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Currently, there are *25* Class III gaming facilities in Arizona, operated by 16 different tribes. Those Class III casinos may offer “Las Vegas style” gaming activities (e.g., gaming devices, blackjack, keno, jackpot poker, and house-banked poker) and are co-regulated by the Tribal Gaming Office of the tribe that owns the casino and ADG.
There are two Class II facilities in Arizona that are regulated solely by the tribe that operates the facility with oversight from National Indian Gaming Commission under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Class I: Social games played solely for prizes of minimal value, or traditional forms of Indian gaming engaged in by individuals as a part of, or in connection with, tribal ceremonies or celebrations. Class I gaming on tribal lands is exclusively regulated by tribal ordinances. Off of tribal lands, Arizona state law governs gaming between individuals
Class II: Limited to bingo or gambling devices that are based on the game of bingo and regulated by the tribe with oversight provided by the federal government through the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Class III: Full “Las Vegas style” casino gaming such as gaming devices, blackjack, keno, jackpot poker, and house-banked poker and co-regulated by both the Tribal Gaming Office of the tribe that owns the casino, and ADG. Class III requires the tribe operating the casino to enter into a valid Tribal-State Gaming Compact (Compact) with the State before it may operate the casino. Class III casinos may not offer casino games that are not authorized by State law or specifically allowed in the Compact.
A Class II facility is regulated by the tribe that owns it, with oversight by the National Indian Gaming Commission. ADG has no jurisdiction over Class II gaming facilities.
All Class III casinos are regulated by both the Tribal Gaming Office of the tribe that owns the casino and by ADG in accordance with the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact (Compact). The Compact specifies detailed procedures for casino operations. All Class III casinos are required to complete an extensive checklist, and must receive certification from ADG before opening for business. These casinos are subject to both annual compliance and financial audits by ADG to ensure compliance with the Compact.
All gaming activity involves risk and the outcome of any one play, or series of plays, is completely random. Payout percentages are over the expected life of a gaming device.
Class II: Payout percentages* are set solely by the tribe and any changes to them are approved by tribal regulators.
Class III: Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, minimum payout percentages for Class III gaming are set at 80 to 83 percent. This means that a machine must return 80 to 83 percent of wagers over the expected life of the machine. If at any time a Class III casino wishes to alter the payout percentage, it must receive approval from the respective TGO (Tribal Gaming Office), and notify ADG of the change. The machines that have been changed must stay out of play until inspected by both ADG and the TGO to make sure it still is meeting all requirements.
*Payout percentages are over the expected life of a gaming device.
Class II: Contact the facility operator and the appropriate Tribal Gaming Office to address any patron complaints, disputes or legal claims. You can also direct your to the National Indian Gaming Commission’s Phoenix Regional Office at (602) 640-2951. ADG has no regulatory role with respect to Class II facilities.
Class III: Initiate the process with the appropriate Tribal Gaming Office. Section 14 of the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact outlines the process for resolving patron disputes. If a patron is unable to resolve his dispute with the casino over wins and losses, the patron has the right to contact the TGO to resolve the issue. The Compact gives sole authority to the TGOs to resolve patron disputes over wins and losses. Learn more on our Patron Disputes page.
During the expected lifetime of a gaming device the Tribal-State Gaming Compact requires that each game shall theoretically pay out a minimum of 80 percent for games requiring no skill, such as slot machines; 83 percent for games requiring some skill, such as video poker; and 75 percent for keno video games.
A gaming device is a mechanical device, electromechanical device, or a device controlled by an electronic microprocessor or another manner, whether that device constitutes Class II or Class III gaming, that allows a player or players to play games of chance and/or skill, and whether the device accepts coins, tokens, bills, coupons, ticket vouchers, electronic in-house accounting system credits, or other similar forms of consideration and, through the application of chance, allows a player to become entitled to a prize, which may be collected through the dispensing of coins, tokens, bills, coupons, ticket vouchers, electronic in-house accounting system credits or other similar forms of value.
Gaming devices contain a random number generator(s) that constantly produces numbers, even while the machine is not in use. Pulling the handle or pushing the “Spin” button only begins the visual display, which is purely for show. This action displays the reel positions that coordinate with the set of random numbers that were generated when the player pushed “Spin” or pulled the handle.
