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Written By C.J. Pierre on June 8, 2022Last Updated on January 30, 2023

Make sure to double-check your reservations. This past weekend, two wonderful winners of the Arizona Lottery won sizable jackpots.

Arizona Lottery officials are doubling the number of places where players can redeem prizes worth up to$ 49,999 while the participants are considering what to do with their winnings.

Lottery winning cards were available in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

A boatload of cash is waiting for two Arizona Lottery players.

One of the tickets, according to a spokeswoman for the state & rsquo lottery system, won the$ 1.4 million jackpot on Saturday. In Scottsdale, the winning ticket was purchased from a Bashas & rsquo grocery store on East Indian School Road, close to North Hayden Road.

The winning figures were 4, 9, 10, 27, 39, and 40.

At last check, this ticket has not been claimed. The owner of this ticket has until December 1 to come forward and claim the money. In other words, there is someone out there that needs to check their wallet or purse.

The Fantasy Vive & rsquo, a second winning lottery ticket, won the$ 414, 000 jackpot. On Sunday, that ticket was purchased at 3 Brother & rsquo, a Food Mart on East Broadway Road in Mesa, close to South Val Vista Drive.

The winning figures were 10, 11, 12, 24, and 29.

It is not known if this successful ticket has been redeemed at this time.

Reward claim boundaries are increased by the Arizona Lottery in Kingman and at Sky Harbor Airport.

It’s possible that the winners of those winning cards are now considering summertime break. The Arizona Lottery believes that this is a great time to expand the number of locations that will allow players to save large winnings.

According to officials, winning tickets worth up to$ 49,999 can now be purchased at Super Walmart locations in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Kingman.

This is a delightful change, according to Gregg Edgar, senior director of the Arizona Lottery.

Andldquo, It can be difficult for someone who lives far from the Lottery & rsquo’s main offices in Phoenix and Tucson, or who is only passing through Phoenix when deciding to take a chance and dream big, to cash their large winning tickets, & ndquo said Edgar. The Arizona Lottery is there to help people realize their goals and to do good. To help with that, we are raising the salvation restrictions in Kingman and at the Airport. & rdquo,

To save a prize, players must existing their winning ticket to an official Arizona Lottery retailer. The person processing the claim needs to be able to learn that ticket because it must be in good condition, undamaged, and unchanged. To guarantee their claims, it is also a good idea for gamers to mark their winning tickets.

All retailers can redeem prizes worth up to$ 599 and will be able to do so. At the primary Arizona Lottery headquarters in Phoenix and elsewhere, people may save rewards of any length. both by email and in Tucson.

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Written By Derek Helling on March 4, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023

One of the state legislature’s two chambers has been cleared by a sports betting act from Arizona.

When significant as that speech is in and of itself, it is crucial to know whether it has a chance of becoming law.

On Thursday, the full Arizona House advanced HB 2772, which would regulate not only sports betting but also daily fantasy sports. The Senate has recently taken some action on gambling expansion of its own. That complicates the situation for the House bill.

Information of the Arizona sports gambling bill that was approved by the House

Arizona’s gaming industry is expanded by HB 2772 to include 20 betting certificates. Users of tribal casinos would have a special access point to 10 of those. The remaining certificates may be made available to groups and professional sports leagues.

But, doing so would require renegotiating gambling agreements between the state and ethnic groups. The nations would get to further diversify their entertainment options in exchange for granting luxury on sports betting. Their menus might include true chance games like roulette, baccarat, craps, and nbsp.

Argument wagers are permitted for all other events but are prohibited by the expenses for college sports. In-state groups like the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns might allow fans to wager on sports if the bill is passed in its present form.

Arizona sports gambling revenue sharing is still unknown.

Additionally, the costs does not specify a precise percentage of revenue split between the state and tribal casinos or other license holders. Instead, it directs that thresholds be established by the Arizona Department of Gaming( ADG ). Other regulatory matters, such as how much to charge professional sports leagues or clubs for a passport, would also be decided by the ADG.

In the current structure, both local and state governments get annual payments from tribal casinos relative to their revenues. For example, the state got $102 million in revenue sharing for the fiscal year that ended in June 2020.

Support for the bill on the House floor was substantial after attaching an amendment that revised the way the ADG structures fees for both DFS and sportsbook licensees, among other things. The vote was 48-12 in approval.

Those headwinds may not push this bill much further, however. A bill that recently cleared committees in the upper chamber of the Arizona legislature has one major issue.

What then happens next?

There are currently three places where HB 2772 is likely to go. One is the governor’s workplace. Another is the adage”& ldquo, street of broken dreams ,” and Doug Ducey is back in front of House people with major adjustments. & rdquo,

Late in February, SB 1794 passed through two Senate committees. That bill centers gambling expansion in the state on historic horse racing (HHR) machines. It also authorizes sports betting in a manner very similar to HB 2772, as it was recently with SB 1794 combined. In essence, the Senate act was a partner to HB 2772.

Ethnic support, and consequently aid from Ducey, is the main obstacle to SB 1794’s passage. As the recent agreements with casino operators expire next year, the government has already been working on negotiations for new agreements.

Due to the inclusion of the HHR, tribal casinos are likely to reject SB 1794. Off-track betting sites( OTBs ) in the state would be able to provide customers with that kind of gaming thanks to the bill. These machines resemble slot machines in many ways, endangering the latest luxury in that market that tribal casinos enjoy in Arizona.

For HB 2772, what would that imply? It is unclear whether the Senate does approve it as is, which just allows OTBs to play keno games more than HHR games. At the same time, changing the law to permit HHR game at OTBs could have a significant impact on the entire process. Without the consent of the tribes, nothing may occur.

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Written By Grant Lucas on August 6, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023

Regulators in Arizona are on the threshold of accomplishing something incredible.

On April 15Gov. Doug Ducey wielded a pen and scribbled his name on legislation that would legalize sports betting in Arizona.

At the time, lawmakers celebrated. But they knew an arduous, and admittedly lofty, task awaited. After all, the goal was to get the newly legal wagering industry off the ground in time for the 2021 NFL season, set to kick off Sept. 9.

In less than five months.

Improbable? Absolutely. Impossible? Not if you’re with the Arizona Department of Gaming. With the regulatory body now accepting applications, getting the first sports betting operators licensed and launched in the Grand Canyon State by pro football’s opening night seems as realistic as ever.

Can AZ sports betting launch by Sept. 9?

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) is nothing if not confident.

The department has never wavered from its Sept. 9 target date for launch — one that “for sure” is for mobile betting apps in Arizona, though retail sportsbooks “could be in place to a certain extent,” according to Maxwell Hartgraves, public information officer with the ADG.

“Our ultimate goal is to meet that Sept. 9 launch date but also do it efficiently and responsibly. I think we’re meeting all those criteria.”

After finalizing sports betting rules July 26, the ADG opened the application process for parties interested in offering regulated wagering. That left 45 days to review/approve applications and perform internal control checks/testing. Forty-five days. Only three other states in the country accomplished that in such a short span.

State Regulations Finalized Launched Time Elapsed
New Jersey June 13, 2018 June 14, 2018 1 day
Indiana Aug. 28, 2019 Sept. 1, 2019 4 days
Iowa July 30, 2019 Aug. 15, 2019 16 days
Arizona July 26, 2021 Sept. 9, 2021 45 days
West Virginia June 21, 2018 Aug. 30, 2018 70 days
Colorado Feb. 20, 2020 May 1, 2020 71 days
Mississippi May 17, 2018 Aug. 1, 2018 76 days
Illinois Dec. 19, 2019 March 9, 2020 81 days
Michigan Dec. 20, 2019 March 11, 2020 82 days
Pennsylvania Aug. 15, 2018 Nov. 15, 2018 92 days
Virginia Oct. 12, 2020 Jan. 21, 2021 101 days
Arkansas Feb. 22, 2019 July 1, 2019 129 days
New Hampshire Aug. 7, 2019 Dec. 30, 2019 145 days
Rhode Island June 22, 2018 Nov. 26, 2018 157 days
New York Jan. 28, 2019 July 16, 2019 169 days
Tennessee April 15, 2020 Nov. 1, 2020 200 days
Washington, DC Aug. 30, 2019 May 28, 2020 272 days

But the Arizona Department of Gaming continues to stick to its schedule, and it has penciled out exactly how it can get AZ sports betting off the ground by early September.

According to the ADG, once the initial application window closes Aug. 9, the department will begin an “Initial Qualification Evaluation Period.” After these five days, the ADG will announce which applicants qualify for licensing. If the department receives more applications than available licenses, it will spend up to eight days continuing to evaluate submissions.

By Aug. 28, operators can introduce their betting apps to the Arizona public, allowing customers to create their accounts. Sportsbooks can begin marketing, as well, and the first daily fantasy sports contests can start. If all goes to plan, sports betting will begin 12 days later.

“It’s more exciting than anything,” said Hartgraves. “Without a doubt, we definitely set a lofty goal of trying to go live on that date, the first Thursday of the NFL season. It’s gone really well, generally speaking. It’s kind of funny: It’s one of those things where, four or five months ago, you see this huge project up on the horizon, and it’s like, ‘That’s going to be a lot to do.’”

Regulators faced tall sports betting task

Five months. Five months to create a regulatory framework from scratch, develop tax rates and licensing fees, determine how many online skins each licensee can have, figure out how to allocate licenses to tribes, hear public feedback, finalize rules, open the application process, review submissions, test operating systems…

No way regulators in the Grand Canyon State could accomplish all that in such a truncated time frame.

So far, though, the Arizona Department of Gaming, tasked with piecing together and molding the state’s regulated sports betting market, has lived up to the challenge. The application window opened July 26, the same day regulations were finalized. Over the next few weeks, the ADG will review submissions, do the necessary background checks and due diligence, test operation systems and allocate licenses to qualified entities.

What once seemed like an improbable task — building a legal sports betting industry from absolute nothing in under five months — now seems more and more doable.

Emergency clause in AZ sports betting bill proved key

Certainly, pressure mounted on Arizona regulators. While residents, lawmakers and sports betting operators praised the law’s passage in April, the ADG needed to get to work.

The bill signed by Ducey, who also approved compacts with each individual tribe, included an emergency clause that took effect as soon as the compacts were approved by the federal government, which occurred in late May. The purpose of this clause was to create enough time for the ADG to draft rules and regulations for the newly legalized sports betting industry, with the hope of launching the first sportsbooks by early September.

