Could in-person sports betting be in Oklahoma’s future?

Rep. Ken Luttrell (R-Ponca City) filed House Bill 3008 on Monday, Jan. 10, in hopes that the state-tribal gaming compact could be expanded to include sports gamblers.

According to Luttrell, there are currently 30 states with legal sports betting and another 15 considering it in 2022. He said that Arkansas has legalized it in their casinos and Kansas is currently working on an agreement of their own.

“Illegal sports betting occurs throughout Oklahoma, and figures I obtained from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) show 11 offenses recently with tens of thousands of dollars seized,” he said in a press release. “This reflects only a fraction of what actually occurs in our state. The Oxford Economics Group estimates that legal sports betting would generate $240 million in revenue for Oklahoma and create over 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

The legislative session begins Monday, Feb. 7.