he Tonto Apache Tribe has become the first in Arizona to launch a retail sportsbook at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson, Arizona, announced the tribe on Wednesday. In partnership with TwinSpires Sportsbook, owned by Churchill Downs, the venue will now offer onsite retail sports wagering on professional, college and international sports and athletic events.
“Over the last several years, we have worked diligently to secure our sports wagering license and today marks a significant milestone for Tonto Apache,” said Tonto Apache Chairman Calvin Johnson. “In conjunction with our world class partner, we look forward to offering a dynamic sportsbook, supporting the local community and bringing more visitors and sports fans to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.”
Moreover, starting on Thursday, September 16, Tonto Apache is launching mobile sports betting statewide through the TwinSpires online app. “This opportunity will also present great opportunities and economic benefits for our people,” added Johnson on the new launches.
Tonto Apache is one of ten tribes that applied for and were recently awarded sports betting licenses in the state of Arizona under new legislation. News on Churchill Downs seeking to enter the market in the state came in August, as TwinSpires announced its plans to team up with Tonto Apache.
Arizona marks the seventh state in which TwinSpires sportsbooks is live. It is also currently available in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Michigan. Its Arizona license was issued after securing final approval from the Arizona Department of Gaming on Wednesday morning. The platform is live in time for Week 2 of NFL betting.
Arizona’s sports betting market went live on Sept. 9, in time for the NFL kickoff. In addition to TwinSpires, the state counts with the presence of BetMGM Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel, Barstool Sportsbook, and WynnBET.
Besides the 10 tribal licenses, other eight operators have also received permission in the state in partnership with professional sports teams. Operators licensed but that haven’t launched yet include BetRivers, Golden Nugget, Bally’s, Unibet, Fubo Sports.