Arizona advances gambling expansion bill

Arizona is looking at a new proposal by Republican Jeff Weninger who wants to see existing casinos and sports franchises start offering sports betting and more casino products.

The bill, which passed successfully through the Arizona House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, also seeks to grant tribal operators gaming rights.

The bill states that both tribal and non-tribal gambling will be taxed at 8% and that the revenue will be used to top up the general state fund, with a chunk of the money going into education.

A lobbyist group that is looking for entry by its daily fantasy sports companies in the state says that the companies in question estimate the move could bring “as much as $42m a year in new state revenue.”

Arguably, the proposal's biggest success is the inclusion of tribes into the matter. Historically opposed, tribes are not known for their positive attitude of commercial casinos. Yet, Governor Doug Ducey has worked for years and tribes are now open to the idea of co-hosting sports betting and casino games.

However, not everyone is quite as content. David Delos, president of the Arizona Licensed Beverage Association, told the House Commerce Committee the bill doesn't suggest any improvements or expansion of other venues hosting gambling operations, such as restaurants and bars.

This would mean such businesses could be forced out and shut down with the pandemic continuously biting into their revenue. The bill does not mention if any breaks or gambling expansion will be enabled in such venues.

Meanwhile, Arizona has limited access to gambling, and no access to crypto options, such as, 1xBit, and FortuneJack to name a few.

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Written by Barney


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