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Arizona Tribes Will Get More Casinos, Games Under New Gaming Compacts

Arizona tribes are going to get at least four new casinos — and possibly more after another decade — along with more slot machines and more games of chance.

The compacts signed Thursday, by tribal leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey, will allow thousands of additional video gaming terminals at tribal casinos, and the addition of new games like craps and roulette. 

The biggest change will be that tribes can take bets on college and professional sports. 

Ducey says the compact amendments and legislation took some time to negotiate. 

"During those five years and a looming expiration of the 2003 compacts the tribal nations sought certainty in order to plan for the future," Ducey said.

In the most recent fiscal year, the tribes had revenues of more than $2 billion and more than $100 million of that went to the state. 

There are no estimates of how much that might increase with all the new forms of gaming and new casinos.

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.