Six days after the Ducey signing, the ADG released a “tentative rule drafting and operational timeline.” There was no start date announced, but the department noted it had already begun the rule-making process.

“Of course there was some pressure involved,” Hartgraves said about meeting that early September goal. “We’re setting up an industry that usually takes years to set up, not including this rule-making process to happen within five or six months when usually it takes one or two years, as well. It was definitely pressure there. But I think we were really confident the whole time. Having that experience in gaming already with our industry, it does transition well. We were definitely ready for it.”

Part of that confidence stemmed from the fact that the rule-making wouldn’t have to go through an arduous and sometimes lengthy evaluation and reviewal from the top brass. Generally, Hartgraves said, “there’s a huge process, and there’s generally requirements in how long public comments and certain things have to be. … But we didn’t have to do any of that.”

Rapid pace allows AZ regulators to finalize sports betting rules

Regulators moved swiftly. They released the first draft of sports betting rules June 15. They followed with virtual hearings and a written comment period. Then came another draft a few weeks later, followed again by more virtual meetings and written comments. Two more rounds of this followed.

“Obviously, we wanted to be as transparent as possible, and I think we did that,” Hartgraves said. “We had our virtual open comment sessions, we were very proactive in trying to get that stakeholder feedback. I think that was kind of the biggest thing, not having to go through that entire (required rule-making) process. And that really expedited everything for us.”

By July 26, the ADG nailed down sports betting rules and regulations and how it would allocate licenses. The department sent the rules to the Arizona Secretary of State and opened the application window. It appeared as a Sept. 9 launch of sports betting would be improbable in Arizona. But by opening that window July 26, regulators afforded themselves more than six weeks for application review, testing, background checks, everything needed to get the first sportsbooks off the ground.

“Obviously we are in a pretty quick licensing period from here on out to do that,” Hartgraves said. “But I think stakeholders across the board understood that this was going to be a quick process. We’ve tried to communicate with everybody throughout that this was going to happen. I think by and large it’s gone really smooth so far.”

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Written By Grant Lucas on July 23, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023
Final Sports Betting Draft Rules

We now understand just how decided regulators are to achieve that goal, just when it seemed possible unrealistic for the NBA, Arizona, and NHL to launch legal sports betting by the start of the NFL and NBA seasons.

The Grand Canyon State’s event wagering regulations may have been finalized by the The & nbsp, Arizona Department of Gaming & ndrp( ADG ). A timeframe for submitting permit applications as well as for regulatory review and approval is included in that draft.

The governmental system will give the rules to the Arizona Secretary of State for final approval if the ADG decides to do so during its Friday conference. The program procedure might begin as soon as July 26. Additionally, the ADG was grant certificates as early as mid-August.

Information about the AZ sports betting program assessment and approval

The ADG released its latest draft of rules Wednesday night and expects to approve it at its Friday meeting. The intent is for AZ sports betting to go live Sept. 9 — the first day of the 2021 NFL season.

It seemed improbable that such a brutal timetable would exist. However, the ADG specified in its review of regulations how soon it anticipates granting operators licenses.

The ADG will begin the application process on Monday if the entertainment division approves the rules and the Secretary of State does. The ADG may then begin a maximum andnbsp, 10-day software period for interested parties to submit applications for licensing and optional allocation.

According to the document rules, the ADG may remind applicants who were originally qualified andldquo for licensing within five days of the end of that window. Does submitted applications exceed the number of licenses that are available, the ADG will decide within eight days and nbsp, after that five-day period.

Initial qualification notices should therefore be sent out by & nbsp, August 13, if the application window opens on July 26. And on August 25, the final approval would be given down & nbsp. Only in period for the NFL’s first year.

Not much else has changed in the most recent AZ laws.

Not much else has changed regarding the laws abroad.

Regulators maintained that sports betting license holders can operate up to two AZ betting apps. This has gone unchanged despite some industry players lobbying for just a single skin per license.

Does the regulatory body get more applications than licenses available, the ADG also outlined the procedures for how it may decide which applicants are more qualified for licensing. Particularly in relation to Arizona clans, this place. For nations in the position, of which there are 16 that run games, state law creates 10 certificates andnbsp. More than that registration of 10 is anticipated to be applied.

19 criteria from the & nbsp were taken into account by the ADG:

  • Business skills, background, and track record of a sports betting controller
  • Practice and gaming history of the person
  • contributions to the local, cultural, or express communities in the area
  • ability to conduct sporting wagering
  • launch capability six weeks after receiving a passport
  • Lack of opportunity and lack of site for event wagering-type activity without a license andrdquo

& rdquo, Ted Vogt, director of the ADG, said during a public comment session last week,” We look forward to wrapping this up very soon, pushing the rules out, and getting moving on the rest of our process.”

& ldquo, We will proceed to come up with a much more solid time frame that we will publicly release once we have these rules in their final form. & rdquo,

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Written By Grant Lucas on July 2, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023

Arizona & nbsp has released its second set of draft rules for legal sports betting. This time, the regulatory model paints a more accurate picture of the upcoming sector.

Additionally, it might have one of the most business-friendly tax levels in the nation. The number of portable skins that each licensee had access, however, may be the biggest drawback.

According to the 13-page set of draft rules released by the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) on Thursday, operators in the state could feature two mobile skins. As a result, AZ sports betting could feature up to 40 betting apps.

Each owner will have how many AZ sports wagering platforms?

During the public comment period following the release of the first draft of sports betting rules, many stakeholders expressed an interest in having just one mobile skin available per license. This would create a mobile betting landscape of up to 20 betting apps in AZ.

Owners may use up to two occasion bet platforms, according to the law and the most recent draft rules.

As noted by Amilyn Pierce of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first public comment period, that could mean that a licensee may use different platforms for mobile and retail operations rather than launching two online sportsbooks.

Nevertheless, the ADG confirmed that this clause also applies to mobile gaming, enabling owners to each build up to two online skins. That part of the rules is around andrsquo:

& ldquo, Responsible parties may use up to two ( 2 ) event wagering platforms in addition to one ( 1 ). Prior to providing a second event wagering platform, concerned parties must write to the Department and demand it. The written ask for a second occasion betting system shall be considered by the Department at its discretion. The Department does take into account the following elements in making its decision: 1. the number of trustworthy factions and authorized betting sites for events, 2. the launch of a distinctive product or advertising, 3. the growth of the State’s sponsor base, 4. Business size, scope, growth, and development, 5. technological advancements, and 6. additional elements deemed important by the Department or the accountable group. & rdquo,

What is the registration fee for casino operators?

The state do tax adjusted gross income for retail sportsbooks at an 8 % level and nbsp and for mobile betting at a 10 % rate, according to the ADG’s other draft rules. The ADG also listed operators’ software, registration, and renewal fees.

Category Application Cost original authorization License Fee per year
Operator of Event Wagering $100,000 $750,000 $150,000
Designee $100,000 $750,000 $150,000
Limited Operator of Event Wagering $5,000 $25,000 $5,000

Consider the terms”& ldquo ,”” event wagering operator ,” and” ANDRDT ,” which refer to both gaming tribes in Arizona and professional teams and facilities.

A “designee” refers to someone acting on behalf of an event wagering operator. This term is applied when an event wagering operator is qualified for licensing. An example of this occurrence coming about could be the case of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. Both franchises share Phoenix Suns Arena and are both owned by Robert Sarver.

A while back, the Suns partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook to bring retail and mobile sports betting to the state. And in late June, the Mercury aligned with Bally’s. In order for both teams to participate in the sports betting industry, Sarver would likely appoint a “designee” to act as an event wagering operator for one of the two teams.

Racing or other wagering locations that are authorized by the ADG Division of Racing to accept bet on horse racing are included in the next term listed, & ldquo, restricted event betting operator.

Activities gaming competitions and accepted forms of payment

Arizona regulators went into more detail about the services that the state’s sports gambling operators might provide once the economy got off the ground.

Event wagering competitions known as & ldquo are among them. & rdquo,

Users can set up games for bettors to participate in after submitting rules and procedures for these occasions to the ADG, with competitions simply allowing events and bet approved by regulators.

The list of authorized forms of payment accepted by operators was also expanded by authorities. The ADG included cable payments, credit cards, and nbsp in this round of rules:

  • Cash
  • similar in cash
  • Digital money transfer
  • a credit card
  • bank cards
  • Check
  • line exchange
  • Winnings
  • Bonus or commercial breaks

Officials specify demands for problem gambling and self-exclusion.

Not to be overlooked, approaches to responsible gambling in Arizona were detailed by the ADG.

Operators at retail sportsbooks will be required by regulators to & nbsp, post signage, and near each self-service kiosk. For anyone experiencing trouble gambling or for those who know someone who is, this signage may involve a nationwide toll-free helpline number and website information.

Each gambling app’s landing page must also have communication from operators letting users know where they can get assistance.

Additionally, all marketing and advertisements may include a helpline number and responsible gaming messages.

Regulators also stated that a & nbsp, or self-exclusion list, will be available to people who choose not to place bets on Arizona events.

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Written By Matthew Kredell on April 16, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023

ArizonaGov. By the NFL season, Doug Ducey had desire sports betting to be operational.

On Thursday, he wasted no time signing the bill legalizing sports betting in Arizona that the legislature passed at the beginning of the week.

Ducey even ratified the agreements he made with ethnic groups to upgrade state gaming.

Ducey declared during the song speech in front of the Arizona legislature’s members and cultural leaders:

I can’t overstate the effects that the tribal-state games small amendment and the legislation that goes along with it will have on our state. Arizona’s gaming industry employs thousands of people and generates millions in tax revenue, which helps K – 12 education, conservation, and treatment facilities. The signing of Today & rsquo represents the culmination of years of collaboration and engagement among numerous diverse stakeholders, and we achieved this by bringing everyone to the table, putting individual agendas aside,and prioritizing Arizona. & rdquo,

Legislators set a target for sports betting by the NFL season.

Ducey asked Sen. T. J. Shope and Rep. Jeff Weninger to pass the legislation after he had reached an agreement with the nations.

The bill authorizes 10 licenses for Arizona tribes and 10 licenses for professional sports teams/facilities to offer retail and mobile sports betting. Horse racetracks get another 10 licenses for retail only.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs may have 60 times to examine the particles after each community has signed them.

