- The Arizona Department Of Gaming has allocated 18 licenses to operate sportsbooks.
- 10 licenses have gone to tribes in the state, while eight have been distributed to sports teams.
- At least one of the tribes left out of the license deal is attempting legal action to stop it.
PHOENIX - The Arizona Department Of Gaming has allocated licenses to various operators that will be permitted to run sportsbooks. A total of 10 tribal operators have received licenses, and eight sports team/organizations have also received licenses.
In addition, the Department of Gaming has approved fantasy sports betting in Arizona, and it is live as of Saturday.
Approved Sportsbook Operators In AZ
Arizona approved 10 tribal licenses, which naturally provoked some pushback from those that did not receive such a license with 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona.
Arizona Tribes With Licenses (Sportsbook Partner)
- Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (SuperBook Sports)
- Navajo Nation
- Quechan Tribe (Unibet Arizona)
- Tonto Apache Tribe (Churchill Downs)
- Tohono O’odham Nation
- Hualapai Tribe (Golden Nugget)
- Ak-Chin Indian Community
- San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe (Digital Gaming)
- San Carlos Apache Tribe (Wynn)
- Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation
On the other side of the legislation, there is room for 10 Arizona sports teams/organizations to receive sports betting licenses, although only eight have been allocated.
Arizona Sports Team/Organizations With Licenses (Sportsbook Partner)
- Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (William Hill)
- Phoenix Suns (FanDuel)
- Arizona Coyotes
- Phoenix Mercury (Ballys)
- TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings)
- Phoenix Speedway (Penn National)
- Arizona Rattlers (Rush Street Interactive)
Notably, the Arizona Coyotes are the only licensed organization without a sportsbook partner, which is a puzzling development.
Fantasy Sports In Arizona Go Live
Fantasy sports betting is live in Arizona as of Saturday, and there are six licensed fantasy sports operators.
Licensed Fantasy Sports Operators In Arizona
- Fantasy Sports Shark
- Underdog Sports
Per Ted Vogt, Arizona Department Of Gaming Director, single-game sports wagering is expected to go live on Sept. 9. Vogt’s proclamation was part of a statement issued on Friday, which read in part:
“I am proud of the hard work by all to accomplish this feat and excited to see Arizonans responsibly enjoy legal fantasy sports starting tomorrow, 8/28, as well as event wagering on 9/9!”
It seems that Arizona’s online gambling hopefuls have a lot to look forward to, as these launches are timed to coincide with the beginning of the NFL season, which also begins on Sept. 9.