- Arkansas sportsbooks experienced the highest sports betting handle in September since the start of coronavirus shutdowns.
- Southland Casino sportsbook reopened in September and recorded the highest sports betting handle in the state.
- Football started in September which led to the increase in bets along with the casinos increasing their capacity limits from one-third to two-thirds.
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – In September, Arkansas sports betting recorded its largest monthly betting handle number since the nation-wide coronavirus shutdowns.
All three of the state sportsbooks collected $3,958,748 last month and it could be directly related to the fact that the month featured the start of the NFL and college football along with NBA, NHL, and MLB postseason games.
The total handle was a 292.3% increase from the August revenue which was $1,008,992 with only one venue taking legal sports bets.
The only open sportsbook during July and August was the Oaklawn Park sportsbook since the other two casinos were still shut down for the pandemic.
The Southland Casino Racing sportsbook reopened on September 10 and had hopes of not only receiving returning casino guests but a whole wave of gamblers.
“We’re very pleased to have successfully launched the Betly sportsbook and kiosks for our loyal patrons to enjoy sports wagering, and we also anticipate a new audience will discover Southland because of it,” said David Wolf, president and general manager of Southland Casino Racing. “We worked hard to make it happen in time for the football season.”
Southland’s revenue for the month was $138,542 and recorded the highest sports betting handle in the state with $2,327,026.
The sportsbook was also able to come back into the Arkansas sports betting market strong by posting the highest electronic games of skill handle for the third straight month.
In May and June the casinos were operating with an enforced one-third capacity rule as a part of their health and safety protocols. Now, the regulation has been raised to two-thirds capacity which may be a big reason for the increase in the numbers for this last month.
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