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Digital Sports Betting May Not Look Like Stakeholders Thought It Would In Arizona

by Jill R. Dorson

When online sports betting goes live in Arizona, it might not look the way some stakeholders thought it would. While tribal interests believe they’ll be able to offer digital wagering in their casinos and on their reservations, the latest compact amendment doesn’t clearly allow for mobile wagering on a reservation outside of a casino building, and state regulators say they will geofence tribal lands, meaning that digital platforms from outside of a reservation will not be available within the boundaries of a reservation.

Up to 350,000 Native Americans live on reservations in Arizona, including more than 150,000 in the Phoenix metro area.  In a state with a population of about 7 million, those tribal residents represent 5% of the population.

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