September 9, 2021 was a historic day for Arizona sports bettors as the first legal online sports bets be accepted in the Grand Canyon State. You heard that right, online sports betting is now live in Arizona, and we have all the best offers from all the top online sportsbooks to help you start that bankroll off right as you venture into the legal sports betting realm.
Continue on for more information about how the legislation came about, why everything almost fell apart more than once, which operators are available, who has the best offers, what you can bet on and more! Sports betting is now live, so be sure to check out our detailed explanation so you can boost your bankroll right from the start!
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Arizona Online Sportsbooks
Several online sportsbooks launched on September 9, 2021, the first day they were legally allowed to do so, and others are coming soon.
The legislation signed into law by Governor Ducey authorizes 20 online platforms and 20 retail sports betting establishments. Ten event wagering licenses have gone to the professional sports teams in the state and ten licenses have gone to the state’s tribes. Each professional sports team qualifies for an online license and can also open a retail establishment onsite and within .25 miles of where they play.
|Sportsbook||Land-based Partner||Launch Date||City||Status|
|FanDuel||Phoenix Suns||Sept. 9, 2021||Phoenix||Active|
|BetMGM||Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Tribe||Sept. 9, 2021||Glendale||Active|
|DraftKings||TPC Scottsdale/Waste Management Open/PGA Tour||Sept. 9, 2021||Scottsdale||Active|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Arizona Diamondbacks and Ak-Chin Indian Community||Sept. 9, 2021||Phoenix||Active|
|WynnBET||San Carlos Apache Tribe||Sept. 9, 2021||San Carlos||Active|
|Unibet||Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation||Sept. 9, 2021||Yuma||Active|
|PointsBet||Yavapai-Apache Nation||TBD||Camp Verde||Coming Soon|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Phoenix International Raceway||TBD||Avondale||Coming Soon|
|BetRivers||Arizona Rattlers||TBD||Phoenix||Coming Soon|
|MaximBet||White Mountain Apache Tribe||TBD||Pinetop||Coming Soon|
|Bally Bet||Phoenix Mercury||TBD||Phoenix||Coming Soon|
|SolSports||Pascua Yaqui Tribe||TBD||Tucson||Coming Soon|
|Betfred||Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribe||TBD||Fort McDowell||Coming Soon|
|BlueBet||Colorado River Indian Tribes||TBD||Parker||Coming Soon|
|TwinSpires||Tonto Apache Nation||TBD||Payson||Coming Soon|
Ten tribes can now offer online sports betting and open a retail sportsbook at their existing casinos. We know which sports teams got licenses since they are already playing in the state. It is not certain, however, which of the 22 federally recognized tribes have received the 10 licenses. Of those 22 tribes, 16 currently operate 24 casinos in the state (some tribes have more than one casino).
Arizona’s path to legal sports betting
In most states the road to legalized sports betting is a bumpy one, filled with metaphorical potholes, both anticipated and unforeseen. It was no different for Arizona, where a simple typo almost derailed the entire effort as it was nearly complete. Let’s go over how we got from negotiations to full legalization.
Legislation to legalize sports betting was introduced in 2019, but it didn’t go anywhere due to limited support and sizable opposition from the tribes in the state. Most observers thought sports betting legalization would come to Arizona at some point post-PASPA, but there didn’t seem to be much urgency, particularly from the tribes, who seemed to be content with their existing operations and didn’t want any competition for gambling dollars spent in the state.
2021 legislative session
Things changed when COVID hit and decimated the state’s revenues. Travel and tourism are significant economic drivers in the state, with so many people traveling to the Grand Canyon and flocking to their Phoenix-area winter homes. With everyone staying put due to COVID, revenue plummeted as hospitality workers (and others) were laid off and unemployment skyrocketed. State leaders and Governor Doug Ducey, along with tribal leaders who also were dealing with reduced revenues at their casinos, looked around for potential revenue streams, and sports betting quickly emerged as a new source of revenue for the state.
