Churchill Downs to pursue Sports Betting in Arizona with Tonto Apache Tribe

Sports Betting

Churchill Downs will seek to enter the newly-legalized sports betting market in Arizona with its TwinSpires sports betting platform in partnership with Tonto Apache Tribe, owner and operator of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

The partnership will allow for the opening of a TwinSpires retail sportsbook within the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson, Arizona and for TwinSpires to launch its state-of-the-art online sportsbook and platform throughout the state of Arizona, in each case subject to gaming license and regulatory approvals.

“We welcome this exciting partnership with Tonto Apache Tribe,” said Bill Mudd, President and Chief Operating Officer of CDI. “We are pleased that the guests of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino as well as sports fans throughout Arizona will soon be able to access the best in sports betting with TwinSpires.”

Tonto Apache Chairman Calvin Johnson said, “In conjunction with our world class partner, we look forward to supporting the local community and bringing more visitors to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and our beautiful county.”

Arizona residents will be able to download the TwinSpires app to place online bets on their favorite professional teams as well as wager on collegiate sports and other major sporting events from around the world, subject to gaming license and regulatory approvals.

TwinSpires sportsbooks are currently available in six states including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Michigan. CDI’s BetAmerica sports betting and iGaming platform in New Jersey is expected to transition to the TwinSpires brand during the third quarter of 2021.