BetMGM Partners With Gila River Indian Community To Offer Sports Betting in Arizona 

The launch date of Arizona sports betting is just around the corner and more partnerships are starting to pop up across the state. The latest partnership is between BetMGM and the Gila River Indian Community.

BetMGM Arizona Sports Betting Partnership

The BetMGM and Gila River Indian Community partnership marks the tenth sportsbook partnership in the state. 

The Gila River Indian Community operates three different hotels and casinos through the Phoenix area including Lone Butte in Chandler, Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, and Vee Quiva in Laveen. 

BetMGM is expected to launch its app in Arizona on September 9. Currently, BetMGM’s welcome bonus is a risk-free bet of up to $600.

Retail sportsbooks are expected at the three Gila River Hotels and Casinos, but the opening date is currently unknown, but is expected that these retail sportsbook will open in September. This partnership also allows BetMGM to open a sportsbook inside State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. BetMGM is hoping to open this retail sportsbook in time for the 2022 NFL season.

BetMGM Arizona Sportsbooks

With the expected addition of the BetMGM sportsbooks at Gila River Hotels and Casinos, sports bettors across the Phoenix metro area will have even more options to wager on their favorite sports.

Lone Butte and Wild Horse Pass are located south of Phoenix in Chandler. These are expected to be the first sportsbooks in the Chandler area.

The Vee Quiva location is located west of Phoenix, in Laveen. We anticipate this location to attract sports bettors near the stadium and in the West Valley.

A sportsbook is also planned for inside State Farm Stadium. The partnership marks the first time a NFL venue has partnered with a sportsbook. Meaning, State Farm Stadium and BetMGM could be the first to host a NCAA bowl game or Championship with a sportsbook.

As the Arizona sports betting launch date gets closer, we will know more details about retail sportsbooks and the exact opening dates.

Other Arizona Sports Betting Partnerships

The Arizona Department of Gaming is still reviewing license applications, but we should know soon which sportsbooks will officially launch on September 9.

In addition to the BetMGM and Gila River Indian Community partnership, nine other sportsbooks have partnered with local Tribes and sports franchises.

FanDuel and the Phoenix Suns have partnered and plan to open a retail sportsbook inside the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix. Bally’s Bet has partnered with the Phoenix Mercury to open a sportsbook near the Footprint Center. Down the road, Caesars partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to open a sportsbook near Chase Field.

West of Phoenix, Barstool Sportsbook hopes to open a sportsbook at Phoenix Raceway after the sportsbook partnered with NASCAR. In Scottsdale, DraftKings plans on opening a sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale thanks to a partnership with the PGA. 

As for the Tribes in Arizona, WynnBet partnered with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which owns the Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos and the Apache Sky Casino in Winkelman. Unibet announced a partnership with the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, which operates the Paradise Casino in Yuma. PointsBet partnered with the Yavapai-Apache Nation to open a sportsbook at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde. TwinSpires has partnered with the Tonto Apache Tribe, which owns the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson.

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Calli Varner

Calli is the editor and senior contributor of As a football fanatic and lifelong resident of Arizona, she proudly cheers on the Arizona Cardinals. But her heart belongs to her number one team, the Kansas City Chiefs. (Go Chiefs Kingdom!) You can follow Calli on Twitter at @CalliDoesSports.