Arkansas became the ninth state to launch legal betting since PASPA was repealed last May, and once again European sports-book provider, SBTech has found itself in poll position.
The state’s first legal bet was placed at the newly-refurbished Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino – by its general manager Wayne Smith, who wagered $5 on the Dallas Cowboys to beat the New York Giants in the NFL’s opening game.
Arkansas approved sports betting via referendum last November, and has only taken eight months to launch.
Oaklawn’s retail betting facilities, which currently includes 10 kiosks, are powered by SBTech in partnership with Churchill Downs. The deal will also see them launch a mobile product with the racetrack later this year.
CEO Richard Carter said SBTech was “rapidly becoming the supplier of choice for omni-channel sports-book platform software in regulated and newly regulating US states, as well as major global regulated markets for tier one operators and lotteries.
In August last year, SBTech created history by becoming the first supplier to announce sports-book technology partnerships in the newly regulated US market with Churchill Downs and Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino. More recently it was selected as the supplier of choice for the Oregon Lottery.
“We’re delighted that Oaklawn selected SBTech to power their sports-book in partnership with Churchill Downs and launch the state’s first sports wager, and we look forward to extending that to other products and channels in the near future,” Carter added.