The current Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact (Compact) was passed by Arizona voters in the November 2002 election as Proposition 202, which is a part of Arizona law. The Proposition also authorized the State to enter into and maintain Compacts with tribes for up to 23 years.
The Compact sets forth the types of permitted games, establishes technical standards for the gaming machines, authorizes the State to inspect casinos, requires background investigations and licensing of casino employees and vendor companies, and requires tribes to contribute 1 to 8 percent of their net gaming revenues to state and local governments.
The current Compact lasts for 10 years and can be renewed for another decade and one additional term of three years.
Under the Compact, a maximum of 20,500 slot machines are allowed in Arizona, including Transfer Agreements (tribes with Compacts may transfer their slot machines to other recognized tribes, allowing those that do not have casinos, or that are located in remote areas, to receive gaming revenue). Currently there are about 15,600 slot machines in operation. The maximum wager limit for a slot machine is $35 per play for most tribes.
Additionally, a maximum of approximately 3,600 card and table games are allowed in Arizona (blackjack, poker, house-banked poker). Currently, there are about 485 card and table games in operation. The maximum wager limit for card and table games varies by game type and tribe.