Arizona Sports Betting Nearing Reality: The Governor of Arizona has been consistently working with the Tribes of Arizona to get legal sports betting in the state in 2021 through Senate Bill 1797. There were a few barriers along the way in which the new legislation had to deal with to make sports betting a reality in the state of Arizona.
Originally horse racing was the only form of sports betting that was allowed in the state.
The barriers were set by the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts in 200. The bill allowed for a casino to be on tribal lands, but in return, sports betting was deemed illegal, which many people had to resort to offshore sportsbooks to get their bets in. Now, people who live in or visiting the state can soon bet on and off reservations through a trusted sportsbook.
ARIZONA SPORTS BETTING NEARING REALITY
On April 12, 2021, the Arizona Legislature approved the regulated sports betting market in the state. House Bill 2772 will allow retail and mobile sports betting statewide. Tribal, professional sports teams, and commercial operators will split the 20 available licenses equally, with each side receiving ten apiece.
These licenses are considered mobile sports wagering licenses, but whoever possesses one can open up a retail sportsbook with it. The regulated sports gaming market in Arizona is set to launch by the 2021 NFL season with both retail and mobile sports betting platforms.
In his January State of the State address, Ducey stated in the conference, “An opportunity for a modernized gaming compact that will bring in more revenue for our tribal nations and our state budget.” The governor has been working on a new deal with tribes for several years, hoping it can boost state revenue by allowing gambling outside of tribal-run casinos.
Commercial and tribal sportsbooks will be seen by Arizonans with both mobile and retail platforms. The biggest draw will be the opening of land-based sports betting at stadiums of professional leagues in Arizona. This feature will allow fans to bet on the games while they’re at the facility watching them happen.
Just imagine going to Chase Field watching the Diamondbacks winning the run-line bet you placed pregame. This would make the experience of viewing a game a lot better. Even if the ticket loses, it would be a great experience if you bet responsibly.
Potential cities that could have sportsbooks in the state of Arizona are Tucson, Scottsdale, Glendale, San Carlos, and Mohave Valley. This will also attract people from other states that haven’t legalized sports betting and who are looking to place wagers. This is huge as Arizona will try to compete against sportsbooks in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Licensed operators will include MGM Resorts International’s BetMGM, William Hill, Australia-based PointsBet, Penn Interactive/Barstool Sports, FOX Bet Sportsbook, which is affiliated with the sports network, and others.
Governor Doug Ducey has negotiated the package tirelessly and urged lawmakers to approve it and expected to sign the bill in the coming days, which will allow the state to start betting by the end of the year.
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