Saracen Casino Resort on Tuesday announced it had launched its BetSaracen mobile sports betting app, becoming the second gaming company in Arkansas to accept mobile wagers.
Saracen is also accepting wagers through the BetSaracen website.
The casino in Pine Bluff, owned by the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma, said it partnered with Amelco UK Limited of London to develop the betting platform.
"Our Saracen Team has worked day and night for months to finally bring a first-class, Arkansas-based Sports Wagering App platform to the state’s many sports fans," Carlton Saffa, Saracen's chief market officer, said in a news release.
The launch comes later than expected for Saracen. When mobile sports betting became legal in Arkansas on March 4, it appeared the casino would be able to accept wagers in time for the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament. But the launch was delayed as Saracen waited, week after week, on final approval from the App Store.
Saffa told Arkansas Business last month that Saracen could've gone ahead with mobile sports betting through a web browser, but it decided to wait until BetSaracen could be launched on all platforms. “We have one chance to open," he said, "and I would rather be late and great, than late and partial."
Southland Casino Resort of West Memphis began offering online betting through web browsers on March 5 through Betly, the mobile betting platform run by its owner, Delaware North of Buffalo, New York. It launched its iPhone app in late April.
Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort of Hot Springs plans to launch its app in early August.