Arizona Judge Refuses to Block Sportsbetting Law

This week Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith refused to issue an injunction that would block the state of Arizona sportsbetting law from going into effect on Thursday.

The law allows for single event sportsbetting, which will be available through mobile apps and casinos. The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe was the Plaintiff on the case and sought the injunction, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. The case was thrown out though, as the judge ruled that the state's current regulations do not restrict the ability to allow for sportsbetting in the state.

The judge also ruled that the tribe's delay in filing an appeal on the law's passage in April didn't help.

Speaking about the ruling a spokesman for Governor Doug Ducey noted: "Today's ruling is not just a win in court, but a win for Arizona. A tremendous amount of work by a diverse group of stakeholders has gone in to implementing HB2772 and the amended tribal-state gaming compacts. This ruling means that work will be allowed to continue."

The activity will go live tomorrow throughout the state.

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Dustin Jermalowicz // News Editor
Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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