PointsBet To Partner With Cliff Castle Casino In Arizona

PointsBet To Partner With Cliff Castle Casino In Arizona
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PointsBet Arizona announced Tuesday plans to partner with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, a Subordinate Economic Organization of the federally recognized Yavapai-Apache Nation.

PointsBet Sportsbook will be working directly with the Yavapai-Apache Nation in pursuit of a license to operate online sports wagering in Arizona, when it begins this fall.

PointsBet Expands With Deal

This is the first partnership announced in the state between a sports betting platform and an Indian Tribe. Arizona will be the 16th state where PointsBet will have a sports betting license to operate.

“PointsBet and our partners at Cliff Castle are proud to begin the process toward offering our differentiated sports betting product and world-class technology to fans all over Arizona,” Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO, said in a news release. “We welcome the opportunity to quickly and responsibly introduce prospective sports bettors to the customer-focused, market-leading PointsBet experience, where our proprietary technology platform, unrivaled speed, ease of use, and deep slate of the most betting options in the world will disrupt the market for the better.”

PointsBet is also the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports.

“Cliff Castle Casino Hotel and PointsBet are excited to partner and initiate our process of offering event wagering in the state of Arizona,” casino general manager Aaron Moss said. “PointsBet’s experience and reputation has made them a perfect fit in pursuit of an event wagering license. This partnership allows for Cliff Castle to work alongside PointsBet’s truly first-class brand and product, which we are thrilled to ultimately help make available to the Arizona market.”

On July 13, the Gila River Indian Community announced plans to build a new casino south of Chandler, marking the fourth casino in the state for Gila River.

The tribe has casinos in Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte (Chandler) and Vee Quiva (Laveen) and the new casino is expected to take 18 months to two years to complete and cost about $100 million.

Legislation And Compact Signed

Sports betting was passed by the Arizona state legislature on April 12. Three days later, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law, officially legalizing sports wagering across the state.

On May 12, the U.S. Department of Interior approved the amended Arizona tribal-state gaming compact, finalizing the agreement that modernizes gaming. The compact was negotiated and signed by Ducey and the state’s tribal leaders.

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced on July 14 the third draft of Arizona sports betting rules, covering how sports betting licenses will be allocated if there are more qualified applicants than available licenses.

The virtual and public comment period for covering the draft allocation of licenses rules ended on July 16 with the ADG expected to announce a final set of rules soon.

It was announced on June 2 that the state intends for sports betting to launch on Sept. 9, the day the 2021 NFL season kicks off with the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Cardinals play their first game on Sept. 12 against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

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