Wave the checkered flag, the race for legal sports betting in Arizona is finished. On April 12th, 2021, the Arizona state senate passed HB 2772 by a 23-6 margin, approving both online and retail sports betting in the state. There was a lot of uncertainty in the build up, but ultimately it all came together pretty quickly. An ally of the effort, Gov. Doug Ducey put pen to paper just a few days later on April 15th. The first legal, regulated wagers in the state were placed on September 9th, 2021, with a variety of popular nationwide bookmakers hitting the market.
Curious about Arizona mobile sportsbooks? Keep reading – we’ll catch you up on everything there is to know about Arizona’s new legislation and the kind of market that is available now in the state. We’ll talk about the September ’21 launch, how it became legal, which sportsbooks you can bet with, eligibility requirements, promotions, and more.
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Key Arizona sports betting info
Now that Arizona sports betting is live, let’s dig in to core details that shape the state’s market. Let’s start with who can bet:
Arizona sports betting, both online and retail, is available to anyone over the age of 21. Some smaller states have elected to lower that number to 18, but AZ is holding steady with the status-quo. It’s the same age restriction that exists for the majority of gambling throughout the country, including Arizona’s existing tribal casinos.
So, what else? All legal Arizona online sports bets need to be placed inside the state. To bet with an AZ book, you must be in Arizona. Let’s say you venture up to the northeast corner of the state and visit the four corners – the only place in the country where four states touch. If you’re standing in Arizona you’re good to go. Place your bets. Cross into New Mexico? No dice. Shift into Colorado? Yea, you can bet in Colorado, but you’ll need to use a Colorado online sportsbook, not one licensed in Arizona. Finally, Utah… this may come as a surprise but no, you can’t bet in Utah. If you’re not standing in a legal-to-bet state, you’re out of luck.
Arizona online sportsbooks use geolocation tech that utilize your mobile device’s internal GPS chip to pinpoint your location. If your phone knows where you are while using Google maps, it can also place you and confirm your location for sports betting. If you’re betting on a computer, a separate plugin download is required. Don’t fret though, this technology is utilized in every state that has regulated iGaming. From the users perspective it’s easy to use, and gets the job done.
Arizona sports betting law
What exactly is in Arizona’s sports betting law? Let’s recap.
- 20 total sports betting licenses were made available
- Up to 10 can be associated with professional sports franchises or facilities
- Up to 10 can be associated with federally recognized tribes located in-state
- Each license allows brick-and-mortar betting and two online skins (or “brands”)
- Each pro sports team is allowed one primary sportsbook on-premises, and a second “adjacent” location close by
- Betting on college sports, including Arizona college sports, is permitted. Fans of the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils can rejoice.
- College prop bets on individual performances are not permitted. For example, a Wildcats player to score 12+ points in a basketball game.
- Conversely, you can bet on seasonal performance and awards, like the Heisman Trophy.
- The Arizona Department of Gaming serves as the regulatory body for sports betting.
- The tax rate is set at 10% for online wagers and 8% for retail bets.
- An “event wagering license” initial cost is $750,000 plus a $100,000 application fee followed by an annual renewal fee of $150,000.
- Limited operator licenses such as retail only horse tracks have a significantly lower set of fees with only $25,000 for the initial fee, a $5,000 application fee, and $5,000 annual renewal.
