The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) has begun drafting rules for new forms of gaming in Arizona following Governor Doug Ducey’s signing of historic legislation and an amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts (Compacts). These actions pave the way for modernized gaming in Arizona and will soon generate millions of dollars in new revenue for essential public services.
Last month, Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2772 and the amended Compacts, legalizing fantasy sports contests and event wagering in the State of Arizona. ADG will initiate a robust public process to develop rules for these new forms of gaming. The Department is hard at work to make these new gaming opportunities available to Arizonans responsibly and as soon as possible.
This comprehensive legislation directs the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) to adopt rules and act as the primary regulator and enforcement body for fantasy sports contests and event wagering. Additionally, this legislation requires fantasy sports contests and event wagering providers to furnish help for those who may have a problem with gambling, as well as allows individuals to exclude themselves from these new forms of legal wagering statewide.
“I am excited to see House Bill 2772 pass through the legislature and signed by Governor Ducey,” said Ted Vogt, Director, ADG. “The Department is already hard at work drafting rules and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the Arizona betting public as we look towards implementing event and fantasy sports wagering in the months ahead.”
While ADG has already begun drafting rules for these new forms of legalized games, there are several steps these rules and associated amended Compacts will have to go through in order to become operational. You can learn more by viewing our website to see a tentative rule drafting and operational timeline: https://bit.ly/2QkXiJG
Established by the Arizona State Legislature in 1995, ADG is the state regulatory agency for tribal gaming, racing and pari-mutuel/simulcast wagering, and unarmed combat sports. ADG also provides and supports education, prevention and treatment programs for people and families affected by problem gambling through its Division of Problem Gambling and 24-hour confidential helpline, 1-800-NEXT-STEP.