Arizona appeared close to finally settling the legalization of sports betting in the state, but they may have tripped themselves up with a few changes in February 2020.
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Senate Bill 1158 became Senate Bill 1525 this year and it would effectively give rights to the 16 Indian tribes who operate the state’s 24 casinos to offer sports betting at those casinos.
However, there is an opening to expand sports betting off native lands because the state is permitted to use more betting kiosks than are currently in use. However, that may run afoul of native gaming laws, even if the state would be anxious for the extra tax revenue generated by additional gambling kiosks. (Read Arizona legalization updates).
Is Arizona sports betting legal?
Not as of March 2020, although it appeared to be getting close to where the state and tribal leaders could make a deal. Voters would then to approve the measure in a referendum, presumably in November 2020.
Where can I bet at Arizona sportsbooks?
If the law passes the senate and gets approved by voters, bettors would be able to place bets at Indian casinos. If the amendment gets adopted, then presumably the sports betting kiosks would be placed in high-traffic areas of major urban centers to maximize visibility and action (and therefore tax dollars).
What about mobile sports betting apps in Arizona?
The current proposal would not allow mobile betting, a gotcha that has slowed progress in many states and which has sabotaged efforts to generate more players and more wagering revenue.