Saracen Casino’s Sports Betting App Not Yet Live as March Madness Has Begun

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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.

Arkansas’ Gambling Industry is Surging Right Now

Arkansas FlagArkansas just recently began legalizing and regulating casino gambling. According to new reports, the casinos operating here are a major success. Arkansas’ gambling industry is surging right now and many companies are attempting to break into the market.

It’s great news for the state government, which is earning millions of dollars through taxes. Today, we’re going to look at the history of Arkansas’ gambling industry and talk about how much it’s grown.

Let’s get into it!

The Road to Casino Legalization in Arkansas

For decades, Arkansas took a hardline stance on the gambling industry. No casinos were allowed to operate here and those caught gambling were subject to harsh penalties. In November of 2018, this all changed.

That month, voters here approved Issue 4, a constitutional amendment that allows for four casinos to open in the state. It was a surprise for many, as voters here had previously worked hard to keep legal gambling options away. Certain lawmakers attempted to challenge Issue 4 court yet ultimately the amendment was made.

Before long, casino companies began pushing operating here. There are now three casinos in the state. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluffs, and Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis. They quickly grew popular with locals and tourists.

The Saracen Casino Resort has just recently begun operating. Before opening to the public, this casino flirted with the idea of banning smoking. Ultimately, this idea was scrapped.

As we’ve already mentioned, several companies have expressed an interest in opening a gambling venue in this state. It’s clear that people see the potential in Arkansas’ gambling market.

Arkansas’ Gambling Industry Continues to Grow

The casinos currently operating in Arkansas are generating serious revenue right now. It’s likely that many more gambling venues will begin operating here over the next few years. Earlier this month, one of the biggest Native American tribes in Oklahoma began pushing to open a casino in this state.

New reports indicate that the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation has officially filed an application to begin operating a casino in Arkansas. If all goes to plan, this venue will open in either Russellville or Dover.

The state’s gambling commission will now review this application. In the past, several cities have seen their applications to open a casino rejected. It’s unclear whether or not Arkansas will allow a tribe from another state to start operating a casino here.

Arkansas’ gambling industry broke records in October. That month, casinos generated an impressive $554.4 million. John Shelnutt, the state’s chief economic forecaster John Shelnutt, the state’s chief economic forecaster, claims that October’s revenue report shows “very good growth across all the sectors. We’ll just have to see if it continues at this rate,” he said.

Sports Betting in Arkansas is Also Generating Serious Revenue

Arkansas’ gambling industry is one of the most unique in the country. Just a few years ago, almost no forms of gambling were allowed here. Now, both casino gambling and sports betting are available in the state.

Lawmakers here approved a sports betting bill in mid-2019. In July, the first legal sports wager was placed here inside the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort.

Unfortunately, mobile sports betting is not allowed here. Bets must be placed in-person at a licensed casino.

Revenue from the state’s sports betting industry has been increasing steadily over the past few months. Arkansas is one of just a few states that does not release its exact sports gambling revenue figures. Based on numerous reports, however, it’s increasing significantly.

Arkansas’ gambling industry is one of the newest in the country. Amazingly, it’s already growing bigger than some others that have been around for years.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!