The Arizona Department of Gaming has decided which commercial operator to award the license opened up in the state with the closure of Fubo Sportsbook.
On Tuesday the ADG announced that bet365 will be the new sports betting operator for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, replacing the gap left by Fubo’s departure.
SBC Americas reached out to bet365 about the license approval but the company declined to comment.
Bet365 is currently gearing up for a launch in Kentucky in roughly a month. The pre-registration period is already underway. It will be the sixth market for bet365, which is already live in Ohio, Virginia, New Jersey, Iowa, and Colorado.
Should Arizona launch soon, that would make it seven for the operator who, earlier this year, appeared to be curbing which states it was going to enter. Bet365 pulled out of Massachusetts after entering into a partnership with Raynham Park. While Raynham Park would later prove to have its share of licensing issues, there was still an option for an untethered online sportsbook license that bet365 did not pursue.
Per regulations, bet365 will need to launch in the state within 180 days of Aug. 29.
The ADG also opened up the application process for the remaining two event arena sports betting licenses earlier this summer. Per an ADG representative, the regulator did not approve any operators in that category for this application period.
It seemed as if Fanatics would try to find a pro team to partner with in order to get into Arizona. PointsBet had tried to secure a license during the initial wave of applications but it was not selected. However, it will not have access to the Arizona sports betting market this football season after all.