Arizona Sports Betting Official – CT Getting Close
In case you missed it, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill in April to legalize a major expansion of gambling in the state. Now, that action is finalized after the US Department of the Interior approved the new tribal compact with Arizona. This means that new gambling options will be available at tribal casinos and sports betting will be available statewide.
Meanwhile, Connecticut is one step closer to legalizing online casino gambling. The state House passed a bill that will finalize an agreement between Governor Ned Lamont and both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. It now goes to the Senate for a vote.
Feds Approve New Arizona Tribal Compact
Sports betting and certain casino games are now officially legal in Arizona. Back in April, Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill that entered Arizona into a new tribal compact with state tribes. However, that compact still needed federal approval before it was officially legal. That approval has not been received.
According to various reports, the Department of the Interior has approved the new tribal compact between Arizona and state tribes. The new agreement will allow for sports betting, online sports betting, and certain casino games to be offered in tribal casinos.
Sports betting will be legal at tribal casinos as wells as at professional sports stadiums. The Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Phoenix Suns can all now offer sports betting on-site and online. Fantasy sports operators like DraftKings can also operate in partnership with pro sports teams.
According to Governor Ducey, “Gaming creates thousands of jobs for Arizonans, it generates tax revenue that benefits key areas of our communities.” Besides sports betting, tribal casinos can now also offer craps and Baccarat in addition to blackjack and live poker. They can also increase the number of slot games offered.
An official launch of sports betting has yet to be announced, but many hope that it will happen prior to the start of the NFL season this fall. Tribal casinos will likely launch expanded table gaming well before then.
Connecticut Online Gambling Bill Passes House
Similar to Arizona, Connecticut has entered into a new tribal compact with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes for sports betting and online casino gambling. Now, lawmakers are working to pass the legislation to make that compact legal.
Last Thursday, the Connecticut House passed HB6451 by a margin of 34-6. The bill will legalize online sports betting and real money online casinos. Under the agreement, both the tribes and the Connecticut Lottery will be able to offer sports betting in the state. Online casino gambling will still be offered exclusively by the tribes.
In a press release from Gov. Lamont’s office, he stated, ”I want to thank the Connecticut House of Representatives for the careful consideration and bipartisan passage of legislation that will bring Connecticut’s gaming, lottery, and sports betting market into the future, positioning our state as a leader.
I also want to express my appreciation to the co-chairs of the Public Safety Committee, including State Representative Maria Horn, for their partnership as they worked with members of my administration to draft and move this legislation through the process. I look forward to this measure’s swift passage in the Senate so we can start the federal process of ensuring this legislation and agreement is authorized.”
It’s not a slam dunk that this will pass the Senate. Some feel that there may be opposition to the bill. While there was bipartisan support in the house, there’s no guarantee of such in the Senate. Also, the Senate only has until June 9th to approve the bill. If they manage to pass the measure, it will go to the Governor’s desk, and he will obviously sign it.