Arizona Online Gambling Laws

Arizona gambling laws allow most forms of gambling. Given the state’s proximity to Nevada, Arizona lawmakers decided long ago they would legalize many forms of gaming to keep the tax revenues in the state. Arizonans were going to be gambling anyway, so it only made sense to keep a percentage of those entertainment dollars in-state.

Though it has a reputation for conservative politicians, Arizona’s GOP has a long history of more libertarian ideas (Barry Goldwater) when it came to their citizens’ activities. That means Arizona has 22 land-based casinos, including tribal and commercial casino operators. It means Arizona has a variety of race tracks, racinos, and off-track betting facilities.

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Arizona State Gambling Laws

Laws That Pertain to Arizona Gambling

Arizona is a permissive state when it comes to gambling laws. The Arizona Constitution has large sections on its gaming regulations, including blocks of definitions for the betting terminology. The quotes below should give readers an idea of the statutes. The upshot is Arizona lawmakers are serious about their gambling laws and regulations. They want residents to play, but play legally.

Definition of Gambling

Arizona defines gambling as “…one act of risking or giving something of value for the opportunity to obtain a benefit from a game or contest of chance or skill or a future contingent event but does not include bona fide business transactions which are valid under the law of contracts including contracts for the purchase or sale at a future date of securities or commodities, contracts of indemnity or guarantee and life, health or accident insurance.”

Thus, if you are risking cash on something that is not a business investment, stock market investment, or purchase involving a contract, then it is considered gambling. Even a game of skill that has a degree of chance is considered gambling. Luckily, most forms of gambling are legal in Arizona.

Definition of Regulated Gambling

Gambling conducted in accordance with a tribal-state gaming compact or otherwise in accordance with the requirements of the Indian gaming regulatory act of 1988 (P.L. 100-497; 102 Stat. 2467; 25 United States Code sections 2701 through 2721 and 18 United States Code sections 1166 through 1168); or

(b) Gambling to which all of the following apply:

(i) It is operated and controlled in accordance with a statute, rule or order of this state or of the United States.

(ii) All federal, state or local taxes, fees and charges in lieu of taxes have been paid by the authorized person or entity on any activity arising out of or in connection with the gambling.

(iii) If conducted by an organization which is exempt from taxation of income under section 43-1201, the organization’s records are open to public inspection

(iv) Beginning on June 1, 2003, none of the players is under twenty-one years of age.

Arizona’s legislature spent a lot of time defining what regulated gambling is. Thus, an illegal act of gambling would best be defined by going down the list above and using process of elimination. In Arizona, most gambling is regulated, taxed, and legal.

Definition of Social Gambling

No player receives, or becomes entitled to receive, any benefit, directly or indirectly, other than the player’s winnings from the gamble.

(b) No other person receives or becomes entitled to receive any benefit, directly or indirectly, from the gambling activity, including benefits of proprietorship, management or unequal advantage or odds in a series of gambles.

(c) Until June 1, 2003, none of the players is below the age of majority. Beginning on June 1, 2003, none of the players is under twenty-one years of age.

(d) Players “compete on equal terms with each other in a gamble” when no player enjoys an advantage over any other player in the gamble under the conditions or rules of the game or contest.

Home games of cards are covered by the statute on social gambling. These are player-versus-player games where neither player has a built-in advantage, which in this context means either a house edge or a rake. Of course, poker players have different skill levels, but that isn’t the point. Social casino games might fit under this law, which would make social casinos legal in Arizona. Of course, social casino games might be considered amusement games and therefore fit under the next law.

Defining “Benefit from Gambling”

“Except for amusement or regulated gambling, a person commits [a violation] of benefiting from gambling if he knowingly obtains any benefit from gambling.”

The definition of “benefitting” from gaming is increasingly important in social gaming. Is benefitting only a monetary benefit? Does it mean enjoying the game or being entertained? A lawsuit in Washington state defined a “thing of value” not necessarily something won, but something spent — thus social casinos were considered gambling. If such a definition applies, then a benefit could mean virtually anything. But Arizona isn’t Washington.

Is Gambling Legal in the State of Arizona?

Most forms of land-based gambling are legal in the State of Arizona. Online gambling is not authorized, probably because the land-based casino operators do not want the competition. Gov. Doug Ducey stated in November 2018 his support for sports betting legalization, though the Arizona Gaming Department has not changed its policies banning sportsbooks.