The bill contains an incident section that will go into effect as soon as the particles are approved, according to Weninger. According to He & nbsp, this will give the Arizona Department of Gaming enough time to draft the rules and regulations for the state’s first sportsbooks by early September.

Are all locations going to be open and constructed by the start of the football season, & ldquo? Andrdquo, according to Weninger. & ldquo, No. The Cardinals or Diamondbacks, however, could have their net partner set yet if they don’t have a finished sportsbook. & rdquo,

September’s objective might be positive

The start of the NFL time may be challenging, depending on how quickly the particles are approved.

The Arizona Department of Gaming will not only need to create rules and regulations. It also needs to ensure each applicant has internal controls in place to launch sportsbooks and mobile betting apps.

Iowa completed this process more quickly than any other condition, but it still took three months. If the federal government doesn’t approve particles until mid-June, that could put off the start of the NFL time, which begins on September 9.

Weninger did, however, point out that the office you start working on the rules and regulations right away, before the federal government approves the particles.

Legislators also want to prepare daily fantasy basketball for the start of the NFL season, according to Sen. TJ Shope.

Arizona is one of the few states industry leaders DraftKings and FanDuel weren’t operating in. Without complications from the tribal compacts, DFS seems more likely than sports gaming, to debut by the NFL time.

Legislators deal with possible disruptions

The bill signed by the governor is the same one passed by the House on March 4. But the bill seemed in real danger of derailment during the next five weeks.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair David Gowanattached his bill trying to bring historical horse racing (HHR) to Arizona racetracks. However, tribes said such an expansion would violate their compacts.

Gowan agreed to remove HHR from the act last week after hearing from many on the subject, which created the chance to pass the legislation.

& ldquo, It was a non-starter from the start, and I don’t know how that & rsquo will ever work because of the way they’ve done it in Arizona thanks to the voter-approved gaming compact, Shope said. & ldquo, I don’t believe anyone ever really threatened to kill the act, with the exception of HHR. & rdquo,

Weninger continued,” Andrdquo, It just needed to be released from his council, and then we knew we had the vote.”

Getting sports betting all the way to the finish line

Other potential issues arose during those five months. Barrett-Jackson, a titan in the car auction business, attempted to obtain swanky sports betting licenses for the location of its auction occasion. Arizona restaurants made an effort to join in the fun. The lawmakers claimed that bars were an excessive growth.

They backed Barrett – Jackson obtaining a license and spotting the tie-in to encourage placing bets on auto racing activities. However, the governor’s and the tribes’ deal was already in place, so it was too late to change it at this point.

Weninger stated that Barrett-Jackson has been in the area for a long time and contributes significantly to the state’s financial growth. & ldquo, I believe it could draw in a completely new market for wagering on racing and other similar events. However, it’s difficult that late in the game. & rdquo,

Any bill supported by the majority party can end up being tied up in politics, as happened in Georgia this year. So, once there was an opening, the lawmakers pounced to get the bill through even though there were another couple of weeks left in the session.

& ldquo, Weninger said,” You get to this time of year, and even though people are with you and strong, they start having long wars on another content.” & ldquo, It may extend to areas related to that act. As a result, there is more cause for concern as time passes. I & rsquo, I’m glad we got it out and didn’t let things like that get in the way. & rdquo,

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Written By Grant Lucas on April 12, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023
AZ Sports Betting Updates

Legal sports betting is on its way to Arizona.

Just a few months after the Senate passed a bill to regulate wagering in the Grand Canyon State, followed swiftly by Gov. Doug Ducey signing the bill and updated compacts with tribes in the state, the Arizona Department of Gaming opened the window for sports betting applications on July 26.

And they anticipate launching the first Arizona mobile betting apps (and potentially retail sportsbooks) by Sept. 9 — opening day of the 2021 NFL season.

Live Updates: Latest News On Arizona Online Sports Betting Launch 2

Arizona sports betting launch updates

Sept. 16

9:15 a.m. — TwinSpires Sportsbook goes live in Arizona

A week after the Arizona sports betting industry went live, the state now has its eight online sportsbook.

Owned by Churchill Downs Inc.TwinSpires Arizona launched, courtesy of a partnership with the Tonto Apache Tribe.

With additional plans to open a retail sportsbook at the tribe’s Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, TwinSpires joins an ever-growing list of mobile betting operators in Arizona:

  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • BetMGM Sportsbook
  • WynnBet
  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • Unibet Sportsbook
  • TwinSpires

8 a.m. — Yavapai-Prescott amends complaint against Arizona sports betting

Mere days after a judge ruled against the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe in its quest to derail legal sports betting in Arizona, the tribe filed a notice of lodging and an amended complaint.

The tribe attempted to block the launch of regulated wagering in the Grand Canyon State, but a judge ruled against the Yavapai-Prescott. Now, the tribe is back at it again.

As the Yavapai-Prescott did in its first lawsuit, the tribe named both Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt as defendants. While the tribe does provide additional detail into the process it went through regarding the new compacts signed by Ducey earlier this year, the plaintiff still faces an uphill battle.

Our own John Holden broke down the amended complaint and what could happen next.

Sept. 15

9 a.m. — Arizona sports betting starts red-hot

The first few days of legal sports betting in Arizona was a time to remember, for sure.

According to GeoComply, a company that provides geolocation services to sportsbooks, the Grand Canyon State featured 6.1 million bets or log-ins between Sept. 9 and the first Sunday of NFL action. Among jurisdictions with regulated wagering, only New JerseyPennsylvania and Michigan reported higher totals.

Of all legal betting transactions across the country, Arizona accounted for 10%, with users creating 271,000 new accounts over the first four days.

Sept. 9

1:45 p.m. — Unibet joins crowd of Arizona sports betting apps

Unibet also went live with its mobile betting app on launch day, doing so just hours before opening kickoff of the first NFL game of the season.

Partnered with the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Unibet made Arizona its sixth state in which it legally offers sports wagering. With its betting app live, Unibet Arizona expects to open a retail sportsbook “shortly,” according to a press release. That operation will set up inside the tribe’s Paradise Casino.

With Unibet now in the fold, Arizona features seven betting apps on the first day of regulated wagering:

  • Barstool Sports
  • BetMGM
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Unibet
  • WynnBet

8:30 a.m. — Caesars, FanDuel open retail sportsbooks in downtown Phoenix

With front office members of the Arizona Diamondbacks on hand, alongside Gov. Doug Ducey and Caesars representatives that included comedian JB Smoove and former ESPN anchor Trey WingoCaesars Arizona debuted a retail sports betting space at Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks.

Not to be outdone, FanDuel Sportsbook also introduced its brick-and-mortar area at nearby Footprint Center. While Caesars’ operation remains temporary until it finishes up the permanent spot in Game Seven Grill, FanDuel opened its permanent location at the Suns’ arena.

8 a.m. — Sports betting launches in Arizona

When Sept. 8 closed, Sept. 9 naturally arrived. And with that turn of the daily calendar page, so, too, came the official launch of legalized sports betting in Arizona.

Hours before the NFL season opener, six mobile betting apps made their debuts in the Grand Canyon State, offering a variety of bonuses for Arizona bettors:

This is certainly just the beginning for regulated wagering in Arizona. Another 12 entities have obtained event wagering licenses, including three professional sports teams and venues as well as nine tribes.

Over the next few weeks and months, the Arizona sports betting market will continue to expand.

Sept. 7

8:30 a.m. — Not all tribes supported Yavapai-Prescott lawsuit

Before the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe made its arguments on Labor Day, a motion to intervene emerged. From two other Arizona tribes.

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona and the Quechan Tribe of the Ft. Yuma Indian Reservation filed a notice of intent to intervene in opposition of the Yavapai-Prescott’s attempt to stand in the way of legalized sports betting in the Grand Canyon State.

Obviously the Yavapai-Prescott’s lawsuit failed in Maricopa County Superior Court, though the tribe could go the appellate route if it intented to continue its fight.

As for the motion to intervene, the two tribes argued that 18 of the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes negotiated with the state for over five years to amend their gaming compacts, the result of which opened the door for legalized sports betting in Arizona.

It should be noted that both the Tonto Apache and the Quechan tribes each secured event wagering licenses that allows them to offer regulated wagering. As such, the Yavapai-Prescott’s lawsuit perked up the other tribes’ ears.

Full details of the motion to intervene, as well as which routes the Yavapai-Prescott could take now, can be found here.

Sept. 6

6 p.m. — Judge denies temporary restraining order request from Yavapai-Prescott

As Monday came to a close, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith registered a ruling in the case brought forth by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. In short, Smith denied the tribe’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the launch of Arizona sports betting.

“The Tribe argued that the hardship is losing the ‘exclusive right to gaming on Indian lands’ under Proposition 202,” Smith ruled. “But Proposition 202 did not purport to freeze in perpetuity the scope of lawful gambling in Arizona.”

Smith also emphasized that his decision “is not a final, appealable judgment. But Parties may appeal orders granting or dissolving an injunction or refusing to grant or dissolve an injunction.”

While the Yavapai-Prescott could appeal, the path appears clear for Arizona sports betting to move forward with its scheduled Sept. 9 launch of legal sports betting.

10:15 a.m. — Wait is on for future of legal sports betting in Arizona

Judge James Smith has heard the arguments from both sides. He has read testimony, declarations, depositions and any other evidence provided by plaintiffs and defendants over the weekend.

Now, the waiting game is on for Smith’s ruling.

The Maricopa County Superior Court was the site of an emergency hearing for a lawsuit filed by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, which has called into question the constitutionality surrounding the passage of legislation legalizing sports betting in Arizona.

For an hour, attorneys for the tribe, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt made their arguments via a virtual hearing. After it was all said and done, Smith adjourned. He expects to file a decision by day’s end.

If he rules in favor of the Yavapai-Prescott, which seeks a temporary restraining order preventing the Sept. 9 launch of legal betting, the future of regulated wagering in Arizona faces quite an uphill battle.

Sept. 2

3 p.m. — Emergency hearing begins for Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

An emergency hearing was held today regarding the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe lawsuit that could halt legalized sports betting in Arizona.

While no decision was made, that doesn’t mean the Sept. 9 launch date is out of the woods. Lawyers for all parties will be working through the weekend to prepare their cases.

A preliminary injunction hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6. The virtual hearing is scheduled to only last one hour. Plaintiffs and defendants will have 30 minutes each to make their arguments, have their witnesses testify and cross-examination. All witnesses planning to testify must be available.

