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Major events in Arizona gaming history

1935

Arizona legalizes pari-mutuel wagering on horse and Greyhound racing

1937

The first Greyhound track opens in the Phoenix area; it would close one month after opening

1942

The state’s second Greyhound track opens in the Phoenix area

1943

Rillito Park opens in Tucson as the first regulated Quarter Horse track in the country

1944

Tucson Greyhound Park opens

1954

Phoenix Greyhound Park opens

1956

Turf Paradise opens for horse racing

1963

Amado Greyhound Park opens

1965

Apache Greyhound Park opens
Yuma Greyhound Park opens

1967

Black Canyon Greyhound Park opens

1981

The Arizona Lottery begins ticket sales

1982

Legislation allows year-round operations at Greyhound tracks
Last year of racing at Amado and Black Canyon

1988

Racing returns to Rillito Park after several years of inactivity

1991

Off-track betting is legalized

1992

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe v. Arizona – a federal district judge in Arizona rules that the State must negotiate with the tribe and attempt to conclude a compact

1993

Negotiations in the Yavapai-Prescott Case result in the “standard form” compacts
Last year of live racing at Yuma Greyhound

1994

The first tribal casinos open after compacts are signed with 16 tribes

2002

Voters approve new Class III gaming tribal-state compacts for the state’s tribes; the compacts with 21 tribes are enacted in 2003

2004

Last year of live racing at Apache Greyhound

2009

Last year of live racing at Phoenix Greyhound

2011

Yavapai Downs cancels its 2011 race meeting and declares bankruptcy

2013

The Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort opens over Memorial Day weekend

2014

The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December

 

Tribal gaming

There is an active tribal casino industry in Arizona, with 16 tribes operating 24 casinos with slot machines and table games. Five additional tribes do not have casinos but lease their slot machine rights to tribes with casinos.

Ak-Chin Indian Community – Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
Cocopah Indian Tribe – Cocopah Casino, Resort and Conference Center
Colorado River Indian Tribes – Blue Water Casino
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation – Fort McDowell Casino
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe – Spirit Mountain Casino and Crossing Casino
Gila River Indian Community – Wild Horse Pass Casino, Vee Quiva Casino, Lone Butte Casino
Navajo Nation – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Pascua Yaqui Tribe – Casino of the Sun, Casino del Sol
Quechan Indian Tribe – Paradise Casino
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community – Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort
San Carlos Apache Tribe – Apache Gold Casino Resort
Tohono O'odham Nation - Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment in Tucson, Sahuarita and Why
Tonto Apache Tribe – Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
White Mountain Apache Tribe – Hon-Dah Casino
Yavapai-Apache Nation – Cliff Castle Casino
Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – Bucky's Casino, Yavapai Casino

Arizona Department of Gaming
202 East Earll Drive, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone (602) 604-1801


Lottery

The Arizona Lottery began operations in 1981. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, The Pick (lotto), 5 Card Cash, All or Nothing, Fantasy 5 and Pick 3. The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery profits benefit a wide variety of state services and programs, including Local Transportation Assistance Funds, Heritage Fund, County Assistance Fund, Healthy Arizona, Commerce and Economic Development Fund, Homeless Emergency/Transitional Shelters, University Capital Bond Fund, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program and the General Fund. In addition, $300,000 annually is used to support the statewide Problem Gambling Hotline.

Arizona Lottery
4740 E. University Dr.
Phoenix , AZ 85034
Phone (480) 921-4400


Pari-mutuel facilities

Pari-mutuel wagering was legalized in 1935. Until 1982, the Greyhound tracks operated in a live racing circuit; 1982 legislation authorized year-round racing by individual tracks and some of the more remote properties closed. Off-track betting was legalized in 1991 and there are currently 58 OTB locations.

Racetracks have dwindled over the years. Only Turf Paradise, Rillito Park and Tucson Greyhound Park remain as commercial tracks with the closure of Yavapai Downs in 2011.

Turf Paradise
1501 West Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Rillito Park
4502 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85728

Tucson Greyhound Park
2601 South Third Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85173

These tracks and additional fair race meetings are regulated by the Arizona Department of Racing.

Arizona Department of Racing
1110 W. Washington, #260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone (602) 364-1700
 

Charitable gaming

Bingo is legal in Arizona for recreational purposes or to allow certain types of nonprofit organizations to generate funds to support their activities.

Arizona Department of Revenue, Bingo Section
1600 W. Monroe
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2650
Phone (602) 716-7801

 

Last updated on June 19, 2016