Last updated: June 1, 2020
Status: Legislation was introduced in 2018 in both the House and Senate that proposed to allow the state’s tribal casinos to host a sports betting pools. However, the bill was eventually amended to exclude sports betting. No further progress has been made.
ETA: There is no sign that Oklahoma is any closer to introducing sports betting after a lack of progress since 2018. As a result, sports betting could still be years away.
Despite acting in advance of 2018’s Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to sports betting in the USA, progress in Oklahoma has been slow ever since.
The original bill proposed a tax rate of 10% for sports betting revenue. However, it did not make it clear how betting would be conducted or whether mobile betting would be allowed.
Any reference to ‘legalizing sports betting pools’ was eventually removed from the bill before it was signed off by the Governor. That only left provision for ball and dice games. If legal sports betting is going to become a reality, further discussions will need to take place and a new bill will have to be drafted.
With the tribal groups so influential, they will need convincing and reassuring that any impact on their existing agreements will be positive. So far, they have remained fairly lukewarm to the idea of widespread expansion of sports betting in the state.
Gambling arrived in Oklahoma via the early settlers, who arrived in the area along with many Indian tribes, who had been forced to migrate east. The reputation of illegal casinos prompted an outright gambling ban when Oklahoma became a state in 1890. It wasn’t until 1982 that pari-mutuel horse race betting became the first legalized form of gambling in 20th-century Oklahoma.
Charitable gambling via bingo and raffles was legalized in 1992. Around the same time, the state's federally recognized Indian tribes began offering bingo games on their lands. However, their attempts to introduce casino table games and slot machines faced opposition from the state government. A legal process ensued, which resulted in the legalization of such games on native lands in 2002. Today, visitors come from all over to enjoy the Choctaw tribe’s mega-casinos. The tribes also host poker games and tournaments across their land.
In 2003, legislation for a state lottery was filed and then put to a public vote in 2004. The lottery was given the go ahead and launched in 2005. It now features multi-state games such as Powerball.
Sports betting is not currently legal in Oklahoma and it could prove one of the most difficult states to bring to the law.
Any future legislation is likely to hand control to the Indian tribes who already run casinos in the state.
The state currently imposes a minimum gambling age of 21 years of age. This is likely to apply to any future agreement to legalize sports betting.
At this moment in time, you cannot legally bet on sports in Oklahoma.
There are no current operators in Oklahoma. The bill filed in 2018 suggested extending current agreements with the tribal casinos.
No operators currently offer legal sports betting in the state.
There are no mobile sports betting options legally available in Oklahoma. The 2018 bill did not describe how mobile betting would be handled in the future.
The total estimated revenue from sports pools, as proposed in the 2018 bill, was $9.8 million per year.
The 2018 sports betting bill proposed a tax rate of 10% on profits. However, that could change in any new bill that is introduced.
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