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N4T Investigates: Gambling on Arizona

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Delaware passed it, New Jersey is already taking bets and now sports betting experts say Arizona is inching closer to legalizing sports betting.

"I think you will see it and I think you will see an agreement coming rather shortly. I believe it's too lucrative," said Garret Bradford with forensicsports.com.

However, Bradford says that Arizona's legalization process will be more complicated than most.

"The complexities now are within the state itself," said Bradford.

Those complexities center around Arizona's existing gaming compact with the state's Indian Tribes.

Under the current compact gambling is limited to casinos owned by the tribes.

News 4 Tucson contacted Casino Del Sol about the existing compact.

In a statement they said, "because casino gambling in Arizona is limited to Indian Tribes under Arizona's Gaming Compacts, any legislation allowing sports betting in this state would have to be crafted with those compacts in mind so as not to impact State gaming revenues," said CEO Kim Van Amburg.

While the compact doesn't expire until 2023, a new survey says Arizonans are interested in legalizing sports betting.

Conducted by First Strategic, the poll found 52% of Arizonans support sports gambling. That number goes up to 67% when respondents were told the money raise would go to public funds.

"That's a really big deal, especially when you are looking at something like this. You want to have support be above 60% if this is going to be something that goes before the voters," said Bob Charles with First Strategic.

How much money would be generated by sports betting will depend on how the law is written.

Bradford though, says it won't be as much as you might think.

"You hear all of these billions of dollars and we are gonna be paved in gold and swimming in money, that's a falsity," said Bradford.

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