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Arizona Gaming Department drafting new rules for gambling expansion

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PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Gaming has started drafting new rules to accommodate for the gambling expansion signed last week by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The department, under the new legislation, will act as the primary regulator and enforcement for fantasy sports and events wagering.

“The department is already hard at work drafting rules and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the Arizona betting public as we look towards implementing event and fantasy sports wagering in the months ahead,” Director Ted Vogt said in a press release.

ADG said it was working to make the new gambling options available to Arizonans as soon as possible.

Ducey signed an amended tribal gaming compact and associated legislation on April 15 to authorize a wide-ranging expansion of legal gambling, including sports betting.

The package, which permits betting on professional and college competitions at tribal casinos and sites owned by major pro sports teams, took more than five years to negotiate, Ducey said.

It also opens the door to fantasy sports gambling operations and new Keno games at horse race tracks and fraternal organizations.

The legislation, House Bill 2772, was sponsored by Sen. T.J. Shope and Rep. Jeff Weninger and passed with bipartisan support in both Republican-controlled chambers, 48-12 in the House and 23-6 in the Senate.

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