When playing a gaming device, it is important to remember that every play is random; one pull is completely independent of the previous or succeeding pull. Everything comes down to precisely when the player pushes “Spin” or pulls the handle. A completely different result can be yielded just by playing 1/100 of a second later.
If you have a complaint about the teller, mutuel pay-outs, customer service at one of Arizona’s race tracks, and any other complaint regarding the race track or the facility, the teller has complaint forms to fill out. With mutuel pay-out disputes, do not throw away any tickets that are related to the dispute.
If you are dissatisfied with a race track response, you may submit your complaint to the ADG’s Division of Racing via e-mail to [email protected] or call (602) 364-1700.
ADG’s goal is to respond to all complaints as soon as possible. Some complaints may require additional time for investigation and research due to their complexity. If you do not hear from us within 30 days, please call (602) 364-1700.
Some complaints have filing or response times designated by rule. According to Arizona Administrative Code R19-2-121(D), R19-2-309(D) and R19-2-516:
A person with a grievance or complaint against a track official, an employee of the permittee, or a licensee shall submit it in writing to the ADG Racing Division Stewards within five (5) days of the alleged objectionable act or behavior.
A person with a grievance or complaint against an official or employee of the ADG shall report it in writing to ADG within five (5) days of the alleged objectionable act or behavior.
One of three ways:
Appeal: Within three (3) days of a ruling by the Board of Stewards, you may appeal that ruling to the Director. The appeal must be in writing, contain the grounds for appeal, and be signed by you or your attorney.
Referral: The Board of Stewards may refer matters ruled on, including license denials, to the Director. The Director has the authority to affirm, reverse or modify the Stewards’ rulings and to conduct hearings as deemed appropriate.
Sua Sponte: The Director, after preliminarily reviewing rulings by the Board of Stewards, may decide to hear a matter heard by the Stewards, even if not appealed or referred. The Director has the authority to affirm, reverse or modify the Stewards’ rulings and to conduct hearings as deemed appropriate.
Hearings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Arizona Administrative Procedures Act A.R.S. § 41-1061 and the Arizona Administrative Code R19-2-123 and R19-2-322. View the statute and rules.
Director’s hearings are conducted at the ADG, 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 202, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007. The hearings begin promptly at the time stated in the Notice of Hearing. Individuals with matters on the hearing agenda will receive notice by certified mail at least 30 days prior to the hearing date.
If you have a good reason for delay, you may request, in writing, that a hearing be rescheduled. Please provide a telephone number and email address where you can be reached, you will be contacted and an alternative hearing date will be arranged, if your request is approved by the Director.
You are not required to be represented by an attorney; however, you may retain one if you desire.
You may submit any pertinent documentation as evidence and you will be afforded the opportunity to present your own witnesses and cross-examine any witnesses presented by the State.
You, or any witness you may need, may request to appear by telephone or online. Please make this request at least 5 business days prior to the hearing date so that arrangements can be made, if approved by the Director.
The Director will provide a written decision within 30 days of the date of the hearing. The decision will be sent to you via certified mail or, if an email address is provided, via email.
An order issued by the Director may be appealed. You may request a re-hearing/review by the Director. If the re-hearing/review is not granted, or if the Director upholds the previous decision, you may then request review by the Commission.
Alternatively, you may request a review by the Commission. If the Commission does not grant the review, or if the Commission upholds the Director’s decision, you may appeal to Superior Court for review of the facts of the case. You may appeal the Director’s Order by requesting a re-hearing/review of the decision by the Director; or requesting a review by the Commission; then requesting a review by the Superior Court.
Neither ADG nor the Arizona Racing Commission charge a fee in an Administrative hearing review or appeal. However, court fees may be applicable for a review by the Superior Court.
An animal is considered Arizona bred if foaled or whelped in Arizona. Breeders’ awards will be paid to the owner or lessee of the female of the animal, at the time the animal was foaled or whelped.
Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses – ADG contracts with the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Arizona Quarter Horse Racing Association to certify Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses as Arizona bred, respectively. Please contact these organizations for information about their requirements.
Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association (602) 942-1310
Arizona Quarter Horse Racing Association (602) 625-0468
First Quarter: Paid by October 31st or the last business day in October
Second Quarter: Paid by January 31st or the last business day in January
Third Quarter: Paid by April 30th or the last business day in April
Fourth Quarter: Paid by July 31st or the last business day in July
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that the State report your breeder awards income for tax purposes. The vendor identification form (W-9) must be filed with the State before a payment can be processed.
Awards must be paid to the registered breeder and payments must match the vendor identification form (W-9) that was filed and reported to the IRS.
Post times vary from track to track; therefore, we suggest that you visit the website of the race track for updated information. For your convenience, we have added direct links to their websites from the Racing Division’s website.
Horses may be entered to race at any commercial or county fair race track if the registration papers are on file with a racing office of a permittee currently conducting live racing in Arizona. However, in instances where a race overfills, some Racing Secretaries give preference to entries whose papers are on file at the track where the entry is made.
For your convenience, you can make secure payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week using the ADG Payment Portal for the Racing Division: Pay Online
Alternatively, the Racing Division accepts business checks, money orders, Visa/MC, or cash for licensing fees at licensing offices at the race tracks. Please make checks payable to ADG. If payment is from a foreign bank, then the payment must be made in United States funds. You can mail your payments to Arizona Department of Gaming Racing Division, 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 202, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Most racing licenses are good for two years from the date your application was processed. Your expiration date will be listed on the license received from ADG’s Racing Division. Licenses for Track Owners, Racing Officials, Tote and Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies, Tote and ADW Employees, County Fair Managers and some other key categories expire after one year. Please check the Licensing Fee Chart found at Forms, Licensing & Fees.
The fingerprint fee for your license pays for the cost of the background investigation, including the fee charged by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to process your fingerprints. The fee you paid when you had your fingerprints taken is the fee charged by that entity for taking the fingerprints.
Arizona law requires fingerprints to be submitted with each application. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation requires a new, original fingerprint card to be submitted to process your fingerprints. Fingerprints are processed to receive current, up-to-date information since the last time ADG’s Racing Division submitted your fingerprints.
No. According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office,ADG may not participate in fingerprint reciprocity with other racing jurisdictions. According to Arizona statute, fingerprints can only be submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety for criminal background information and processing through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In Arizona, reciprocity is an authorization that is granted by the Legislature, and ADG does not have this authorization.
A temporary license for owners only is permitted for when they have horses running in special races such as handicaps or stake races. This license will expire 30 days from issuance. The original owner’s license application and other requirements must be received by the end of the 30-day period. No purse money will be paid until the owner is properly licensed.
Anyone who uses any name but their own on the animal registration papers must get a Stable license. All of the owners in a stable who own 10 percent or more must be licensed as owners in addition to the stable name license.
Yes. Arizona is a member of the National Racing Compact. However, standard ADG Racing Division fees apply. Visit National Racing Compact for more information.
Persons younger than 16 years of age are limited to applying for licensing as an OWNER. To do so, he/she also must have a parent/legal guardian sign the owner license application and assume full financial responsibility by obtaining an AUTHORIZED AGENT license.
Any person younger than 18 years of age is NOT eligible for the following licenses: OFFICIAL, TRAINER or ASSISTANT TRAINER. Anyone younger than 18 years of age must have the parent/legal guardian sign a Parent Signature card and both parties must present GOVERNMENTAL ID’S.
Arizona law requires that all employers doing business in Arizona carry workers’ compensation insurance. The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) routinely checks employers at Arizona race tracks for workers’ compensation compliance. Visit ICA for more information.
You can locate Arizona off-track betting (OTB) sites on the Off-Track Betting page here: LINK Please keep in mind that not all OTBs are open seven days per week, and not all take the same horse or dog racing simulcast signals.
*The OTB map, directory and list are subject to change. Please contact the OTB location for hours of operation and signals carried.
Yes. The money wagered at off-track betting locations throughout Arizona is commingled into the same betting pools and treated just the same as if the bet was placed at a race.
No. All dollars wagered off-track are treated exactly as if the wager was placed at the track.
The establishment relies on increased customer traffic, which could mean increased revenues from more food and beverage consumption.
There is a limit to the number of channels that can be wired at these places. It’s best to call the off-track betting location for the list of tracks being carried on any specific day.
The track that sends the signal controls the off-track betting site.
Mutuel tellers are employees of the specific Arizona race track.