The complaint filed by the Yavapai-Prescott claims that the passage of HB 2772, which legalized sports betting in the state, takes away the gaming exclusivity enjoyed by tribes throughout Arizona. The tribe is pushing an injunction and declaration that the bill is unconstitutional. It also seeks a temporary restraining order to stop the launch of sports betting.

Judge James Smith noted that the deadline of the sports betting launch looms over the case. He added that he hopes to render a quick decision. Smith expects to let all parties know his ruling Monday night, although it won’t be processed by the courts until Tuesday morning. He said this will give the losing side the opportunity to quickly get started on the necessary paperwork needed to file an appeal, something that is expected no matter this case’s outcome.

If the judge rules in favor of the Yavapai-Prescott, the launch of legal sports betting in Arizona could be in serious jeopardy. It is unclear if an appeals process would sort everything out in time for the start of the NFL season. The Arizona Department of Gaming does face another lawsuit ahead of the launch. The case instigated by TP Racing will have an emergency hearing Friday.

Sept. 1

12:15 p.m. — Caesars gives sneak peek of retail sportsbook

Things are falling into place for the Caesars retail sportsbook at Chase Field.

The sports betting operator and partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks revealed digital renderings of its planned brick-and-mortar operation in downtown Phoenix. It will take the place of Game Seven Grill outside the stadium.

Among the details announced, the 20,000-square-foot sportsbook will boast indoor and outdoor dining areas, a full-service bar and wall-to-wall TVs. The two-story complex will also feature betting windows and self-service kiosks.

Open year-round, the retail sportsbook will not be accessible to fans inside Chase Field. However, while those individuals could visit the brick-and-mortar before and after games, they can also place wagers online via the Caesars Arizona betting app.

Aug. 30

8 a.m. — Ak-Chin chooses Fubo Gaming for sports betting

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has selected Fubo Gaming to power its online and retail sports betting in Arizona.

Operator of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, the Ak-Chin received one of 10 licenses carved out for tribes in the state, allowing the tribe to launch an Arizona mobile betting app. It was not clear which brand the tribe would select, but early Monday, it became official that Fubo Gaming would set up shop in the Grand Canyon State.

This is the fifth market access agreement for Fubo Sportsbook, a subsidiary of the sports-first live TV streaming platform fuboTV. It also has avenues into Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

According to the press release, Fubo Sportsbook expects to offer “a differentiated and industry-first integration of streaming and sports wagering.” By integrating the sportsbook and fuboTV, the platform would feature “an interactive omniscreen entertainment ecosystem.”

Aug. 28

8:30 a.m. — Another lawsuit challenges Arizona sports betting

The Arizona Department of Gaming faces a second legal challenge, the latest submitted by Phoenix-based racetrack Turf Paradise.

Naming the ADG and director Ted Vogt as defendants, Turf Paradise’s lawsuit argues that it should be qualified to receive a sports betting license in Arizona.

As reported by the Arizona Mirror, the horse-racing facility said in its filing that its application was denied by the ADG. The department cited that Turf Paradise did not meet the qualifications as a professional sports franchise.

As written, the state’s sports betting law limits non-tribal event wagering licenses to owners or deisgnees of professional sports franchises or facilities that host annual PGA tournaments or stock car racing events. However, Turf Paradise argues that the state does not further define “team” or “franchise.” In fact, on its website, the ADG calls Turf Paradise, which opened in 1956, as “one of Arizona’s first sports franchises.”

Turf Paradise has appealed the ADG’s decision to reject its application. Until that process is complete, the track is asking the court to prohibit the ADG from allocating licenses and launching legal sports betting in the state. A similar request came from the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, which filed a lawsuit against Vogt and Gov. Doug Ducey, arguing that lawmakers illegally passed legislation that opened the door for regulated sports betting in the state.

Both cases will go before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith, who scheduled emergency hearings for Sept. 3.
Stay here for all the latest updates and developments as regulated wagering sits at the doorstep of the Grand Canyon State.

Aug. 27

4:20 p.m. — ADG releases full list of sports betting operators

As promised, the Arizona Department of Gaming released its full list of approved operators on Friday.

The group awarded eight out of ten possible licenses to the following groups and partners:

  • Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (William Hill)
  • Phoenix Suns (FanDuel)
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Phoenix Mercury (Ballys)
  • TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings)
  • Phoenix Speedway (Penn National)
  • Arizona Rattlers (Rush Street Interactive)

The following tribal groups received the ten allotted tribal licenses:

  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (SuperBook Sports)
  • Navajo Nation
  • Quechan Tribe (Unibet Arizona)
  • Tonto Apache Tribe (Churchill Downs)
  • Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Hualapai Tribe (Golden Nugget)
  • Ak-Chin Indian Community (Fubo)
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe (Digital Gaming)
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe (Wynn)
  • Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation (BetFred)

While these licensees are all approved by the ADG, it is not a given they will all be launching on Sept. 9.

3:00 p.m. — BetRivers partners up with the Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers

The top-tier sports leagues already have deals, but arena football is about to get in the sports betting game. The Arizona Rattlers partnered with BetRivers for a commercial online sportsbook license.

As part of the announcement, BetRivers and the team also noted that they received approval from the Arizona Department of Gaming to operate in the state.

What was not part of the press release was whether or not the tandem would be ready to launch next Thursday.

2:30 p.m. — WynnBet confirms it is coming to Arizona

We know some tribes will be on the outside looking in when sports betting launches in Arizona. One tribe that will be taking part is the San Carlos Apache Tribal Gaming Enterprise. Friday afternoon, WynnBet confirmed it will in the Arizona sportsbook marketplace via its partnership with the tribe.

In the announcement, Wynn confirmed it plans to have the app live in the state for the Sept. 9 launch date.

8:30 a.m. — Yavapai-Prescott files sports betting lawsuit

With legal sports betting in Arizona expecting to launch in less than two weeks, a lawsuit has emerged challenging the legality of the law that passed in April.

Attorneys for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit this week, against both Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt, stating that lawmakers illegally passed legislation that authorized regulated wagering in Arizona.

According to the tribe’s attorneys, the law’s passage violated the state’s Voter Protection Act because it allows non-tribal gaming operators to offer gambling off tribal land. Per the lawsuit, the Indian Gaming Preservation and Self-Reliance Act aimed to allow tribes to operate limited forms of gambling in tribal-owned casinos. By expanding the state’s gaming laws, lawmakers violated the state’s ban on laws authorizing special benefits to specific parties.

What’s more, the tribe’s lawyers argue that passing the law as an emergency measure was unconstitutional.

Aug. 26

11:30 a.m. — DraftKings, Penn National each licensed for sports betting

Two more sports betting operators have received licenses from the Arizona Department of Gaming.

Both DraftKings Sportsbook and Penn National, which owns Barstool Sports, confirmed that their applications to the state were approved.

As a result, both sportsbooks could begin accepting bets as soon as Sept. 9. DraftKings and Barstool each has an avenue to launch mobile and retail betting courtesy of partnerships with TPC Scottsdale and Phoenix Raceway, respectively.

8:30 a.m. — Casino Del Sol announces retail sportsbook

Guests at Casino Del Sol will see a new addition to the property.

The Tuscon casino announced it will build a retail sportsbook in the former Paradiso Lounge area of the property. SolSports, as it will be called, will feature more than 60 TVs and will sit more than 100 patrons.

In addition, the brick-and-mortar will offer a full bar, food servce, luxury seating and six betting windows.

Pending approval from the Arizona Department of Gaming, Casino Del Sol has targeted a September opening of the retail sportsbook.

7 a.m. — BetMGM receives license for AZ sports betting

Another sports betting operator has been licensed by the Arizona Department of Gaming.

Citing “many exciting things in store for sports fans in Arizona,” BetMGM announced that its application was approved by state regulators, allowing BetMGM Arizona to launch its mobile betting app Sept. 9.

Partnered with the Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Hotels & Casinos, BetMGM also intends to open retail sportsbooks at State Farm Stadium as well as at the three Gila River casinos in the state.

Aug. 24

3 p.m. — FanDuel awarded sports betting license

When legal sports betting goes live in Arizona Sept. 9FanDuel Sportsbook appears ready to be among the first to accept bets.

The operator received approval from the Arizona Department of Gaming, allowing it to potentially deploy the FanDuel Arizona sportsbook betting app on the first day of the NFL season.

FanDuel’s access to the Grand Canyon State comes courtesy of a partnership with the Phoenix Suns, which will also allow FanDuel to integrate a retail sportsbook at the NBA team’s Footprint Center. There, FanDuel intends to open a 7,400-square-foot brick-and-mortar operation complete with several betting windows, 26 self-service kiosks, 40 televisions and a 35-foot video wall.

Aug. 23

9 a.m. — Fiesta Bowl/Caesars form first bowl game-sports betting partnership

Seen as the first-of-its-kind deal, Caesars Entertainment and the Fiesta Bowl Organization have teamed up to further expand Caesars’ reach in Arizona.

As part of the multi-year deal, Caesars will feature in-stadium fan lounges at both the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (at State Farm Stadium) and the Guaranteed Rate Bowl (at Chase Field). Additionally, Caesars will move into a title partner position of the Fiesta Bowl’s pregame parties.

This partnership “focuses on fan engagement,” according to a release, as well as “expanding sports gaming and education in Arizona.”

This is the second instance of an Arizona-based bowl game partnering with a sports betting-related company. Recall that Barstool Sports landed the naming rights for the Arizona Bowl last month.

For Caesars, the Fiesta Bowl Organization deal deepens its roots in the Grand Canyon State. The Arizona Diamondbacks partnered with the company to bring in a Caesars Arizona sportsbook. This would allow not only for a mobile app in the state but also a retail sportsbook at Chase Field. The interesting tidbit regarding a Caesars fan lounge at State Farm Stadium is that the Arizona Cardinals, who play at the venue, have teamed with BetMGM to potentially set up a brick-and-mortar book at the stadium.

Aug. 17

7:30 a.m. — Gila River making room for retail sports betting

It seems as if the Gila River Indian Community is confident as ever that it will receive a sports betting license in Arizona.

After all, the owner of three casinos in the state has already started work on setting up BetMGM retail sportsbooks. Wild Horse PassLone Butte and Vee Quiva casinos each expects to boast a brick-and-mortar operation.

