Desert Diamond Casinos inks Kambi deal for Arizona sports betting


Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, an enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation which operates casino properties in Arizona, is to bring sports betting to the state after securing a long-term alliance with Kambi.

This will see the tribal operator, which is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, gain the provision of on-property, as well as online, sportsbooks.

The multi-channel agreement will see Kambi provide its full suite of sports betting technology, initially rolling out on-property across the operator’s West Valley, Sahuarita, and Tucson, Arizona properties in the fourth quarter.

The company adds that an online sportsbook is set to follow shortly afterwards under the newly created entity of Desert Diamond Mobile. 

Desert Diamond Casinos will benefit from Kambi’s on-property offering, including the Kambi kiosk and bring your own device technology, as well as harnessing the firm’s enhanced in-event combinability product which launched in September to coincide with the start of the NFL season.

Kristian Nylén, Kambi’s chief executive officer, explained: “We are very proud to partner with Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, a deal which further strengthens Kambi’s strong relationship with tribal casino operators. 

“Desert Diamond Casinos is renowned for offering world-class gaming and entertainment experiences and complements Kambi’s strategy to partner with market leaders.

 “We look forward to working with them closely to deliver high-quality and exciting sports betting experiences to both its on-property patrons and online customers in the state of Arizona.”

In August, the operator was one of 10 Arizona Indian tribes in to receive a licence from the Arizona Department of Gaming to offer sports wagering in the state.

Mike Bean, CEO of Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, added: “We are delighted to sign this multi-year agreement with Kambi, which has a proven track record in sportsbook provision across the globe. 

“This exciting partnership provides Desert Diamond with the ability to leverage its long standing, well-regarded brand to provide our guests with a leading sports betting product across multiple channels.”