- Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona sports betting into law Thursday with a tribal gambling compact and additional legislation.
- The law was passed via House Bill 2772 which will allow retailers to offer sports betting on colligate and professional athletics throughout the state of Arizona.
- PHEONIX – Arizona has officially become the newest state to legalize state-sponsored sports betting.
AZ Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill Thursday that will bring state-regulated sports betting to the desert in the near future.
The bill consisted of a tribal gaming compact that has been in development with local Native American tribes for over five years.
The official signing ceremony was live streamed to the world Thursday, signifying that Arizona will soon be one of the premier sports betting destinations of the Western US.
A number of tribal leaders and lawmakers from both Democratic and Republican sides were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion.
The move will now officially allow sports wagers through approved retailers on professional and collegiate athletics. Currently, the only approved retailers are certain tribal casinos and sites owned by professional sports teams.
Since Phoenix is one of the few cities that owns a franchise in all four major US sports, this means Arizona bettors will soon be able to place wagers while at an Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, or Arizona Diamondbacks game via specific kiosks and locations in the stadium.
The bills also included literature that opens up fantasy sports gambling retailers to move into the state.
The major issue was finding the perfect grounds of agreements with the Native American tribes who have controlled gambling in the state for decades.
That appears to have been accomplished, with tribes now earning 10 new licenses for sportsbooks in addition to the ability to run sportsbooks at 24 of their casinos currently in operation.
Additionally, the PGA Tour and DraftKings announced they will be bringing betting options to TPC Scottsdale in the near future.
Overall, the passage signals a huge win for bettors in Arizona and across the greater Southwest United States.
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