Gila River is carving out 15,000 square feet on casinos floors to integrate BetMGM sportsbooks, each of which will offer a number of amenities. That includes at Wild Horse Pass, which will feature two separate sports betting spaces.

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced that it has received 16 applications for its available 10 tribal betting licenses. As such, the regulatory body will spend the next week determining which applicants are more suited for licensure. That evaluation period will end Aug. 26 — just two weeks before the state intends to launch the first legal betting options.

By law, the ADG cannot reveal which parties have applied or which have been deemed qualified. However, Gila River’s latest plans certainly imply that the casino operator expects to receive regulatory approval.

Aug. 16

4 p.m. — ADG nearing end to qualification evaluation period

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced that it has received 16 applications from entities looking to capture one of 10 sports betting licenses allocated for tribes. Another 10 submissions came from applicants seeking licensure as a professional sports team or organization.

The department expects to complete its qualification evaluation by the end of the business day. At that time, the ADG will notify each qualified applicant.

That said, the ADG will not announce which operators receive the green light.

Please note that in accordance with A.R.S. § 5-1305(H), ADG will not be disclosing who qualified for licensure and will not announce which applicants are granted a license until the entirety of the application process is complete.

Simplified, until the department completes all of its due diligence (such as background checks, tech testing, etc.) and gives the official go-ahead for a sports betting operator to move forward, which platforms are deemed “initially qualified” will remain a mystery.

As the ADG received more applications than available tribal licenses, it will spend up to eight days determining which applications are most qualified for Arizona sports betting. According to the department, that evaluation period will end Aug. 26.

Aug. 12

9 a.m. — MaximBet lands Arizona access deal

Familiar with Maxim magazine? Then you’ll recognize a sportsbook in Arizona if it receives approval to launch down the road.

MaximBet, obviously affiliated with the men’s lifestyle brand, announced a partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, which operates the Hon-Dah Resort Casino.

If approved by the Arizona Department of Gaming, MaximBet Arizona could join the coming regulated wagering industry in the Grand Canyon State.

Arizona is part of MaximBet’s goal of expanding in several jurisdictions across the country, including in nearby Colorado.

Aug. 12

7:30 a.m. — FanDuel gives sneak peek into retail sportsbook

Nearly four months after landing a partnership with the Phoenix Suns, FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona released renderings for its retail sportsbook at the Suns’ home arena, Footprint Center.

The outdoor terrace space will span over 7,400 square feet and be open daily for bettors to wager on all different sporting events, including betting on Suns games.

The brick-and-mortar will also feature five betting windows, 26 self-service betting kiosks, 40 HD televisions and a 35-foot video wall.

Aug. 11

10 a.m. — Betfred partners with Arizona tribe

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has provided an avenue for Betfred Sports to potentially launched in Arizona.

The tribe’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort near Scottsdale partnered with the UK-based sportsbook. All that remains is for the Arizona Department of Gaming to decide which tribal casinos in the state are most deserving of sports betting licenses. Should the ADG deem We-Ko-Pa Casino as qualied, Betfred will have a clear path to an Arizona launch.

Betfred will aim to roll out a mobile betting app as well as open a retail sportsbook at the casino. If accomplished, Arizona will join Colorado and Nevada as states in the region featuring Betfred.

Aug. 9

5 p.m. — BlueBet makes a splash with BlueWater deal

The Grand Canyon State could become the first forway into the US sports betting market for BlueBet, which has partnered with BlueWater Resort & Casino to gain access to Arizona.

Based in Australia, BlueBet looks to enter the Arizona market alongside the Colorado River Indiana Tribes, which has already applied for a regulated wagering license in the state. The expectation is for BlueBet to set up a retail sportsbook at the casino as well as launch a mobile betting app.

BlueBet also looks to go live in neighboring Colorado, as well as four other jurisdictions.

Aug. 9

9:00 a.m. — BetMGM, Gila River, and NFL’s Cardinals are in the betting game together

Long after most other leagues in Arizona found a betting partner, the Arizona Cardinals finally announced their sportsbook plans. Unlike the Suns and Diamondbacks, the franchise is not only working with a major online betting brand, but it will also bring a tribe into the fold.

The Gila River Indian Community will work with the team and BetMGM to provide and promote sports betting at its three Arizona casinos. In addition to providing retail sportsbooks at the casinos, BetMGM will also build a retail book on-site at State Farm Stadium.

However, though the plan is to still get sports betting launched next month, don’t expect that State Farm sportsbook until the 2022 NFL season.

July 30

11:30 a.m. — TwinSpires partners with Tonto Apache Tribe

Add TwinSpires to the list of sports betting operators partnering with tribes in Arizona.

Owned by Churchill Downs Inc., TwinSpires entered into a deal with the Tonto Apache Tribe to potentially launch retail and online sports betting in the Grand Canyon State.

TwinSpires is already live in six states, including in neighboring Colorado. Churchill Downs also owns BetAmerica, which operates in New Jersey and expects to rebrand as TwinSpires later this year.

While the Tonto Apache, which runs Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, provides TwinSpires with an access point, it’s not a guarantee that the brand will go live in Arizona. With more applications than available licenses expected to come in from Arizona tribes, it will be up to the Arizona Department of Gaming to determine which applicants are most qualified.

July 28

11 a.m. — Barstool Sports lands Arizona Bowl

Barstool Sports, the ever-popular digital media company and legal sports betting operator, has expanded its presence in Arizona.

The company announced that it has secured a multi-year deal to become the title sponsor of college football’s Arizona Bowl starting with the Dec. 31, 2021 game.

What’s more, the newly named Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl will only air exclusively on Barstool’s digital and social media platforms. The game had previously aired on CBS Sports.

This news comes on the heels of Barstool becoming the exclusive sportsbook of Phoenix Raceway.

So not only will Barstool sponsor a college bowl game, but it also expects to enter the Arizona sports betting market this fall.

July 26

10 a.m. — ADG opens up application process for sportsbooks

Applications have started rolling into the Arizona Department of Gaming. Three days after finalizing its set of rules for legal sports betting in the Grand Canyon State, the ADG sent those rules along for final approval by the Arizona Secretary of State on Monday. In doing so, the department opened the application window for qualified parties to seek licensing for both regulated sports betting and daily fantasy sports.

Applicants will now have until Aug. 9 to get their paperwork into the ADG. Once the initial application period closes, the department will spend up to five days determining which applicants are “initially qualified” to receive licenses. Another eight days will follow if the ADG receives more applications than available licenses.

According to the ADG timeline, fantasy sports operators can begin accepting players Aug. 28, the same day that sports betting platforms can start marketing and allow customers to create online sportsbook accounts. The ADG continues to stand by a Sept. 9 launch for legal sports betting.

July 23

Starting Monday, the Arizona Department of Gaming will accept sports betting applications.

The ADG released its final set of draft rules Wednesday, which the regulatory body finalized and approved two days later. As such, the ADG said it will open the application process July 26.

On its surface, that would still mean regulators would need to move quickly in order to get the legal wagering industry off the ground in time for its intended Sept. 9 launch.

The last draft of rules, though, shows that the ADG expects to act at a breakneck pace.

Starting Monday, the division of gaming will accept applications for a minimum of 10 days. The following five days will feature the ADG deeming which applicants are “initially qualified” to offer legal sports betting in Arizona. Another eight days will be spent sussing out applications should the number of submissions exceed licenses available.

This means that the ADG could notify “initially qualified” applicants by Aug. 13, while approval for applications needing extra consideration could arrive by Aug. 25.

July 21

Another professional sports venue is taking advantage of Arizona’s sports betting law, as Phoenix Raceway expects to become the home of Barstool Sportsbook.

Penn Interactive, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, and NASCAR announced a multiyear market access partnership in Arizona. Part of the agreement authorizes Barstool, owned by PNG, to become the exclusive sportsbook of Phoenix Raceway.

In being afforded the opportunity to open retail and online sportsbooks in the Grand Canyon State, while also gaining prominent signage at the track, Barstool will “take an active role” in promoting NASCAR odds, according to the announcement, while offering “unique promotions and odds boosts.”

This agreement comes a year after Penn National became the first authorized gaming operator of NASCAR. Barstool currently has sports betting operations up in four other states with eyes to expand even more.

July 20

It appears the Yavapai-Apache Nation is ready to bring PointsBet to Arizona.

The Australia-based sportsbook partnered with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, operated by the Yavapai-Apache, to potentially launch online and retail sportsbooks in the Grand Canyon State.

If all goes to plan, Arizona will become the 16th US jurisdiction in which PointsBet operates.

Before PointsBet Arizona can launch, of course, it must receive licensing from state regulators. While the state has carved out 10 licenses for tribal gaming operators, it’s expected that 16 tribes could apply.

As such, nothing is necessarily a given when it comes to AZ tribal sports betting partners. The Arizona Department of Gaming will determine which applicants are more qualified to offer regulated wagering.

That said, as detailed by our own Derek Helling, PointsBet certainly gives the Yavapai-Apache a leg up. After all, experience in the gaming and sports betting world is among the factors taken into account by regulators, as is the ability to launch in relatively quick order.

With PointsBet in its corner, the Yavapai-Apache could have an inside track to licensing.

July 15

After two drafts of rules for the coming Arizona sports betting industry, the Arizona Department of Gaming has finally addressed how it would consider license allocation.

While provisional, and subject to potential changes based on public input, these rules detail how regulators would decide which applicants would be authorized to offer legal sports betting should more parties apply than licenses exist.

In particular, this proposal addresses how the state would determine which tribes would receive licensing. State law carves out 10 licenses for tribes in Arizona, which features 16 tribes. So, should at least 11 tribes apply, how would regulators determine which parties qualify most?

According to the proposal, the ADG will take into account a number of factors. First and foremost, however, is the experience of applicants in gaming as well as legal sports betting. From there, regulators will assess how applicants address responsible gambling, how they contribute to communities and how ready they will be to launch sports betting in relatively quick order.

That last factor obviously favors tribes that have formed partnerships with betting operators, such as the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which teamed with Wynn Resorts to bring WynnBet to Arizona.

July 12

It is still a ways off from launching in Arizona, but DraftKings Sportsbook will have an added perk once it does, courtesy of a new deal with Major League Baseball.

The operator, which has partnered with TPC Scottsdale, expanded its existing partnership with MLB, making DraftKings a “co-exclusive” sports betting partner of the league alongside BetMGM.

