Arizona Sports Betting

Last updated: September 12, 2021

Arizona sports betting is live just in time for the kickoff of NFL football. AZ sportsbooks became legal in April 2021 and launched in September 2021. Account registration began Aug. 28, the same day daily fantasy sports in Arizona started. The first apps out of the gate included DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM.

Mobile sports betting is available throughout the state. Caesars Sportsbook opened the first retail book at Chase Field and more brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are anticipated throughout the Phoenix metro area and beyond. FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center opened on launch day as well.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed AZ sports betting into law in April 2021 after state legislators approved a bill legalizing it. This followed Ducey negotiating a new compact with Arizona tribes who operate casinos to include sports betting in their contracts.

Arizona Department of Gaming regulators finalized sports betting rules July 26, 2021. The ADG received 26 applicants for its 20 sports betting licenses, including 10 sports organizations and 16 tribes. On Aug. 17, the department started an 8-day license allocation evaluation process, after which it announced 18 licenses — 10 for the tribes and eight for teams/venues.

Read on to learn more about Arizona online sports betting.

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Is sports betting legal in Arizona?

Yes. Legal sportsbooks and mobile apps began operating in Arizona on Sept. 9, 2021.

Regulators created rules to govern sports betting in Arizona, which will include statewide mobile wagering throughout the Grand Canyon State. The plan was always for sports betting in AZ to go live in time for the 2021 NFL season.

Online sports betting sites in Arizona

Arizona sports betting law calls for 20 licenses to be made available: 10 for the state’s tribal operators and the other 10 for professional sports teams and venues. The market is poised to be incredibly competitive right from the start as a result and not all of the 22 federally recognized tribes in the state were licensed.

The ADG confirmed 18 licenses, which are listed below. While the Colorado River Indian Tribes (BlueBet), White Mountain Apache (MaximBet), and Yavapai-Apache Nation (PointsBet) did not receive licenses, the Navajo Nation, Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Arizona Coyotes did.

SportsbookPartnerTech SupplierVenueLaunch Date
Bally Bet Phoenix MercuryBet.WorksFootprint CenterFall 2021
Barstool Sportsbook NASCARKambiPhoenix RacewaySept. 9, 2021
Betfred Sports ArizonaFort McDowell Yavapai NationBetfred SportsWe-Ko-Pa Casino ResortUnknown
BetMGM Sportsbook AZArizona Cardinals / Gila River TribeEntainState Farm Stadium / Gila River casinosSept. 9, 2021
BetRivers ArizonaArizona RattlersKambiFootprint CenterFall 2021
Caesars Sportsbook AZArizona DiamondbacksScientific GamesChase FieldSept. 9 2021
Digital GamingSan Juan Southern Paiute TribeNANAUnknown
DraftKings Sportsbook ArizonaTPC ScottsdaleSBTechTPC ScottsdaleSept. 9, 2021
FanDuel Sportsbook AZPhoenix SunsFlutter / IGTFootprint CenterSept. 9, 2021
Fubo GamingAk-Chin Indian CommunityVigtoryHarrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & ResortUnknown
Golden Nugget ArizonaHualapai TribeSBTechNAUnknown
SuperBook SportsFort Mojave Indian TribeNASpirit Mountain CasinoUnknown
TwinSpires SportsbookTonto Apache TribeGANMazatzal Hotel & CasinoUnknown
Unibet Sportsbook ArizonaFort Yuma-Quechan TribeKambiParadise CasinoSept. 9, 2021
WynnBet ArizonaSan Carlos Apache TribeScientific GamesApache Gold, Apache Sky casinosSept. 9, 2021

Bally Bet Sportsbook

Bally Bet, developed by Bet.Works, was born out of the Bally’s Corporation. The company has market access to several states, but the overall rollout has been slow. Bally Bet plans to join the Arizona market via an access deal with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. There are also plans for a retail sportsbook near the Phoenix Suns arena, which is also home to the Mercury, in addition to its online offering.

