Arizona regulator reveals approved sports betting licenses

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) has revealed 18 of the 20 available licenses that have been awarded for sports betting in Arizona.

This announcement was made last week alongside the launch of daily fantasy sports contests in the state.

18 out of 20 licenses announced

Last week, the ADG revealed which operators had been awarded sports betting licenses.

Under Arizona’s sports betting rules, 20 licenses are up for grabs. This will be made up of 10 licenses for sports organisations and 10 licenses for gambling tribes.

The ADG has now confirmed the 10 tribal licenses and eight professional sports licensees.

The list of approved sports team licensees include:

  • Bally Bet and  WNBA‘s Phoenix Mercury.
  • Barstool Sportsbook and Phoenix Raceway.
  • BetMGM and NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. (BetMGM partner Gila River did not receive a license)
  • BetRivers and the Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers.
  • Caesars Sportsbook and MLB‘s Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • DraftKings Sportsbook and TPC Scottsdale.
  • FanDuel Sportsbook and NBA‘s Phoenix Suns.

The NHL‘s Arizona Coyotes also received a license but the team has yet to announce its sports betting partner.

Meanwhile, the list of allocated tribal licenses include:

The Navajo Nation and Tohono O’odham Nation also received licenses but have yet to announce sports betting partners.

Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt said: “During the rulemaking process for event wagering, the Department made it a priority to gather as much public and stakeholder comment as possible, particularly on aspects such as license allocation. The allocation decision we are announcing today is a direct result of these efforts, helping to ensure the impartiality and fairness of the process for all applicants.”

Three partnerships did not receive approval

Three other known partnerships did not receive approval from the ADG.

The Australian sportsbook operator PointsBet, which teamed up with the Yavapai-Apache Nation for sports betting, is the biggest name to not receive a licence.

BlueBet, which partnered with the Colorado River Indian Tribes, failed to receive a license. This is not surprising considering there were six more applicants than licenses available. BlueBet is new to the US and has yet to launch operations in the market and has no US brand.

MaximBet, which partnered with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, also failed to receive a license.

Sports betting in Arizona

In April 2021, Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed off on HB 2772 paving the way for legal sports wagering in Arizona. 

Ducey also approved a new tribal compact with tribal groups in Arizona, which was approved by the Department of the Interior in May.

The Arizona Department of Gaming is hoping to launch sports betting in Arizona on 9 September 2021, just in time for the 2021 NFL season kickoff.