Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon State, is home to 27 federally recognized Native American tribes. Like many other US states, Arizona’s tribal groups have entered into state-tribe compacts, allowing them to offer gambling activities to Arizona’s residents. There are several forms of gambling available in Arizona, from casino games or the state lottery. But where does Arizona stand on sports betting? BettingUS has everything you need to know about betting on sports in Arizona.

Is it legal to bet on sports in Arizona?

Wagering on professional and amateur sports, as well as fantasy sports betting is illegal in Arizona. However, players can place pari-mutuel wagers on horse racing events at racetracks in the state and races broadcast at simulcast facilities.

With that being said, legal wagering on professional and amateur sports could be legalized relatively soon. In January 2019, Arizona lawmakers introduced a sports betting bill titled SB 1158. The bill would grant Arizona’s tribes the exclusive right to offer sports betting.

Where will I be able to place bets on sporting events in Arizona?

If the legislation is successful, there are currently 24 gambling facilities, operated by tribal groups, where sports betting could take place.  However, sports betting would not be limited to tribal reservations. The bill would allow sports betting kiosks and similar devices to be installed in bars and similar establishments that serve alcohol.

What sports will I be able to bet on?

Pending legalization, Arizona residents will be able to bet on a variety of professional and amateur sporting events. However, a line in the bill reads that sports betting in Arizona “does not include wagering on sporting events that are prohibited by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).” However, the NCAA does not have the authority to prohibit betting on a sporting event.

What else can I bet on in Arizona?

Until sports betting is legalized in Arizona, residents can participate in a variety of gambling activities. The state lottery offers a selection of lottery games that include interstate draws. Residents can also play bingo games that are hosted by tribal groups and charitable organizations.

As an alternative to real-money online gambling, residents can play at online social casino sites for fun. You cannot win real money prizes at these sites. Several casinos in the state operate social casino sites such as Casino del Sol, Talking Stick Casino and the Desert Diamond Casinos. You also have the standard range of online social casino games offered by  Zynga, Slotomania and Big Fish.

There are about 16 federally recognized tribes that operate 24 casinos with Las Vegas-style gambling. At these venues, you can enjoy a variety of games such as slots, poker and blackjack.

Here’s a comprehensive list of casinos that currently operate in Arizona:

Casino Name Location Contact Email Opening Hours
Appache Gold Casino Resort 777 Geronimo Springs Blvd, San Carlos, AZ 85550, USA +1 732-222-510 SocialMedia@AGCR.us 24 hours
Apache Sky Casino 777 Apache Sky Blvd, Winkelman, AZ 85192, USA +1 928-475-0077 SocialMedia@AGCR.us 24 hours
BlueWater Resort and Casino 11300 Resort Dr, Parker, AZ 85344, USA +1 928-669-7000 Online form 24 hours
Bucky’s Casino 1500 AZ-69, Prescott, AZ 86301, USA +1 800-756-8744 Online form 24 hours
Casino Arizona 524 N 92nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, USA +1 480-850-7777 Online form 24 hours
Casino del Sol 5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85757, USA +1 855-765-7829 Online form 24 hours
Casino of the Sun 7406 S Camino De Oeste, Tucson, AZ 85746, USA +1 520-883-1700 Online form 24 hours
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel 555 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322, USA +1 928-567-7999 guestservices@ cliffcastlecasinohotel.com 24 hours
Cocopah Resort Casino 15318 S Avenue B, Somerton, AZ 85350, USA +1 800-237-5687 Not available 24 hours
Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson 7350 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson, AZ 85756 +1 866-332-9467 Online form 24 hours
Desert Diamond Casino, Sahuarita 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 +1 866-332-9467 Online form 24 hours
Desert Diamond Casino–West Valley 9431 W. Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305 +1 866-332-9467 Online form 24 hours
Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, Why Highway 86, Milepost 55, Why, AZ 85321 +1 866-332-9467 Online form 24 hours
Fort McDowell Casino 10424 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264, USA +1 800-843-3678 Online form 24 hours
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85139, USA +1 480-802-5000 Not available 24 hours
Hon-Dah Resort Casino 777 Hwy 260, Pinetop, Arizona 85935, USA +1 800-929-8744 Not available 24 hours
Lone Butte Casino 1077 S Kyrene Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226, USA +1 800-946-4452 Not available 24 hours
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541, USA +1 928-474-6044 Not available 24 hours
Paradise Casino 450 Quechan Dr, Yuma, AZ 85364, USA +1 760-572-7777 info@playqcr.com 24 hours
Spirit Mountain Casino 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde, OR 97347, USA +1 503-879-2350 Online form 24 hours
Talking Stick Resort 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, USA +1 480-850-7777 Online form 24 hours
Twin Arrows Casino Resort 22181 Resort Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA +1 928-856-7200 info@twinarrows.com 24 hours
Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 15091 South Komatke Lane Laveen, AZ 85339, USA +1 800-946-4452 Not available 24 hours
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226, USA +1 800-946-4452 Not available 24 hours
Yavapai Casino 1505 AZ-69, Prescott, AZ 86303, USA +1 928-445-5767 Online form 24 hours

Are offshore gambling sites legal in Arizona?

