Arizona’s Casino Del Sol to Launch Retail Sportsbook in September
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The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has announced the opening of a new SolSports-branded sportsbook lounge at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, subject to regulatory approval by the Arizona Department of Gaming. According to the casino management, the sports wagering venue will offer the most competitive lines to bettors in the state when it launches in September.
Construction of the book is currently underway, and it will be located in the area formerly occupied by Paradiso Lounge inside the casino. The iconic lounge will feature a spacious luxury seating area with a capacity of 100 people. The area will be surrounded by large flat screen televisions and a HD viewing wall to allow patrons to watch their favorite sporting event.
Sports enthusiasts visiting the facility will be able to place their wagers at one of six live betting windows found inside the sportsbook area. In addition to the betting windows, the retail sportsbook will have eight self-service kiosks, food service, and a full bar.
‘’Our goal is to continue to add to our offerings, so we are looking forward to providing our guests with another exceptional gaming experience with our new sportsbook. SolSports will provide the ultimate environment for guests to watch and bet on their favorite professional and college sports,’’ said Casino Del Sol CEO Kimberly Van Amburg.
Casino Del Sol’s sister property, Casino of the Sun, is also expected to offer several self-service sports betting kiosks.
SolSports Sportsbook to Run on Scientific Games Platform
In its press release about the new sportsbook, Casino Del Sol stated that the Pascua Yaqui Tribe will serve as SolSports operator and bookmaker, instead of partnering with a third party.
The operator further revealed that the sportsbook will run on Scientific Game’s OpenSports platform, while Don Best Sports will provide full risk and liability management service.
Commenting on the facility’s new partnership with Scientific Games, Casino Del Sol’s CEO said:
‘’In launching our new sportsbook, we partnered with Scientific Games due to their technical expertise. The OpenSports solution is a robust and scalable platform that can withstand all the pressures associated with major sporting events, while providing customers with an extensive range of markets. We are confident our guests will enjoy the new SolSports sportsbook and we can’t wait to go live later this year.’’
Scientific Games statement was delivered by the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the US market, Catherine Lai.
‘’Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun have both worked tirelessly to become leading casinos in Arizona and we are sure this new partnership can go from strength to strength in the newly regulated state,’’ said the SVP.
‘’We believe Arizona’s sports betting market will grow rapidly in size and we look forward to providing customers with a first-class offering.’’
The partnership with the two Pascua Yaqui Tribe casinos is the first for Scientific Games in Arizona.
ADG Confirms the Go-Live Date for Daily Fantasy Sports in Arizona
In other news, the Arizona Department of Gaming has given licensed DFS operators the green light to launch operations on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The regulator confirmed the go-live date for the market during its second event wagering and fantasy sports operations meeting held on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
According to the ADG, operations will kick off at 12.01 am, but eligible operators will be required to have their house rules and internal controls approved by the regulator by 4 pm on Friday.
The Department also announced that qualified online sports betting operators can start marketing their sportsbooks upon receiving a notice of license allocation from the ADG on Friday.
The regulator is expected to issue 20 combined licenses for both online and retail wagering to the state’s gaming tribes and professional sports organizations. An additional 10 retail licenses have also been set aside for racetracks and off-track betting parlors.
So far, only FanDuel and Penn National Gaming’s Barstool Sportsbook have confirmed receipt of sports betting permit allocation notice from the ADG.
FanDuel Sportsbook, which has a partnership with the Phoenix Suns, has been approved to offer both DFS and event wagering to Arizonians. The operator is among those expected to start offering fantasy sports betting on Saturday.
The regulated Arizona sports wagering industry is on schedule to take off on Sep. 9, just two weeks after the launch of fantasy sports betting.