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Arkansas Business: Oaklawn Expands Agreement With Sportsbook Provider for Mobile Wagers


Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs has announced that its on-site sports betting partner Kambi Group PLC will also provide services for its online sportsbook.

The betting platform will launch under the brand "Oaklawn Sports." No launch date was announced, but Oaklawn has been aiming to start accepting wagers before football season kicks off.

"Oaklawn has been one of the most trusted brands in Arkansas for more than 100 years and we are excited to now offer our loyal customers yet another great amenity with our much-anticipated mobile wagering platform," Wayne Smith, Oaklawn's general manager, said in a news release. "We look forward to delivering the best online sports wagering experience in Arkansas."

Malta-based Kambi began handling Oaklawn's on-site sportsbook last year through a partnership with Churchill Downs Incorporated. Under the new agreement, Oaklawn plans to expand its sports betting operations.

"We're very excited to strengthen our relationship with Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and imminently extend our partnership into the mobile space," Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi, said in the release. "The combination of Kambi's advanced technology and Oaklawn's reputation as one of the premier thoroughbred tracks and casinos in the U.S. makes this an enticing sports betting proposition."

The Arkansas Racing Commission voted early this year to authorize mobile sports betting.

Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff launched its mobile betting platform, BetSaracen, in May. It partnered with Amelco UK Limited of London to develop the platform.

Southland Casino Resort in West Memphis began offering online betting in March through Betly, the mobile betting platform run by its owner, Delaware North of Buffalo, New York.

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