Another Arizona sports betting retail option has opened operations this week, as Betfred Arizona launched its We-Ko-Pah Casino Resort location.
The retail offering includes eight self-service Betfred sports betting kiosks inside the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation casino, with four on the casino floor and another four inside the WKP Sports & Entertainment restaurant, according to a company press release.
The kiosks allow customers to place straight bets, futures, parlays, teasers, or in-play wagers. Users can also insert their winning tickets into the kiosks to place additional bets.
“We are now one step closer to offering Arizona sports bettors a great betting experience with the new self-service kiosks at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort," Bryan Bennett, COO of Betfred Sports, said in the release. "We look forward to opening the complete Betfred Sportsbook early next year."
Another Option in Arizona Sports Betting Market
The We-Ko-Pah sportsbook facility joins a growing list of Arizona tribal sports betting outlets.
This month, BetMGM Arizona opened facilities at Gila River Hotels & Casino’s three casinos. TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona has a retail facility at the Tonto Apache Tribe’s Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson.
The latest sportsbook facility to open is the Scientific Gaming-operated SolSports at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, which is the first such facility in Southern Arizona.
The addition of sports betting at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation casino is a game-changer for the nation, as well as the greater region.
That’s the takeaway from We-Ko-Pah General Manager Mary Ketterling, who said in the release she felt the facility could become a can’t-miss destination for gamblers.
"When designing the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation wanted it to be the place to be for local residents and area visitors interested in the latest and greatest gaming options," Ketterling said in the release. "Adding sports betting further helps us make our beautiful casino the one-stop gaming destination they envisioned."
Who Will Be Next to Open Shop in Arizona?
Unibet Arizona (Quechan Tribe) and WynnBET Arizona (San Carlos Apache Tribe) have launched mobile sports betting operations in the state but have yet to open a retail facility.
It’s unclear when Betfred Arizona — which was one of 18 operators to receive an Arizona sports betting apps license from the Department of Gaming in August — will launch its mobile application in the state. Attempts to reach the company were unsuccessful.
SuperBook Sports (Fort Mohave Indian Tribe), Golden Nugget (Hualapai Tribe) and Fubo Gaming (Ak-Chin Indian Community) are among the licensed operators who have yet to open online or in-person.
Fubo Gaming recently launched its website in Iowa and has said previously it expected to have its Arizona site ready by the end of 2021.