PointsBet heading to Arizona with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
PointsBet has secured access to the Arizona sports betting market after striking a deal with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel.
Gambling operator PointsBet revealed on Tuesday that it has agreed to a deal with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Arizona. The casino is classed as a Subordinate Economic Organization of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. PointsBet sportsbook will be working in conjunction with the Yavapai-Apache Nation as the company seeks a license to operate online sports wagering in Arizona. Legal sports betting in the Grand Canyon State is due to begin this Fall.
PointsBet Continues Expansion
This agreement marks the first partnership announced in Arizona between a sports betting platform and an Indian Tribe. Arizona will become the 16th state where PointsBet has secured a sports betting license to operate.
Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO, said that both PointsBet and Cliff Castle are “proud” to begin the process of offering their “sports betting product and world-class technology to fans all over Arizona.” Aitken added that they are keen to introduce potential sports bettors to the “customer-focused, market-leading PointsBet experience.” Aitken also said that the PointsBet platform would continue to “disrupt the market for the better.” PointsBet has been highly active in agreeing to new partnership deals this year, and the company is also the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports.
Cliff Castle Casino general manager Alan Moss said they are “excited” to partner with PointsBet and begin “our process of offering event wagering in the state of Arizona.” Moss stated that PointsBet’s reputation and experience “made them a perfect fit” in the pursuit of an event wagering license.
On July 13, the Gila River Indian Community revealed plans to construct a new casino south of Chandler. This would be the fourth casino in the state for Gila River. The tribe operates casinos in Lone Butte (Chandler), Wild Horse Pass, and Vee Quiva (Laveen). It is expected that the new casino will take 18 months to two years to complete, with a cost of around $100 million.
Arizona Compact & Legislation Signed
The Arizona state legislature approved sports betting on April 12. A couple of days later, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law, giving the official seal for legal sports wagering throughout the state.
In May, the U.S. Department of Interior approved amendments to the Arizona tribal-state gaming compact. The compact was negotiated and signed by the state’s tribal leaders and Ducey. The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) revealed on July 14 the third draft of Arizona sports wagering rules, which covers how sports betting licenses will be distributed if there is more demand from qualified applicants than available licenses.
It was reported in June that the state is looking to launch sports betting on September 9, the opening day of the 2021 NFL season, which sees the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys.
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