The NCAA men’s basketball tournament began last Tuesday but the BetSaracen App of the Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff, Arkansas has yet to go live.
Casino officials previously announced that their mobile betting app would be ready before the start of the NCAA’s March Madness tournament but right now, users can only go as far as turning the app on but are unable to place bets yet.
Said Saracen director Neal Atkinson:
“The Saracen app is right here I have it loaded on my phone, now it is still in the testing mode we don’t have all of the live odds hooked up to it just quite yet. Those will be ready as soon as we flip the switch.”
Still in the Final Phases of Completion
According to Atkinson, the app is still in the final phases of completion. He also said that Saracen Casino’s top priority is protecting its customers and their data and that they want to ensure that before going to a launch.
An independent gaming laboratory is currently conducting a test on the App and later this week, the third party will help them in ensuring that the app’s geo-fencing capability will effectively prohibit use from outside the state’s borders.
Atkinson added that Saracen Casino is now targeting the Sweet 16 Round of March Madness as their launch date. That means the BetSaracen App won’t be ready when the Arizona Razorbacks play Vermont in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday.
Online Sports Betting Underway Through One Casino
Mobile sports betting became legal in Arkansas last March 4th and Saracen Casino was expected to be the first to offer mobile betting services through its BetSaracen App. However, as of the start of March Madness last Tuesday, it is still down.
Currently, the only way to place a mobile sports wager in the state is via SouthlandBetly.com operated by the Southland Casino of West Memphis. Bettors must be at least 21 years old and within the state boundaries to create an account with the sports betting site.
Top sports betting companies like DraftKings and FanDuel are not prohibited from partnering with Arkansas casinos but with the state’s requiring 51% of the net gaming receipts to remain in the state, these top national sports betting companies aren’t too interested in joining the Arkansas mobile sports betting market because according to their spokespersons, they need at least 85% of the profits to make their business models work.