Tonto Apache Tribe Launches Arizona’s First Tribal Sportsbook

  • TwinSpires has launched its Arizona sportsbook at the Tonto Apache Tribe’s Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.
  • This is the first tribal sportsbook in Arizona and the eighth state to host a TwinSpires sportsbook.

PAYSON, Ariz. – The Arizona sports betting market now has a tribal casino sportsbook live with the launch of the TwinSpires Sportsbook at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino is run by the Tonto Apache Tribe who partnered with Churchill Down to bring their titular TwinSpires Sportsbook to the Grand Canyon State.

Alongside the retail sportsbook, TwinSpires has launched its online sportsbook for Arizona players as well. Locals can download and wager from anywhere in AZ.

TwinSpires Meets Arizona

Tonto Apache is one of 10 local Arizona tribes that were awarded sports betting licenses. Arizona law allows for 20 sports betting licenses total, to be split evenly between local tribes, professional teams, and commercial sportsbooks.

“Our Tribe is excited to partner with the world class operator of the Churchill Downs’ TwinSpires brand and to be the first Tribe in the state to launch a retail sportsbook” said Calvin Johnson, Tonto Apache Chairman. “The retail offering at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino along with statewide mobile sports betting introduces an exciting new form of gaming to the great state of Arizona and benefits to our tribal members.”

The TwinSpires Sportsbook will have odds for professional and collegiate sporting events as well as run major promotions to celebrate the launch.

“The same team that’s behind the most exciting two minutes in sports is excited to launch its online sports betting product in Arizona, and partner with the Tonto Apache Tribe to bring sports fans the best product, promotions and offers,” said Justin Hurt, General Manager of TwinSpires.

This is the eighth betting market that TwinSpires has launched in. In addition to Arizona, the Churchill Downs run betting operator is live in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Michigan, and New Jersey.

Arizona Sports Betting

The Arizona gambling market has already seen early success with the launch of sports betting. Following its first week of activity, the new sports betting market saw the fourth most wagers in the country.

Arizona is already a booming success with sports betting and TwinSpires will now be reaping the benefits of this as well. Through both the retail sportsbook and online gambling options, Tonto Apache is cementing itself in the market early.