One reason for the Gaming Department’s reluctance to change the sports wagering law is the requirement it would have to change the gaming compact. For that reason, expect to see the Arizona state legislature take up the issue instead of the existing regulators. For the time being, most other forms of conventional brick-and-mortar gambling are legal.

Arizona Gambling Laws

Type of Gambling – Offered/Licensed? – Notes & Restrictions
  • Online Gambling – No – No online poker or casinos yet.
  • Land-Based Casinos – Yes – Both commercial and tribal casinos.
  • Charitable Gaming – Yes – Arizona has bingo halls and pull-tab gaming.
  • Lottery Betting – Yes – State Lottery (1980), Powerball (1994), Mega Millions (2010).
  • Minimum Gambling Age – 21 for casinos, lotteries, pari-mutuels. 18 for bingo, pull-tabs.

Is Online Poker Legal in Arizona?

Arizona Online Poker Laws

Arizona online poker is not licensed or regulated. Plenty of online gamblers sign up at poker sites, casino sites, and online sportsbooks. That is done in an unregulated market, though, so players should beware when they do so. Though many legal live poker venues exist in Arizona (or perhaps because of it), online poker is done through offshore online cardrooms.

Is Sports Betting/Daily Fantasy Sports Legal in Arizona?

Sports betting is more likely to be legalized in the near future. Eilers & Krejcik estimates that 32 US states will legalize and regulate sports betting in the next 5 to 7 years. While Arizona is not at the top of the list, it’s on the list of the 32 likely to regulate sportsbooks. Gov. Doug Ducey supports legal sports betting, so he likely will sign any bill the legislature passes.

Daily fantasy sports operators like DraftKings and FanDuel are active in Arizona, tough, though they also operate in an unregulated market. Stacy Stern of the Fantasy Sports Trading Association said she has spoken with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and he claims DFS gaming is a banned form of gambling in his opinion. Brnovich said daily fantasy sports would be under the heading of banned “amusement games”.

Despite the Arizona AG’s stance on DFS sites, Mark Brnovich has never issued an official opinion on the subject, so DraftKings and FanDuel still accept real money play from DFS owners. If anyone sponsors a sports betting bill in Arizona in 2019, it would not be surprising to see daily fantasy sports added to the list of approved games.

Does Arizona have land-based casinos?

Yes. Arizona has a variety of tribal casinos, with 22 land-based casinos operating in the state at present. A few of the casinos carry the name of commercial casino operators, such as Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino Resort. While the Ak-Chin Indians own the resort, they pay Harrah’s (Caesars Entertainment) to manage the operation. It is similar to and the reverse of the deal Morris Bailey made in 2012 for his Atlantic City property, Resorts Casino, as he hired Mohegan Sun to manage the operation.

Both have proven successful, because the longstanding casino corporation has the skills, resources, and database to manage a first-rate casino. For that reason, you’ll find a few semi-commercial casinos in Arizona or, better put, casinos which feed the Caesars Entertainment comps program and accepts Caesars rewards.

