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While the interest in sports betting and the effort to get a bill passed have certainly been present in Oklahoma, the Sooner State has not been able to get over the hump. Increased efforts to get a bill passed are expected in 2024, but disagreements between the state and the local gaming tribes remain at the forefront of issues.

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Is online sports betting legal in Oklahoma?No
Is in-person sports betting legal?No
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?No
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

While they aren’t necessarily regulated, daily fantasy sports apps can operate legally in Oklahoma, which at least gives residents something close to sports betting. Available DFS apps in the state include PrizePicks, Sleeper, Underdog, and more.

One of the biggest gambling-related markets that is legal in the Sooner State is horse racing. As of right now, there are three horse racing tracks in OK, all three of which offer simulcast betting.

Online sports betting in The Sooner State

Oklahoma’s pursuit of legalized sports betting has been a rollercoaster ride that is currently broken down on the tracks. Governor Kevin Stitt has been at the forefront of trying to get sports betting legalized, but in turn, he’s been subject to multiple lawsuits. Back in 2019, Stitt ran into a disagreement with the state’s gaming tribes about their gaming compacts and whether or not they would automatically renew.

As a result, 12 tribes that thought their contracts would renew ended up filing a federal lawsuit. Stitt eventually attempted to negotiate new compacts with a few gaming tribes and even said that sports betting could be a part of those compacts. However, the tribes would turn this proposal down.

The following year, in 2020, Stitt would actually reach an agreement on gaming compacts with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation, which would allow for sports betting to be legal on tribal land. Oklahoma residents did not have much time to rejoice, though, as the state’s Attorney General explained why Stitt could not make this deal, and as a result, Stitt was sued again, this time by the House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tempore.

It turns out that Stitt could only allow tribes to offer gambling-related games that are featured in Oklahoma’s Tribal Gaming Act. Stitt would not slow down his pursuit of sports betting in 2023 either, as he developed a new sports betting plan, this time allowing tribal casinos to offer retail sportsbooks but have no involvement in mobile betting, which again did not go over well.

Sen. Casey Murdock introduced a new sports betting bill, SB 1434, in 2024. The bill would essentially implement Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan from November. As of now, the bill has been sent to the state’s Appropriation Committee.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in OK

Some states still waiting on legalized sports betting continually see no effort from the state government to get a bill passed, but that is not the case in Oklahoma. Just in 2023 alone, there was a consistent effort to get a bill passed, but there is always at least one obstacle standing in the way, if not more.

At the start of 2023, Rep. Ken Luttrell introduced House Bill HB1027 to legalize sports betting in Oklahoma. This was Luttrell's second attempt after a previous bill in February 2022 didn't progress. The House Committee on Appropriations and Budget quickly approved House Bill 1027, which advanced it to the next step. The House of Representatives then voted in favor of House Bill 1027 with 66 votes for and 26 against.

The bill then went to the Senate, but it failed to pass the Senate Committee, so it became another sports betting bill that fell by the wayside. Not only do residents have to watch as bills continue to come and go, with each one varying the rules regarding the gaming tribe's involvement in sports betting, but they can’t even access other gambling markets like iGaming, as that too remains illegal in the state.

Are online casinos legal in Oklahoma?No
Are retail casinos legal?Legal (restricted)
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Oklahoma?TBD
How many legal sports betting apps are there in OK?0
How many legal retail betting sites are there in OK?0 (over 140 tribal casinos)
Is remote registration allowed?No
Legal age for sports betting in Oklahoma?- (Gambling: 18+)
Oklahoma's tax rate for betting/gambling winningsBased on state tax laws, gambling winnings are taxed as supplementary wages.
Who regulates sports betting in Oklahoma?Oklahoma Lottery Commission

Most recent updates from the OK sports betting scene

  • June 5, 2024: The Oklahoma Sooners softball team has advanced to the Championship game of the 2024 NCAA Softball Championship. They are favored to win at (-135).

  • June 4, 2024: Despite both being regional hosts, the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys have been eliminated from the 2024 College World Series.

  • May 30, 2024: By winning their super-regional, the Oklahoma Sooners softball team is currently the favorite to win the 2024 Softball World Series at (-160).

  • May 28, 2024: Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts have made the 2024 College World Series regionals. Oklahoma State will host a regional and is currently (+3000) to win the title and (+100) to win their regional.