Barstool Sportsbook

First launched in Pennsylvania in September 2020, Barstool Sportsbook has since expanded to several other states. The online book entered Arizona on Sept. 9 via a deal with Phoenix Raceway, a regular stop on the NASCAR circuit. Barstool is now considered the exclusive sportsbook of the raceway and brings its sports betting platform along for the ride. Barstool’s presence will also be felt in the state in other ways as it’s now the title sponsor and broadcaster of the Arizona Bowl in Tucson.

BetFred Sports

BetFred gained access to the Arizona market via a deal with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, operators of the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Scottsdale. The UK-based sportsbook has grown to be an industry giant across the pond with scores of retail sportsbooks alongside its app. The company first entered the US in 2020 with launches in Iowa and Colorado, and has since expanded to Pennsylvania with additional markets on the to-do list. There are plans for a retail sportsbook at the Scottsdale property.

BetMGM Sportsbook

BetMGM Sportsbook AZ is now live. Since its rebranding from PlayMGM, this Entain-backed product has grown extensively. BetMGM can now be found in a number of legal states, and it has continually climbed up the sports betting market-share leaderboards. BetMGM’s land-based partners for the online and mobile launch of its betting platform are the Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Hotels & Casinos. There will also be a retail sportsbook located at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, the home of the Cardinals, as well as at three of Gila’s properties.

Caesars Sportsbook

Initially a background player in US sports betting, the footprint of Caesars has increased dramatically following the closing of its acquisition of William Hill’s US operations. Caesars is now available in Arizona as of Sept. 9 and is officially in the race for the top tiers of the sports betting revenue charts after launching the new Caesars Sportsbook app. Its entry into the state comes off of a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. There will be a retail sportsbook next to Chase Field in Phoenix to go along with its online platform.

DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook is now live in Arizona as of September 2021. Since becoming the first legal online sports betting option for bettors in New Jersey in August 2018, DraftKings has grown to be one of the recognized leaders in the industry. The company gained access to the Arizona market through a partnership with TPC Scottsdale. In addition to launching its online and mobile offerings in Arizona, plans call for a retail DraftKings Sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, an annual stop on the tour for the Waste Management Open.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel was able to secure entry into Arizona via a deal with the Phoenix Suns. Plans are in the works for a retail sportsbook at the Suns arena (Footprint Center) in addition to the online and mobile sportsbook launch. FanDuel, a member of the Flutter Entertainment family, has become a market leader in most legal states that it has entered to date. Initially focused on DFS, FanDuel entered sports betting soon after the SCOTUS ruling in May 2018. Its first point of entry was New Jersey, followed by expansion to a number of other legal markets. FanDuel Arizona launched on Sept. 9, 2021.

TwinSpires Sportsbook

TwinSpires is part of the Churchill Downs family. The sportsbook gains access to Arizona via a partnership with the Tonto Apache Tribe, the operator of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson. There are plans for both retail and online sports betting off of the agreement. TwinSpires has been the brand name for the online horse racing betting platform since 2007 while BetAmerica was the company’s first foray into online sports betting. In early 2021, Churchill pivoted to the TwinSpires brand for its sports betting efforts.

Unibet Sportsbook

Unibet, a member of the Kindred Group, has a massive presence in international gaming circles, and is live in Arizona. The company first entered the world of US sports betting with a launch in New Jersey in 2019. Unibet has since expanded to Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Virginia as well, and also has access deals in place in several other states. The company secured its Arizona access before the state even officially legalized betting. In February 2021, Unibet inked a deal with the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, the operator of Quechan Casino.

WynnBet

Parent company Wynn Interactive was recently spun off by Wynn Resorts and merged with Austerlitz Acquisition Corp. The company has entered the continually growing US sports betting scene with its WynnBET platform. It’s now available in several of the major legal markets, including New Jersey, Michigan, and Colorado, with plans to launch in additional states in the future. WynnBet has a deal with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the operators of the Apache Gold Casino in San Carlos and Apache Sky Casino in Winkelman. WynnBet arrived in Arizona on launch day in September.