Offshore gambling sites exist as a grey area in Arizona, as Arizona’s laws do not address any form of online gambling. Although offshore gambling is not explicitly illegal, we recommend staying well away from these offshore platforms, as they are not regulated or licensed to operate in the state of Arizona. This means they may not be secure or may not have measures in place to protect vulnerable players. You also have no way of knowing who is handling the money you deposit into these online accounts.

You can identify an offshore gambling site by its website domain name. If you see a domain that ends in .EU or .AG, it does not hold a license to operate in Arizona and therefore should be avoided at all costs.

Will it be safe to bet on sports in Arizona?

The rules and regulations around gambling in Arizona are strict and place an emphasis on player safety and security. If sports betting is legalized in Arizona, it is sure to be a strictly regulated activity that is both fair and safe. Although regulations are in place to protect players, it is still up to players to ensure they gamble responsibly and never bet more than can afford to.

If you’re worried that you or someone you know may be at risk of developing a gambling problem, you can access several resources from the National Council on Problem Gambling. Arizona residents also have access to the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling, a non-profit organization that aims to educate and help prevent the spread of problem gambling.

You can contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline via:

Call: 1-800-522-4700

Text: 1-800-522-4700

Live chat

You can contact the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling Via:

Phone: 1-480-802-4945

Email: azccg@azccg.org

Helpline: 1-800-777-7207

Who regulates gambling in Arizona?

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) is the state agency responsible for regulating tribal gambling, pari-mutuel racing and wagering, boxing and mixed martial arts. The ADG was established in 1995 after the state recognized the growing tribal gambling market would require an independent regulatory body.

How old do I have to be to gamble in Arizona?

Arizona residents must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a lottery ticket or partake in charitable gambling. In order to gamble at one of the state’s casinos, you must be 21 years old.

The journey to legal and regulated sports betting in Arizona

1912 – Arizona became a state. The state laws banned all forms of gambling where the house could make a profit. However, exceptions were made for social gambling, where no one makes a profit.

1980 – The Arizona legislature approved a state lottery.

1988 – Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulation Act (IGRA), establishing rules and regulations for tribal gaming operations.

1990 – At this point, the tribes were able to approach the state legislature to discuss the compact agreements for gambling. However, some tribes decided to go ahead and launch gambling operations in their venues without negotiating compacts with the state.  This led to an intense legal dispute between the tribes and Governor Fyfe Symington.

Several other tribes began to discuss the possibility of entering state-tribal compacts for gambling in Arizona.

1992 – Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prohibiting sports betting across US states. Four states were made exempt from the law: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. These states had legal sports betting regulations in place.

The same year, the National Indian Gaming Commission stated that the tribes must have a state-tribe compact in order to offer slot machines. After this statement was made, Symington asked the FBI to raid the casinos that offered gambling.

A casino operated by the Yavapai Indians on the Fort McDowell reservation that had about 300 slot machines was one of the last casinos to be raided by the FBI. As several other casinos were raided, the tribe prepared themselves.

After the machines were loaded into trailers, the tribe blocked the only road out of the casino with large vehicles and heavy machinery. This led to an eight-hour standoff between the FBI and the tribe. In the end, the FBI left the machines for a cooling off period which lasted three weeks.

This put pressure on the governor to negotiate the tribe and state compacts.

1994 – By 31 December, 16 tribes entered compacts with the state and 10 casinos were in operation. These compacts allowed the tribes to offer casino gambling and slot machines.

1995 – The Arizona legislature created the Arizona Department of Gaming to oversee gambling activity in the state.

2003 – Tribal-state compacts were renewed, and five additional tribes entered agreements with the state. this bought the total number of federally recognized tribes that conducted gambling operations to 21.

2018 – On 14 May, the Supreme Court reached a decision on the legality of PASPA. In a 7 – 2 vote it was agreed that one of the clauses in PASPA violated the Tenth Amendment, as its commandeered power from states to regulate their own gambling industries. This paved the way for all US states to decide whether or not to legalize sports betting. In the weeks after the repeal of PASPA a number of US sportsbooks launched across the country.

2019 – In January state lawmakers introduced a bill that would grant the tribes with gambling operations in Arizona the exclusive right to offer sports betting.

Arizona lawmakers are now exploring how to go about introducing legal and regulated sports betting.

It is important to remember that sports betting in Arizona is yet to be legalized and that lawmakers are currently discussing the prospect of legalizing the activity, so make sure to check back with us for updates on legal sports betting in Arizona.