The best promo codes and deposit bonuses available at AR sportsbooks.
Online sports betting finally became a reality in Arkansas in March 2022 following nearly three years of retail-only options. And while things are happening slowly on the online front as 2022 moves along, it shouldn’t be long before some of the bigger sports betting operators in the industry turn their eye toward this jewel of the south central U.S. Here's a look at the top sports betting bonuses that could be available to Arkansas-based players down the road.
Here's a look at the current sign-up bonus for the most prominent sports betting sites operating in Arkansas at present, along with bonuses for other marquee sportsbooks that could join the action at some point:
If your first qualifying wager loses, Caesars will credit you a free bet equal to the value of your first wager up to $1,250, plus get 1,000 Tier Credits and 1,000 Reward Credits® win or lose. Your Free Bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
If your first qualifying bet loses and it is in an amount greater than $50, you will receive five (5) free bets back in equal denominations of 20% of the total amount of the qualifying bet up to $1,000. If your qualifying bet loses and it is less than $50, you will receive a single free bet back in a single denomination equaling the total amount of the qualifying bet. Example: If you place a $1,000 qualifying bet and your bet loses, you will receive five (5) $200 free bets. If you place a $49 bet and lose, you will receive one $49 free bet.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
At DraftKings, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, far from generous considering, DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant. The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users in most regions. They try and word it differently sometimes calling it a “2 for 1” but it’s a standard risk-free new player bonus. With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet, not deposit, up to $1,000.
There are no frills with the welcome bonus at Betly. It will refund you up to $250 in free bet credits if your first bet is a loss. Something important to know here is that the risk-free bet is based on your first wager, not your first deposit amount, and your first deposit has to be through a Play+ account. So, if you deposit $250 but place a first bet of just $25, your free bet credit will be just $25 if that bet loses.
|Caesars||$1,250 Free Bet + Credits||✅ No Code Required|
|BetMGM||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|FanDuel||$1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"||✅ No Code Required|
|DraftKings||20% Deposit Match up to $1,000||✅ No Code Required|
|PointsBet||5 Risk-free Bets up to $500||✅ No Code Required|
|Barstool||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|Betly||Risk-free Bet up to $250||✅ No Code Required|
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Arkansas bettors; here are the marquee sports on which AR residents can wager:
The most popular spectator sport in North America also produces the highest monthly betting handles – and while Arkansas doesn't host an NFL franchises, you wouldn't know it from the number of wagers the state sees during football season. NFL markets are plentiful here, with players seeing hundreds of betting opportunities for every single game.
Here's where Arkansas residents actually have local teams to root for – and thanks to a sports betting bill that includes legal wagering on college sports, those Razorbacks supporters can bet on their favorite team at any point during the season. You can expect major sportsbooks that enter the Arkansas space to offer a full complement of NCAA football lines and prop plays.
U.S. sports betting attention shifts significantly once the Super Bowl draws to a close, with bettors moving into the NBA space in droves. Those who opt to get started even earlier than that will find themselves awash in betting opportunities, with sports betting sites offering more secondary wagers – and player props in particular – than they ever have.
Arkansas alumni can wager on any of the five Division I men's basketball programs based within the state – and that's a lot of betting markets to choose from, particularly if residents opt to use more than one sports betting site. And when things get serious, sportsbooks get serious as well, with a greater number of wagering chances for conference tournaments and March Madness.
Take a swing at building your sports betting bankroll with Arkansas sportsbooks' buffet of Major League Baseball offerings. AR residents and visitors can make traditional wagers – moneylines, runlines and totals bets – or try their hand at any number of available team and player props, including pitcher strikeouts, hitter total bases and whether their favorite slugger will go yard.
You wouldn't necessarily think of Arkansas as a hockey hotbed, but don't be surprised to see at least nominal NHL betting interest there. After all, wins are wins! And sports betting sites offer plenty of opportunity for wagering victories during those cold winter months, including via moneyline, puckline or totals plays, and through in-game bets on team or player outcomes.
Arkansas bettors who have never wagered on golf are truly missing out. You won't find many sports more accessible to wagerers of all skill and interest levels. Find a golfer you like? Bet on him to win the championship. Find one you don't? You can bet on him missing the cut. You can even wager on whether the tournament will feature an ace. There's something for everyone!
Soccer likely won't be prominently featured in the sports menus of most major sportsbooks to enter the Arkansas betting space down the road – but that just makes these markets hidden gems. Wager on local operations like Major League Soccer, or try your hand at any of the dozens of major international league made available by the majority of notable sports betting sites.
Like most states, Arkansas has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Arkansas chapter of the National Council on Problem Gambling is the state’s main online resource for players who seek help. Visitors can access a variety of help options from the site, including Gamblers Anonymous, Gam-Anon and mental health services.
Visit the National Council on Problem Gambling site.
Many sportsbooks will offer you a free bet or several free bets as a reward for choosing them ahead of the competition. However, you should not expect a free bet offer to come with no strings attached. You will generally have to deposit your own money to unlock the free bet and then place several bets at a specific minimum set of odds before you can make a withdrawal.
Betting bonuses are awarded to new players to encourage them to sign up or to existing players so they remain loyal. They include match deposit bonuses, reload bonuses, boosted odds bonuses, and much more. They vary from one sportsbook to the next, so you should always shop around for the most appealing free bets and sign up for multiple books to enjoy several free bet offers. Always check the terms and conditions attached to free bets before accepting them.
This refers to the number of bets you must place before you are permitted to make a withdrawal. It applies to sign-up free bet bonuses and reload free bet bonuses. A typical rollover requirement would be 6x, which means you must wager your credit six times (place at least six bets) at a certain minimum price before you can make a withdrawal. The rollover requirement generally applies to the cash you deposit as well as the free bets you receive.