What’s happening in Arizona sports betting right now

  • September 9, 2021 — Arizona launches its sports betting market just months after legislators approved adding legal sportsbooks to the state. As many as 18 legal AZ sports betting apps are licensed to begin accepting wagers before the start of the NFL season.
  • September 6, 2021 — Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith denied the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe‘s request for an injunction to stop the launch of Arizona sports betting. Smith does expect the tribe to appeal the decision, but the Sept. 9 launch is still on target.
  • August 28, 2021 – Licensed sportsbooks started signing customers up and the state’s legal DFS industry launched.
  • August 27, 2021 – The Arizona Department of Gaming announced 18 sportsbook licenses, but the market might not be ready to launch Sept. 9 after all. Two lawsuits were filed that could lead to injunctions.
  • August 23, 2021 — Caesars announces a partnership with the Fiesta Bowl Organization, a “first of its kind” for a partnership between a college bowl game and a sportsbook. The partnership includes betting lounges in the stadium. FanDuel confirms it’s approved for sports betting in Arizona.
  • August 17, 2021 — The Arizona Department of Gaming announced there were more than 10 qualified tribal applications. The ADG has until Aug. 27 to evaluate the applicants and allocate the licenses. The department will not disclose applicants.
  • August 16, 2021 — The Arizona Department of Gaming notified qualified applicants of their status, according to a timeline on the department’s website. If there were more than 10 qualified tribal applicants, the department begins an 8-day allocation evaluation period on Aug. 17 to determine which tribes receive licenses. There will also be three meetings for event wagering operators prior to the planned Sept. 9 launch.
  • August 11, 2021 — The Arizona Department of Gaming announced there are 25 applicants for sports betting licenses, including 10 sports organizations and 15 tribes. The department plans to notify qualified applicants on Aug. 16. Additionally, Betfred announced a partnership with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
  • July 26, 2021 – Arizona sports betting rules are official as of Monday morning. Monday also marked the opening of the two-week application period.
  • July 21, 2021 — Barstool Sportsbook partners with Phoenix Raceway, a day after PointsBet partnered with the Yavapi-Apache Nation. So far, there are eight announced partnerships between sportsbook operators and tribes and sports teams and venues.
  • July 16, 2021 — The ADG held a session specifically to discuss license allocation. The guidelines are for if more than 10 professional sports teams and venues or 10 tribes are qualified applicants for the 20 licenses available.
  • July 7, 2021 — the ADG held a public comment session for a second draft of sports betting rules. There were no comments about the proposed tax rate and license fee, but concerns around “two operating platforms” emerged.
  • July 2, 2021 — Nearly three months after the state’s law went into place, Arizona regulators released a proposed tax rate and license fee structure within a second draft of sports betting rules. Retail wagers would be taxed at 8% and mobile wagers at 10%, with initial licenses costing $850,000.
  • June 28, 2021 — State regulators released written comments from their public comment period. Few if any surprises emerged from the information.
  • June 21, 2021 — The Arizona Department of Gaming wrapped up its public comment period on track for the Sept. 9 launch.
  • June 17, 2021 — A draft of the rules for Arizona sports betting was released to allow for public comment until June 21. The rules include both sports betting and DFS. But the ADG still anticipates a start date of Sept. 9.
  • June 2, 2021 — The Arizona Department of Gaming announces that sports betting will launch in the Grand Canyon State on Sept. 9, 2021. In addition, the rules for the new industry will become available for public comment in mid-June.
  • May 24, 2021 — Sports betting in Arizona remains on track after the US Department of the Interior approves the state’s new tribal compact. The approval is a critical late step in the process of bringing sports betting to life in the state.
  • April 15, 2021 — Sports betting, along with daily fantasy sports and keno, becomes legal thanks to a signature from Gov. Doug Ducey. His sign-off on HB2772 paves the way for up to 20 different sportsbook operators. He also signs off on a new tribal compact in the state, which requires federal approval.
  • April 12, 2021 — The Arizona Senate approves a sports betting bill, HB2772, and sends it to the governor’s desk for his signature. The bill, which is an identical piece of legislation to its sister bill in the Senate, passes through the upper chamber by a 23-6 vote. Forward progress stalled in the weeks prior due to the Senate’s merging of the bill with a historical horse racing proposal.
  • March 4, 2021 — The Arizona House of Representatives approves HB 2772 by a vote of 48-12. The approval puts the Arizona Senate in an uneven position for sports betting, as the upper chamber is already considering its own bill, SB1794, and will have to decide between the two.