Part of the deal includes a collaboration between the two parties to create a “Bet & Watch” feature integrated into the DraftKings app. According to a press release, this feature would be accessible to fans with “open and active MLB.com and DraftKings accounts.” Those viewers would be able to watch a live MLB game within the DraftKings app.

In addition, DraftKings and MLB will work on “sports betting-themed game broadcast experiences” that will exist within the MLB.TV product.

July 7

Two drafts of sports betting rules have been released, and now the second round of public feedback is in the books.

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) heard from a variety of parties, including sports teams and operators.

While discussion did surround the proposed fees and tax rates for the industry, much attention was still paid to mobile betting skins. After all, during the last public comment period, stakeholders expressed an interest in having only one online skin. The latest drafts, though, allow for two online skins. The ADG, however, did not include the word “skins.” Rather, it used the term “event wagering platforms.”

This caused some confusion. Andrew Diss, representing the Arizona Coyotes, wondered if that meant both the NHL team and its AHL affiliate could brand a mobile betting app. The answer: “That’s potentially something you could do.”

Our Derek Helling detailed other concerns regarding skins, as well as the use of official league data and how the ADG will allocate sports betting licenses for tribes in Arizona.

Ted Vogt, director of the ADG, indicated that a refined draft of rules and a proposal for license allocation will come “shortly thereafter.”

July 2

The San Carlos Apache Tribe showed its interest in taking part in the Arizona sports betting industry, as the tribe partnered with Wynn Resorts to provide WynnBet access to online wagering in the Grand Canyon State.

The San Carlos Apache Tribal Gaming Enterprise, which operates the Apache Gold Casino and Apache Sky Casino, will collaborate with WynnBet in a deal that marks the first sportsbook-tribe agreement in Arizona.

The WynnBet brand has already been introduced in six other states.

With this news, the number of operators that have market access deals for sports betting in Arizona now sits at xxx:

  • DraftKings (TPC Scottsdale)
  • FanDuel (Phoenix Suns
  • Caesars (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Bally Bet (Phoenix Mercury)
  • WynnBet (San Carlos Apache Tribe)

July 1

It seems regulators are looking to get as much out of the Arizona sports betting industry as possible.

Despite stakeholders stating during the public comment period that they would prefer one mobile skin for online wagering, the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) included language in its latest set of draft rules that would afford each licensee up to two skins.

As a result, the mobile betting landscape in the Grand Canyon State could feature 40 online sportsbooks.

According to the 13-page draft, license holders “may use more than one” and “up to two event wagering platforms” as approved by the ADG.

Of course, the draft set of rules included much more, including setting application fees and tax rates (otherwise known as “privilege fees”). The ADG also added credit cards and wire transfers to its list of acceptable forms of payment for betting.

The ADG will hold another public comment period through July 7. It will host a virtual hearing that morning while also accepting written feedback. The department still lists Sept. 9 as the go-live date for AZ sports betting.

June 30

It seems as if Phoenix Suns Arena will now have two retail sportsbooks once sports betting in Arizona launches.

Bally’s announced today that it has reached a deal with the Phoenix Mercury to launch a mobile betting app in the state as well as open a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at the arena, which the Mercury share with the Phoenix Suns.

You might recall that the Suns already have an agreement in place with FanDuel Sportsbook to also open a retail operation as well as roll out a betting app.

State law allows for owners of professional sports teams and facilities to apply for one of 10 sports betting licenses in Arizona. Robert Sarver owns the Suns as well as the Mercury, so it was not clear if the WNBA franchise would be able to participate in regulated wagering.

However, the law does include a provision that an already-licensed owner can appoint a designee to apply for licensing, which likely is what happened in the case of the Mercury.

As a result, pending regulatory approval, the Mercury will become the first individual women’s franchise to go all-in with legal sports betting.

June 29

The Gila River Indian Community has plans to open a fourth casino in Arizona.

In April, Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on an agreement with the state’s tribes that not only legalized sports betting in the state but also authorized the construction of at least four new casinos in the Grand Canyon State, including at least two new properties in the Phoenix metro area.

That is where the Gila River Indian Community is targeting, as the tribe intends to build the casino on community trust land just outside the southern border of Chandler. The property is expected to open within two years. Gila River also operates three casinos, two in Chandler and one in Laveen.

Among the amenities offered at the new casino is retail sports betting. While there are only 10 mobile betting licenses available for tribes in Arizona, all tribes can house brick-and-mortar sportsbooks at their casinos.

The new casino expects to cost $100 million, and the tribe could explore plans to add a hotel.

June 25

Written comments submitted to the Arizona Department of Gaming regarding the first draft of sports betting rules were released recently. And plenty of suggestions came about.

Similar to suggestions provided during virtual meetings earlier this week, much of the written feedback regarded requests for clarification.

For example, Tom Auther, owner of Arizona Downs, noted that the newly passed law authorizing Arizona sports betting requires that a racetrack partner with an event wagering operator, aka a licensee, in order to participate in regulated wagering.

Auther called this an “extremely onerous” task for racetracks, “as there is really not a large amount of money in this for us and having to negotiate with a professional team and further water down our income seems unfair.” Auther requested that the ADG eliminates that requirement.

Among the other concerns, Jordan Rose, representing Phoenix Rising FC of the United Soccer League, asked for the organization to be included as authorized professional sports teams to obtain sports betting licenses.

The law details that “professional sport” in this sense means a sport conducted at the highest level, league or organization play for its respective sport. It specifically notes baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, soccer and motor sports.

Rose noted that Phoenix Rising stands as the state’s highest-level pro soccer club playing a stadium with a capacity of 10,000 “with room to grow.” She conceded that it is possible to interpret the law to exclude USL teams, as Major League Soccer is obviously a superior league. But MLS doesn’t have a franchise located in Arizona, nor does it plan to for now.

Therefore, Rose said, Phoenix Rising is in fact the highest-level pro soccer team in Arizona and should be allowed to participate in legal sports betting.

Certainly more suggestions were submitted, which we outlined here.

June 24

It’s time for the Arizona Department of Gaming to reconvene and hash out its next draft of regulations for the Arizona sports betting industry. And there are some big vacancies to fill from the first draft.

The department sought feedback regarding those omitted portions of the rules, which included licensing fees, number of skins per licensee and license allocation for tribes.

During a virtual meeting with the ADG recently, stakeholders expressed an interest in just one mobile skin. In fact, that was the assumption. As Amilyn Pierce of the Arizona Diamondbacks said:

“As somebody who was involved in the conversations about the legislation, I can say with 100% certainty that it was always our belief that it would only be one skin.”

While the law says an event wagering operator “may use more than one event wagering platform,” Pierce argued this meant a licensee can use one platform for retail and a different one for mobile.

Only one speaker, Matt Olin of Apache Gaming Enterprise, favored multiple skins. If each licensee only has one, Arizona could feature up to 20 betting apps.

As for tribal license allocation, each tribe in the state can offer a retail sportsbook at its casino. For mobile, though, only 10 such licenses exist. Our Matt Kredell broke down how tribes could band together to make the most of limited online licenses.

June 22

The Arizona Department of Gaming is a step closer to finalizing rules and regulations for the Arizona sports betting industry.

A week after releasing its first draft rules, and following several days of public discussions and testimony, the ADG heads back to work to potentially nail down the regulatory framework.

While certainly a step in the right direction, Ted Vogt, director of the ADG, noted that the department will hold another brief public comment period once the ADG updates its draft. That said, confidence remains that the first sportsbooks in AZ could crop up by Sept. 9.

The initial set of draft rules had a few glaring omissions, which the department hopes to correct during its next few meetings. Those include:

  • Number of skins per licensee
  • Tax rate paid by operators
  • License allocation

That last item mostly concerns tribal involvement. The new sports betting law authorizes 10 licenses to be doled out among Arizona’s 22 gaming tribes. Obviously, the ADG must figure out how to distribute those licenses.

What’s more, there are 10 licenses available for racetracks and off-track betting facilities, otherwise known as “limited event wagering operators.” In order to get in on the action, those properties have to align with one of the 20 event wagering operators in the state. Details of this aspect of the industry, however, are still being developed.

Regardless of how much work is left on the department’s plate, it is taking a step in the right direction. And even with another public comment period awaiting, it has not deterred regulators from keeping the confidence of a Sept. 9 kickoff for Arizona sports betting.

June 18

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, tribes in the Grand Canyon State made nearly $33.8 million in gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund during the fourth quarter of the state’s 2021 fiscal year.

That total represents a 32% increase compared with the same quarter in the fiscal year 2020.

Total $33,792,312
Instructional Improvement Fund/Education $17,012,363
Trauma and Emergency Services Fund $8,506,181
Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs $2,737,248
Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund $2,430,337
Tourism Fund $2,430,337
Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention $675,846

Ted Vogt, director of the ADG, emphasized how that total is obviously beneficial to Arizona but also reflects the state of tribal gaming.

“Not only is it clear that Arizona Tribal gaming has had a strong rebound, each of these additional gaming dollars will help support vital programs throughout the state like schools, trauma centers, wildlife conservation and more.”

Tribes operating casinos in Arizona contribute a percentage of their gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties.

June 15

Nearly 24 hours exactly after the Arizona Department of Gaming said it was still working, the department released draft rules for sports betting in the Grand Canyon State.

The 13-page document provides an overall outline as to what the state’s sports betting industry might look like, although few details are actually revealed. For example, the ADG did not specify how much licensing fees would cost operators nor did it mention the monthly tax rate.

In addition, the regulatory body noted that each licensee would need to submit lists of events it would like to offer betting markets on and await ADG approval. What’s more, when it comes to the use of official league data, operators would need to request the use of “non-official data.”

Along with the draft rules, the ADG included feedback forms, as the public comment period has officially begun. According to the department, the final hearing for this window is June 21. From there, the department would reconvene and make amendments as needed.

June 14

The start of the third week of June was supposed to bring us the first drafted rules and regulations for the Arizona sports betting industry.

The Arizona Department of Gaming, though, is still working on that task.

The regulatory body took to Twitter at the end of the business day and noted that it is “finalizing details for draft event wagering rules to ensure completeness and accuracy, which will be available for public comment when this process is complete.”

That public comment period was expected to begin June 14 and last a week. After that, the Department of Gaming can amend rules as necessary and then begin reviewing operator applications. Regulators still expect to launch AZ sports betting by Sept. 9.

