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  • Regulation is currently under discussion
  • Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement
  • Online poker is not likely anytime soon

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Arkansas

(Population of 2,988,248 as of 2016)

Like Alabama, Arkansas is an unlikely candidate for iGaming. The state is conservative when it comes to games; in fact, they only recently began to offer electronic games of skill and poker at their two racetracks — West Memphis’ Southland Park Gaming & Racing and Oaklawn Park Horse Racing & Gaming.

On the other hand, Arkansas does have the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, which offers Powerball. That means they’re already a part of an interstate lottery compact, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they’d become part of one as iGaming continues to grow.

In September 2016, Arkansas put a casino gambling legislation referendum on the November ballot.

Also in September, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, introduced S.3376 to prohibit online gambling on a federal level, that year’s version of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, according to Casino.org.

In October 2016, the state Supreme Court struck down an item on the ballot to allow three casinos in Arkansas after it contained language about legalizing sports betting, which is not currently offered because of the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, reported CardPlayer.

All this being said, don’t expect any iGaming movement in Arkansas for quite some time. It remains a conservative haven with minimal gambling as things stand.