The status of Arizona sports betting

Mobile sports betting is here in Arizona, following approval by state legislators earlier this year. The Arizona gambling industry is largely comprised of 22 federally recognized Indian tribes, 16 of which operate 25 casinos in the state. Sports betting legislation in Arizona moved quickly once tribes and state officials got on the same page on how to conduct sports betting.

AZ sports betting includes both tribal casinos and major professional sports teams. Both tribal casinos and partners of professional sports entities could apply for an AZ sports betting license.

AZ sports betting law

Arizona sports betting law allows both professional sports franchises and tribal casinos to participate. The law allows for as many as 20 sports betting licenses that will enable people to bet on their phones from anywhere within state borders.

There is one key piece of information to understand, though: Sports franchises do not directly operate sportsbooks. Teams such as the Phoenix Suns can partner with an operator to offering sports betting in AZ. Those teams, however, have no hand in the daily operation of any Arizona sportsbooks. This is one of the most common misconceptions regarding the operation of AZ sports betting.

Recent Arizona sports betting news

Arizona sports betting

Arizona Sports Betting Launch Still On After Labor Day Hearing

Thursday‘s Arizona sports betting launch is still on track following a Labor Day hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court. With the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe seeking a restraining order or temporary injunction to stop Arizona sports betting, Judge James Smith listened to arguments Monday from representatives of the tribe and the lawsuit’s defendants, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Gaming […] Read More
Posted on: September 6, 2021 | Regulation Sports Betting | Pat Evans
Arizona sports betting

Arizona Sports Betting Hearing Puts Onus On Monday Court Date

The Maricopa County Superior Court will hear arguments challenging Arizona sports betting law on Labor Day. At a court hearing Thursday, Judge James Smith outlined the process and set the new hearing date for a lawsuit by the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe against Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt. The tribe seeks an […] Read More
Posted on: September 3, 2021 | Regulation Sports Betting | Pat Evans
Arizona sports betting

PointsBet, Cliff Castle Raise Questions In Arizona Sports Betting Process

Without a license, the Yavapai-Apache Nation and PointsBet will work to find new ways into Arizona sports betting. The partners were not among the 18 licenses awarded by the Arizona Department of Gaming last week. Arizona sports betting launches Sept. 9 but it appears the state’s bettors will be without PointsBet, a fairly large name in the […] Read More
Posted on: August 31, 2021 | Regulation Sports Betting | Pat Evans

Arizona sports betting bills

2021

HB 2772 and SB 1797 became the eventual vehicles for Arizona sportsbooks to become legal. The legislation allowed not just for sports betting in Arizona, but also for the legalization of daily fantasy sports as well.

The bills needed the better part of three months to work through the legislative process. A big push from Ducey, however, helped sway legislators to open the market for AZ sports wagering.

2020

SB 1525 proposed to legalize sports betting in Arizona in much the same form as a bill from the previous year. The state’s 24 tribal casinos could have offer sports betting through retail sportsbooks and kiosks. The bill would have prohibited mobile sports betting in AZ.

2019

S 1158 surfaced as another attempt to legalize AZ sports betting. The bill would have allowed kiosks or similar devices inside bars and liquor-serving establishments. In theory, this could have included airport lounges and social/fraternal clubs. The bill died in committee.

