TwinSpires announced on Friday that its online sports betting website will go live in Arizona as soon as the state launches sports betting. The Churchill-Downs-owned operator has already secured access to the Arizona market as part of its long-term plan to become one of the key players in the space.
Deal through the Tonto Apache Tribe
Both tribes and professional sports teams are eligible to offer betting skins in Arizona and TwinSpires plans to enter the state through a partnership with the Tonto Apache Tribe. The tribe operates the Mazatal Hotel and Casino, which will offer retail sports betting as well.
The Tonto Apache are excited to work with Churchill-Downs and TwinSpires because it will attract people to the casino. This was evident through a statement from Chairman Calvin Johnson.
He said, “In conjunction with our world-class partner, we look forward to supporting the local community and bringing more visitors to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and our beautiful county.”
TwinSpires will open a retail casino on property and launch its online sportsbook, which will be available throughout the state. The deal is complete between the tribe and operator, but both parties need to undergo Arizona’s licensing and regulatory process. However, no issues are expected in this stage of the launch process.
It’s an exciting time for TwinSpires. The sportsbook is available in six states, and it will go live in New Jersey in the third quarter of 2021. Arizona will mark the eighth state where TwinSpires will be available for sports betting.
TwinSpires President Ian Williams spoke about the exciting times and the partnership with the Tonto Apache. He said, “The team behind the most exciting two minutes in sports is thrilled to partner with the Tonto Apache Tribe and pursue offering our leading sportsbook product and promotions to sports fans throughout Arizona.”
Football season is approaching
Football season is the primary time of the year for sports betting. Americans enjoy football betting, and this is why Arizona’s hopeful launch date is September 9, when the NFL season kicks off. The state is still on track to make this date a reality.
The Arizona Department of Gaming began finalizing applications on Monday. It has also posted the proposed final regulations for sports betting. These rules are on the final stage of legalization as the ADG is waiting for approval from the Secretary of State.
Arizona is allowing up to 20 sports betting licenses. These are split between the tribal nations and professional sports teams/venues. All facilities have the opportunity for a mobile skin and a retail sportsbook.
Additionally, there will be ten minor permits for small racetracks and off-track betting sites in the state.