- Betfred Sports will now be a sports betting operator in Arizona.
- Arizona will have mobile and land-based sportsbooks launch in the state beginning on September 9.
- As of Thursday, twelve operators have been approved for licenses with eight more slots open because there is a cap for sportsbook licenses in the state set at 20.
PHOENIX – Betfred Sports is now a part of the Arizona sports betting industry the company announced on Wednesday. The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation who runs the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Scottsdale has partnered with Betfred, making them their official sports gaming operator.
The company will have a venue for sports betting run out of the casino while also applying for a mobile sportsbook license that can be used statewide in Arizona.
“The partnership announcement with Betfred Sports marks a new chapter for We-Ko-Pa,” said Bernadine Burnette, President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. “We are excited about the prospect of sports betting in Arizona, and are thrilled to pursue an event wagering license to allow us to offer sports betting to our retail and digital customers.”
This marks the 12th sportsbook operator to enter the Arizona sports betting industry, which is slated to launch on September 9 to coincide with the first day of the 2021-2022 NFL season.
“Arizona is an amazing opportunity for Betfred Sports to continue its expansion in the US after successful launches in Iowa, Colorado, and Pennsylvania,” said Mark Stebbings, Betfred Group Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to working with our fantastic partner, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, to leverage our 50 years of bookmaking experience to bring the best betting options to Arizona sports fans.”
Sports Betting In Arizona Begins September 9
Regulated sports gaming in Arizona is almost ready to launch to the public. In total, there are 20 sportsbook licenses that will be given out by the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG). Currently, 12 have been given out through partnership deals with either professional sports teams or tribes in the state.
The tribes will get ten licenses and professional sports organizations will receive ten as well. Each side of the spectrum has six slots filled up, allowing for four more for both. The ADG announced that by their August 9 deadline they had received ten team applications for which all will be filled and 15 tribal applications, leaving five tribes left out of the sports betting game when the final four are announced.
Sportsbook Operators That Have Been Licensed In AZ Already
The twelve sports betting operations that have received the green light for a September launch are Bally’s, Barstool, Betfred Sports, BetMGM, BlueBet, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Kindred Group, PointsBet, TwinSpires, and WynnBet. All of these sports wagering platforms are some of the bests in the nation. Sports bettors in Arizona can expect to see mobile sportsbook applications roll out first followed by land-based locations although some will be rolling out together in September.
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Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.