It’s official: Arizona has entered the world of legalized sports betting.
Online and retail sportsbooks will shortly dot the landscape in the Grand Canyon State. The highlight of the new industry will certainly be AZ online sportsbooks. Within the first few hours of the Sept. 9 launch of regulated wagering, the state boasted six mobile betting apps.
Meanwhile, the state’s favorite teams are right in the thick of it. That’s right — the Cardinals, Suns and Diamondbacks all have sports betting partners. In fact, each of their stadiums is home (or will be home) to an in-person sportsbook. You can also find sportsbooks at several of the tribal casino locations around the state.
We have all the details about how to bet on sports in Arizona below. If you’re a seasoned pro or a veteran sports bettor, then you’ll find everything about where to go and what your options are. If you’re new to sports betting, we also have guides for how to get started and where to find the best bonuses. It’s a great time to be a gambler in the Grand Canyon State, so let’s get into everything that’s happening with sports betting in Arizona.
Updated: Sept. 17, 2021
Mobile sports betting apps continue to pop up in Arizona.
Leveraging a partnership with the Tonto Apache Tribe, TwinSpires rolled out its online sportsbook in the Grand Canyon State. Owned by Churchill Downs Inc., TwinSpires Arizona also expects to open a retail sportsbook at the tribe’s Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.
With the latest addition to the legal sports betting landscape, Arizona now features eight sports betting apps:
As the first day of legalized wagering in Arizona comes to a close, the state now boasts seven online sportsbooks:
|Sportsbook||Bonus Offer||Visit Site|
|DraftKings Arizona||$1,050||Play Now|
|Caesars Arizona||$5,000||Play Now|
|FanDuel Arizona||$1,000||Play Now|
|Unibet Arizona||$600||Play Now|
|BetMGM Arizona||$1,000||Play Now|
|WynnBet Arizona||$1,000||Play Now|
We had an idea of which sportsbook apps planned on coming to Arizona before regulators began reviewing applications. It made sense that, given Arizona’s large population and opportunity (particularly with no-sports-betting California to the west), that every major sports betting provider in the country had circled the Grand Canyon State as a target. Partnerships formed throughout spring and summer 2021, with in-state sports teams and venues as well as with tribes.
After reviewing applications, the Arizona Department of Gaming announced on Aug. 27, 2021, the 18 entities that received sports betting licenses, some of which began accepting bets in Arizona in September. Of note, several tribes that formed partnerships with sports betting operators (Colorado River Indian Tribes with BlueBet, White Mountain Apache with MaximBet, Yavapai-Apache Nation with PointsBet) did not receive licenses.
|BetMGM Sportsbook||Arizona Cardinals/Gila River Tribe||State Farm Stadium/ Gila River casinos||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Arizona Diamondbacks||Chase Field||Sept. 9, 2021|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Phoenix Suns||Footprint Center||Sept. 9, 2021|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||TPC Scottsdale||TPC Scottsdale||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Barstool Sportsbook||NASCAR||Phoenix Raceway||Sept. 9, 2021|
|WynnBet||San Carlos Apache Tribe||Apache Gold, Apache Sky casinos||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Unibet Sportsbook||Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe||Paradise Casino||Sept. 9, 2021|
|TwinSpires Sportsbook||Tonto Apache Tribe||Mazatzal Hotel & Casino||Sept. 17, 2021|
|Bally Bet||Phoenix Mercury||Footprint Center||September 2021|
|Betfred Sports||Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation||We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort||Unknown|
|SuperBook Sports||Fort Mojave Indian Tribe||Fort Mojave Indian Tribe||Unknown|
|TBA||Navajo Nation||Twin Arrows Casino Resort||Unknown|
|TBA||Tohono O’odham Nation||Desert Diamond Casinos||Unknown|
|Golden Nugget||Hualapai Tribe||Hualapai Tribe||Unknown|
|Fubo Gaming||Ak-Chin Indian Community||Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino||Unknown|
|Digital Gaming||San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe||TBA||Unknown|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||Arizona Rattlers||Footprint Center||Unkown|
Here is a peek at some of the top mobile betting apps now available in Arizona:
DraftKings has risen from its humble-ish roots as a daily fantasy sports provider to become one of the top sportsbook companies in the US, and it is now available in Arizona. The innovative app design is easy to navigate and features a betting carousel that customizes to you automatically based upon your stated preferences and wagering history. A live retail DraftKings Sportsbook is anticipated at TPC Scottsdale, too.
Caesars Entertainment is one of the top casino companies in the world and has locations spread across the globe. The Caesars Sportsbook app in Arizona is serviceable and easy to use, and has loads of experience behind the scenes after its purchase of venerable sportsbook brand William Hill. A deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which allowed Caesars to open a retail sportsbook at Chase Field, means that the company is in Arizona for the long haul, and you can get started earning points for that next Vegas trip right now.
Whatever DraftKings does, FanDuel does, too. Sometimes, FanDuel Sportsbook convincingly outperforms its perennial DFS rival. The FanDuel app’s clean, simple design and its constant revolving platform of bonuses has propelled it into the conversation about the best online sportsbook available. Thanks to a deal with the Phoenix Suns, FanDuel is a prominent member of the Arizona sports betting constellation, further proving this by also opening a retail sportsbook at Footprint Center, home of the Suns.