Those OTBs that carry both dog and horse race signals have separate contractual relationships with a horse racing and dog racing permittee in the state.
Since all wagers made in Arizona are commingled with the out-of-state track providing the signal, the out-of-state track makes the decisions as to disqualifications, official results and payoffs. If the race is run in Arizona, Arizona officials make those determinations.
In rare situations simulcast technology has failed and this has prevented the wagering information to be transmitted from Arizona to the out-of-state track in a timely manner. When this occurs, the non-Arizona track has the authority to reject Arizona wagers. The Arizona Administrative Code [R19-2-522(B)(6)] offers alternatives to the tracks in handling this situation. All of the Arizona tracks currently choose to refund all wagers when this happens.
You must be 21 to place a wager on a horse or greyhound race.
A winning ticket may be cashed until one year after the last day of the racing meeting where it was purchased.
Contact the race track where you purchased the winning ticket and ask for a claim form. The pari-mutuel ticket is evidence of the contribution to the pari-mutuel pool and the race track’s obligation to pay the bearer.
Mail your winning ticket, return receipt requested, to the race track manager of the race track where the wager was placed along with a letter requesting payment.
Mail your winning ticket, return receipt requested, to the race track manager of the race track where the wager was placed along with a letter requesting payment.
Contact the Arizona race track that provided the forms at the time you cashed the winning wager(s).
ADG’s Racing Division may not provide advice regarding these matters. Therefore, please check with your tax advisor.
Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) is a form of gambling where one can set up an account and wager from their home or office.
No, in Arizona, an Advanced Deposit Wagering company must be licensed and receive a permit to operate in Arizona from the Arizona Racing Commission.
Yes, as long as the pari-mutuel horse racing event has been approved by the Department of Gaming, a wager can be placed on the mobile platform.
Boxing & MMA
You need to provide your medicals (eye, physical, and bloodwork), the license application, documentation of citizenship or alien status, and pay the licensing fee ($10 for amateur MMA and $25 for Professional Boxers and MMA; we do not license amateur boxers).
One of the required medicals is a Physical exam. Physical examinations must be performed by a MD or DO (examinations by chiropractors, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants will not be accepted). Another required medical is a dilated eye exam. Dilated eye exams must be performed by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. The final required medical is a Blood test that includes the following components: HIV test, hepatitis B (surface antigen) test, and hepatitis C (antibody) test.
All medicals are valid for the present year and expire annually on December 31 at midnight.
To get licensed as a Promoter in Arizona, please view the Promoter Application Handbook. For questions, please contact us at (602) 364-1721 or [email protected].
To lift a suspension, please submit a clearance letter and supporting documents via[email protected].
For licensing, the Amateur MMA combatant fee is $10, whereas the Professional combatant, cornermen/seconds, and trainer fees are $25. Note: All fighters and cornermen must be licensed NO LATER THAN the end of weigh-ins OR by the end of day preceding your scheduled bout, whichever is first.
You need to provide your medicals (eye, physical, and bloodwork), the license application, documentation of citizenship or alien status, and pay the licensing fee ($10 for amateur MMA and $25 for Professional Boxers and MMA)
The statute requires that the EWO/Designee provide information on the amount of Adjusted Gross Event Wagering Receipts (AGEWR) they expect to generate in Arizona. The EWO/Designee may use comparable Gross Gaming Revenue from other jurisdictions.
Off Reservation - If the supplier is providing goods and services to an EWO, LEWO, or FSCO off-reservation then there is no dollar threshold and a license is required.
On Reservation - If the supplier is providing goods and services on-reservation, the supplier will need to be State Certified as a gaming vendor. More information on the on-reservation certification process can be found on this page: https://gaming.az.gov/tribal-gaming/state-certifications
Yes. The Department prefers separate PDF files or the PDF files can be compressed into a zip file. If needed, the PDF files can be sent via multiple emails.
During each EW License application period, all prospective applicants are required to submit a new application fee with each their application. These application fees are nonrefundable pursuant to A.R.S. Section 5-1304(B)(9).
No, this only applies to foreign individuals without a Non-Resident US Social Security Number.
A copy of the agreement between the Tribe and the designee needs to be provided with the application.
