OpenBet Signs Arizona Sports Betting Deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resorts

OpenBet Signs Arizona Sports Betting Deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resorts

By Christopher Boan

Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The latest addition to the Arizona sportsbooks community is the new OpenBet Sportsbook at Scottsdale’s Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

The facilities are located inside the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s two casino enterprises, featuring a number of self-service betting terminals and a host of other services.

The OpenBet wagering systems will utilize management services from Don Best Sports, along with a number of AI-driven pricing models and other state-of-the-art sports betting systems.

A Banner Day for Arizona Retail Sports Betting

Cathryn Lai, who serves as the chief commercial officer for OpenBet, said in a company press release that Wednesday’s news serves as the latest step for the company in the Grand Canyon State.

“We’re incredibly proud to have secured this partnership with Casino Arizona, with our robust and scalable retail products set to provide the operator with the best platform to enter the highly competitive sports betting arena,” Lai said in the press release. “This is undoubtedly an exciting time for Casino Arizona and its sister property Talking Stick Resort. With an unrivalled passion for sports betting entertainment, our team will utilize their extensive experience to deliver a smooth launch. We’re looking forward to bringing quality and responsible sports betting opportunities to even more Arizonians later this year.”

For the team at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, Wednesday’s announcement represents a new opportunity to capitalize on an Arizona sports betting scene fresh off a record-shattering $690.979 million month in March.

Now, the two Valley properties have a chance to go head-to-head with other retail sportsbooks at neighboring tribal casinos, such as the BetMGM-branded facilities at Gila River Resorts and the Caesars Sportsbook Arizona at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Arizona in Maricopa.

“Launching a new retail sportsbook is an extremely exciting move for our organization,” Ramon Martinez, who serves as director of public relations at the two properties, said in a press release. “Sports betting has grown to become a major form of entertainment and we wanted to complement our core offering to bring even more exciting opportunities for our customers. When choosing a technology partner to power our sportsbook, OpenBet’s reputation was clear to see and we know that we’re in safe hands given its reliable and trusted solutions.”

Which Tribes Have Retail Sportsbooks in Arizona

Ten Arizona tribes have opened retail sportsbooks, including the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O’odham Nation in the Tucson area.

The Scientific Gaming-operated facility at Casino del Sol (Pascua Yaqui Tribe) was the first retail sportsbook in Tucson when in launched in November.

Elsewhere in the greater Valley region,  Betfred Arizona and We-Ko-Pah Casino teamed up to launch eight self-service kiosks at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation-owned property.

A total of 10 tribes received Arizona sports betting apps licenses from the Department of Gaming in August, though any tribe that’s part of the 2021 gaming compact can offer retail sports wagering on tribal land.

Mobile Sports Betting Licensees

  • Ak-Chin Indian Community (Fubo Gaming)*
  • Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM Arizona)*
  • Arizona Coyotes (SaharaBets)*
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars Sportsbook Arizona)*
  • Arizona Rattlers (BetRivers Arizona)*
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (Betfred Arizona)*
  • Fort Mohave Indian Tribe (SuperBook Sports)*
  • Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe (Unibet Arizona)*
  • Hualapai Tribe (Golden Nugget)*
  • Navajo Nation (Hard Rock Sportsbook)*
  • Phoenix Mercury (Bally’s Sports Arizona)*
  • Phoenix Speedway (Penn National Interactive/Barstool Sports)*
  • Phoenix Suns (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona)*
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe (WynnBET Arizona)*
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe (Digital Gaming/Betway)*
  • Tohono O’odham Nation (Kambi Group)*
  • Tonto Apache Tribe (TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona)*
  • TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona)*

Tribal Retail Sportsbooks

  • Ak-Chin Indian Community (Caesars Sportsbook)*
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (Betfred Arizona)*
  • Fort Mohave Indian Tribe (BetMGM)*
  • Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe (Unibet)*
  • Gila River Indian Community (BetMGM Arizona)*
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Scientific Gaming)*
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (OpenBet)*
  • Tohono O’odham Nation (Kambi Group)*
  • Tonto Apache Tribe (TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona)*
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation (IGT PlaySports)*

Non-tribal Retail Sportsbooks

  • Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM Arizona)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars Sportsbook Arizona)*
  • Phoenix Suns (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona)*
  • TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona)

Limited License Sportsbooks

  • Arizona Downs (Caesars Sportsbook)
  • Gallagher’s Sports Grill – Baseline (Unibet)
  • Gallagher’s Sports Grill – 16th (Unibet)
  • Harold’s Restaurant Cave Creek (Unibet)
  • Midtown Tavern Sports Bar and Grill (Unibet)
  • Turf Paradise (Unibet)*
  • R.T. O’Sullivans Sports Grill (Unibet)
  • Boston’s Bar & Grille (Unibet)
  • Charlie’s Sports (Unibet)
  • Brookside II Sports Bar and Grill (Unibet)

* — Have launched operations

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