  • May 22, 2024: The Oklahoma Sooners softball team has advanced to the Super Regional round of the 2024 College Softball World Series. The Sooners are favored to win it all at (-130).

  • May 18, 2024: Despite being the one seed in the Western Conference, the OKC Thunder have been eliminated from the NBA postseason by the Dallas Mavericks.

  • April 29, 2024: After sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs, the OKC Thunder are currently (+300) to win the Western Conference and (+850) to win the NBA Finals.

  • February 5, 2024: A new year has brought about a new sports betting bill as SB 1434 was introduced by Sen. Casey Murdock. The bill would essentially try to implement Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan from November. As of right now, the bill has been sent to the state’s Appropriation Committee.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

One could argue that Oklahoma could have one of the country's better retail sports betting scenes if they legalized sports betting. No state has more tribal casinos than OK, as there are currently 143 in operation, so if the state could come to an agreement with the tribes operating these casinos, the retail betting possibilities would be limitless.

Of course, not all of these locations would have a sportsbook, but that would still leave plenty of locations for retail sports wagering to be offered, whether they be run by an online operator partnership or by the casino itself.

Sports betting in neighboring states

Oklahoma’s surrounding states are a mixed bag regarding whether or not sports betting is legal. Of the six states that border OK, three offer some form of legal sports betting, while the other three have also been unable to get a sports betting bill passed for some reason or another.

You can click on the states with legal sports betting below to learn more about what they offer or why the other three states remain unable to pass a bill.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
MissouriIllegalIllegalLegalIllegal
TexasIllegalIllegalLegalLegal
ArkansasLegalLegalLegalLegal
ColoradoLegalLegalLegalLegal
KansasLegalLegalLegalLegal
New MexicoIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal

What’s next for OK betting apps?

The divide between the state government and the local tribes has been the biggest obstacle to passing a betting bill. Despite multiple efforts in 2023 to get a bill agreed upon by both sides, that agreement never came, and it seems that heading into 2024, Gov. Kevin Stitt still cannot figure out a way to merge the two sides.

If a deal can ever get done, the state should have an influx of online operators chomping at the bit to join the market. With plenty of retail locations already in existence, the potential to partner with one would likely appeal to DraftKings, FanDuel, or any well-known operator.

Potential sports betting revenue impact on Oklahoma's economy

With sports betting still illegal in Oklahoma, we have no gambling-related data to go over in our revenue tracker. The one thing we do know is that the Sooner State certainly does have a lot of earning potential. Since Oklahoma has well over 100 tribal casinos throughout the state, if the OK legislators could broker an agreement with the local tribes, their market would instantly be able to bring in significant money just off the volume of betting options alone.

One of the biggest problems with delaying the legalization of sports betting is that the state is losing money to neighboring states that offer it. Three of Oklahoma’s surrounding states offer vast gambling markets, allowing those states to receive a large sum of tax income every month. For example, Colorado has made over $67 million in tax revenue since legalizing sports betting, and it’s safe to say some of that revenue has come from Oklahoma bettors who crossed the border to place wagers.

Oklahoma also has a larger population than its neighboring state, Kansas. In December 2023 alone, Kansas reported over $255 million in handle and over $30 million in revenue. While Connecticut is not a neighboring state to OK, it has a comparable population. Again, their numbers should have all parties involved working even harder to close a deal, as Connecticut has seen over $4 billion in handle since October 2021.

Oklahoma - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in Oklahoma?

Sports betting remains illegal in Oklahoma despite the increased interest in getting a bill passed on the matter. Horse race wagering, as well as Daily Fantasy Sports, are thus the only available options in the state.

Which neighboring state to OK has made the most revenue from sports betting?

Three of the six states that border Oklahoma have legalized sports betting, and out of those three, Colorado has seen the most profit from sports betting, with over $1.1 billion in revenue.

What is the biggest letdown in Oklahoma sports history?

Oklahoma’s most prominent pro sports team is the OKC Thunder, and from 2010-2016, the Thunder lost in the conference finals or NBA finals in four of those six seasons.

Who are the most well-known college football players from OK?

Between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, residents of the Sooner State have seen some incredible players, including Baker Mayfield, Adrian Peterson, Brian Bosworth, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon, and Sam Bradford.