CASINOS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Ajo Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment – Why Highway 86, Milepost 55, Ajo, Arizona 85321 (520) 294-7777 58 Gaming Machines
Camp Verde Cliff Castle Casino Hotel 555 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322-8561 (928) 567-7900 656 Gaming Machines, 6 Poker Tables, 7 Gaming Tables
Chandler Lone Butte Casino 1077 South Kyrene Road, Chandler, Arizona 85226-4491 (520) 796-7777 828 Gaming Machines, 7 Poker Tables, 17 Gaming Tables, 750 Bingo Seats
Chandler Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 5040 West Wildhorse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, Arizona 85226-5404 (800) 946-4452 951 Gaming Machines, 35 Poker Tables, 32 Gaming Tables
Flagstaff Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 22181 Resort Boulevard, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004-9715 (928) 856-7200 1,084 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker Tables, 8 Gaming Tables, 100 Bingo Seats
Fort McDowell Fort McDowell Casino 10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, Arizona 85264-3127 (480) 837-1424 937 Gaming Machines, 13 Poker Tables, 10 Gaming Machines, 1,200 Bingo Seats
Glendale Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment – West Valley 9341 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85305 (623) 877-7777 1,089 Gaming Machines
Laveen Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino 15091 South Komatke Lane, Laveen, Arizona 85339 (520) 796-7777 907 Gaming Machines, 21 Poker Tables, 23 Gaming Machines, 366 Bingo Seats
Maricopa Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino Resort 15406 North Maricopa Road, Maricopa, Arizona 85139-2819 (480) 802-5000 1,089 Gaming Machines, 15 Poker Tables, 13 Gaming Tables, 470 Bingo Seats
Parker BlueWater Resort and Casino 11300 Resort Drive, Parker, Arizona 85344-7549 (888) 243-3360 528 Gaming Machines, 5 Poker Tables, 8 Gaming Tables, 400 Bingo Seats
Payson Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, Arizona 85541 (928) 474-6044 412 Gaming Machines, 2 Poker Tables, 6 Gaming Tables, 280 Bingo Seats
Pinetop Hon-Dah Resort Casino 777 Highway 260, Pinetop, Arizona 85935-9699 (928) 369-0299 824 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker Tables, 2 Gaming Tables
Prescott Bucky’s Casino 1500 East State Route 69, Building B, Prescott, Arizona 86301-5640 (928) 776-5695 328 Gaming Machines, 11 Poker Tables, 6 Gaming Tables
Prescott Yavapai Casino 1505 East State Route 69, Prescott, Arizona 86301-5641 (928) 445-5767 238 Gaming Machines
Sahuarita Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment – Sahuarita 1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, Arizona 85629-9624 (520) 294-7777 563 Gaming Machines, 2 Poker tables, 6 Gaming Tables
San Carlos Apache Gold Casino Resort Highway 70, Mile Post 258, San Carlos, Arizona 85501 (928) 475-7800 544 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker and Gaming Tables, 200 Bingo Seats
Scottsdale Casino Arizona 524 North 92nd Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256-5402 (480) 850-7777 898 Gaming Machines, 8 Poker Tables, 36 Gaming Machines
Scottsdale Talking Stick Resort 9800 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256-2700 (480) 850-7777 765 Gaming Machines, 57 Poker Tables, 49 Gaming Tables, Race Book
Somerton Cocopah Casino 15318 South Avenue B, Somerton, Arizona 85350-7687 (928) 726-8066 512 Gaming Machines, 6 Poker and Gaming Tables, 350 Bingo Seats
Tucson Casino Del Sol 5655 West Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona 85757-9714 (800) 344-9435 997 Gaming Machines, 20 Poker Tables, 19 Gaming Tables, 600 Bingo Seats
Tucson Casino of the Sun 7406 South Camino de Oeste, Tucson, Arizona 85746-9308 (520) 883-1700 227 Gaming Machines
Tucson Del Sol Marketplace 5405 West Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona 85757-9505 (520) 838-7000 11 Gaming Machines
Tucson Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment – Tucson 7350 South Nogales Highway, Tucson, Arizona 85756-9641 (520) 294-7777 1,016 Gaming Machines, 13 Poker Tables, 19 Gaming Tables, 300 Bingo Seats
Winkleman Apache Sky Casino 777 Apache Sky Boulevard, Winkelman, Arizona 85192-0026 (800) APACHE-8 375 Gaming Machines, 4 Poker and Gaming Tables
Yuma Paradise Casino Arizona 450 Quechan Drive, Yuma, Arizona 85366 (760) 572-7777 480 Gaming Machines, 300 Bingo Seats

Does Arizona have any legal betting tracks / shops?

Yes, Arizona has 6 horse tracks and 2 dog tracks which are still operation. Each offers pari-mutuel betting and simulcast with OTB facilities. The tracks are spread throughout the state, so most residents should be within comfortable traveling distance of a race book.

DOG TRACKS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Apache Junction Apache Greyhound Parks 220 South Delaware Drive, Apache Junction, Arizona 85120-6509 (480) 982-2371 Race Book
Tucson Tucson Greyhound Park 2601 South Third Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85713-4899 (520) 884-7576 Race Book

HORSE TRACKS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Douglas Cochise County Fairground 3677 North Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas, Arizona 85607-6304 (520) 364-3819 Race Book
Globe Gila County Fairgrounds 900 East Fairgrounds Road, Globe, Arizona 85502 (928) 402-4368 Race Book
Phoenix Turf Paradise Racecourse 1501 West Bell Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85023-3496 (602) 942-1101 Race Book
Phoenix Sonoita Fairgrounds 3142 South Highway 83, Sonoita, Arizona 85637 (520) 455-5553 Race Book – 350 Seats
Tucson Pima County Fairgrounds 11300 South Houghton Road, Tucson, Arizona 85747-9755 (520) 762-9100 Race Book
Tucson Rillito Park Race Track 4502 North First Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85718-5607 (520) 293-5011 Race Book

Does Arizona allow off-track betting?

