Kindred Group and Caesars Entertainment are among the latest operators to document Arizonan entry, as the wait for the US’ latest legal sports betting state ends.
The former enters the market via an initial ten-year partnership with Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, which first includes online sports betting, with retail and igaming, pending the passage of legislation, to follow.
“The Quechan Tribe is looking forward to having a great partnership with Kindred Group,” commented Jordan Joaquin, Quechan president.
“With mobile and retail sportsbook in Arizona, we look forward to bringing additional economic development opportunities and benefits to the Tribe. The additional revenues will serve our members for vital programs for our community.”
Kindred’s second US launch of the month, following the firm’s debut in Iowa alongside Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino, brings its flagship Unibet brand into its sixth US state.
“We are extremely pleased to be awarded one of the ten tribal licenses available in the state of Arizona,” stated Manuel Stan, SVP of Kindred US.
“This means Unibet is able to be in the first wave of operators launching in the first day when the market opens, which aligns perfectly with the start of the football season.
“Arizona’s passion for sports is unmatched, and through our great partnership with the Quechan Tribe, we’re excited to first provide a mobile sportsbook experience for sports fans of all levels with retail to follow.
“The partnership is one we look forward to building on long term, with the opportunity to expand into California when the market regulates.”
Furthermore, Caesars, in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks, has unveiled its retail entity at the Chase Field home of the MLB franchise, with its mobile entity also available for users state-wide.
Caesars’ partnership with the team includes plans to build a two-story sportsbook and sports bar at the stadium, which it says is scheduled to open in early 2022.
“Today’s event was a culmination of what we’ve been excited about for quite some time, bringing legal sports betting to the great sports fans in Arizona,” said Chris Holdren, co-president of Caesars Digital. “Arizona is like a second home for Caesars, and we’ve operated in the state for more than 25 years.
“We take pride in our brand-new Caesars Sportsbook app being online for day one of sports betting here and we’re ecstatic to offer Arizonans a sports betting experience that can’t be matched.”