Just in time for NFL football season, starting on September 9th, Arizona gamblers for the first time in the state, can legally place bets on sport.
The Arizona Department of Gaming announced the official start date on Wednesday. The Gaming Department will regulate sportsbooks run by professional sports teams and tribes.
The department anticipates releasing draft rules on June 14, leaving more than two months to license sportsbooks. The U.S. Department of Interior approved the amended tribal-state gaming compacts last month.
Three sportsbooks affiliated with professional sports are planned in the state. The Phoenix Suns announced FanDuel Group will be the team’s partner with a retail sportsbook in the arena planned for the 2021-22 NBA season.
The PGA Tour has also secured their choice and plans are in the works for a sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale run by DraftKings Inc.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have plans to have a sportsbook on location and will be located in the plaza next to Chase Field and will be run by Caesars Entertainment.
The state is expecting to see additional books by September. The new legislation allows for as many as 10 operated by sports franchises and 10 run by tribes.
In addition, gamblers will have the ability to place bets on mobile devices without physically entering a sportsbook to place wagers.