Bet365 has been granted an online sports betting license in Arizona.

Arizona Awards Online Sports Betting License To Bet365
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A UK-based betting company that is already operating in five other states was granted a new sports betting license by the Arizona Department of Gaming on Tuesday morning.

Bet365 Arizona has recently obtained an online license in partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community, taking over the license previously held by Fubo Sportsbook, which also had a collaboration with the Ak-Chin tribe.

The number of Arizona sports betting licenses has increased to 18 following a recent announcement on Tuesday, with 10 licenses going to state tribes. However, the count will drop to 17 when WynnBET Arizona shuts down later this year. WynnBET is currently in partnership with the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

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According to a representative from the ADG, Bet365 was the sole recipient of one of the two available licenses designated for professional sports teams during the current application period. Out of the 10 potential Arizona betting app licenses for professional teams, only eight have been in operation since betting began in the state in September 2021.

HB-2772 granted the ADG the authority to distribute a combined total of 20 wagering licenses for sports betting in Arizona, with an equal split between teams and tribes. Applications for the final three licenses were opened on August 1, and operators had until August 15 to submit their applications.

How The Process Works

According to the regulations set by the ADG for sports betting, operators vying for one of the two available “professional sports team” licenses must have a venue with a minimum of 10,000 seats. In September 2021, licenses were granted to various sports teams in the state including the Cardinals, Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Rattlers, Suns, Mercury, TPC Scottsdale, and Phoenix Speedway. The Diamondbacks have formed a partnership with Caesars Arizona Sportsbook to offer both online and retail betting services at Chase Field. Additionally, the Ak-Chin community has a Caesars retail location at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino.

In 2021, Turf Paradise, a horse race track, was denied a professional sports team license and instead was granted a limited event wagering license for retail sports betting exclusively. On Tuesday, the department revealed that Bet365 has been granted the final tribal sports betting license, fulfilling the allocation previously held by the Ak-Chin Indian Community. This allows both tribes with licenses to participate in the state’s betting market.

Phoenix Rising fails to secure license

For the second time, Phoenix Rising Football Club has been refused a license. Club Governor Bill Kraus had promised to apply for one of the two professional sports team licenses available, but their betting partner was unable to submit the application on time. In 2021, Rising was denied for failing to meet the criteria set by the ADG.

Dulle expressed that Phoenix Rising FC was keen on reapplying for an event-wagering license. However, the short notice and tight application window from the Arizona Department of Gaming hindered their preferred sports betting operator from providing all required information by the deadline. They are optimistic for another application window in the near future, which will allow them more time to reapply.

In 2021, the ADG determined that Phoenix Rising’s request for a professional license was rejected as the club did not meet the criteria of competing at the top professional level in its sport, which in the United States is the MLS. State law mandates that a team seeking a professional license must be “competing at the highest level of the sport.”

The Navajo Nation Gaming Corporation has parted ways with its longtime CEO.

In other developments concerning tribal gaming in Arizona, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise is in the process of finding a new CEO after Brian Parrish stepped down from his role to pursue a different opportunity. Parrish, who had been with the Northern Arizona tribe since 2014, was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of sports betting in Arizona and establishing a wagering partnership with Florida’s Hard Rock Interactive for the tribe.

In a statement released by the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Board, Chairman Quincy Natay praised Parrish for successfully establishing the first-ever partnership between tribal entities in the US with Hard Rock for wagering. Matthew Shunkamolah, a seasoned tribal gaming professional with over a decade of experience and a member of the Navajo Nation, will step in as Parrish’s interim replacement.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with more than seven years of experience in sports and sports betting coverage in Arizona, currently holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com. He has also contributed to ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News in the past.

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