June 18, 2021 Sports Betting, Casino, Legal

Arizona sports betting on track for September launch

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The Arizona Department of Gaming said this week that sports betting is on target for a September 9 launch, which would coincide with the start of the NFL season.

The ADOG released a draft of rules for sports betting and fantasy sports, which are undergoing a public comment period through midnight of June 21.

The ADOG’s website has links for online discussion of sports wagering and fantasy sports, with meetings scheduled for June 18 and June 21.

The Department noted four key policy decisions are still under review: the number of skins, licensing fees, privilege fees and license allocation.

This spring Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an expanding gaming package that would authorize 20 sports betting licenses, with 10 going to tribes and the other 10 to sports organizations.

The draft of sports betting rules released this week defines “event wagering,” outlines the process of applying for and regulating licensing and delineates the purview of operators.

The rules include a section on exclusion and problem gambling. Retail sports betting facilities and kiosks are required to share problem gambling signage in English and Spanish, including a statewide tool-free helpline telephone number and website information established by the department.

Arizona offers residents a voluntary self-exclusion process at intervals of 1, 5, and 10 year self-ban options. The exclusion. is irrevocable. The ADOG’s sports betting draft rules state that a self-exclusion list shall not be provided to any licensed supplier without the written approval of the Department.

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