In less than a week, the San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year and is one of the most popular events to wager on. The Arizona Department of Gaming asks that if you choose to wager, please do so legally and responsibly.
“The Arizona Department of Gaming wants all Arizonans to enjoy the Super Bowl,” said Jackie Johnson, ADG CEO. “However, it is crucial to remind those interested in a friendly wager to do so carefully to ensure gambling is both
fun and legal.”
Sports Pools – Know What Rules to Follow
In the United States, it is common to see friends and family participate in sports pools for the Super Bowl, often known as “Super Bowl Squares”. These pools are legal as long as the state’s social gambling rules are followed. According to Arizona Law (A.R.S. § 13-3301(7)), social gambling requires:
● That gambling cannot be conducted as business, which means that hosts cannot receive financial benefit, unless they are participating in the game;
● Hosts pay out all pool money to the winner(s);
● Only participants can win; and
● Players compete on equal terms with each other.
A few things to be on the lookout for that indicate illegal gambling:
● Paying a fee to participate, including “suggested” or “voluntary” donations.
● A host who keeps a percentage of the pool for administering the game.
● A required minimum purchase to participate (food or beverage, etc.).
● Unequal odds.
● Underage participants (under 21 years of age).
ADG takes complaints about illegal gambling seriously. To report suspected illegal gambling activity, visit our website or call 602-255-3886. You can remain anonymous.
Responsible Betting – What to Keep in Mind
With sports betting legal in the state, it has become increasingly important to educate yourself on how you can bet responsibly. Listed below are some helpful tips as part of the American Gaming Association’s Have A Game Plan. ® Bet Responsibly. campaign:
● Set a Budget – It is crucial to keep in mind that everyone will have different budgets; never bet beyond your own means. Be cautious and make sure you set a limit – and stick to it – if you plan on wagering. More information on how to responsibly set a budget for wagering. HERE
● Know the Odds – There are plenty of key terms everyone should know when making a sports bet. What’s a parlay? Over/under? Moneyline? If you decide to wager, make sure you are briefed on the basics of sports betting.
● Keep it Social – Whenever gambling, be mindful that all forms of gambling are for the purpose of entertainment. This is not a way to make money. By gaming with friends, family, and colleagues, you can keep playing responsibly and have fun.
● Use Legal Sportsbooks – Legal operators provide important player protections that are not found in the illegal market. Whether you are placing a wager on your phone or at a physical sportsbook, make sure you are using a legal operator in the state. Visit the ADG website to view a list of the state’s approved operators and retail locations.
You can view more information on how to bet responsibly by visiting haveagameplan.org.
Are you or a loved one impacted by a problem with gambling? Take the next step and access the state’s 24-hour confidential helpline by calling 1-800-NEXTSTEP, texting NEXTSTEP to 53342, or visiting problemgambling.az.gov.
Arizona Department of Gaming to Accept Applications for Event Wagering Licenses
The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced that it will begin accepting applications for event wagering licenses in August. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 5 -1304 and A.A.C. R19-4-105 and 106, ADG will accept applications for one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Tribes and two event wagering licenses reserved for Arizona Sports Franchises, as defined in A.R.S. § 5-1301(7).
To ensure transparency and accessibility, ADG will publish updated application forms and guidelines on its website on July 14, 2023. Furthermore, ADG will be hosting an informational webinar on July 17 for prospective applicants. The webinar will cover key aspects of the application process, provide clarification, and address queries from potential applicants.
The application window for event wagering licenses will open on August 1 and will close on August 15. Applicants must submit their completed applications within this timeframe in order to be considered for a license. ADG will thoroughly evaluate all applications received based on the established criteria pursuant to the State’s event wagering rules and statutes.
Arizonans Bet Nearly $492M on Sporting Events in February
Arizonans bet nearly $492 million on sporting events in February and won back all but $24 million of that money, a slight dip as pro football ended except for the Super Bowl on Feb. 13.
Tuesday’s report from the Arizona Department of Gaming on the sixth month of legalized sports betting showed sportsbooks made $24.4 million in gross profits after federal tax. But that was before they gave away $17.6 million in free bets that are designed to get state residents in the habit of gambling under the new law Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed last year.
That left $6.9 million in adjusted profits for the 18 professional sporting teams and tribes now running mobile or brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. The state take was just $670,000 in taxes. The state levies an 8% tax on retail wagers and 10% on mobile app bets.
The free bets eating into the profit and the state’s tax haul will phase out over the next several years. They start at 20% of gross receipts in the first two years and then drop to 15% and then 10% before ending in the sixth year of legalized sports betting.
February’s numbers were slightly below January receipts of $563 million, profits of $19.6 million after free bets and state taxes of $1.9 million.
Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt said in a statement that the slight drop in wagers compared to January was expected.
“Event wagering levels continue to indicate a strong market in Arizona. While there was a small decline in wagering activity, the state maintained a strong national presence in a traditionally slower month of sports wagering,” Vogt said in a statement.
Between the launch of sports betting and the end of the year, gamblers wagered more than $1.7 billion and the sports books made about $60 million in profit. That led to taxes paid to the state of $6.1 million.
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Arizona Moves Closer to Consolidating Gambling Regulators
The Arizona House Rules Committee voted 8-0 Monday to advance a bill that would consolidate the commissions that oversee racing, gaming, boxing, and mixed martial arts. The bill is now headed to a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, scheduled for this week.
House Bill 2509, introduced by Republican Leo Biasiucci, would establish a new state gaming commission to regulate and promote activities that currently fall under three separate commissions: the Arizona Racing Commission, the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, and the Department of Gaming. If passed, the law will come into effect on 30 June 2023.
The legislation includes provisions for determining six members of the new Arizona Gaming Commission, four of whom would be gubernatorial appointees. The latter would include a director of the commission with at least five years’ experience in public or business administration, a certified public accountant, a member experienced in law enforcement, and another gubernatorial public appointee. In addition, the Senate president and House speaker would each have a public appointee.
If passed, the bill would make Arizona the second state after Tennessee to remove regulation of the gaming industry from the original regulator. Tennessee legislators voted last year to take responsibility for regulating the new sports betting industry away from the Tennessee Lottery and hand it to the Sports Wagering Advisory Council.
Arizona has had regulated online sports betting since September. The state allowed for up to 20 sports betting licenses, 10 of which were dedicated for professional sports teams and 10 to be allocated to federally recognized tribes located in the state. As it turns out, however, not all of the sports team licenses have been claimed and there are more tribes than licenses available for them.
The Arizona Department of Gaming was created in 1995 and assumed responsibility from the Arizona Department of Racing to monitor Indian gaming operations. The duties of the department expanded in 2015 to include regulating commercial horse and dog racing, parimutuel wagering, boxing and mixed martial arts. Arizona outlawed dog racing in 2016.
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