Arizona Online Gambling News

Arizona may not get the same attention as its neighbor Nevada when it comes to gambling, but it is a state with plenty of options for gamblers with even more in the pipeline.

The newest addition to the Arizona gambling scene is legal sports betting. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the new law in April 2021, paving the way for a sports betting market with ten commercial licenses and ten tribal licenses.

In addition to sports betting, there are also currently 24 tribal casinos peppered throughout the state, many of which offer the full Las Vegas resort-style experience. That isn’t the only gambling in the Grand Canyon State either. Arizona offers horse racing, off-track betting and the lottery as well as sweepstake-style online casinos and poker sites.

PlayAZ has you covered from, well, A to Z, with all the headlines about the state’s gaming industry. We are also here to keep you in the loop with the latest news on sports betting launch and efforts to get new forms of gaming like historical horse racing in the state.

Arizona gambling options

Sports betting

Arizona sports betting quickly went from a proposed bill with little movement to a new law with expansive tribal support. As a result, Arizona should launch its first sportsbooks before the year is over. Expect retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos and sporting venues first, followed by online betting apps a couple of months later. There are a grand total of 20 licenses available, split evenly between commercial and tribal entities.

Tribal casinos

There are 25 tribal casinos scattered throughout the state. While there are 22 federally recognized tribes in the state, not all of them operate a casino. Currently, there are 16 tribes operating casinos and the properties run the gamut from small slots parlors to complete casino resorts. The Arizona Department of Gaming oversees the tribal casinos and will oversee sports betting as well.

Lottery

Founded in 1980, the Arizona Lottery has been a major part of state gambling for decades. The lotto offers the multi-state draw gams Mega Millions and Powerball. Additionally, the state has five statewide draw games, including Fantasy 5 and The Pick. If scratch-offs are more your thing, there are plenty to choose from at lottery retailers like grocery stores and gas stations.

Sweepstakes

There is currently no momentum to legalize online casinos and online poker sites along with sports betting. That does not mean there are no options for Arizona residents looking to play online though. There are sweepstakes sites like Chumba Casino and Global Poker that are totally legal options that allow you to play for prizes with real cash value.

DFS

Prior to 2021, daily fantasy sports (DFS) were expressly illegal in the state of Arizona. Now that the sports betting bill passed, it opens the door for DFS sites to come to the state. So, not only will the state be getting FanDuel and DraftKings sports betting apps, sports fans should be finally getting DFS access as well, so long as they meet the licensing and regulatory requirements.

Horse racing

There are three permanent horse racing tracks in Arizona: Turf Paradise, Rialto Park, and Arizona Downs. Additionally, county fairs will often run sanctioned races. There are also around 50 off-track betting parlors throughout the state. What the state does not have is horse betting apps, as they are not legal in Arizona.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I bet on sports in Arizona?

Sports betting is now law since the governor has signed it. Now that the federal government approved renewed tribes between Arizona and tribes operating casinos in the state, regulated wagering is well on its way to the Grand Canyon State.

However, there is a lot to get done before sports betting gets underway. The Arizona Department of Gaming needs to develop regulations, accept license applications, award licenses, and make sure these sportsbooks have the minimum internal controls in place before they can launch.

That said, regulators have pegged Sept. 9, the first day of the NFL regular season, as a target launch date for AZ sports betting.

Can I bet on sports at State Farm Stadium?

Yes, eventually. You’ll be able to bet at other major sporting venues in Arizona as well. These venues are eligible to get sportsbook licenses, so there will be an actual sportsbook on the premises in places like State Farm Stadium and TPC Scottsdale Golf Course.

Will every Arizona tribal casino have a sportsbook?

No. There are 24 different casinos in the state operated by 16 different tribes. There are only 10 tribal casino sportsbook licenses up for grabs, so some casinos will be on the outside looking in.

Is DFS legal in Arizona now?

Prior to 2021, daily fantasy sports sites were expressly illegal in the state of Arizona. Now, as part of the sports betting legislation, DFS sites can get licensed to operate in AZ.

Like sportsbooks, regulators need to set the terms of the licenses and rules, but hopefully DFS can return to Arizona in time for the start of the 2021 football season.