Arizona 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.

Arizona sports betting is the newest addition to the gambling scene, officially launching Sept. 9, 2021. 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 25 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.

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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 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.

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. 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.

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

How do I know if an online gambling site is legal in AZ?

For starters, each licensed gambling operator in Arizona will feature the logo of the Arizona Department of Gaming within its online sportsbook. When navigating the page, users can scroll down and find it. This insignia is a sign that the ADG not only reviewed the operator’s licensing application but also did thorough background checks and testing of internal controls. That ADG seal is essentially a nod of approval from the regulatory body.

In addition, legal sportsbooks in the state will require an identity check upon signing up. Users must submit several pieces of personal information, including their names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Another tip is to look for reviews, which tell you all you need to know about a site. At PlayAZ, we only feature reviews of legal sportsbooks.

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 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
  • Underdog Sports