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Arizona Sports Betting

Arizona Sports Betting Legalization News

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.

What is the legal sports betting age in Arizona?

Currently, you must be 21 years old to place a casino bet, but just 18 to play the lottery or a charity event.

Who is allowed to offer Arizona sports betting?

Currently 16 Arizona tribes offer gambling at 24 casinos. They include:

Apache Gold Casino Resort
Apache Sky Casino
BlueWater Resort and Casino
Bucky’s Casino
Casino Arizona
Casino del Sol
Casino of the Sun
Cliff Castle Casino
Cocopah Resort Casino
Desert Diamond Casino
Formerly known as Golden Hassan Casino
Desert Diamond Casino, Sahuarita
Desert Diamond Casino–West Valley
San Lucy District (trust land)
Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino
Fort McDowell Casino
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Lone Butte Casino
Mazatzal Casino
Paradise Casino
Spirit Mountain Casino
Talking Stick Resort
Twin Arrows Casino Resort
Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
Yavapai Casino

 Who regulates or licenses Arizona sports betting?

Arizona Department of Gaming was given responsibility to oversee any online sports betting in Arizona.

What sports will be favorites of Arizona sports bettors?

Arizona boasts professional franchises in all the major leagues, as well as important gambling options in college football and college basketball.

MLB has the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the NBA’s Phoenix Suns represent pro hoops. In the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals (who were the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1987 before moving to the desert to become the Phoenix Cardinals and five years later the Arizona Cardinals) compete in the tough NFC West. The Arizona Coyotes play in the NHL, while the Phoenix Mercury play in the WNBA.

The Arizona Wildcats are regular contender in the Pac 12 for basketball and football, while the Arizona State Sun Devils compete alongside them. Grand Canyon Antelopes play Div. 1 basketball in the WAC while Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are Big Sky Conferences challengers in college hoops.