Arizona online sportsbooks
Arizona sports betting is now live and bettors in-state have a wealth of options to choose from. There’s been plenty of activity in the Grand Canyon State as bookmakers look to secure their piece of the pie. Many of the industry’s top operators have found a way in. Here are the books currently available in the state:
|Online Sportsbook||AZ License Partner||AZ Retail Partner||Launch Date|
|BetMGM||Arizona Cardinals, Gila River Tribe||State Farm Stadium, Gila River Casinos||September 9, 2021|
|Caesars Sportsbook||MLB||Arizona Diamondbacks||September 9, 2021|
|DraftKings||PGA||TPC Scottsdale||September 9, 2021|
|FanDuel||Phoenix Suns (NBA)||Footprint Center||September 9, 2021|
|Unibet||Quechan Tribe||Quechan Casino Resort||September 9, 2021|
|WynnBET Sportsbook||San Carlos Apache Tribe||Apache Gold Casino Resort||September 9, 2021|
|Barstool Sportsbook||NASCAR||Phoenix Raceway||September 9, 2021|
|Bally Bet||WNBA||Phoenix Mercury||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|Betfred||Fort McDowell Yavapi-Apache Nation||We-Ko-Pa Casino||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|BetRivers||Arizona Rattlers||Footprint Center||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|BlueBet||Colorado River Tribes||Blue Water Resort Casino||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|MaximBet||White Mountain Apache Tribe||Hon-Dah Casino||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|PointsBet||TBD (Originally Yavapai-Apache Nation)||TBD||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|SolSports||Pascua Yaqui Tribe||Casino Del Sol||Fall 2021 (projected)|
|TwinSpires||Tonto-Apache Tribe||Mazatel Casino||Fall 2021 (projected)|
FanDuel Sportsbook – Phoenix Suns
The NBA‘s Phoenix Suns agreed to a partnership with the daily fantasy sports and sports betting giant FanDuel. FanDuel Sportsbook now accepts online bets from users throughout Arizona, and also operates a retail sportsbook in-person at the Footprint Center (formerly the Phoenix Suns Arena). The 18,000+ capacity stadium is conveniently located right in downtown Phoenix, and is one of the first in-arena betting venues in the country. FanDuel was among the first bookmakers to be approved for event wagering and DFS by the Arizona Department of Gaming, and debuted its product in the state on September 9th, 2021.
BetMGM – Arizona Cardinals, Gila River
The highest profile franchise in the state, the NFL’s Cardinals, has found a sports betting partner to match their ambitions. BetMGM secured Arizona sports betting market access with two top-tier partners, the Arizona Cardinals and the Gila River Tribe. Arizona sportsbooks are required to partner with either a professional team or a tribe – BetMGM has done both. As a result, BetMGM branded sportsbooks are available at Cardinal’s State Farm Stadium, in addition to each of Gila Rivers’ in-state casinos.
BetMGM was the third sports betting operation to receive its event wagering license from the AZ Department of Gaming, and officially launched on September 9th, 2021.
DraftKings Sportsbook – PGA, TPC Scottsdale
One of the year’s most exciting PGA Tour stops is getting even better. DraftKings and the Professional Golfers’ Association have teamed up in Arizona to provide online sports betting, and a memorable “19th Hole” style retail betting facility at TPC Scottsdale. In the DraftKings press release they referred to it as both a “first-of-its-kind” and a “one-of-a-kind” sports betting experience.
TPC Scottsdale hosts the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open each February. The iconic 16th hole is known as the loudest hole in all of golf, and is the namesake for the ‘Stadium Course’. Completely encompassed by stadium-like grandstands, more than 20,000 raucous golf supporters can gather together to watch their favorite players. Now, mix in a state of the art sports betting facility and the patron experience is leveling up once again. DraftKings was amongst the “Day 1” sportsbooks to launch in Arizona, taking bets on September 9th.
Caesars Sportsbook – MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks & Harrah’s Ak-Chin
Caesars has agreed to a 10-year sports betting arrangement with the state’s Major League Baseball franchise, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The MLB deal allows Caesars to offer its online sports betting service, Caesars Sportsbook, to customers throughout the state. There is also a Caesars branded retail sportsbook at the Diamondback’s stadium, Chase Field.
The retail sportsbook is open every day for wagers on all sports. It is not just a D-Backs game day service and is conveniently located within the stadium to best accommodate public transport. Caesars also operates the Ak-Chin Indian Community-owned Harrah’s Ak-Chin casino, located south of Phoenix, providing additional brick-and-mortar presence in the state.
Caesars Entertainment acquired William Hill for a sizable $3.7 billion (with a b!) in September 2020. The William Hill brand served as Caesars’ primary iGaming platform for both legal sports betting and casino operations until August 2021, when they officially dropped the William Hill name and moved forward with Caesars Sportsbook. Caesars online sportsbook went live in Arizona on the first day that it was legally allowed.
WynnBET – San Carlos Apache Tribe
Gambling giant Wynn arrived in the state of Arizona with its WynnBET sports betting software on 9/9/21. In early July, 2021, the company announced it had linked up with the San Carlos Apache Tribal Gaming Enterprise to serve Arizona bettors. The tribe currently runs two in-state properties, the Apache Gold Casino and the Apache Sky Casino. Both retail facilities are located in the same general area – north of Tuscon, east of Phoenix.