2018

Sen. Sonny Borelli first indicates interest in supporting an Arizona sports betting bill. This comes shortly before the fall of the federal PASPA law, but no legislation makes any progress this year.

How does Arizona sports betting compare to Nevada?

Sports betting in Arizona will look slightly different than what its older neighbors in Las Vegas do. But the same betting markets available on The Strip will be brought to Arizona sportsbooks.

Both states feature mobile sports betting on smartphones and tablets. Tribal casinos will be able to open the same familiar sportsbooks guests will recognize from trips to Nevada. Betting markets include major professional and college sports.

Regulation of Arizona sports betting includes industry-friendly tax rates and a customer-friendly registration structure. Nevada taxes gross gaming revenue, which includes sports betting, at 6.75%.

Basically, if Phoenix residents became accustomed to the betting experience at their favorite sportsbook in Las Vegas, it should not look too different at their Arizona sports betting choice.

Legal sports betting options in Arizona

In addition to betting on horse racing, there are multiple legal sportsbook websites that accept bets from people in Arizona. Offshore websites offering sports betting in Arizona do so illegally. They do not hold a license from any US jurisdiction and cannot legally accept bets from residents.

These offshore betting apps and websites, which lack regulation from the state, can’t be counted on to pay out winnings. The risk is all on the consumer.

The only safe and protected way to bet on sports in the United States is through a licensed operator.

Team and tribe partnerships

There will be many partnerships in the Arizona sports betting market because of the structure of the law. As many as 10 sports betting licenses are available for professional sports organizations and 10 for the gaming tribes.

  • Bally’s Corp. is working with the Phoenix Mercury.
  • Barstool Sportsbook is working with Phoenix Raceway.
  • Betfred is working with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
  • BetMGM is working with the Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Hotels & Casinos.
  • BlueBet is working with the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
  • Caesars is working with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • DraftKings is working with the Waste Management Phoenix Open of the PGA Tour.
  • FanDuel is working with the Phoenix Suns.
  • Kindred Group with Quechan Tribe.
  • MaximBet with the White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • PointsBet with Yavapai-Apache Nation.
  • TwinSpires with the Tonto Apache Tribe.
  • WynnBet with San Carlos Apache Tribe.
  • Rush Street Interactive with the Arizona Rattlers.

How to start betting in Arizona

From start to finish, you can be ready to place bets with an Arizona online sportsbook in a short time. Here’s how to get started.

Create an account: Once you’ve picked out a legal sportsbook, you’ll have to complete the sign-up process. You can take care of this part on the web or via your mobile device. When registering, just follow the prompts and enter the requested information. The sportsbook will verify your identity and age. When finished, you’ll accept the terms and conditions before clicking submit to create your account.

Download sportsbook app: If you complete the registration process online, download the app for your device. Arizona sports betting apps are available for both Apple and Android users. Once the download process is complete, log in on your device for the first time. You’ll now have web and app access to your sportsbook of choice. Many top sportsbooks have dedicated app download icons on their websites, while others provide detailed instructions for accessing with your phone or tablet.

Make a deposit: In order to place bets, you’re going to need some money to deposit. The cashier functions at legal sportsbooks are typically easy to use while offering up a range of different funding methods. When it’s time to add funds, there are usually enough options to choose from to find what works best for your situation.

Sportsbook bonuses in Arizona

The Arizona sports betting market is highly competitive. As such, sportsbooks have to do all that they can to stand out from the crowd. That’s good news for consumers as it directly translates into new customer offers. As you shop around for places to play, here are some of the most common deals you’ll come across.

