Sportsbook partnerships with Arizona tribal casinos are on the rise.

Sportsbook Partnerships With Arizona Tribal Casinos Growing

Additional collaborations are forming between Arizona sports betting and tribal casinos.

The collaboration between TwinSpires AZ Sportsbook, owned by Churchill Downs, and the Tonto Apache Tribe’s Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson marks the fifth partnership between a sportsbook and tribal casino.

This agreement allows a TwinSpires retail sportsbook to be located within the hotel and casino, and also gives TwinSpires the opportunity to launch its online sportsbook in the state once it receives regulatory approval.

Other Tribal Partnerships

On July 20, PointsBet Arizona announced plans to partner with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, which is owned by the federally recognized Yavapai-Apache Nation.

PointsBet AZ Sportsbook will work with the tribe to secure a license for sports betting.

WynnBet Arizona Sportsbook announced in early July its collaboration with the San Carlos Apache, the organization behind Apache Gold Casino and Apache Sky Casino.

The Harrah’s AK-Chin Casino, part of the Caesars brand, has partnered with William Hill AZ Sportsbook. In a similar collaboration, the Quechan Casino Resort has teamed up with Unibet.

In mid-July, Gila River announced plans to build its fourth casino located south of Chandler near Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway. There is speculation about a potential collaboration with BetMGM Arizona Sportsbook for sports betting, but no official confirmation has been made yet.

Other Partnerships

DraftKings AZ Sportsbook and the PGA Tour announced on April 14 a partnership to open a new retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Caesars Entertainment revealed their partnership in May to build a sportsbook and bar on the plaza by Chase Field. Under the agreement, Caesars will be able to provide online MLB betting in Arizona and secure sponsorship rights with the Diamondbacks.

Bally’s and the Phoenix Mercury have formed a 15-year partnership. As part of the deal, Bally’s will manage an online platform in the state, operate a retail sportsbook near the Phoenix Suns Arena, and advertise its services at Mercury games.

Following the legalization of sports betting in the state, the Phoenix Suns announced their partnership with FanDuel AZ Sportsbook in April. As a part of the agreement, FanDuel will create a luxurious sportsbook retail space inside the Phoenix Suns Arena.

Penn Interactive’s Barstool Sportsbook announced a new long-term partnership with NASCAR in late July, becoming the exclusive sportsbook for Phoenix Raceway.

Barstool Sports has secured a long-term sponsorship agreement for the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl in Tucson, granting broadcasting rights across all its platforms. It’s important to note that this collaboration is not connected to sports betting.

The game scheduled for December 31 will feature teams from the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West Conference.



Morgan Winston

Morgan Winston, an experienced sports columnist with more than three decades of experience, has written for Gaming Today in Las Vegas. Before joining Gaming Today, he worked at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form, and Oddschecker.

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