The final draft of Arizona sports betting rules and regulations was released by the Arizona Department of Gaming. The ADG held another public comment session on Friday for those looking for more clarification.
Latest Arizona Sports Betting Developments
One of the biggest changes in the latest draft is that operators will be allowed to have two platforms, which was a topic of concern after the previous drafts were released. That means that Arizona could see a total of 40 sportsbooks.
However, with only ten tribal licenses available, but more than ten tribes in the state of Arizona, this could cause an issue on which tribes will be granted licenses. The ADG plans on sifting through a number of different criteria for the tribes to meet. Based on this, the ADG will decide who to award the licenses to. We are hoping more clarification on this issue will be addressed prior to the launch of sports betting in Arizona.
One of the biggest things to note is that mobile betting is not allowed on tribal land. That means you will not be able to place a bet on a sportsbook app while on tribal land in Arizona.
The Next Steps For Arizona Sports Betting
The ADG has made it clear that they are still on target for the September 9 launch. Starting on August 28, sportsbooks are allowed to start marketing and registering users.
The next step is for the ADG to file the rules and regulations with the Secretary of State. They plan to do so on Monday. When they do file, all license applications will be available for immediate download.
This will give the green light for sports franchises and casinos to start applying for a license. The cost is $750,000 to apply.
The good news is that Arizona is looking to move quickly with its licensing procedures. The application period is ten days, then the ADG will have five days to evaluate the application, with the possibility of an additional eight-day review period. This is a good sign that sports betting in Arizona will be ready for launch as planned on September 9, just in time for the NFL season.
How To Prepare For Arizona Sports Betting
A total of eight sportsbook partnerships have formed in the state, including partnerships with sportsbooks such as DraftKings, PointsBet, and Caesars. The Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, and PGA are just some of the franchises that have inked partnerships. As for the local Tribes, the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe have jumped on board. You can expect these to be the first to apply for a license.
List Of Current Arizona Sports Betting Partnerships
- FanDuel – Phoenix Suns (Footprint Center)
- Caesars – Arizona Diamondbacks (near Chase Field)
- DraftKings – PGA (TPC Scottsdale)
- Bally Bet – Phoenix Mercury (near Footprint Center)
- WynnBET – San Carlos Apache Tribe (Apache Gold Casino Resort and Apache Sky Casino)
- Unibet (Kindred Group) – Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe (Paradise Casino in Yuma)
- Barstool Spotsbook – NASCAR (Phoenix Raceway)
- PointsBet – Cliff Castle Casino Hotel (Yavapai-Apache Nation)
Sportsbook apps should be ready to use as soon as the launch date hits in Arizona. You can be prepared by taking advantage of one of the many pre-launch bonus offers that are being offered by sportsbooks like FanDuel.
As for retail sportsbooks, we anticipate them taking a little bit longer to open. But with things moving so quickly, hopefully, they will be in operation by the end of the year.
More information regarding the launch of Arizona sports betting will be released early next week.