Legal Arizona Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos
Although the neighboring state of Nevada gets plenty of attention as a gambling destination, Arizona attracts plenty of punters that spend money on gambling throughout the year.
In fact, Arizona's gambling laws are some of the most liberal in the US. State and national lotteries are legalized, along with online casinos, horse racing, greyhounds and charitable gaming. The only grey area surrounds poker, with no Arizona legislature currently dealing with it.
As an industry, tourism is fast becoming as integral to the Arizona economy as its manufacturing industry, with land-based casinos and iGaming brands providing a much-needed boon to the state coffers.
Arizona Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future
At the time of writing, there are six major tribal casinos in Arizona, along with around a dozen other casino resorts across the state.
In terms of gambling and the future of betting online, the state's penal code doesn't specifically address this issue. However, there are no instances of individuals being arrested in Arizona for placing a bet online with an iGaming brand based offshore. There does not appear to be any appetite from the state to introduce any punitive legislature any time soon.
Arizona Gambling Laws - A Brief History
- 1912 - Arizona officially recognized as a state and opts to prohibit all forms of gambling.
- 1980 - Arizona Lottery developed by the state.
- 1988 - Legalization of tribal casinos throughout Arizona.
- 1992 - Hialeah Park opens its doors, offering Jai Alai and horse race betting options.
- 2002 - The people of Arizona vote to re-approve the concept of tribal gaming once more.
What Types of Gambling are Legal in Arizona?
- Casino Gambling – There are many casinos in Arizona featuring Table Games as well as Slots. Some casinos also offer video versions of classic table games such as Roulette and Craps as live versions of these games are not permitted.
- Sports Betting – Arizona has horse racing tracks as well as dog racing tracks and they also have other places such as bars where simulcast wagering is permitted. Arizona seems like a candidate for other sports betting but nothing is currently in the pipeline. You can follow Arizona sports betting legal updates here.
- Online Betting – Online betting in Arizona is currently limited to horse racing and greyhound racing. We will be following all of the latest news for online betting in Arizona here.
- Daily Fantasy – While it might seem odd given all of the betting options in Arizona, Daily Fantasy is not legal and the major sites such as Draft Kings and Fanduel do not accept players from Arizona.
- Poker – Poker is legal at Casinos in Arizona but currently it isn’t legal online. Poker in Arizona is all limit games as no-limit games aren’t permitted.
- Bingo – Bingo is legal in in Arizona both at Indian Casinos as well as for Charity.
- Lottery – Arizona has a state lottery as well as scratch tickets and access to the large multi-state lotteries.