The deadline for obtaining an Arizona Sports Betting Limited Event Wagering License has been extended until December.

Arizona Sports Betting Limited Event Wagering License Deadline Extended Into December

Arizona horse racetrack operators looking to secure one of the 10 coveted event wagering operator licenses for sports betting must complete their submissions within the next few weeks.

The deadline for license submissions to the Arizona Department of Gaming has been extended from Monday to December 30th.

The limited licenses allow racetrack enclosures or off-track betting locations with Arizona Department of Racing permits to provide in-person sports betting, as long as they are at a minimum distance of five miles from tribal gaming facilities, event wagering facilities, or other limited event wagering operators.

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Turf Paradise is looking to get involved in Arizona sports betting.

Turf Paradise Racing, based in Phoenix, has already made public its plans to apply for a license.

On November 10, Vincent Francia, the General Manager of Turf Paradise, revealed to that although the company was not among the eight non-tribal sports teams awarded a new Arizona sports betting apps license in August, they had exciting plans for the future of the Phoenix facility.

At the end of August, Turf Paradise filed a complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court after being denied a license by the Arizona Department of Gaming. Despite this setback, the horse racing track is committed to obtaining full licensing and plans to apply for a limited event license in the interim.

Francia noted that participating in sports betting is like dipping their toes in the water, but stressed that they are continuing to seek legal channels to be included in the first wave of authorized sports betting, and have not given up on this objective.

Additional horse racing venues in Arizona, like Rillito Park Race Track in Tucson and Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley, are also anticipated to seek licensing, as they meet the required qualifications set by the department, along with Turf Paradise.

The Cochise County Horse Racing Commission and the Santa Cruz County Fair in Sonoita are the only two horse racing facilities in Arizona that are associated with county fairs.

It is uncertain if either of those entities will seek to obtain a limited event wagering operator’s license.

What is required to apply for a license?

Horse racing and OTB facilities in Arizona have been granted an extension of one month to submit their application materials.

The material includes a $1,000 application fee, a $10,000 initial license fee, and a $5,000 annual renewal fee.

Candidates interested in applying must submit their applications by December 30th at 11:59 p.m. Arizona time.



Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with more than seven years of experience reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona, has now been appointed as the lead writer at His past contributions can be found on, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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