Arkansas now has three retail sportsbooks that are actively taking bets.

  • The Saracen Casino Annex is a preview of a new casino to be built next year.
  • The sportsbook at Saracen Casino Annex will have limited maximum bet limits.
  • The upcoming Saracen Casino Resort will have a full-fledged sportsbook.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Play Shot Sportsbook at the Saracen Casino Annex is open and will take bets starting on Tuesday.

The Saracen Casino Annex is a new casino in Pine Bluff that was built within 100 days. This location is to give Pine Bluff insight on what is to come with the upcoming Saracen Casino Resort. The preview includes an operational sportsbook. The Saracen Casino Resort is set to open near the end of 2020.

Sports betting in Arkansas is regulated through the Arkansas Racing Commission. The Quapaw Tribe, who runs Saracen, provided this proposal to the Commission.

“The sample sportsbook, or ‘limited betting’ option, will be a sports betting introduction to the local market and provide an introduction for the full-scale sportsbook that will be located at the Saracen Casino Resort,” read the proposal.

This means that the Play Shot Sportsbook provided by IGT in Saracen Casino Annex has some limitations. The sportsbook has many sports betting kiosks and betting windows that are available. Currently, no one is allowed to wager more than $500 on any given wager.

This might not be too bad for casual bettors, but professional sports bettors will find this limit troubling. At the moment, the Annex sportsbook will allow wagers on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis golf, boxing, and auto racing.

As the proposal stated, this is only an introduction to what is to come in the future. Once the Saracen Casino Resort opens in late 2020, higher betting limits and a larger betting menu are likely to happen. The Quapaw Tribe has yet to confirm what the expanded sportsbook will look like.

Even with the opening of this new sportsbook, legal sports betting in Arkansas is still limited. Currently, there are three retail sportsbooks in the state. Due to how Arkansas legalized sports betting, there are no mobile wagering options available. Sports betting in Arkansas is currently limited to retail sportsbooks.

However, Pine Bluff is near the center of Arkansas. With the opening of this location, it has become easier for residents to travel to a sportsbook. As the months continue, more retail sportsbooks will likely open in Arkansas in the future.

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