Desert Diamond Sports Recognized By 2023 SBC Awards

Written By Fairway Jay on June 3, 2023 - Last Updated on November 17, 2023
Desert Diamond Sports SBC Awards

Last month in Manhattan, NY, Desert Diamond Sports was honored at the 2023 SBC Awards North America with two prestigious awards: Industry Rising Star of the Year and Tribal Gaming Operator of the Year.

Desert Diamond Sports is powered by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, and both are enterprises of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Both entities also have undertaken an incredible journey to become leaders in Arizona’s burgeoning sports wagering market.

Other winners at the SBC Awards included FanDuel as Sportsbook of the Year and BetMGM as Casino Operator of the Year.

Desert Diamond Sports mobile app hangs with the big boys

Desert Diamond Sports is the only locally-owned mobile sports wagering operator in Arizona. Starting from the ground up with a small initial team in August 2021, the operation at Desert Diamond Sports has grown to become the fifth largest mobile operator in the state behind nationally-recognized sports betting operators and brands FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars.

“As a new digital sports betting organization entering a very competitive market, we faced unique challenges, said Brett Calapp, CEO of Desert Diamond Sports. “We were determined to make an example of our story with the hope of empowering similar local casinos that they too can run their own operations without hiring hundreds of people or selling their license.”

When legal Arizona sports betting launched in September of 2021, some Arizona casinos partnered with US-based mobile sportsbook operators to also offer sports betting online. Desert Diamond Sports is the only Arizona sportsbook that didn’t partner with an outside entity. With the support of Kambi and Strive, Desert Diamond Sports launched its website and mobile apps at the end of January 2022.

Desert Diamond Sports online and retail sportsbook shines

The same, great sports betting experience offered at land-based Desert Diamond Casino locations can now be duplicated online through a convenient Desert Diamond Sportsbook mobile app. A few of the more prominent features of the Desert Diamond sports app include an easy-to-navigate interface backed by a professional betting board design. Within the state of Arizona borders, fans and bettors can place bets through a simple one-click process and opt for customizable notifications covering activity.

Desert Diamond Sports’ mobile app complements the retail sportsbook experience offered at Desert Diamond Casinos’ Tucson, Sahuarita, and West Valley locations, which launched in December 2021. Together, both operations are enhancing the Desert Diamond brand’s reputation for sports betting entertainment.

Desert Diamond Sports success story is built through a loyal customer service base that enjoys a strong local brand that’s dedicated to hiring a passionate and talented team. DDS has received consistent support from the Tohono O’odham Nation and its Gaming Enterprise. The award-winning team continues to improve the sportsbook experience for customers by adding new sports, improving UI/UX, superior customer service, and more.

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