June 10

Gila River Hotels & Casinos has introduced a new amenity to its gaming offerings.

The free-to-play social casino PlayGila launched recently, the product of a partnership between Gila River and gaming software provider GAN.

Visitors to Gila River properties can access the social casino via any mobile device and play games such as slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker and other casino games.

While players cannot win real money playing these free games, they can pile up rewards that can be redeemed at any of the three Gila River casinos.

June 3

When the 2021 NFL season kicks off between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, bettors in Arizona could have access to the state’s first legal wagering options.

In an updated timeline, the Arizona Department of Gaming indicated that the state is on track to approve and roll out the first AZ sportsbooks by Sept. 9, the date of the first NFL regular-season game.

This comes as welcome news, certainly. Just over a week ago, the US Department of the Interior signed off on renewed compacts between Arizona and tribes operating casinos in the state. A few weeks earlier, three sports betting operators landed partners to introduce their sportsbooks in Arizona.

On top of the timeline announcement, the Arizona Department of Gaming noted that it should complete its process of drafting rules and regulations for the industry by June 14, thus opening up a public comment period. Once that weeklong timeframe concludes, regulators can amend and finalize rules as necessary.

June 2

Nearly a month has passed since two professional teams and a pro facility (TPC Scottsdale) locked up sports betting partners in Arizona. The waiting game continues for the next domino to fall. And speculation abounds as to which piece it will be.

One legal betting operator, BetMGM, may have an inside track to teaming with the Arizona Coyotes, simply by existing associations within the NHL.

For starters, in 2018, the league brought in MGM Resorts International as an official sports betting partner. What’s more, MGM holds a prominent presence in Las Vegas, home of Coyotes division rival Golden Knights. The company owns T-Mobile Arena, which itself is surrounded by MGM properties.

Then today, BetMGM signed NHL legend Wayne Gretzky as a brand ambassador. Obviously the Great One’s legacy ties back to his playing days with Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and the New York Rangers.

But, if you recall, Gretzky bought a 10% stake in the then-Phoenix Coyotes shortly after retiring in 2000. He later became the team’s head coach in 2005, a position he held until 2009 while amassing a 143-161-24 record.

Certainly, MGM will be looking for an access point to launch BetMGM in Arizona. With such strong roots in the sport already, it would make sense for the brand to partner with the Arizona Coyotes.

June 1

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe has picked back up on its plans to open a new casino in Prescott at the junction of Highway 69 and Yavpe Connector.

Initially started in 2014, the new casino plans have stalled. But with Arizona expanding legal gambling this year, the tribe now has some urgency to get property up and running. As Bob Ogo, president of the tribe’s board of directors, said: “The gaming market in Arizona is changing and the tribe is preparing for the future.”

The Yavapai already owns Bucky’s and Yavapai casinos. Seven years ago, the idea was for this new property to replace the other two. There has been no confirmation as to whether that remains the case.

If the tribe sticks with all three casinos, the Yavapai will certainly be a tribe to watch as the state has allotted 10 sports betting licenses for Arizona tribes.

May 24

The tribal compact expanding gaming and legalizing sports betting received federal approval, putting the ball back in the state’s court to navigate from law to launch. The next step is for the Arizona Department of Gaming to start drafting the first round of regulations and release them to the public for feedback.

In actuality, the department has already been hard at work on regulations, so expect that first draft to hit the public sooner rather than later. Usually, states allow for a 60-90 day comment period to generate feedback. At that pace, final regs could be in place by the end of the summer.

What does that mean for launch? It keeps Arizona on pace to launch retail sportsbooks in time for football season. Moreover, if the Dept. of Gaming can act quickly, it keeps online betting launch happening in 2021 as a possibility.

May 18

The Arizona Coyotes and Gila River Hotels & Casinos provided a helping hand to the Arizona homeless earlier this month.

The philanthropic arms of each party, the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Gila River Cares, teamed up to present a $50,000 check to Human Services Campus Inc., a nonprofit committed to helping individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, Gila River donated 4,000 towels, all part of the global initiative “Pay It Forward Day.”

Human Services Campus operates a 13-acre campus in Phoenix that also features 16 independent nonprofit organizations providing resources to the homeless. On a nightly basis, according to a count by Point-in-Time in January 2020, some 7,500 individuals experience homelessness in the county, including 3,700 that do not have shelter.

With the donation, Human Services Campus can help stem that rise. The nonprofit will be able to enhance the likes of temporary shelter, behavioral health services, housing navigation and day-to-day campus operations.

May 6

Another pro team has found its sports betting partner, as the Arizona Diamondbacks teamed with Caesars Entertainment to not only launch a mobile betting app in the state but also open a retail sportsbook at Chase Field.

Caesars will build a “first-class sportsbook and bar concept on the plaza adjacent to the team’s home,” according to a press release. The space, which will also include a broadcast studio, will exist at a location formerly known as Game Seven Grill.

In addition to the agreement with the Diamondbacks, Caesars also finalizes a multi-year agreement with Major League Baseball to become an “Authorized Gaming Operator of the league.”

Caesars will integrate its Caesars Rewards loyalty program that will allow bettors to earn credits and redeem them for experiences like entertainment, food and beverage and gaming experiences like VIP seating at a Diamondbacks game.

April 21

A “tentative rule drafting and operational timeline” emerged out of the Arizona Department of Gaming, which will act as the primary regulator for sports betting in Arizona.

While the ADG noted that it has not determined a tentative start date for the industry, it did provide some insight into the steps necessary before AZ sports betting can go live.

The department noted it has begun drafting rules for the industry and will spend 60 days creating a regulatory framework. After a public comment period, the ADG will amend rules as necessary and then prepare for an operational start date. However, Arizona sports betting cannot begin until the federal government looks over the amended tribal-state compacts. The US Department of Interior Office of Indian Gaming has 45 days to review and approve the compacts, followed by up to 90 days for the Federal Register to publish them.

April 15

12:30 p.m.

A day after DraftKings gained market access to Arizona, FanDuel did the same.

FanDuel Group and the Phoenix Suns entered into a multi-year partnership that tabs FanDuel as the team’s “Official Sportsbook and Daily Fantasy Sports Partner.” This will allow the operator to set up a retail FanDuel Sportsbook inside the Phoenix Suns Arena, which is expected to open in time for the 2021-22 NBA season.

11:30 a.m.

As expected, Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law a bill to legalize sports betting in Arizona. The governor also signed off on an amended tribal-state gaming compact to complete the process. The countdown to Arizona sports betting launch has officially begun.

April 14

4:30 a.m.

DraftKings became the first sports betting operator to officially gain access to the coming Arizona sports betting market, announcing a deal with the PGA Tour and TPC Scottsdale to bring DraftKings Sportsbook to the course that hosts the ever-popular Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Taking advantage of soon-to-be-signed legislation that allows venues to partner with sports betting operators, DraftKings will create a “19th Hole” experience that features eating, drinking and gambling. The sportsbook will be open to the public year-round.

The first official betting partner of the PGA Tour in 2020, DraftKings did not reveal plans of where the brick-and-mortar will be located. But as our Eric Ramsey noted, the iconic 16th hole is not a bad place to start.

April 12

7 p.m.

And that was (relatively) quick. The Senate moves the bill to third reading and votes instead on the identical House Bill 2772, passing it by the needed two-thirds majority. It passed 23-6, with one no vote.

The bill now heads back to Gov. Doug Ducey, who has previously indicated his desire to sign it. It appears sports betting is coming to Arizona.

6 p.m.

After a series of amendments were considered, the Senate only amended the sports betting bill to match the House version.

That sets up the Senate for a final up-down vote on the bill, possibly later this evening.

5 p.m.

The sports betting legislation hit the Senate floor. The conversation opened with a discussion on several amendments, including several from Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales. Her amendments aimed primarily to protect tribal exclusivity of gambling in the state. One amendment also included a ban on college sports betting.

She also stated she believed 17 of the 23 tribes affected by the sports betting bill will be adversely economically affected by the legislation given their rural locations and other considerations. Additionally, she stated the governor-appointed Executive Director of Indian Gaming Ted Vogt had far too much power under this bill.

All were defeated on the floor.

Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita proposed two different amendments about where state revenue from sports betting would go. The first amendment is to flag an unspecified percentage of money to help supplement school teacher salaries. The second amendment similarly asked for 10% of sportsbook tax money be used for nonpartisan voter outreach.

Both of those amendments failed as well.

Ugenti-Rita also proposed an amendment expanding the scope of non-tribal licenses beyond the 10 allocated for sports franchises and arenas. She suggested a more open application process to any qualified entities versus a pre-selected group of people. A Senate vote defeated that measure as well.

1 p.m.

The Senate Rules Committee advanced SB 1797 without opposition. In fact, the committee took only a few minutes to do so before adjourning, no doubt so the legislation could make its way to the entire Senate later in the day.

SB 1797 would legalize online sports betting and allow the issuance of up to 10 licenses for sportsbooks at or near stadiums, race tracks, and golf courses. So, for example, if you were at Chase Field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks, you could potentially have access to brick-and-mortar sports betting at the site.

Another 10 licenses would go to tribes in Arizona that express interest in opening retail sportsbooks or operating an online sportsbook outside of tribal land. Tribes that want to obtain sports betting licenses must agree to new compacts with the state. The proposed tax rate for the bill is at least 8%.

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Written By Derek Helling on May 4, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023

While the legalization of sports betting in Arizona might be the main reason for excitement, tribal casino operators have a broader view of their businesses. Tribal gaming expansion in new compacts includes much more than just wagering on sports.

As a result of the new agreements, Arizonians will see more casinos along with more slots and table games at existing facilities. While the new compacts largely uphold the financial terms of the previous contracts, the net result should be more revenue for everyone.

Details of tribal gaming expansion in Arizona

The most visible effects of the new agreements between the state and Indigenous peoples will be four new casinos. Two of them will be in the greater Phoenix area. The Gila River Indian Community has plans for one just south of Phoenix.

The other, to be developed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, will sit on the southeast corner of Loop 303 and Northern Pkwy. The Navajo Nation’s designs could include a new casino off Hwy 89 N in Flagstaff. The fourth property might be east of I-10 in Tucson and belong to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Technically, the new compacts give a greater number of tribal groups the right to open new casinos across the state. The new statewide cap is 55, a drastic increase from the 25 that currently exist. However, plans only exist for the aforementioned four.

