As we reported previously, in December 2021, the Arkansas Racing Commission voted to amend the state’s casino gaming rules to allow online/mobile sports betting throughout the state. The amended rules take effect immediately upon approval by the Arkansas Legislative Council, which was planning to consider the rules at its January 28 meeting. Earlier this week, however, the Commission asked the Council hold off on considering the amended rules until its next meeting, scheduled for March 18, 2022.
On January 11, 2022, Maverick Gaming LLC (Maverick), a non-tribal cardroom and casino operator, initiated a lawsuit in D.C. federal court challenging Washington state’s sports betting framework, which grants federally-recognized Indian tribes the right to offer sports betting (and certain other class III games), but makes it illegal for non-tribal entities to engage in such activity.
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.
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.