Yes. Arizona also has over two dozen off-track betting facilities. If you can’t find a dog track or horse track near you, then you should be able to find an OTB facility which offers simulcasting. Below is a sampling of the off-track betting facilities in Arizona. The list includes American Legion posts and the Gallagher’s chance of OTBs.

OFF-TRACK BETTING

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Cave Creek Gallagher’s – Cave Creek 34406 North Black Mountain Parkway, Cave Creek, Arizona 85331-4747 (480) 595-8800 Race Book
Cave Creek Harold’s Cave Creek Corral 6985 East Cave Road, Cave Creek, Arizona 85331 (480) 488-1906 Race Book
Glendale Padre Murphy’s 4338 West Bell Road, Glendale, Arizona 85308-3515 (602) 547-9406 Race Book
Mesa JJ Madisons 430 North Power Road, Mesa, Arizona 85205-7610 (480) 924-8778 Race Book
Peoria Peoria Pines 8411 North 107th Avenue, Peoria, Arizona 85345-7472 (623) 972-1364 Race Book
Goodyear Roman’s Oasis 16825 West Yuma Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85338-3103 (623) 932-0922 Race Book
Phoenix American Legion Post 1 364 North Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2534 (602) 252-4303 Race Book
Phoenix Gallagher’s – Baseline 3220 East Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85042-7115 (602) 437-0981 Race Book
Phoenix Gallagher’s – Central Phoenix 7575 North 16th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020-4625 (602) 997-0084 Race Book
Phoenix Big Daddy’s Sports Lounge 10618 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85020-1404 (602) 861-1034 Race Book
Phoenix Purple Turtle 4105 North 51st Avenue, Suite 157, Phoenix, Arizona 85031-1944 (602) 247-3424 Race Book
Prescott Matt’s Saloon 112 South Montezuma Street, Prescott, Arizona 86303-4718 (928) 776-2974 Race Book
Scottsdale Arena Sports Grill 6245 East Bell Road, Suite 101, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254-6404 (480) 948-0008 Race Book
Scottsdale Prankster’s Gar & Brill Too 7919 East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251-6540 (480) 990-1114 Race Book
Sedona Relic’s Restaurant and Roadhouse 3235 West State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona 86336-4917 (928) 282-1593 Race Book
Surprise Brookside II Sports Bar 15170 West Bell Road, Suite 115, Surprise, Arizona 85374-2461 (623) 556-1000 Race Book
Tempe Boston’s Bar and Grill 1730 East Elliot Road, Suite 11, Tempe, Arizona 85284-1600 (480) 831-0822 Race Book
Tucson Famous Sam’s- Central 3933 East Pima Street, Tucson, Arizona 85712-3326 (520) 323-1880 Race Book
Tucson Famous Sam’s – East 7129 East Golf Links Road, Tucson, Arizona 85730-1113 (520) 296-1245 Race Book
Tucson Midtown Bar& Grill 4915 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85712-4734 (520) 327-2011 Race Book
Tucson Old Father Inn 4080 West Ina Road, Tucson, Arizona 85741-2205 (520) 744-1200 Race Book
Yuma Mineshaft 3905 South Fourth Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85366-2439 (928) 317-1110 Race Book

Does Arizona allow charitable gambling?

Yes. While they aren’t as numerous as in some state, you’ll find many bingo halls throughout the state. For instance, the Phoenix-Tempe area has 3 bingo parlors. Tuscon, Scottsdale, Yuma, and a variety of other towns and cities also have charitable bingo halls. Here is a small sampling of what you’ll find.

BINGO HALLS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Glendale DAV 20 Bingo 8447 North 61st Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85302-5816 (623) 931-7320 550 Bingo Seats
Glendale Elks Bingo 5525 West Colter Street, Glendale, Arizona 85301-6803 (623) 930-1810 225 Bingo Seats
Phoenix Reflections Bingo 3415 West Northern Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85051-6528 (602) 973-1303 500 Bingo Seats

Is Social gaming allowed in Arizona?

Yes. Social casinos are allowed in Arizona. Double Down Casino, Zynga Poker, Zynga Slots, Slotomania, and Big Fish Games are available for free play on Facebook or in a mobile app on your Android or iOS device. The MyVegas app from MGM Resorts also is available. Arizona players can build up MGM Resorts rewards points while playing at home, then convert the rewards into comps at a MGM Resorts casino on the Las Vegas Strip.