Gambling bill more than sports wagering

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services  

So you think the Cardinals are going to win their first game?

You should be able to bet on it by then. In fact, you should even be able to put money on how many yards either team will get.

And you may even be able to sit in the stands — or watch on TV — and wager from your phone whether the quarterback will make the next first down.

All this is because Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to sign legislation by the end of the week legalizing not just sports gambling but also the ability of folks to create and wager on their own fantasy teams.

And there’s more:

– Fans of keno — essentially a form of lotto — will be able to visit their local fraternal or veterans club to get their gaming fix there;

– The Arizona Lottery is getting permission to run hourly online numbers games of its own, allowing people to essentially buy lottery tickets by phone;

– Would-be general managers will be able not just to “draft” their own players and join fantasy league but also win or lose money on how well their “teams” performed;

– There will be new ways to gamble away cash at tribal casinos, including roulette and, for those who have watched too many James Bond movies, baccarat.

But not just yet.

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