Tribal Casinos 1988
Fantasy Sports 2019
All Gambling 21+
Tribal Casinos 27 (25 Class III & 2 Class II)
Known as ‘The Grand Canyon State,’ Arizona has some of the more restrictive gambling laws in the United States. All forms of online gambling are illegal, including sports betting and online casinos.
Live and simulcast off-track/on-track gambling on racing and pari-mutuel, state/inter-state lotteries (including scratch tickets or scratchers) are legal in Arizona. An interesting fact: On June 9, 2020, a married couple in Glendale, Arizona, won $440 million (gross).
Arizonans interested in playing house banking games such as slots, casino table games, and poker can do so at one of the state’s 25 Class III native casinos. These casinos also offer lotteries, sports betting, pari-mutuel wagering on dog and horse racing, and jai alai.
There are also two Class II facilities in Arizona. However, commercial casinos in Arizona are prohibited.
Charity gaming (bingo and raffles) offered by recreational and charity organizations are permitted. They must be licensed by the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR). Fantasy gambling, excluding daily fantasy gambling, is also legal.
Fantasy sports, excluding daily fantasy sports, are permitted as long as the provider does not offer them as a business. This means it cannot charge a participation fee, does not keep a percentage of the pool, or require a minimum purchase to participate. All pooled money must be paid to the winners.
Although most gambling forms in Arizona are illegal, recreational and charity gaming is permitted, offering bingo and raffles. Qualifying providers must be licensed by the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR). Charitable organizations must obtain an exemption from income taxation (internal revenue code section 501).
Arizona offers a year-round horse racing circuit and county fairs that offer live racing. Although greyhound racing is legal, lack of public interest led to the last track closure in 2016. Aside from on-track betting, Arizona off-track betting are legally available to patrons at restaurants and bars across the state.
Tribal casinos in Arizona mainly consist of 25 Class III gaming facilities offering Vegas-style games such as gaming devices, house-banked poker, keno, and blackjack. Additionally, there are two Class II facilities offering bingo and non-banked card games. You can find a list of locations below.
|Casino (Class III)||Address||Website|
|Apache Gold Casino Resort||San Carlos Apache Tribe – 777 Geronimo Springs Blvd, San Carlos, AZ 85550||apache-gold-casino.com|
|Apache Sky Casino||San Carlos Apache Tribe – 777 Apache Sky Blvd. Winkelman, AZ 85192||apacheskycasino.com|
|Blue Water Resort & Casino||Colorado River Indian Tribes (C.R.I.T.) – 11300 Resort Dr, Parker AZ 85344||bluewaterfun.com|
|Bucky’s Casino||Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – 1500 AZ-69, Prescott AZ 86301||buckyscasino.com|
|Casino Arizona||Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community – 524 N 92nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85256||casinoarizona.com|
|Casino Del Sol||Pascua Yaqui Tribe – 5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, Az 85757||casinodelsol.com|
|Casino Of The Sun||Pascua Yaqui Tribe – 7406 S Camino De Oeste, Tucson, AZ 8574||casinodelsol.com/casino-sun|
|Cliff Castle Casino Hotel||Yavapai-Apache Nation – 555 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322||cliffcastlecasinohotel.com|
|Cocopah Casino||Cocopah Indian Tribe – 15318 S Avenue B, Somerton, AZ 85350||cocopahresort.com|
|Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel – Tucson||Tohono O’odham Nation – 7350 S. Nogales Hwy, Tucson, AZ 85756||ddcaz.com/index.php/tucson/Hotel|
|Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment – Sahuarita||Tohono O’odham Nation – 1100 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629||ddcaz.com/sahuarita|
|Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley||Tohono O’odham Nation – 9431 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305||ddcaz.com/west-valley|
|Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment – Why||Tohono O’odham Nation – Arizona 86, Highway Milepost 55, Ajo, AZ 85321||ddcaz.com/why|
|Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino||Ak-Chin Indian Community – 15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85139||caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin|
|Hon Dah Casino||White Mountain Apache Tribe (W.M.A.T.) – 777 AZ-260, Pinetop, AZ 85935&||hon-dah.com|
|Lone Butte Casino||Gila River Indian Community – 1077 S Kyrene Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226||wingilariver.com/index.php/lone-butte-casino|
|Mazatzal Casino||Tonto Apache Tribe – Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541||mazatzalcasino.com|
|PARADISE CASINO||Quechan Indian Tribe – 50 Quechan Dr, Yuma, AZ 85364||paradise-casinos.com|
|SPIRIT MOUNTAIN CASINO||Fort Mojave Indian Tribe – 8555 AZ-95, Mohave Valley, AZ 86440||runtothemountain.com|
|TALKING STICK RESORT||Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community – 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256||talkingstickresort.com|
|TWIN ARROWS CASINO||Navajo Nation – 22181 Resort Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004||twinarrows.com|
|VEE QUIVA HOTEL & CASINO||Gila River Indian Community – 15091 South Komatke Lane, Laveen Village, AZ 85339||playatgila.com/stay/vee-quiva/|
|WE-KO-PA CASINO||Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation – 10438 WeKoPa Way, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264||wekopacasinoresort.com|
|WILD HORSE PASS HOTEL & CASINO||Gila River Indian Community – 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226||playatgila.com/meeting_rooms/wild-horse-pass/|
|YAVAPAI GAMING CENTER||Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – 1505 AZ-69, Prescott, AZ 86303||buckyscasino.com|
In January 2021, Governor Doug Ducey initiated the debate regarding the legalization of sports betting, fantasy leagues, instant keno, and the permitted use of mobile devices for wagering. The timing is no coincidence, given the size of Arizona’s budget deficit.
The Arizona Lottery is a state-run agency and member of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Pari-mutuels, race betting, charity gaming, and Class III tribal casinos are regulated by the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG). Class II tribal casinos are regulated by the Federal Government (NIGC).
In November 1980, Arizona became the first state to approve a lottery, west of the Mississippi.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) was passed by Congress in 1988 to recognize gaming. In the early 1990s, Arizona tribal casinos had slot machines despite not having a Compact. NIGC clarified that tribal casinos must have Compacts before operating slot machines in 1992, leading to FBI raids and seizures on five Indian casinos.
The Arizona Racing Commission was created in 1949, legalizing pari-mutuel wagering that same year. The Arizona Department of Racing was established in 1982 to regulate racing, pari-mutuel wagering, mixed martial arts & boxing. In 1991 off-track betting was legalized.
Between 1992 and 1998, 17 compacts were signed with Tribes allowing slot machines.
In 2018, efforts to introduce keno, to be run by Arizona Lottery and sports betting in 2019 failed.
Yes, tribal casinos are legal and scattered across Arizona. At present, there are 25 Class III casinos offering “Las Vegas-style” gaming activities, plus two Class II tribal facilities (bingo and bingo gambling devices).
No, commercial casinos in Arizona are prohibited.
Yes, lotteries have been available in Arizona since 1981. Arizonans can participate in state-wide and interstate lotteries.
No, sports betting is prohibited in Arizona. Although shot down in 2018 and 2019, there is a renewed push to legalize Arizona sports betting in 2020 and 2021.
In Arizona, legal forms of gambling include pari-mutuels, racing, charity gaming, state-wide/interstate lotteries, and tribal casinos.
No, online gambling in Arizona is prohibited. Fantasy sports (excluding daily fantasy sports) are permitted subject to conditions.