Arizona Downs Joins Turf Paradise in Receiving State Limited Operator License

Arizona Downs Joins Turf Paradise in Receiving State Limited Operator License
By Christopher Boan

The 10 recipients of Arizona sports betting limited operator’s licenses include two of the state’s three horse racing tracks.

Arizona Downs Racetrack in Prescott Valley joins Turf Paradise of Phoenix as the two tracks to be licensed to begin retail sports betting. Turf Paradise announced in late January it had received a limited license.

The Arizona Department of Gaming released the full list Tuesday as part of an open records request by The ADG had previously said it didn’t plan to formally release the names of the limited licensees to the public.

The limited licenses allow racetrack enclosures or off-track betting locations that hold Arizona Department of Racing permits to offer in-person sports betting so long as they’re at least five miles from tribal gaming, an event wagering facility or a fellow limited event wagering operator.

Applicants were required to submit a $1,000 application fee, which is part of the initial $10,000 license fee. There is also a $5,000 annual renewal fee.

The approved license holders are not allowed to offer Arizona betting apps.

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Who Earned a Limited Operator’s License

Turf Paradise was previously denied a mobile sports betting license from the ADG. The track filed a complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court in August that was eventually dismissed.

Eight of the 10 licensees announced Tuesday are off-track betting locations, with two inside the Phoenix city limits. Licensees are not allowed to conduct event wagering until they go through the full licensing process and are approved by the ADG, the department said in a news release.

The lone racetrack facility that did not receive a license was Rillito Downs in Tucson, which told last month it had sent an application into the ADG.

Representatives from Rillito Downs did not respond to a request for comment.

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Limited Event Wagering Licensees

  • Arizona Downs, Prescott Valley
  • Gallagher’s Sports Grill — Baseline, Phoenix
  • Gallagher’s Sports Grill — 16th, Phoenix
  • Harold’s Restaurant Cave Creek, Cave Creek
  • Midtown Tavern Sports Bar and Grill, Tucson
  • Turf Paradise, Phoenix
  • T. O’Sullivans Sports Grill, Mesa
  • Boston’s Bar & Grille, Tempe
  • Charlie’s Sports, Glendale
  • Brookside II Sports Bar and Grill, Surprise


Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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