Unibet – Quechen Tribe
With online sportsbooks throughout the world, and already live in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Indiana here stateside, Unibet has partnered with the Quechen Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in order to bring their online and retail sportsbook offerings to Arizona. The deal is for 10 years to start, with options to extend the agreement. There is also language for Unibet to cover any other forms of iGaming, such as online slots or table games if Arizona ever looks to make these forms of gambling legal. Unibet was among the first bookmakers to launch in AZ.
Sportsbooks on the way to AZ
The following sportsbooks have agreed to market access deals in Arizona but have yet to launch. Expect to see these familiar faces soon:
Bally Bet moves forward with WNBA, Phoenix Mercury
One of the biggest brands in sports betting and casino gaming in the United States, Bally’s, announced in June 2021 that it had entered into a groundbreaking partnership with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The deal will provide Bally’s, and it’s up and coming Bally Bet mobile sports betting app, access to the Arizona sports betting market. This is the first online gaming deal for a women’s professional sports team, and will run for 15 years. The reported value over the term of the contract is $66 million.
PointsBet still searching
In July 2021 PointsBet announced that it had partnered with the Yavapai-Apache Nation to bring its unique sports betting platform to the state of Arizona. Unfortunately, regulators denied the tribe and its Cliff Castle Casino its license in Sept. 2021 after first granting it, erroneously, due to what it called an administrative error. PointsBet is now searching for another partner to access the state.
Barstool Sportsbook finds Phoenix Raceway / NASCAR
Penn National has punched its ticket to Arizona. The large gaming company and its Barstool Sportsbook branding are set to arrive in the state through a new agreement with NASCAR and the Phoenix Raceway. Plans for a retail betting facility at the track are already in the works, in addition to its mobile sports betting app. Penn National Gaming was among the first batch of Arizona sportsbooks to receive their wagering license and is all set for market launch.
BetRivers headed for Arizona with Rattlers deal
Rush Street Interactive and their BetRivers sportsbook have found a partner for the state: the Arizona Rattlers. As you know, each professional sports team in AZ is permitted to get involved in sports betting, including the lesser known entities like the Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers. The Rattlers are one of the state’s oldest sports franchises, operating since 1992, and are actually the most successful IFL team in the history of the league. All of their games are played in Phoenix out of the Footprint Center, the same stadium that houses the Suns.
Betfred finds a home in Fort McDowell
An old name in the UK, Betfred is ready to get involved in the new Arizona market. Betfred has agreed to a licensing agreement with the Fort McDowell Yavapi-Apache Nation. The tribe operates the We-Ko-Pa Casino which is located in Fort McDowell, Arizona. Retail wagering is expected on site, in addition to online betting through Betfred around the state.
TwinSpires, CDI, links with Tonto-Apache Tribe
TwinSpires, the newly rebranded name for BetAmerica sportsbook, is seeking AZ access. The Tonto-Apache Tribe will serve as their licensing partner for the Churchill Downs Inc. betting product. TwinSpires will seek to attract online sports bettors across Arizona, in addition to upping tourism with its retail sportsbook at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson.
BlueBet meets BlueWater Casino
Australia-based sportsbook BlueBet will be vying for action in Arizona. The company announced in early August of 2021 that it had partnered with the conveniently named BlueWater Resort & Casino, which is owned by the Colorado River Tribes. BlueBet is not the most well known brand here in the U.S., having set its sights previously on Iowa, but there’s some international pedigree to keep in mind.
SolSports ready to shine in AZ
Via agreements with the Casino Del Sol, the Casino of the Sun, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and the popular tech provider Scientific Games, the brand new SolSports platform is expected to arrive in Arizona. Arizona will be the brand’s first appearance, but as a leading casino in the state they will be playing on home turf. Don’t count them out.
MaximBet set for Arizona with White Mountain Apache Tribe
Maxim – yes, like the magazine – is getting involved with AZ sports betting. MaximBet is now live in Colorado and is coming to other states soon, with Arizona high on that list. The White Mountain Apache Tribe has agreed to a deal with the book for state access. The tribe operates the Hon-Dah casino which is located in Pinetop, AZ.