“Collector car auction” trips up legislative progress
Even with the prospect of a new revenue stream for the state, sports betting legislation was stuck at the committee level until the end of March 2021. All of a sudden the state Senate appeared poised to pass a new version of the bill, but movement ground to a halt over a typo. The original plan was for all the professional sports teams in the state to receive a mobile sports betting platform or online license. This included the Scottsdale golf course where the PGA Tour holds its annual event, and the racetrack where NASCAR races twice a year. But a typo in the new bill indicated that any “motorsports event” or “collector car auction” event with an average attendance of 150 would qualify for a sports betting license. That would technically mean that any bar or restaurant could apply for their own sports betting license by holding a “collector car auction” with at least 150 people in attendance.
Of course, that is not what the bill sponsors intended. They wanted for the language to say that a track or car collector event must have an average attendance of 150,000 – not 150, which would have qualified Phoenix International Raceway alone and not an incalculable number of AZ businesses. That single, easily fixable drafting error was enough to make the tribes nervous about who would end up being eligible for a license because the car collector language was not in any previous versions of the legislation. They were already giving up exclusivity for gaming in the state and did not want any surprises beyond what was agreed to.
Things were at an impasse for a few weeks in the legislature because one Senator wanted to expand gambling opportunities for non-tribal interests, which the tribes were expectedly opposed to. But the tribes needed to concede on some points because they also wanted to expand their own gambling opportunities to include additional casino games like craps and roulette in their facilities, so each side had some leverage. In the end, after some key conversations, the Senators were able to come to an agreement that the Governor and tribes both supported. The bill passed both the House and Senate before being signed into law by the Governor on April 15, 2021 at an elaborate signing ceremony.
AZ sports betting launch
Sports betting launched on September 9, 2021, less than 6 months after the bill was signed into law. Some states have taken over a year to draft and finalize rules overseeing sports betting, while other states have taken just a few months. Because the Arizona tribal compact has been approved by the federal government, things moved right along and Arizona bettors are now able to wager on the Cardinals week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.
Arizona sports team partnerships
These are the teams that have already partnered up, and those that are eligible and will likely partner up in the future:
Phoenix Suns – NBA – FanDuel
The Suns were prepared, inking a deal with FanDuel even before sports betting was legalized. FanDuel has publicly announced plans to open a large retail sportsbook in the arena where the Suns play and are now the NBA team’s online platform. The Suns couldn’t have asked for anything more – FanDuel is amongst the industry’s top online bookmakers with successful operations underway in many states. They’re widely considered the top book in New Jersey, the first state to launch online betting. FanDuel was part of the initial wave of online sportsbooks in Arizona when they went live on September 9, 2021.
TPC Scottsdale/Waste Management Open – PGA – DraftKings
No, a golf course/tournament is not a professional sports team, but the PGA Tour is definitely a professional sports organization and has partnered nationally with DraftKings, one of the biggest operators in sports betting. DraftKings brings its industry-leading operation to the acclaimed Scottsdale golf course by opening a retail sportsbook and operating an in-person sportsbook during the Waste Management Open, which would be a first for a PGA Tour event. This is all in addition to DraftKings being TPC Scottsdale’s online platform, granting them online access to the Arizona market. DraftKings also went live on September 9, 2021.
Phoenix International Raceway – NASCAR – Barstool
Phoenix International Raceway is home to two NASCAR races each year, including the Championship race. It is an important stop on the circuit. The Raceway received a sports betting license through its partnership with NASCAR, and the track went with a logical sportsbook partner in Penn National/Barstool Sportsbook, which is one of NASCAR’s official sports betting partners. Barstool Sportsbook will be online in the state in September 2021, and will build a retail sportsbook at the raceway sometime later on.
Arizona Cardinals – NFL – BetMGM
The Cardinals were late to the party, waiting until August 2021 to announce their sportsbook partner. The wait was worth it, because they found a great teammate in BetMGM. The casino giant will build a large sportsbook at or near the stadium in Glendale sometime in the future and also went live in Arizona on September 9, 2021, the first day they legally could, just in time for the start of the NFL season.
