Tonto Apache made history by launching onsite retail sportsbook in Arizona

Tonto Apache made history by launching onsite retail sportsbook in Arizona

        The Tonto Apache’s have made history after becoming the first Indian tribe in Arizona to roll out a live onsite retail sportsbook, the group announced on Thursday’s press release.

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A First in Arizona

The Tonto Apache launched the retail sportsbook at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson, Arizona.

Backed by the Churchill Downs owned TwinSpires sportsbook, the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino accepts live bets on the results of professional, college, and international sport and athletic events.

The Indian Tribe will follow it up with the statewide launch of its mobile sports betting app statewide through the TwinSpires online app on Thursday 16 September at 9 am local time.

Tonto Apache and nine other Indian tribes applied and secured sports betting licenses under new legislation HB 2772.

The list of other tribe and partner operators include the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe alongside its SuperBook Sports partner, Navajo Nation, Quechan Tribe, and Unibet Arizona, Tohono O’odham Nation, Hualapai Tribe, and Golden Nugget, Ak-Chin Indian Community, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, and Digital Gaming, San Carlos Apache Tribe with Wynn, and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. 

The state’s gaming regulator also awarded eight sports organizations with the same permits.  

Quotes from the Press Release

Calvin Johnson, Tonto Apache chair, commented on the historic launch of the retail sportsbook: “Over the last several years, we have worked diligently to secure our sports wagering license and today marks a significant milestone for Tonto Apache.”

“In conjunction with our world class partner, we look forward to offering a dynamic sportsbook, supporting the local community and bringing more visitors and sports fans to the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. This opportunity will also present great opportunities and economic benefits for our people.”  

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