The Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC) gave the green light on Monday to Saracen Casino Resort to launch sports betting, reports the state’s news outlet the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Saracen Casino Annex, operated by the Quapaw Nation, held a soft opening on Friday — four days before it was scheduled to host a grand opening, with the property’s officials saying it was their “surprise” for the community.
After getting the go-ahead to offer sports betting, Saracen Casino Annex’s slot director John Boyce told reporters that gamblers could place wagers starting Tuesday at 8 a.m.
The gambling operator opened a sample sportsbook at the casino annex. It features betting kiosks which accept up to $500 worth bets.
“The sample sports book, or ‘limited betting’ option, will be a sports betting introduction to the local market and provide an introduction for the full-scale sports book that will be located at the Saracen Casino Resort,” the officials state.
The Quapaw Tribe is currently building Saracen Casino Resort that will include an 80,000-square-foot casino.
The main resort is expected to open by the end of 2020.