PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a invoice Thursday that permits a serious enlargement of playing, offering a possible income windfall for the state and for tribes that can be allowed to spice up their playing choices.
The measure permitted by the Legislature provides extra varieties of desk video games at tribal casinos and for the primary time permits sports activities betting operators beneath licenses issued to tribes and professional sports activities groups. It additionally permits playing on fantasy sports activities and new Keno video games at horse race tracks and fraternal organizations.
The passage of the laws is tied to the up to date gaming compact Ducey struck with tribes, which was stored secret till compact paperwork had been made public Thursday morning.
The up to date compact will permit as many as 4 new casinos within the metro Phoenix space, though solely two are prone to be constructed anytime quickly, based on the compact paperwork. Altogether, as many as 11 new casinos are allowed statewide however solely 4 within the first 10 years.
They are going to be on Tohono O’Odham Nation land within the far western reaches of the metro space and on Gila River Indian Neighborhood holdings within the southeastern a part of the huge metropolis, the paperwork stated.
“There’s no query that Arizona has grown and altered considerably because the final main compact replace in 2003,” Ducey stated. “It’s essential that we account for these modifications in our insurance policies and our compacts.”
There are at present seven tribal casinos in metro Phoenix and 24 throughout the state. A minimum of one new on line casino could possibly be inbuilt metro Tucson as nicely.
Tribes may also be given rights to function practically 6,300 new slot machines, on high of greater than 24,000 already allowed, plus a lift each two years after the brand new offers are formally permitted by the federal authorities, the paperwork stated.
That gives loads of rising room for tribal casinos, that are solely utilizing about 13,500 machines now, based on the state Division of Gaming.
The governor invited lawmakers and tribal leaders to attend the signing on the Heard Museum in central Phoenix. Ducey and tribal officers described years of typically contentious negotiations to achieve an settlement.
“We argued earlier than we agreed. And we fought earlier than we discovered our center floor,” stated Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Neighborhood. “However right here we’re as we speak, celebrating probably the most distinctive unicorn in political life: A real win for us all.”
The most important a part of the plan will permit professional sports activities groups just like the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals to run sports activities betting operations at their respective venues, at a retail location inside 1 / 4 mile and on-line, the paperwork stated. There could be 10 licenses awarded to sports activities, which may embody skilled golf and even NASCAR.
Tribes would additionally get 10 licenses and will run sports activities books at two dozen tribal casinos within the state, the paperwork stated. There are additionally choices for on-line playing, permitting rising on-line playing websites like DraftKings to piggyback on the licenses. DraftKings on Wednesday introduced a partnership with the PGA Tour permitting the corporate to run retail and cellular sports activities betting in Arizona, together with a sports activities ebook at TPC Scottsdale, dwelling of the Phoenix Open. The Phoenix Suns and FanDuel introduced an analogous deal on Thursday.
Non-public licenses are anticipated to usher in at the least $100 million in new income for the final fund. The rise in tribal gaming will deliver some improve to a particular fund that distributes money from a 1% to eight% most levy on tribal gaming revenues.