Arizona sports betting quickly went from a proposed bill with little movement to a new law with expansive tribal support. As a result, Arizona launched its first online sportsbooks Sept. 9, 2021. Expect retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos and sporting venues to follow soon. There are a grand total of 20 licenses available, split evenly between commercial and tribal entities.
Arizona Online Gambling
The year 2022 should be big for gambling in Arizona.
The Grand Canyon State went for a long time without online gambling. But on Sept. 9, 2021, Gov. Doug Ducey legalized online sports betting in Arizona. A dozen sports betting apps join the many legal gambling options in Arizona. AZ is also home to horse racing, off-track betting, the Arizona Lottery and nearly two dozen casinos that offer a Vegas-like experience.
We don’t know if and when Arizona online casino gaming will be legalized, but we will certainly cover all the possibilities. PlayAZ covers all the gaming news, well, A to Z.
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Arizona Gambling Options
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.
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.
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.
Prior to 2021, daily fantasy sports (DFS) were expressly illegal in the state of Arizona. When the sports betting bill passed, it opened the door for DFS sites to come to the state. So, not only did the state get FanDuel and DraftKings sports betting apps, sports fans also have DFS access as well. Arizona launched DFS Aug. 28, 2021.
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.
AZ Gambling FAQ
Each licensed operator features the Arizona Department of Gaming logo on the site or app. The ADG reviewed the operator’s licensing application and did background checks and testing of internal controls.
Legal sportsbooks are required to do an identity check when you sign up. You must submit personal information, including your date of birth and Social Security number.
Another tip is to look at reviews. At PlayAZ, we only feature legal sportsbooks.
Yes. Now you can bet from anywhere in the state on AZ sports betting apps. There will be a BetMGM retail sportsbook at State Farm Stadium sometime in 2022 and definitely in time for the Arizona Super Bowl in 2023. The home of the Arizona Cardinals and other sports venues in AZ are eligible to get a license to host retail sportsbooks, including TPC Scottsdale Golf Course.
No. The commercial interest in sports betting was underestimated. There are 24 Arizona casinos in the state that are operated by 16 separate tribes. However, only 10 mobile licenses were up for grabs, so some tribal casinos are going without and others could care less. Since 16 tribes applied, the Arizona Department of Gaming had to choose when 10 tribes would get the sports betting licenses.
Yes. 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 are legal and available for play in the state. On Aug. 28, 2021, the top DFS contests opened their virtual doors. The following sites are approved for play in Arizona: DraftKings, FanDuel, FFPC, Yahoo, Fantasy Sports Shark and Underdog Sports.
You are welcome to gamble in Arizona by visiting a retail casino, betting on horses at the track or playing the lottery. You can also bet on sports using betting apps regulated by the Arizona Department of Gaming.
Once you download and install the app, you’ll need to register. Look for a button that says “Join Now” or “Sign Up.” The app will ask you to provide some personal information that is required by state regulations:
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of your Social Security number
Nearly all gambling winnings are subject to this tax. Starting with the tax year 2017, the IRS has a withholding rate of 24% for gambling winnings of $5,000 or more over the course of a tax year. There is no Arizona law requiring casinos and/or the lottery to withhold additional taxes from your winnings for the state.
One of the primary places to start looking for resources for people affected by problem gambling is the Arizona Department of Gaming’s Division of Problem Gambling. Arizona residents pay for these services with their tax dollars, so it’s free to access. In addition to the information on the website, Arizonans can call (800) 639-8783 or text “NEXT-STEP” to 53342. The department also provides presentations for other groups on the subject.