Who else could offer sports betting in AZ?
Arizona sports teams
As mentioned, Arizona has allotted ten licenses for its pro sports franchises and venues. They don’t have 10 teams yet so it may take a while for the state to reach max capacity. As it stands, the following pro teams and sites are eligible to establish a betting partner:
- Arizona Cardinals (NFL) – Partnered with BetMGM
- Phoenix Suns (NBA) – Partnered with FanDuel
- Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) – Partnered with Bally Bet
- Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) – Partnered with Caesars
- Phoenix Raceway (NASCAR) – Partnered with Barstool Sportsbook (Penn National)
- TPC Scottsdale (PGA) – Partnered with DraftKings
- Arizona Rattlers (IFL) – BetRivers
- Phoenix Rising (MLS) – Rumored as a candidate for MLS expansion
Thus, Arizona legislators have left some room for both the state’s pro sports lineup, and its arsenal of sportsbooks to grow.
Banking: fund your Arizona sports betting account
It’s easy to fund a sports betting account in the state of Arizona with plenty of deposit and withdrawal options currently available. The state leans heavily on eWallets, credit cards, bank transfers, and even in-person cash deposits. Including:
- ACH/eCheck – Provide your bank name, account number and routing number, and you can instantly transfer money through an online check. The sportsbook platform will prompt you through the transaction.
- PayPal – If you’ve engaged in eCommerce of any kind over the years you’re probably well versed in how PayPal works. You add funds to your PayPal balance through a variety of methods and can instantly transfer that balance to your favorite online book, and back.
- Debit Cards – Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express debit/credit cards. The latter two are far less available, but virtually all sportsbooks accept some form of debit card for deposits.
- Online Bank Transfer – You can set up an online bank transfer in a few minutes and effortlessly move cash to and from a sportsbook. If your bank offers an ‘online bill pay’ feature, you’re good to go.
- Prepaid Play+ Cards – Most online bookmakers have their own branded card that’s essentially a prepaid debit. You add cash to it, and can use it to deposit/withdraw from the site. They’re extremely easy and quick to use.
- Cash at the Casino Cage – Arizona online sportsbooks are tied to a physical sports venue or tribal casino. Users that visit one of these locations in-person are likely to be able to fund their account by presenting cash right at the cashiers window. But check with the sportsbook first for availability of this method.
- PayNearMe – Another cash-friendly option for the bettor that isn’t close to a retail sportsbook. PayNearMe partners with local retail stores like 7Eleven, CVS, or even Family Dollar. PayNearMe sends you a barcode and you bring it to the register at a participating store. They’ll ring you up right at the register, accept your cash, and you’re betting online in minutes. It’s pretty cool.
- Paper Check – Get your funds the old fashioned way. Some sportsbook operators will cut you a paper check and ship it out through the mail. It’s not fast, but again, it’s simple and familiar.
Importantly, every deposit and withdrawal method chosen for use in the state of Arizona has been vetted intensely for guaranteed safety. Your money is safe when using a government approved Arizona online sports betting site.
Arizona’s sports betting timeline
Once Arizona had a sports betting law on the books, the big questions shifted to when. When would legal sports betting officially launch in Arizona? The answer ended up being September 9th, 2021. Bettors around Arizona can now create their accounts, claim exclusive, valuable promotions, and place bets. September 9 was always the target date, coinciding perfectly with the first game of the 2021 NFL season.
Based on precedent in other states that have walked the walk, Fall ’21 seemed like an ambitious, but ultimately realistic target. Both Colorado and Indiana were able to transition from signing a bill into law, to a legal, regulated online industry in less than six months – a feat that Arizona matched. States like Illinois and Virginia took closer to nine months.
Gambling history in Arizona
Gambling isn’t new for Arizona. It was an early adopter for the lottery, with the Arizona Lottery getting underway in 1980. A few years later the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 shook things up even further. The state’s tribes started offering slots at their on-reservation casinos shortly after, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing.