Sub-Providers are Suppliers and/or Ancillary Suppliers who will assist you in the operation of your event wagering platform. The Department is requesting that Management Services Provider applicants list their Suppliers and Ancillary Suppliers involved in providing management services. These sub-providers would need to submit an application to the Department only if they fit into one of the licensing categories (Supplier, Ancillary Supplier, etc.).
Yes, within five (5) days of receiving a completed application, the Department will issue a temporary license to the applicant if they are suitable for licensure.
This will be a description of any proposed physical facility that will be operated by the applicant in Arizona. For example, location, size, operating capacity (e.g. how many player windows and/or kiosks).
This individual does not need to disclose as an outside third party; the CEO or President is sufficient.
The Department is requesting that applicants provide all litigation details, with no time limitation.
Yes, please provide confirmation/documentation that the credit report has been requested. Once you receive the credit report, you can email it to the Department.
The Department will not disclose the information submitted for an event wagering or fantasy sports license, as A.R.S. §5-1203(D) & A.R.S. § 5-1305(H) requires ADG to keep all information and records related to event wagering and fantasy sports contests applications confidential.
Questions and concerns regarding the licensing process can be sent to [email protected].
No, there is no additional application fee for key employees (CEO, CFO, COO, owners 5% or more, or equivalent). These applications are part of the company applicant submission. However, event wagering employees will need to be licensed and are subject to an application fee. Please refer to A.A.C. R19-4-104.A and A.A.C. R19-4-105.B.
A.R.S. § 5-1202-G allows the Department to require the licensing of a Holding Company of a Fantasy Sports Contest Operator. The Department will make this decision on a case-by-case basis.
Event Wagering statutory and rules provisions do not include a similar standard. However, an Event Wagering Operator, Limited Event Wagering Operator, Designee, and Management Services Provider should disclose their parent company to the Department.
Fingerprint cards are to be sent to our office at 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 202, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Once a Complete application (R19-4-105(A) & R19-4-205(A)) is received, the investigation will begin.
Full investigation time can fluctuate based on a number of principles and information provided.
Upon completion of our due diligence, the department will issue a license or deny the applicaition.
Most investigations will be completed within 30 days of receiving a complete applicaiton.
Yes, we will accept unaudited financial statements to include Income Statement/P&L, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flow for the past three (3) years.
Yes, a Designee will need to disclose their relationship with a team or tribe to the Department.
COO/position that oversees operations
Event Wagering – Owners of 5% or more with voting rights
Fantasy Sports – Owners of 10% or more with voting rights
Yes, a certificate will be provided to be displayed.
Suppliers licensed in other jurisdictions may submit that information for consideration; however, the application will be evaluated as a whole rather than by that one criterion.
No, if a Designee is appointed, the background investigation will focus on the Designee.
Arizona Department of Gaming Event Wagering & Fantasy Sports 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 202 Phoenix, AZ 85007
There is no limit of licenses available for fantasy sports contests.
The Department prefers the application fees be paid using our Pay Online platform; however the Department will accept domestic wires upon request. Please contact LaTrina Rosemond (Comptroller) at [email protected] with any questions on payment.
The supplemental allocation application may be filled out by the Event Wagering Operator applicant (tribe or team), the Designee, the Management Services Provider, or any combination thereof.
Yes, parent company financial statements are acceptable. If no parent company is involved, the investigation will closely examine the owners that disclose Key Employees.
Private fantasy sports contests cannot have more than 15 players per contest and $10K in total entry fees per year.
You will need to submit a detailed credit report that reflects your account history, payment history, credit inquiries, collections, etc. The Department will accept credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Yes, due to the language in the statute and the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, the Department has determined that a licensee is subject to the two distinct jurisdictions through licensure. The Department will minimize duplication of investigative efforts where possible.
Payment is due on the same date that applications are due, but may be submitted prior to the application as long as the payment identifies the associated application that is forthcoming.
Types of wagers include, but are not limited to: single game bets, teaser bets, parlays, over-under bets, money line bets, pools, exchange wagering, in-game wagering, in-play bets, prop bets, straight bets. Follow the link to view our Catalog of Approved Wagers: https://gaming.az.gov/ewfs/catalog-approved-wagers
You can send your color photo either as a JPEG or PNG.
A copy of the agreement between the Tribe operator and the designee is a required document that needs to be provided with the application.