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State of Play

Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 26

  • Economic Impact $4.75 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 38,069

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $691.4 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $1.90 Billion (2016)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Arizona has 16 tribes operating 25 Class III gaming casinos in the state. Another six tribes do not have casinos but can lease their Class III gaming devices to other tribes in the state under a “transfer agreement.” Under the tribal-state compact, there is a maximum of 20,500 slot machines permitted in the state, including the transfer agreements.

Responsibility for regulatory oversight of tribal gaming operations is divided between the tribes and the state. Section 6 of the tribal-state compact mandates tribal regulation of the compact provisions, while Section 7 described the state monitoring of the compact provisions.

The tribes, through a tribal gaming agency, are generally responsible for the regulation of all gaming activities pursuant to the tribe’s gaming ordinance and for the enforcement of the compact and its appendices on behalf of the tribe.

As per the compacts, the Arizona Department of Gaming has the authority to monitor the tribe’s gaming

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Gaming Manufacturers and Suppliers License
Provider of Gaming Services License
Management Contractors and Financiers License

EXCLUSIVITY FEE
In exchange for substantial exclusivity given to Arizona tribes, the tribes agreed to contribute a percentage of their Class III net win to the state. The percentages are distributed in the following manner:
  
Net WinShare to State
$0 – $25m1 percent
$25m – $75m3 percent
$75m – $100m6 percent
More than $100m8 percent

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
Yes

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
None

STATE USE OF REVENUE
88% to the Arizona Benefits Fund. 12% to cities, towns or counties for government services or deposits into the Commerce and Economic Development Commission Local Communities Fund

TRIBAL USE OF REVENUE
Requirements as described in IGRA

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
A portion of the money contributed to the Arizona Benefits Fund helps fund responsible gaming programs in the state.

SELF-EXCLUSION
Tribes must establish procedures for advising people about state’s self-exclusion list.

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
None

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
Tribes may not advertise to minors or target those on the self-exclusion list.

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
Must place signs at entrance and exit stating help is available for problem gamblers.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Must be 21 to wager in a tribal gaming facility.

OPERATION ON HOLIDAYS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Gaming devices must be approved by an independent testing laboratory licensed by a tribal gaming office and certified by the state gaming agency.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act apply.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Federal shipping requirements under the Johnson Act apply.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Yes

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
None

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING
Not allowed