There was an interesting standoff in 1992 where the Arizona government put forth new rules that required each tribe have a compact (an agreement) with the state before offering slots. As a result, the FBI raided several tribal casinos and confiscated their machines. One casino, Fort McDowell, didn’t go quietly, blocking the removal and instigating a several-week stalemate. Ultimately the situation was resolved as compacts between the state and the tribes were signed throughout the coming years. With tribal Compacts in place, casino gaming was officially established in the state.
More than 20 casinos are now active and accepting wagers on tribal land in Arizona. However, they aren’t full-fledged, Vegas-like establishments. They could spread some games, like blackjack, but not everything they wanted. That is, until now…
The path to Arizona online sports betting
Over the course of the next couple of decades, not a ton changed on the Arizona gambling landscape. However, in 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court finally agreed to hear New Jersey‘s challenge of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. PASPA had served as the primary road block for legal sports betting in the United States for more than 25 years. In May 2018 the high court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, opening the door for states like Arizona to pursue legal sports betting. Thus began the state’s three year journey to legalization.
Arizona government, state tribes agree to compromise
Ultimately, Arizona would need to reach an effective compromise with local tribes to have any hope of passing sports betting legislation. Any effort to allow gaming off-reservation would be met with staunch resistance, and would be unable to move forward. However, there was a compromise to be made. Arizona tribes were seeking to expand… and not just with their retail spaces, but also with their gaming libraries. They wanted to be able to popular games such as craps, roulette, and other previously prohibited games.
As such, tribal representatives agreed to forgo their total monopoly on gaming in the state. For sports betting they OK’d the 10 tribal licenses / 10 pro sports team license split in exchange for the requested casino expansions. It was a win for all.
Moving through committee
The proposed 2021 bill faced resistance in the appropriations committee. Committee chair Senator Dave Gowan was hoping to move forward with a rival bill that included historical horse racing. For those unfamiliar, historical horse racing machines are a lot like slot machines, which sent up red flags across the board for tribal interests. While they agreed to compromise on non-tribal sports betting, they would never agree to cede slot-like action to off-reservation establishments.
State Senator T.J. Shope was instrumental on moving the needle and helping the bill through the pivotal appropriations committee. With great effort and a few important conversations, he was able to finesse the originally proposed legislation through without the historical horse racing component.
Arizona legalizes sports betting in 2021
The Arizona state senate brought the proposed legislation to a vote on April 12, 2021. Despite passionate resistance from Senator Sally Ann Gonzales, HB 2772 passed convincingly by a 23-6 margin. Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on April 15, 2021, setting the stage for Arizona’s new sports betting industry. September 9th, 2021 was the first day of action. Go Cardinals.
Arizona Sports Betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in Arizona?
Yes it is! Governor Ducey signed the state’s sports betting bill into law on April 15, 2021. The first bets were placed a few months later on September 9th.
When will online sports betting be available in Arizona?
It’s available right now! Legal sportsbooks launched in AZ during September 2021. Check the table above for a full list of available offers.
What is the legal betting age in Arizona?
Twenty-one. Virtually all states have moved forward with 21+ sports betting legislation and Arizona is the same.
Do I have to be in Arizona to place a bet?
Yes you do. If you’re not located in the state of Arizona you won’t be able to wager with a licensed Arizona online sportsbook.
How many online sportsbooks are available in Arizona?
Up to twenty! The state has approved ten sports betting licenses for in-state tribes, and ten for in-state pro sports teams. Check our table above to see exactly who is live right now.
Are sports betting bonuses be offered in Arizona?
Absolutely. With plenty of sportsbooks already accepting bets, there are loads of offers out there. This includes first deposit match bonuses, risk-free bets, free bets, and more.
How do online sportsbook deposits work?
They’re actually really easy. Arizona online sportsbooks offer a variety of methods. From bank transfers, to eWallets like PayPal, to in-person cash deposits. Adding money to, and cashing out from your account is quick and painless.
Are Daily Fantasy Sports legal in Arizona?
Daily Fantasy Sports are now legal in Arizona, too. Legislators approved DFS at the same time that they chose to move forward with sports betting. Arizona DFS launched on August 28, 2021.
Does Arizona offer Responsible Gambling resources?
Absolutely. All Arizona online sportsbooks are required to offer significant responsible gaming protections. Setting limits for bet sizing, deposits, time spent, etc. are built in to each Arizona sports betting app. Plus, self exclusion is available across the board for self-imposed bans.