Arizona Diamondbacks – MLB – Caesars Sportsbook
In May 2021 the Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they had entered in to a 10-year sports betting license agreement with Caesars Sportsbook. As a part of the lucrative deal, Caesars has brought its online sportsbook to Arizona in addition to opening a state of the art in-person retail betting facility at Chase Field in Phoenix. Known for having a swimming pool in the outfield, Chase Field will now feature a Caesars sportsbook, open 365 days a year. Caesars is now accepting bets online via their mobile app or desktop sportsbook.
Arizona Coyotes – NHL – TBD
The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes play in Glendale, a western suburb of Phoenix. The club’s home, Gila River Arena, is a long Kyler Murray throw away from State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Like the NFL and MLB, the NHL has come to appreciate sports betting. Hockey has really gone all-in, partnering with William Hill, PointsBet, BetMGM, and Bally’s, and even taking an equity stake in PointsBet. The Coyotes have no shortage of potential operators to choose from for their online event wagering partnership, but have yet to choose a sportsbook partner.
Phoenix Mercury – WNBA – Bally Bet
The WNBA team is owned by Robert Sarver, who also owns the Suns, but the Mercury qualify for an event wagering license as a sports franchise. In a surprise move, the Mercury recently announced a partnership with Bally Bet, the first operator to partner with a WNBA team.
Arizona Rattlers – Indoor Football League – BetRivers
The Indoor Football League is alive and kicking. The Arizona Rattlers, who play their home games in the Footprint Center, are among the league’s most storied franchises. Founded in ’92 as a member of the Arena Football League, the Rattlers jumped to the IFL in 2017. As an in-state professional team they not only qualified, but have agreed to terms with BetRivers to provide online sports betting in the state of Arizona and went live on September 9, 2021.
AZ tribal partnerships
In Arizona, the Tribes have also received licenses for event wagering. So far, the only announced partnerships are as follows:
- Ak-Chin Indian Community has partnered with Caesars
- San Carlos Apache Tribe has partnered with WynnBet
- Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation has partnered with Unibet
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe has partnered with SolSports
- Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribe has partnered with BetFred
- Colorado River Indian Tribes have partnered with BlueBet
- Tonto Apache Nation has partnered with TwinSpires
AZ Sportsbooks that are Active or Coming Soon
- FanDuel – partnership with Phoenix Suns.
- DraftKings – partnership with PGA Tour/TPC Scottsdale
- WynnBET – partnership with San Carlos Apache Tribe
- Caesars Sportsbook – partnership with Arizona Diamondbacks and Ak-Chin Indian Community
- Unibet – partnership with Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation
- BetMGM – partnership with Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Tribe
- Bally Bet – partnership with Phoenix Mercury
- Barstool Sportsbook – partnership with Phoenix International Raceway
- PointsBet – partnership with Yavapai-Apache Nation
- SolSports – partnership with Pascua Yaqui Tribe
- Betfred – partnership with Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribe
- BlueBet – partnership with Colorado River Indian Tribes
- TwinSpires – partnership with Tonto Apache Nation
- MaximBet – partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe
- BetRivers – partnership with the Arizona Rattlers IFL team
So, if you are wondering what types of bets are offered at online sportsbooks, you can find everything you see in a retail sportsbook, and more! These days, dozens, even hundreds, of markets are offered on every sporting event, from high-profile events like the Super Bowl and the Final Four to an ordinary Tuesday evening Diamondbacks-Brewers game. If there is a game, sportsbooks will offer you betting options on all aspects of the outcome. Plus live, in-game betting is continuously offered, almost down to each individual pass, hit or pitch. Betting options will vary by site, but here are some of the markets offered by most sportsbooks:
- Prop bets
Deposits and withdrawals at Arizona online sportsbooks
AZ sports bettors have an excellent selection of banking choices when it comes to funding an account. They range from the familiar, like credit and debit cards (VISA/Mastercard), paper and eChecks, and even cash in-person at the teller window, to some newer picks. PayPal is a big player in online sports betting transactions, as are services like PayNearMe (pay in-person at your local convenience store!), bank transfers, and even branded Prepaid Play+ cards. We’ll elaborate more on the available options for Arizona sports bettors. You can feel confident that your money is safe, as every banking method is thoroughly tested by the state before being allowed to be listed as a deposit or withdrawal option.
