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Arkansas Casino Guide

 Online Casinos in Arkansas

There are no online casinos in Arkansas, and it doesn't look like the state is moving to legalize it any time soon. 

Although Arizona has a long tradition with some great land-based tribal casinos, it has not legalized online casinos. There have been discussions of legalizing online casinos, but there are no concrete plans in place at this time. 

Arkansas does have a state lottery, which can indicate an openness to other forms of betting.

But, you can still register with a legal online casino while you're in Arkansas. That means you can get the casino's bonus offers or deposit, and then play whenever you're in states where it's legal (even in a layover at the airport). (Do be aware of the casino bonus's expiry date, though.)

Land-Based Casinos in Arkansas

Historically a once-active hub for gambling, casinos in Arkansas today can be found in two locations and both of these Arkansas casinos are located at racetracks.

Hot Springs, a protected reserve within the state, had its share of gambling history running through the Civil War and prohibition. At its peak, Hot Springs had 10 major casinos and more minor locations than Las Vegas at the time. Decades later, legal and regulatory issues alongside the changing of political moods after World War II caused the gambling scene to eventually dissipate and become shut down for almost 40 years.

Types of Casinos in Arkansas

There are no Indian casinos in Arkansas. The only two casinos in Arkansas are two pari-mutuel racetracks offering “electronic games of skill” which are legally defined as “games played through any electronic device or machine that affords an opportunity for the exercise of skill or judgment where the outcome is not completely controlled by chance alone.”

There is one casino in West Memphis, Arkansas and one casino in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Both of these Arkansas casinos also offer live horse racing when it is in season. 

The most popular games at these two casinos in Arkansas include video poker, video blackjack, and slots, based on skill, that affords you with two spins. These slots are deemed to be skill-based due to the fact that upon witnessing the results of the first spin, you’re allowed to retain any and all of the symbols on each reel, or none at all, prior to your next spin.

Arkansas Gambling Laws

The laws forbidding gambling, found in the Arkansas State codes, are so antiquated that the penalties are the same as they were written in 1967 including fines of $10 and $25. These laws also fail to address, you guessed it, the internet. The main statutes generally make a clear distinction between individuals gambling amongst each other and running a gambling house, possessing and operating gambling machines, and/or organizing events. The state legislation also makes no distinction between games played where the house makes a profit and social games, however, home poker games are outlawed—with the same fines applied.

To play other real casino table games such as Blackjack, residents of Arkansas generally cross into the neighboring states of Mississippi, Louisiana or Oklahoma where they, alongside general slot machines, are legal.

There are efforts to further legalize casinos, including the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma seeking to build a new one on land purchased in Little Rock. Though unsuccessful, there have also been recent ballot initiatives to attempt to build another and possibly allow for other games.

Gambling in Arkansas Today

There are no Indian casinos in Arkansas. The only two casinos in Arkansas are two pari-mutuel racetracks offering "electronic games of skill" which are legally defined as “games played through any electronic device or machine that affords an opportunity for the exercise of skill or judgment where the outcome is not completely controlled by chance alone.”

There is one casino in West Memphis, Arkansas and one casino in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Both of these Arkansas casinos also offer live horse racing when it is in season. 

The most popular games at these two casinos in Arkansas include video poker, video blackjack, and slots, based on skill, that affords you with two spins. These slots are deemed to be skill-based due to the fact that upon witnessing the results of the first spin, you're allowed to retain any and all of the symbols on each reel, or none at all, prior to your next spin.

Gaming regulations require that electronic games of skill at all casinos in Arkansas must return a minimum of 83%.

The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all casinos in Arkansas are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Arkansas casinos.

While electronic games are featured within these places, there are also table games offered including poker, let it ride, and three-card poker. Skill games have recently seen more exemptions legally, as charity bingo and raffles are now allowed alongside the launch of the Arkansas state lottery in 2009.

The minimum gambling age at both Arkansas casinos is 21, or 18 for pari-mutuel wagering.

Arkansas Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Arkansas casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Arkansas, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino's name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino's website.

List of Arkansas Casinos

Shown below is a list of Arkansas casinos. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

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For more information on visiting casinos in Arkansas or general tourism information, call the state’s tourism office at (800) 628-8725 or visit their web site at: www.arkansas.com.


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