.

The opening of the first sportsbook in Arkansas comes on the heels of voters approving sports wagering at four properties in the state in November.

The final tally for the November vote was 54% in favor of the sports betting measure to 46% against.

Oaklawn is the first of four locations in the state that will offer sports betting, with the other three in various states of preparation before getting approval from the Racing Commission.

The other casino locations to offer wagering on sporting events include the Southland Gaming and Racing facility in West Memphis and at two other casinos in Pope and Jefferson Counties.

Arkansas will tax revenues from sports betting at a 13% rate for the first $150 million that a casino takes in and then 20% on any revenue beyond that figure.

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