  • Free bets: Some operators offer up free funds just for signing up. You’ll receive it in the form of site credits which can be used to place bets. They often can’t be withdrawn, as they’re meant to be played through as you try out the site. Any winnings obtained while using the free bets will be yours free and clear.
  • Deposit bonus or match: You can get a bonus or match on your initial deposit at some sites. In both cases, it could be for a set amount or a certain percentage, such as $500 or 20% up to a certain amount. The match is credited to your account as site credits. There will be a playthrough requirement attached and you may have to bet a certain amount before the bonus or match is fully released.
  • Risk-free bet: A number of sportsbooks will let you place your first bet in risk-free fashion after you make an initial deposit. If your first placed bet loses, you’ll get refunded your stake in site credits up to the max of the offer. You’ll have to play through the credits on-site, and there may be a time limit attached for both placing your first bet and using up the credits.
  • Odds boosts: An odds boost offers up the chance for enhanced returns on select wagers. For example, you may see standard moneyline odds on a favorite boosted from the listed number of -125 to +125. If you take advantage of the boost, your potential return will be based on that as opposed to what the general market is betting on for the same wager.

Banking options at Arizona sportsbooks

Arizona sportsbooks have a dedicated cashier section on their websites and apps. Options may vary by operator, but there’s generally a good assortment to be found. Here are the most common options you’ll come across.

  • Credit and Debit cards
  • PayPal
  • Online Banking
  • ACH Transfer
  • Prepaid Cards
  • PayNearMe
  • Cash at Casino Cage

Please note that not all methods may be available for both deposits and withdrawals. At most shops, you’ll find information on exactly which methods can be used for what in the cashier section. For other sportsbooks, there will be information on funding options in the FAQ or help section.

Live betting at Arizona sportsbook apps

It wasn’t all that long ago that all betting action had to be completed before games and events got underway in the US. Since the introduction of live betting, that’s no longer the case.

This refers to wagers you can place in real time as the action plays out in front of you. Also known as in-play or in-game betting, it’s a fast-moving market in which the odds and offerings can change rapidly. The opportunities will be based on what’s actually happening, such as updated moneyline, spread, or totals odds for the sports event.

Mobile apps are the best place to turn for live betting action. You can log in on your device as the event gets underway and remain engaged until the contest is complete.

Most popular sports to bet on in Arizona

The Grand Canyon State is also pretty grand when it comes to sporting events. Arizona has one team in each of the four major professional sports, plus one of the most successful collegiate basketball programs on the West Coast. The professional teams might not have the long history of those in other states, but they’ve all had their moments.

NFL betting in Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals haven’t exactly been the most successful team in the NFL since moving to the state in 1988, making just one Super Bowl in 2008. Arizona residents have flocked to the games anyway.

Football is the most popular sport for betting in the US. The Cardinals figure to generate a lot of excitement in coming years with a high-powered offense led by 2019 NFL Draft top pick Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.

NBA betting in Arizona

The Phoenix Suns are the longest-standing major professional team in Arizona, founded in 1968. Although they have never won an NBA Championship, the Suns were perennial contenders in the ’90s with Charles Barkley, and again the next decade behind Steve Nash.

A long drought followed, with the Suns on their way to missing the playoffs for a 10th consecutive year in 2019-20. However, the team appears to be on the upswing with All-Star guard Devin Booker and 2018 NBA Draft top overall pick DeAndre Ayton.

MLB betting in Arizona

The Arizona Diamondbacks are the newest team in town, joining Major League Baseball in 1998. They’re also the only professional team in the state to win a title, taking the World Series crown in 2001.

Adding to baseball’s popularity in Arizona, Cactus League baseball arrives every March as nearly half of the sport takes part in Spring Training in the valley.

NHL betting in Arizona

Sweltering Phoenix wouldn’t seem like a natural ice hockey town, and not even a stint as coach and part-owner by The Great OneWayne Gretzky, could make it so.

The Arizona Coyotes have one division title since moving to the state in 1996. The Coyotes were trying to make their first NHL playoffs in eight years when the coronavirus stopped play in 2020.

NCAA betting in Arizona

The most ravenous fans in all of Arizona are found at the McKale Center cheering on the Arizona Wildcats in men’s basketball.

