Sports betting comes to Sahuarita location of Desert Diamond Casinos
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment launched its sports betting capabilities at its Sahuarita and West Valley locations on Thursday, December 2. The first phase of operations, which includes the betting kiosks, was put into operation after a ribbon cutting ceremony with the leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise.
Through a partnership with Kambi, Desert Diamond Sportsbook is one of the only locally owned operations in Arizona.
The first phase includes six betting kiosks on the Sahuarita site and eight at the West Valley bookmaker. Sports betting operations will continue to expand at the Tucson, Sahuarita and West Valley locations as more kiosks and live services are added. Online sports betting under the new company Desert Diamond Mobile LLC is also planned.
“We are excited to bring a whole new level of gaming entertainment to our guests,” said Mike Bean, CEO of Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise. “The new Desert Diamond Sportsbook will also add more excitement to our game rooms, where there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
Bean went on to say, “Hosting our own sportsbook using the Kambi platform is unique in Arizona and guarantees the more personalized service that is a hallmark of Desert Diamond Casinos. “
The launch of the new sports betting is the latest in a series of major changes for Desert Diamond casinos, including:
- Launch of live craps, roulette and mini baccarat at properties in West Valley, Sahuarita and Tucson.
- Expanded play areas in the Monsoon room at the Tucson site and in West Valley.
- Reopening of the bingo hall at the Tucson site for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
- Resumption of 24/7 operations on the Tucson and Sahuarita properties.
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, with three locations in southern Arizona (Tucson, Sahuarita and Why) and one in the West Valley, is owned and operated by Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise.
Kambi is a Maltese provider of premium sports betting services to licensed B2C gaming operators.
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