Gambling on sports and esports events is now legal in Arizona. This comes after the United States Department of Interior approved an amended tribal-state gaming compact on May 24th, finalizing an agreement signed by Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona’s tribal leaders.
“Gaming creates thousands of jobs for Arizonans, it generates tax revenue that benefits key areas of our communities, and it draws visitors to our state,” Ducey said in a statement. “The tribal-state gaming compact amendment, along with its associated legislation, was the culmination of a multi-year process and I was proud to work with all the stakeholders on this historic accomplishment. The tribal-state gaming compact and its associated legislation now is officially in effect — thank you to everyone who worked to make this happen!”
Under this deal, companies can begin offering wagers on professional sports. Online fantasy sports operations can piggyback on these licenses, as well as some esports.
Arizona is one of eight states that recently passed a bill to legalize sports betting. The other seven states are Washington, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Louisiana, Maryland, and Florida.
(All information was provided by AZ Central and ESPN)
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