Another obvious change will be the volume of gaming positions at existing and new casinos. That starts with slots. The limit on the number of machines has expanded by about 6,300 across all gaming facilities in AZ. Every other year, they can pad that number by another 550.

In addition, casinos will be able to start offering several live dealer table games. Those include baccarat, craps, Pai Gao, roulette, and sic bo. Of course, retail sports betting will be an addition for 10 of the 16 tribal casino operators as well.

This is what tribal gaming interests got in a compromise with the state to consent to non-tribal entities offering gambling. The greater accessibility to a better variety of games has many optimistic about the compacts being win-win deals.

Everyone involved gets a cut

Some smaller tribes in the state did get a reprieve in their revenue-sharing agreements, cutting their rates from 1% of gross gaming revenue to just 0.75%. For the most part, though, those rates stayed the same. By and large, they range from a percent to 8%.

Despite the cuts for some compact-holders, AZ Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is optimistic that the net result will be a gain for the state. Tribal leaders are also looking forward to being able to offer the new types of gambling at their facilities.

“It’s about self-sufficiency and self-reliance,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez at a ceremony celebrating the new compacts.

The state has the right to re-negotiate the terms of the compacts after another decade. By then, the amount of additional revenue the additional properties, slots, and table games along with sports betting is bringing in for tribal casinos should have normalized.

For tribal casino operators, sports betting might be the least profitable of the new gaming forms. They can’t offer online wagering on tribal lands due to federal laws. The non-tribal licensees, like perhaps DraftKings Sportsbook and TPC Scottsdale, will power mobile betting in AZ.

Regulators in the state have yet to decide what tax rate those licensees will pay on their revenue. It’s possible that the state’s cut of that wagering activity could surpass its share of retail betting at tribal casinos, especially if the rate ends up being higher than 8%.

The new casinos and gaming positions should make for a bigger pie, which should make everyone’s slices bigger by default. For certain, the gambling industry in AZ is about to grow exponentially.

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Written By Derek Helling on May 25, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023
A new Yavapai-Prescott casino is again in the works after the federal government approved re-negotiated gaming compacts in May.

This year, Arizona sports betting overcame a significant obstacle. Don’t anticipate legitimate sportsbooks opening up at AZ tribal games and sports venues the following year, though.

There is still a lot of work to be done before Arizonians will actually be able to place legal wagers either in person or online. The quick approval from the federal government is a good sign, though. It also increases the chances that you will be betting online in Arizona before the end of the year.

The authorities approve Arizona games compacts.

In the United States, cultural entertainment is governed by agreements that include three parties:

  • The pertinent cultural organizations
  • The proper state
  • US Department Bureau of Indiana Affairs( BIA ) of the Interior andrsquo

The AZ legislature passed an enabling bill in April. Gov. Doug Duceysigned that legislation into law a few days later, representing re-negotiated terms with the 16 tribal casino operators.

From there, it was up to the BIA. The Bureau reviews all gaming compacts for compliance with federal gambling laws. On Monday, the BIA gave its consent.

How might this impact a possible timeline for increased betting in Arizona, then? Depending on which aspect of that expansion you & rsquo are referring to.

At the tribal casinos in Arizona, more actions

As the new compact terms are now official, AZ tribal casino operators are free to launch the new table games afforded them immediately. Those include:

  • Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Poker Pai Gao
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo

The particles even allow for a growth in the total number of slot models offered at the properties. 6,300 more machines can be added across the facilities of the state’s complete collection of tribal casinos.

As soon as the separate casinos can develop them, those fresh gambling options will be accessible. The same holds true for upcoming games, with a few restrictions.

Phoenix will soon see new gambling?

The new compacts permit a significant expansion of the number of gambling that the parties may run under state arrangement. The entire is currently 55.

But there are only four strategies available. Phoenix is home to two of them, the Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O & rsquo Nation. The other two’s users are still debating locations.

On either Phoenix hospital, there is no timeline for groundbreaking. The casino users may still need to be contacted by local governments about some issues. But, those are good to go in terms of the state.

What about Arizona online sports betting, financial bookmakers, and daily fantasy sports? Where there is still work to be done for the state is that & rsquo.

AZ officials is now begin their work.

It & rsquo, s the Department of Arizona Gaming & rsquo, it’s time to shine. The department is currently responsible for creating state-wide Dss and sports betting rules. It will have to make a few decisions, including:

  • License costs and registration conditions
  • Monitoring procedures like economic interests and monitoring of stakeholders
  • DFS / sportsbook revenue tax rates
  • Whether center owners or sports teams did hold non-tribal sports wagering licenses

There will be a time of people post following the submission of the first draft. The department is then settle rules, which typically include license applications.

Following the completion of those, regulators will examine and animal applicants. If approved, that’s where the procedure differs slightly between virtual and financial bets.

Real sportsbooks and rsquo systems compliance inspection is typically a quicker process than it is for online sports betting applications. It & rsquo, for that reason, is typical to see retail books launch before their online counterparts in the same market.

In an effort to obtain up and running as quickly as possible, interested parties could choose to start setting up their places for brick-and-mortar casinos in anticipation of registration approval. When could that happen? The acceptance of the federal government is another sign.

Also looking great for Arizona gambling launch in the fall of 2021

The speed with which the BIA approved the compacts does lend itself to a launch of retail sportsbooks later this year. It’s possible that when the Arizona Cardinals start their 2021-22 season, State Farm Stadium will be home to a shiny new sportsbook.

Later this year or even in the beginning of 2022, restricted DFS and sports gambling could be launched online. In any case, the national endorsement of Arizona games compacts is encouraging for AZ bettors who are interested.

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Written By Matthew Kredell on October 25, 2021Last Updated on January 30, 2023
Why Arizona Tribes Accepted Sports Betting Limit

Native American tribes may have undervalued Arizona sports betting’s corporate appeal when they agreed to restrict themselves to 10 cellular sporting licenses.

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise‘s attorney Stephen Hart, who participated in the negotiations with the governor & rsquo, claimed that more than ten tribes had never anticipated wanting to be interested in sports betting.

We were attempting to determine how many businesses in Arizona wanted to wager on sports, and we estimated that 10 may include the shore, according to Hart. Well, you know, it didn’t work out that way, andldquo. & rdquo,

It turned out that 16 tribes found partners and applied for mobile event wagering licenses. The Arizona Department of Gaming had the unenviable task of choosing which 10 tribes got licenses. Navajo was among the chosen.

Former chairman of the Arizona Department of Gaming Hart gave the following explanation:

I was taken aback by how strong the demand was, & ldquo. And the desire to increase from 10 to 16 actually didn’t come from the nations. Companies from Europe and other countries sent a message saying they wanted to participate, so your tribe should submit an application and we & rsquo, will cover the costs. & rdquo,

In a one-on-one dialogue with PlayInAZ and at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Hart discussed the cultural small negotiations in more detail.

Talks of a cultural gaming compact in Arizona

Nine Arizona nations started renegotiating their particles with the governor’s company, according to Hart. Ducey, Doug, in 2016.

When the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA in the middle of 2018, the majority of the small was already in place. Sports gambling immediately entered the conversation.

Hart referred to PASPA & rsquo’s demise as a significant change in the direction of discussions with the governor & reg, s office.

The governor & rsquo’s office made the decision that they adored sports betting. When the tribes included sports wagering, the small was a deal that only got better for them. However, sports betting was the governor & rsquo’s primary source of income. & rdquo,

That created fresh obstacles. Ethnic negotiators had anticipated finishing the sleek by 2019. However, it turned out that they didn’t come to a deal until April 2021. By the time the talks were over, 21 of the 22 nations in Arizona were involved.

Gov. More than nations, Ducey preferred Arizona sports betting.

The governor’s decision not to allow the tribes to enter was the main barrier posed by sports wagering.

It was somewhat miraculous that we were able to get through that when the governor’s office initially opposed nations participating in sports gaming, according to Hart. & rdquo,

Hart claimed that he made an effort to obtain 12 cultural function wagering licenses, the same amount that Michigan tribes were given.

Eventually, they settled on 10 mobile sports betting licenses for tribes and 10 for sports teams. That seemed to them like more licenses than operators who would want to partner with them, anyway. All tribes may offer retail sports wagering under IGRA.

I could raise the position to 10, but I couldn’t raise them any higher, Hart said. I negotiated that with & ldquo for a year, going back and forth repeatedly. & rdquo,

The majority of nations are pleased with the outcomes.

While it’s not a good look for some tribes to be refused Arizona mobile sports betting licenses, most tribes see the compacts as an overall huge net positive. Even ones that didn’t get mobile wagering licenses.

Before sports betting was involved, they were content with the lightweight. Tribes received some additional agreements as part of it that they believed were more valuable than sports wagering.

Tribes are covered by the bulky in more detail than just sports betting:

    Expands the gaming options: Tribal casinos may add new games like baccarat, craps, & nbsp, roulette, and pai gow in addition to sports betting. Additionally, they add more slot devices to their collection. All of this enables them to engage more successfully with gambling in Nevada, which are located across the border.
  • Tribes gain purchase with the bankers to mortgage loans and funding new projects by extending the small by 25 to 27 years.
  • New amenities: According to the particles, Arizona tribes will be able to construct an additional 10 gambling, four today and six in the years to come. One of those novel games is given to the Navajo.

We were examining this to determine what the governor’s office desired, and Hart remarked that it was shillings in contrast. Sports betting is very fascinating, & hellip, but how much money do you make? You actually don’t, t. It’s more like operating a grocery business and less like playing casino games. & rdquo,

Not all tribes have accepted allowing commercial entities to join in on gaming in Arizona. The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe was denied in an attempt to stop the sports betting launch.

The current agreement in Arizona is a fantastic agreement for the nations, according to Hart. & ldquo, The cost they paid for that fantastic agreement is a 50 / 50 split in how they plan to wager on sports. & rdquo,

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Since 2007, Matthew has written about initiatives to legalize and control virtual playing. His coverage of the legislation of sports betting started in 2010 with a piece for Playboy Magazine that claimed the NFL was stifling the spread of regulated activities gambling in order to make money for the US abroad. Matt, a former student at USC Journalism, started out as an sports writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. He has since written on numerous subjects for Playboy, Men’s Journal, the city newspaper, LA Weekly, and ESPN.com.

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