International Game Technology (IGT) expanded into Arkansas in partnership with the Quapaw Nation-operated Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff in early October.
IGT is contracted to supply its PlaySports betting kiosks to the Annex, a 15,000-square-foot facility with 300 slot machines, adjacent to the Nation’s $350 million Saracen Casino Resort currently under construction.
IGT is also contracted to provide sports betting technology to the Resort when completed. The new casino, expected to debut in June 2020, includes an 80,000-square-foot gaming floor with 2,300 slot machines and 50 table games, as well as a 300-room hotel and a planned entertainment venue down the road.
Arkansas is the 11th U.S. state with IGT-powered sports betting operations. The international gaming giant is also partnered with operators in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital senior vice president, said: “Adding Arkansas to the growing list of states with IGT PlaySports deployment was another important milestone that validates IGT’s leadership as a B2B platform provider. We look forward to expanding our relationship with the Quapaw Nation when the Saracen Casino Resort opens next year.”
Arkansas Ninth State to Legalize Sports Wagering
Arkansas voters approved constitutional amendments in November 2018 that legalized casino gambling and authorized sports betting. The Arkansas Racing Commission oversees licensing in the state.
Voters also approved four locations to offer casino gambling in the state, including two operational Arkansas racetracks, the Saracen Casino in Jefferson County and another in Pope County.
Oaklawn Racing Casino and Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis began operating casinos in April. The Hot Springs-based Oaklawn operator was the first to launch retail sports betting in Arkansas, in partnership with SBTech, in July.
Las Vegas-style wagers up to $500 are accepted at the Saracen Casino Annex on a variety of sporting events, including football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, auto racing and fighting/boxing.