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DraftKings Receives Approval from Arizona Department of Gaming

DraftKings Receives Approval from Arizona Department of Gaming

DraftKings is the fourth operator to receive approval from the Arizona Department of Gaming to launch sports betting in Arizona.

The DraftKings news, which was confirmed by Bookies.com Thursday afternoon, comes on the heels of three other similar approvals by the department this week.

The other three included FanDuel and the Phoenix Suns; Penn National Gaming/Barstool Sports and Phoenix International Raceway; and BetMGM, partnering with the Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Community.

Additionally, reports say that PointsBet, in partnership with the Yavapai-Apache Nation and Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, has been approved.

Early registration for sports betting in Arizona can begin at 12:01 a.m. (local time) Saturday, the same day that daily fantasy sports offerings launch in the state. The state plans to go live with sports betting on Sept. 9, the first day of the NFL season, just in time for NFL betting.

Daily fantasy sports operators can launch on Saturday. Operators will find out Friday if they have received approval.


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Other Partnerships in Arizona

A total of 26 parties have submitted applications for the 20 available licenses in the state, according to the department. There will be 10 for pro teams/venues and 10 for Arizona tribes.

The rest of the sportsbooks and betting apps in Arizona will find out whether their applications have been approved or denied by Friday afternoon.

Here’s who has partnered up in Arizona so far that has yet to confirm whether they’ve been approved or denied for licenses:

  • Caesars (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Bally’s (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Phoenix Rising FC (TBA)
  • Scientific Gaming (Pascua Yaqui Tribe/Casino Del Sol)
  • TwinSpires (Mazatal Hotel & Casino/Tonto Apache Nation)
  • William Hill/Caesars (Harrah’s AK-Chin Casino)
  • BlueBet (Colorado River Indian Tribes)
  • WynnBET (Apache Gold and Sky casinos/San Carlos Apache)
  • Unibet (Fort Yuma Indian Reservation)
  • Betfred (Fort McDowell Nation Gila River Community)

About the Author

Christopher Boan for Bookies.com
Christopher Boan
Christopher Boan has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, with stops at ArizonaSports.com, Tucson Weekly and Green Valley News.