Arizona to embrace sports betting in potential deal with tribes

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 19:14:47-05

PHOENIX — Arizonans would be allowed to bet on professional and college sports at tribal casinos and at sites owned by pro sports teams under a proposal that is part of an update to the state’s deal allowing Native American tribes to run casinos.

The wide-ranging proposal introduced in the Arizona House on Monday would also allow bets to be placed online, fantasy sports wagering, and add limited Keno games at off-track betting locations and social clubs like the American Legion.

Republican Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler is sponsoring the proposal. He says it will bring an as-yet unknown boost to state revenue if it passes.

Americans make an estimated $150 billion worth of illegal wagers on professional and amateur sports on online websites and apps among other means.