Arizona sports betting went live in September 2021, giving residents access to several mobile and retail sportsbooks.
Since its launch, Arizona has licensed 17 operators for mobile sports betting, and the sports betting industry in the state has seen rapid growth in a fairly short amount of time.
For those interested in online sports betting in Arizona, here’s everything you need to know, including who can bet, where you can bet, and more.
Details About Sports Betting in Arizona
- Sports betting went live in Arizona in September 2021, with account registration beginning on Aug. 28, 2021. The first sports betting apps available in the state included DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM.
- In the first four months of legalization, Arizona’s sports betting industry took in $1.75 billion in wagers. This includes $499 million in wagers placed in December 2021 alone, emphasizing the rapid growth of the state’s sports betting industry.
- In addition to Arizona’s retail sportsbooks, there are now 18 mobile and online sportsbooks available in the state, many of which have partnerships with local tribes and sports teams.
- Arizona’s sports betting laws call for a total of 20 licenses to be made available, including 10 for tribal operators and 10 for sports teams and venues.
Recent Sports Betting News in Arizona
The Arizona sports betting industry has grown rapidly since its launch in 2021. Several new sportsbooks have received licenses to operate, and sportsbooks in the state have reported increasingly larger monthly handles. Here are some of the most recent major developments in the Arizona sports betting industry:
- May 3, 2022: The Arizona Department of Gaming reports a $491.7 million handle for February 2022. Arizona sportsbooks generate an all-time-low revenue of about $24 million.
- April 8, 2022: Hard Rock Sportsbook launches in February for early access. Hard Rock Digital received its Arizona sports betting license through its partnership with the Navajo Nation.
- March 8, 2022: The Arizona Department of Gaming reports more than $499 million in wagers in December, bringing the total handle for the first four months of operation to nearly $1.75 billion.
- March 7, 2022: Betfred officially launches its sportsbook in Arizona after soft launching in January.
- March 3, 2022: Kindred Group announces it plans to launch nine retail sportsbooks in Arizona under the Unibet brand. Unibet already offers statewide mobile betting and has a retail sportsbook at the Paradise Casino in Yuma.
- Feb. 23, 2022: The Arizona Department of Gaming issues Arizona sports betting licenses to BetWay, Desert Diamond Digital, and Bally’s.
- Feb. 17, 2022: The Arizona Department of Gaming adds Hard Rock Digital to the approved list of sports betting operators. This comes shortly after Hard Rock was announced as the partner of the Navajo Nation in January.
- Feb. 3, 2022: The Arizona Department of Gaming issues a mobile sports betting license to Golden Nugget, making it the 14th mobile sportsbook available in the state.
Online Sports Betting Apps Available in Arizona
Currently, there are 17 sportsbook apps available in Arizona — all of which are partnered with either a local tribe or sports team. Here’s a comprehensive overview of the sports betting apps available in the state:
|Sportsbook||Partner||Tech Supplier||Venue||Launch Date|
|Bally Bet||Phoenix Mercury||Bet.Works||Footprint Center||TBD|
|Barstool Sportsbook||NASCAR||Kambi||Phoenix Raceway||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Betfred Sports||Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation||Betfred Sports||We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort||Jan. 18, 2022|
|BetMGM||Arizona Cardinals & Gila River Tribe||Entain||State Farm Stadium & Gila River Casinos||Sept. 9, 2021|
|BetRivers||Arizona Rattlers||Kambi||Footprint Center||Oct. 22, 2021|
|BetWay||San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe||N/A||N/A||Feb. 21, 2022|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Arizona Diamondbacks||Scientific Games||Chase Field||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Desert Diamond Digital||Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise||Kambi||Desert Diamond Casinos||Feb. 13, 2022|
|DraftKings||TPC Scottsdale||SBTech||TPC Scottsdale||Sept. 9, 2021|
|FanDuel||Phoenix Suns||IGT||Footprint Center||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Fubo Sportsbook||Ak-Chin Indian Community||Vigtory||Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort||Dec. 20, 2021|
|Golden Nugget||Hualapai Tribe||SBTech||N/A||Feb. 3, 2022|
|Hard Rock Sportsbook||Navajo Nation||N/A||N/A||Jan. 27, 2022|
|SaharaBets||Arizona Coyotes||N/A||N/A||Jan. 12, 2022|
|SuperBook||Fort Mojave Indian Tribe||N/A||Spirit Mountain Casino||Dec. 17, 2021|
|Unibet||Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe||Kambi||Paradise Casino||Sept. 9, 2021|
|WynnBET||San Carlos Apache Tribe||Scientific Games||Apache Gold & Apache Sky Casinos||Sept. 9, 2021|
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Legal in Arizona?
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps are popular as they allow users to create fictional teams and compete in daily competitions to earn cash and other prizes. These apps operate in a legal gray area in many states because some consider them to be gambling, while others view them as games of skill.
In Arizona, daily fantasy sports apps are legal as of Aug. 28, 2021 — the same day registration for sports betting apps began. Prior to this, Arizona considered DFS contests to be games of chance, and the state was one of only seven that didn’t support the major DFS platforms DraftKings and FanDuel.
How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in Arizona
As long as you are 21 or older and located in Arizona, you can bet on sports online by registering with any of the licensed sportsbooks available in the state, or by visiting one of the state’s many retail sportsbooks. Individuals should avoid using offshore sportsbooks or other unauthorized sportsbooks, as they are not legal to use and may subject you to scams.
Bettors should also practice responsible gambling to avoid developing a problematic gambling habit. Responsible sports betting includes:
- Setting a sports betting budget and being careful not to go over budget
- Setting and sticking to time limits to reduce the risk of developing a gambling addiction
- Not betting while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Taking breaks from gambling as necessary to mitigate financial losses
- Using legal and licensed sports betting apps
Gambling addiction is a serious issue that can negatively impact your personal life, professional life, mental health, and finances. If you believe you may be addicted to gambling, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 for assistance.
Arizona Sports Betting FAQs
|Is online sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is mobile sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is betting legal at retail locations?||Yes|
|Minimum legal gambling age||21|
Editor’s Note: Information accurate as of May 2022.