They are the one sports team in Arizona with a long and rich history, winning the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and making the Final Four a total of six times. Arizona State is on the rise with consecutive top-3 finishes in the Pac-12.

Given the popularity of Arizona Wildcats basketball with bettors in Arizona, lawmakers would be wise to allow for legal betting on in-state collegiate teams.

Is horse betting legal in Arizona?

Yes, parimutuel wagering has been legal in Arizona since 1935. Arizona has three racetracks and two county fairs that offer racing. Turf Paradise in Phoenix is one of the longest-running meets in the country, typically beginning in October and going into May.

There’s also Arizona Downs and Rillito Park. Arizona also has off-track betting parlors located in bars and restaurants around the state. The industry is regulated by the Arizona Department of Racing.

Online horse betting is allowed in Arizona through sites such as TVG, TwinSpires, and BetAmerica. There was an effort in the House to support the struggling tracks by allowing them to offer historic racing, essentially turning them into racinos, and have sportsbooks.

Arizona and Daily Fantasy Sports

While daily fantasy sports operate in a gray area in many states, the law in Arizona is clear now. The 2021 bill legalized DFS throughout the state and made games available this year. The official start date for DFS was Aug. 28, 2021.

Because Arizona used to consider fantasy sports to be illegal as games of chance that would operate outside of tribal casinos, Arizona was one of only seven states not served by the major daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel.

Arizona sports betting timeline

2021

Arizona sports betting appeared a longshot prospect at the start of the legislative session. It gained momentum quickly, though, as Ducey negotiated new gaming compacts with state tribes to govern their casinos.

Ducey and tribal gaming operators agreed to include AZ sports betting in their deal. That allowed state legislators the freedom to work on a bill to legalize wagering on sports in Arizona.

The bill moved swiftly at first before stalling out in a debate over whether historical horse racing should be included in the sports betting legislation. Legislators later stripped the HHR portion out of the AZ sports betting bill and allowed it to move forward.

Ducey signed the bill into law in April 2021. The US Department of the Interior published the compacts in the Federal Register in May 2021.

The Arizona Department of Gaming then worked quickly to finalize sports betting rules on July 26, the same day it opened a two-week license application period. The market opened for business on Sept. 9, 2021.

2020

Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Rep. Steve Pierce reintroduced their bills as S 1525 and H 2813.

The federal legality of the Senate bill came under question for allowing the Arizona tribes to operate sports betting kiosks in off-reservation facilities. It once again didn’t move past second reading.

The House Appropriations Committee narrowly passed the House bill in late February. The bill advanced through the House Rules Committee in March, but it never received a vote on the House floor.

2019

Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Rep. Steve Pierce introduced legislation to legalize sports betting in Arizona.

The House bill would legalize sports betting at tribal casinos, racetracks, and commercially at “additional wagering facilities.” The bill drew opposition from Arizona Indian tribes.

The Senate bill limited sports betting to the tribal casinos while allowing tribes to place sports betting kiosks at bars around the state. Neither bill permitted mobile wagering. The bills found no momentum.

Arizona sports betting FAQ

Who oversees sports betting in Arizona?

The Arizona Department of Gaming monitors tribal gaming activities in the state in accordance with the Arizona tribal-state gaming compacts. It also takes responsibility for overseeing the new Arizona sports betting law and the operators in the state.

Is mobile AZ sports betting allowed?

Yes, it is allowed. The sports betting bill passed in 2021 allows for mobile sports betting throughout the state of Arizona. You do not need to be an Arizona resident to wager, but you do need to be physically located within the state to place bets.

There are some sports betting websites that say they accept bets from the United States. Are those legal options?

No. Any website that suggests betting from anywhere in the US is allowed is a website that operators offshore. It is not legal for those sites to accept bets from US citizens. Those sites offer no protection to consumers. There are currently no sportsbook operators licensed at the federal level. All US sportsbooks are licensed at the state level.

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