Arizona Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Arizona

Arizona still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be progress made in the next couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 13.3301-3312; 5.101-131; 5.401-604
Definition of Gambling Gambling: One act of risking or giving something of value for the opportunity to obtain a benefit from a game or contest of chance or skill or a future contingent event but does not include bona fide business transactions.
Definition of Exception to Gambling Laws Exception to gambling laws: Skill and not chance is clearly the predominant factor in the game and the odds of winning the game based upon chance cannot be altered, provided the game complies with any licensing or regulatory requirements by the jurisdiction in which it is operated, no benefit for a single win is given to the player or players other than a merchandise prize which has a wholesale fair market value of less than ten dollars or coupons which are redeemable only at the place of play and only for a merchandise prize which has a fair market value of less than ten dollars and, regardless of the number of wins, no aggregate of coupons may be redeemed for a merchandise prize with a wholesale fair market value of greater than five hundred fifty dollars.
Online Poker/Gambling Arizona lawmakers have not considered online poker or gambling legislation, primarily due to the opposition of such internet games by the majority of tribes.
Live Poker Live poker is permitted in Indian-run casinos, via cash games and tournaments.
Casinos Full-fledged casinos are permitted on Indian reservations with slot machines and table games, including poker.
Sports Betting There have been no attempts to legalize sports betting in Arizona.
DFS There was a bill in 2016 to consider daily fantasy sports, but it did not pass and has not been introduced again since then.
Other Forms of Gambling Lottery, bingo, amusement gambling, charitable casino nights, raffles, horse and harness racing, dog racing only if not on the same day as horse racing activities.

Arizona and Online Poker