WynnBET Joins Forces With San Carlos Apache Tribe in Pursuit of Arizona Online Sports Betting License

  • Wynn Resorts’ wagering arm and the tribe have just over two months to get Arizona licensure
  • September 9 is the date the ADG has set for legal sports betting to launch in the state
  • Of the 20 sportsbook licenses up for grabs in Arizona, ten will be going to tribal casinos
  • The San Carlos Apache Tribe’s two Arizona casinos are in San Carlos and Winkelman
  • WynnBET said its footprint will eventually cover “approximately 77%” of the US population
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With legal sports betting set to go live in Arizona on September 9, WynnBET has joined forces with the San Carlos Apache Tribe to obtain relevant licensure in time for the state’s market launch. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Partners in a strategic move

WynnBET and the San Carlos Apache Tribe have partnered in a strategic move to go after an online sports betting license in Arizona.

Seth Medvin, director of public relations for WynnBET – the sports betting arm of luxury hospitality giant Wynn Resorts – took to Twitter on July 2 to announce the deal with the southeastern Arizona tribe:

The new partnership gives the pair a little over two months to get their relevant online sports wagering papers stamped before September 9. This is the day the National Football League (NFL)’s new season kicks off, and the date the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) has set for the state’s legal sports betting market to go live.

a little over two months to get their relevant online sports wagering papers stamped before September 9

WynnBET and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Gaming Enterprise will now work together to nail down licensure. According to an official news release, WynnBET’s Arizona market access is “subject to license eligibility and availability as well as regulatory approvals.”

September 9 on sportsbooks’ minds

The ADG’s September 9 launch date has gotten sportsbooks and Arizona sports organizations striking deals and mobilizing forces at pace. Only 20 sports betting licenses will get portioned out in Arizona.

With half of these earmarked for tribal casinos, the San Carlos Apache Tribe is making sure it gets all its ducks in a row in order for sports betting to roll out this fall at its two Arizona casinos, namely the Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos and Apache Sky Casino in Winkelman.

The other ten sports wagering licenses will go to professional sports entities in Arizona, with pro franchises allowed to open brick-and-mortar sportsbooks on their properties. Said entities haven’t been sitting on their laurels, either. Caesars Entertainment has already partnered with the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, Fan Duel inked a deal with NBA’s Phoenix Suns, and DraftKings teamed up with TPC Scottsdale – a golf course on the PGA Tour circuit.

Should the Apache-Wynn licensure partnership bear fruit, the tribe’s two casinos in Arizona will gain access to the WynnBET app. While announcing its partnership with the Arizona tribe on July 2, WynnBET said its app provides “highly social sports-betting technology […] so that wagering and winning can be a celebrated and shared experience.”

Arizona is WynnBET’s 16th state

For WynnBET, the Apache tribe tie-up means it has market access to 16 states where it operates or, as in Arizona, has plans to launch subject to meeting regulatory, legal, and other related operational criteria.

footprint will eventually cover “approximately 77%” of the US population

Subject to said requirements and to gaining entry into “additional states in the near-term,” WynnBET said its market access footprint will eventually cover “approximately 77%” of the US population.

The WynnBET mobile sports betting app is currently available in Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, and Tennessee. WynnBET’s app launched in the latter state in April, allowing its marketing collaboration with the National Basketball Association’s Memphis Grizzlies to officially begin.