Arizona Gaming Department Releases Proposed Betting Rules

Arizona Gaming Department Releases Proposed Betting Rules
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The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) released its final draft of proposed draft rules for AZ sports betting Wednesday night.

An open public comment session (including Friday’s department meeting) will be held between 1-2:30 p.m. EDT. It is intended to solicit feedback specifically on the updated license allocation language and timeline for event wagering, and will still be accepting comments on other issues.

After the session, the ADG is planning to file the proposed final rules to the Arizona Secretary of State's office on Monday, and will intend to start the application process with a possible initial application notification for operators by Aug. 13.

Highlights on the 14-page document include:

  • The ADG will notify potential operators within five days of an initial application notification. If everything goes according to plan, this will be by Aug. 8.
  • Applications to be accepted during a 10-day window.
  • If there are more applications than licenses, the ADG will have eight days following the first five to determine and sort out which applications will be approved.
  • Commercial, tribal operators will pay 8% privilege fee for retail betting and 10% for mobile wagering.

The NASCAR/Phoenix Raceway partnership with Barstool announced on Wednesday is the ninth partnership for sports betting in the Copper State, joining the Phoenix Suns (FanDuel), PGA Tour (DraftKings), Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars/William Hill), Harrah’s Ak-Chin (William Hill), Phoenix Mercury (BallyBet), San Carlos Apache Tribe (WynnBET), Quechan Casino Resort (Unibet) and PointsBet announcing plans to partner with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel on Tuesday.

What Happens Next in AZ

If after the end of the application period, the department determines there are more qualified applicants for a particular type of license than licenses available, the department will evaluate all qualified applicants under the department’s listed criteria.

For an Arizona Tribe, professional team (including PGA and NASCAR), and for a limited event wagering operator to qualify for a license, it must be an event wagering operator and employees must submit to background checks.

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If more than 10 Arizona Tribes or professional sports teams qualify for a license, the ADG shall allocate the licenses and ensure an equal opportunity for all qualified applicants after meeting 19 specific steps.

If more than 10 limited event wagering operators qualify for a license, the ADG shall allocate the licenses and ensure an equal opportunity for all qualified applicants after meeting 15 specific steps listed.

In the event one or more previously allocated licenses becomes available, the ADG will announce an application period and follow procedures accordingly.

Aiming For Football Season

Expanded gaming, which includes online sports betting and Daily Fantasy Sports, is looking to launch in time for NFL betting when the season begins. The Dallas Cowboys visit the defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9 in the opening game of the season.

The Arizona Cardinals open their 2021 season in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 12. The hope is that Arizona bettors will have a host of betting apps to choose from ahead of kickoff.

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