Arkansas Racing Commission Votes to Authorize Online Sports Betting, Pending Approval from Arkansas Legislative Council

On Thursday, December 30, 2021, the Arkansas Racing Commission (the Commission) voted to amend the state’s casino gaming rules to allow online sports betting throughout the state. Under the current rules, sports betting is permitted only on the premises of state-licensed casinos. The amended rules would take effect immediately upon approval by the Arkansas Legislative Council, which will consider the changes at its meeting on January 28, 2022.

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Illinois Lifts In-Person Registration Requirement for Online Sports Betting, Partially Reverses Ban on In-State Collegiate Betting

This past Friday, December 17, Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker signed House Bill 3136 into law, which amends the state’s sports betting law in order to (i) allow Illinois residents to register remotely for online sports betting platforms; and (ii) allow wagering on in-state collegiate sporting events under certain conditions.

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DC Federal Court Invalidates Florida Sports Betting Compact

On Monday, November 22, a Washington, D.C. federal court vacated U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s approval of the 2021 Florida-Seminole Tribal Gaming Compact (the Compact), thereby invalidating the Compact in its entirety. Because the Compact has been invalidated, Florida’s Seminole Indian Tribe (the Tribe) no longer has the right to conduct retail and online sports betting in Florida, nor can it offer the in-person craps and roulette games that had also been authorized under the agreement. As we reported previously, the legal controversy surrounding the Compact arose primarily from the provision authorizing the Tribe to accept mobile sports wagers initiated by patrons located within the state of Florida but outside of tribal lands, by “deeming” wagering initiated outside of tribal lands to occur at the Seminole’s tribal gaming facilities. continue reading

Florida’s Seminole Indian Tribe Launches Mobile Sports Betting Amidst Multiple Lawsuits

On November 1, 2021, mobile sports betting officially launched in Florida as the Seminole Indian Tribe (Tribe) unveiled its Hard Rock Sportsbook App and began to accept wagers on sporting events. Under the current law, the Tribe has exclusive control over sports betting in Florida, so the Hard Rock Sportsbook App is the only mobile sports betting app available for use there. continue reading