PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to signal a invoice Thursday that enables a significant enlargement of playing within the state, offering a possible income windfall for the state and for tribes that will probably be allowed to spice up their playing choices.
The measure accepted by the Legislature provides further varieties of desk video games at tribal casinos and for the primary time permits sports activities betting 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 saved secret till compact paperwork have been made public Thursday morning.
The up to date compact will enable as many as 4 new casinos within the metro Phoenix space, though solely two are more likely to be constructed anytime quickly, in accordance with the compact paperwork.
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 mentioned.
There are at present seven tribal casinos in metro Phoenix and 24 throughout the state. A minimum of one new on line casino may very well be in-built metro Tucson as nicely.
Tribes may also be given rights to function almost 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 accepted by the federal authorities, the paperwork mentioned.
That gives loads of rising room for tribal casinos, that are solely utilizing about 13,500 machines now, in accordance with the state Division of Gaming.
The governor has invited lawmakers and tribal leaders to attend the signing on the Heard Museum in central Phoenix.
The most important a part of the plan will enable 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 mentioned. There can be 10 licenses awarded to sports activities, which might embrace 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 mentioned. There are additionally choices for on-line playing, permitting rising on-line playing websites like Draft Kings to piggyback on the licenses.
These non-public licenses are anticipated to herald at the least $100 million in new income for the final fund. The rise in tribal gaming will carry some enhance to a particular fund that distributes money from a 1% to eight% most levy on tribal gaming revenues.
The tribes have fiercely protected their unique proper to most playing within the state beneath the gaming compact accepted by the state’s voters in 2002 and can proceed to get that safety beneath the brand new deal, with solely the added exceptions allowed.
And in a giant win, they’d even be allowed to significantly develop their unique playing choices, including video games like Baccarat and craps to present choices of slot machines, blackjack and poker.
Within the fiscal 12 months that ended on June 30, 2020, tribes introduced in almost $2 billion in playing income and the state acquired $102 million, in accordance with a Division of Gaming report, whereas cities acquired $13 million.
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