Arizona Sportsbooks Enjoy Another Bump In Sports Bets In October

Written By Darren Cooper on January 12, 2023
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The Arizona sports betting market grew 14.8% in October 2022, and likely will continue to keep growing with major sporting events on the calendar.

According to the latest revenue report from the Arizona Department of Gaming, a total of $618.6 million was bet at the 18 sportsbook operators licensed in the state. In September, $538 million in bets were made.

Sportsbooks should expect to see some big handle numbers in the future as Arizona is hosting Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12. The popular Phoenix Open is set for Feb. 9-12.

ADG director Ted Vogt said in a press release:

“It’s clear Arizona’s sports betting industry continues to grow, with over $132 million more dollars wagered in October of 2022 when compared to the same month of 2021. With Super Bowl LVII and the Phoenix Waste Management Open on the horizon, I am excited to see how these major sports tourism event impacts the state’s sports betting industry in the coming months.”

The ADG’s one-page report lists bets, payouts for players and includes a section on the free bets that don’t count as taxable revenue by Arizona. Nearly $3 million in state tax, what Arizona calls — “privilege fees” — was collected in October, nearing $30 million for the year so far.

DraftKings Arizona top sportsbook in October

DraftKings AZ was again the most popular platform for bettors. The company took in $214.7 million in bets in October and paid out $202 million in winnings.

Three sportsbook operators in the state saw mentionable handle increases. FanDuel Arizona saw total bets raise $50 million in October to $194 million. BetMGM Arizona wagers rose $13 million and Caesars Arizona went up $11 million.

Some Arizona betting apps got less attention in October. SuperBook Sports and Hard Rock sportsbooks each saw more than a million less in sports bets.

The ADG does not list the specific sports bets by Arizona players, but October is a big month for sports with the MLB playoffs, and the start of the NBA and NHL seasons. And, obviously, the top of the NFL season.

Arizona online sportsbooks made up 99% of total handle, with only $6.2 million in wagers at the three retail locations in the state (FanDuel, Caesars and BetMGM). Here’s a breakdown of the 18 licensed sportsbooks in Arizona, per sports betting handle:

  1. DraftKings $214.7 million
  2. FanDuel $194.2 million
  3. BetMGM: $94 million
  4. Caesars: $57.2 million
  5. Barstool: $17.5 million
  6. WynnBet: $8.4 million
  7. Hard Rock: $6.1 million
  8. BetRivers: $6 million
  9. Desert Diamond: $5 million
  10. SuperBook Sports: $3.4 million
  11. Betfred: $2.4 million
  12. Betway: $780,000
  13. Unibet: $730,000
  14. Fubo: $320,000
  15. Bally’s: $255,000
  16. SaharaBets: $155,000
  17. Golden Nugget: $150,000
  18. Churchill Downs: $87,000
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Darren Cooper was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, just a short pirogue ride away from New Orleans. He started his journalism career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and has been a writer and columnist in New Jersey since 1998. He's won 14 statewide press awards and earned his first Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award in 2022.

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