Oklahoma Sports Betting

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Oklahoma sports betting came close to legal status in 2020, but legal challenges set it back to square one.

Gov. Kevin Stitt approved OK sports betting on tribal land when he renegotiated two tribal gaming compacts. The compacts, signed with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe, permitted betting on all but in-state college teams and in-state college events.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter quickly disagreed with the governor’s actions the same day the compacts were announced. He later published a formal opinion outlining why Stitt lacks the authority to offer sports betting.

The effort was sidelined before sports betting launched when House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat sued Stitt and the court ruled against the Governor and his compacts. The governor is only allowed to authorize tribes to operate games that are listed in the state’s Tribal Gaming Act. Sports betting, or event betting as it’s called in the compacts, is not listed in the Act.

In 2022, Rep. Ken Luttrell introduced HB 3008, a bill that would legalize sports betting for tribes that opt into a model tribal-state compact. It is on the House floor.

The future of Oklahoma sports betting

While Gov. Kevin Stitt came close to pushing sports betting across the line, it remains illegal in Oklahoma.

Back at square one, Rep. Ken Luttrell believes his efforts have a solid chance of passing in 2022 and could eventually lead to mobile sports betting.

When will online Oklahoma sports betting launch?

The 2020 compacts included mobile sports betting geofenced to tribal property.

The proposed 2022 legislation does not include mobile sports betting, but the sponsor believes it helps get the conversation started for expansion in the future.

Tribes could always push for more in future compact negotiations to allow for an open statewide mobile market.

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Legal sports betting options in Oklahoma

Right now, there are no options to place legal bets in Oklahoma.

Any online sportsbooks that claim they can accept bets from someone in Oklahoma at this point is an unlicensed offshore operator. That means anyone placing a bet with that operator has no consumer protections through US laws. The book could choose to not pay out a winning bet or close operations without returning customer funds.

Oklahoma’s situation could change quickly depending on what the tribes decide to do, and what the state and federal governments allow.

That number could become drastically bigger if other tribal gaming entities decide to renegotiate their compacts. Oklahoma has 38 federally-recognized tribes, 35 of which have signed gaming compacts with the state.

If all agree to similar stipulations, that would give Oklahoma up to 70 tribal retail sportsbook operations in the state. That could jump to 75 if the state opens the five non-tribal locations mentioned in the compacts.

Most popular sports to bet in Oklahoma

It’s certainly a disappointment that the compact bars betting on in-state colleges since. There is plenty of interest on college sports, especially the football and basketball programs for the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

NCAA betting in Oklahoma

That said, betting on other Big XII college football and basketball games could be significant as Sooners and Cowboys fans will be familiar with the other teams in the leagues.

NBA betting in Oklahoma

Oklahoma also has one major league professional team, the NBA‘s Oklahoma City Thunder. So Thunder games and other NBA games might get more action than other professional leagues.

NFL betting in Oklahoma

The state’s proximity to Texas could lead to significant betting on the NFL‘s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans as well.

Oklahoma and daily fantasy sports

While not explicitly legal in state law, daily fantasy sports operators do accept contest entries from customers in Oklahoma.

Some states have chosen to regulate the companies so they can tax those contests. Other state attorneys general have said the contests are outright illegal.

Oklahoma falls into the other category, meaning DraftKings and FanDuel can still operate freely within the state.

Is horse racing legal in Oklahoma?

Yes, horse racing and betting are legal in Oklahoma.

There are three horse racing tracks in Oklahoma:

  • Fair Meadows Tulsa
  • Remington Park
  • Will Rogers Downs

All three facilities also offer simulcast betting. Remington Park and Will Rogers Downs are tribal-owned and also feature casinos. The Chickasaw Nation operates Remington Park and the Cherokee Nation operates Will Rogers Downs.

Oklahoma sports betting timeline

2020: OK sports betting comes out of nowhere

Gov. Stitt and most of Oklahoma’s gaming tribes were in disagreement as to what happened with their gaming compacts Jan. 1.

Stitt started looking to renegotiate the compacts in 2019 after stating the compacts would expire on Jan. 1.

In July 2019, 29 tribes signed a letter sent to Stitt explaining to him that they believed their compacts would automatically renew on Jan. 1.

The Cherokee, Chickasaw and Chocktaw nations filed a federal lawsuit that was eventually joined by nine other tribes. The Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe were a part of that lawsuit but dropped out as part of the settlement after renegotiating their compacts.

Stitt eventually offered sports betting as part of a new compact for multiple tribes in March, but those tribes turned down the offer, according to a local report citing the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.

Attorney General Mike Hunter then published an official opinion suggesting Stitt does not have the authority to “authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law.” A legal challenge reversed Stitt’s efforts and OK sports betting went back to square one.

Oklahoma sports betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Oklahoma?

Sports betting is not legal in Oklahoma.

Where can I bet on sports in Oklahoma?

There are currently no legal betting options in Oklahoma.

Can I bet on sports on my phone in Oklahoma?

Mobile sports betting is not legal in Oklahoma.

Any website that suggests betting from within Oklahoma is legal is operating without a US license as an offshore sportsbook. Those operations give bettors no consumer protections, meaning there’s no guarantee bets will be paid out. The operations could also close without refunding customer accounts.

Where can I bet on sports at a casino in Oklahoma?

There is no legal sports betting in Oklahoma.

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