Is sports betting legal in Arizona?
Sports betting was legalized in Arizona on April 15, 2021. Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that allows for a total of 20 online licenses and 20 retail licenses, split evenly between the state’s professional sports teams and federally recognized tribes. Sports betting went live on September 9, 2021, just in time for the kickoff of the NFL season.
What are the requirements for participating in Arizona sports betting?
There are two main requirements that must be observed. First, you have to be 21 years old. If you’re not old enough, you’re not allowed to legally bet. Second, you need to be in the state of Arizona when you submit your wagers. If you’re not in-state, they won’t be accepted. your mobile device (phone/tablet) will automatically determine where you are using your location services, or your computer will require a separate geolocation download. It’s all easy to configure though, don’t worry.
Why is legal sports betting great?
People in Arizona have been betting on sports for decades. Let’s not kid ourselves. Whether using a local bookie or an offshore sports betting operator, people have been betting and money has always been flowing somewhere. Legalizing sports betting and creating a regulated market is better for bettors in the state for many reasons. The biggest reason a legal, regulated system is better than an unregulated market is the protection it provides to the bettor. A bookie expects to get paid if your bet loses and you expect to get paid from him if your bet wins. But what protections are in place to ensure you actually get paid? None.
Deposits and withdrawals being protected is important for the bettor because it ensures your deposits are secure and you can withdraw your funds any time you want, pending operator approval. Another benefit of legal sports betting is the fact that sportsbooks are competing for your business. Bonus offers for new customers, loyalty programs, favorable lines, and a wide variety of markets are the norm, not the exception. Other positives of a regulated market include the fact that revenue generated from sports betting is used by the state government to provide public services and the income generated by tribes is used to further develop and support their members. All the money gained from legal Arizona sports betting is staying in-state.
Which sportsbooks are active in Arizona, and who is coming soon?
Most of the biggest sportsbooks are operating in Arizona already. Several sportsbooks launched in September 2021, including FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, Unibet, WynnBet and Caesars. There is stiff competition for the 20 available licenses that grant entry into the lucrative market. The state has more than 7 million year-round residents, which is larger than many other states with legal sports betting. Add to that the many snowbirds traveling to the state every winter along with the millions of tourists who visit the many national parks in the state, and Arizona could quickly become one of the biggest sports betting markets in the country. Check the table at the top of the page for leading Arizona sports betting bonus offers.
Can I Play Daily Fantasy Sports in Arizona?
Yes! Now you can! While advancing with sports betting legislation, Arizona also took steps to finally legalize the popular DFS industry. DraftKings and FanDuel are not only be accepting sports bets in the state but have also opened their lucrative Daily Fantasy contests to Arizona players, too. Arizona DFS began on August 28th, 2021.
What else do I need to know about sports betting in AZ?
- Sports betting launched in Arizona on September 9, 2021. That’s remarkably quick, considering some other states have taken a year or more to finalize their rules and regulations.
- All the biggest operators are already available or will be available soon in the state.
- You can now bet at your favorite tribal casino, sports venue, or online.
- You are now able to bet on all your favorite sports and many that you aren’t as familiar with, like cricket, rugby, Swedish soccer, and foreign basketball leagues.
- You can make all kinds of bets, from in-play bets to futures, to moneyline and spread bets.
- Legal, regulated, betting is way better than unregulated, questionably legal betting because your deposits are protected and the money you spend stays in Arizona.
- Bets are now being accepted in-person at brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, online using designated Arizona sports betting mobile app (iOS and Android), and through web browsers from a desktop computer or laptop.