BetMGM is the AZ sports betting app for one of the world’s top casino companies, MGM Resorts International. BetMGM gives bettors more control over their wagers than most sportsbooks thanks to its Edit My Bet feature. It is possible to add, change, alter your bet size, or get paid early on many BetMGM wagers. BetMGM will have the unique possibility of a retail sportsbook on site during the Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium in 2023.
WynnBet is a fairly new entrant into the sports betting game, but it comes with an obvious pedigree. The sportsbook version of Wynn Resorts has been scratching to establish itself quickly in the past few years and has taken a shotgun approach to launching in various states. Because of this earnest and dogged pursuit of new territory, along with Arizona’s proximity to Wynn Resorts’ home base in Nevada, it’s no surprise that Arizona is now home to one of WynnBet’s outlets. Indeed, Wynn Resorts is partnered with the San Carlos Apache Tribe and is alive and well in the Grand Canyon State. Among the amenities, WynnBet features a bet slip that allows you to plug in how much you want to wager or how much you’d like to win.
Barstool Sports is the public face of sports betting for Penn National Gaming, one of the larger casino companies not named Caesars or MGM. Penn National has sought to expand aggressively in the past few years and the development of the Barstool Sportsbook has been one of the key prongs of that strategy. Now, Barstool has access to Arizona by virtue of Penn National’s market access deal with NASCAR. Thus, Barstool Sports is the exclusive sportsbook at Phoenix Raceway.
Unibet is a well-known casino and sportsbook brand in Europe that has been trying to break through in the US for quite some time. Now, thanks to a deal with the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe, it is doing so in Arizona. The deal also allows Unibet access to California, should sports betting become legal there, and contains provisions for online casino gambling if either state decides to look in that direction.
TwinSpires Sportsbook is the sports betting arm of Churchill Downs, Kentucky’s world-famous horse track. Unsurprisingly, TwinSpires’ main business unit is online horse betting, but the company has expanded into sports betting in recent years. There’s nothing terribly earth-shattering about what you’ll find on TwinSpires in Arizona, but it is certainly a clean and usable site. TwinSpires is an Arizona sportsbook on the license of the Tonto Apache Tribe.
Bally Bet is an unlikely member of the group of sportsbooks to call Arizona home. However, the Bally’s launch occurred in concert with the sportsbook company’s partnership with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The Bally Bet AZ app is clean and easy to navigate with an eye-pleasing red-on-black theme. What stands out, though, is the wide selection of rewards programs and perks that Bally Bet has to offer. All of the usual promotions are available, but Bally Bet also has a trophies system that functions much like the achievements on a video game console. The only difference is that players who achieve these goals are rewarded with free bets. Bally Bet’s launch in Arizona is only its third in its short history.
Betfred is making a name for itself in Arizona via a deal with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, which owns and operates the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Scottsdale. The partnership allows for online sports betting as well as a future “state-of-the-art, Las Vegas-quality retail sportsbook” at the casino. Betfred is one of several European transplants to wade into the American sports betting market, but it has the experience and finances to provide Arizonans with excellent sports betting options.
The Arizona Department of Gaming submitted the final set of sports betting rules July 26, 2021, detailing guidelines for how betting apps will allow customers to create accounts. The procedure for getting started on Arizona sportsbook apps resembles processes found in other jurisdictions.
In order to sign up for an online sportsbook, users will need to provide a few pieces of information that will allow operators to verify ages and identities to determine of those customers are allowed to participate in legal wagering:
Finally, users will need to agree to operators’ terms and conditions. After that, it’s game on for bettors in Arizona.
But which operator should you sign up with? The first thing to do will be to find a sportsbook you like from our links above. Once you’ve settled on your choice, write down any bonus codes we have listed exactly as they appear, then press the button to visit the download page for Apple and Android mobile devices. Click the link for your phone’s format, and you’ll find yourself on a download page similar to those for other types of apps. Download the app as usual, and let it install. If signing up on a computer or via a web browser, the same initial steps apply but you will be directed to the sportsbook website to complete the process.
After it installs, you’ll need to register, so look for the button in the top right corner. Then, enter the aforementioned pieces of information for signing up.
Once you’ve registered, the next step will be to make your first deposit. Most sportsbooks will have a variety of deposit methods that you can use. Some of the most common methods for depositing include:
Not every sportsbook app will offer all or, in some cases, most of these methods. You should also check the methods for withdrawing your money back out of the app. They are often the same methods listed above, but are usually fewer in number, and it can take longer to get your funds returned to you than it did to put them into the app.
Before sports betting goes live in Arizona, it’s easy to tell if a sportsbook app is legitimate in the state or not. If you can find one right now, it isn’t. However, just because legal sportsbook apps are due to launch in the Grand Canyon State in a few months does not mean that the unregulated ones are simply going to disappear.
The first thing to do is to look for the official seal or logo of the Arizona Department of Gaming. You can see what they look like to the right.
All regulated and legal sportsbook apps in Arizona must pass through a rigorous licensing procedure. Most of the principals and several other employees have to pass background checks and be officially recognized by the state. Each app’s technology must conform with state-mandated standards in order to be certified as a valid instrument for offering sports betting in Arizona.
Second of all, you should be able to find some sort of mention or record of the app on the ADG website. Once sports betting is officially underway, the ADG is likely to keep a listing of approved apps or, at the very least, revenue reports that list each sportsbook’s performance. If you cannot find a mention of your chosen book in official Arizona government documents, it’s not a legal sportsbook site.
Finally, the last thing to check is the contact information for the app. All licensed and regulated apps in Arizona (and elsewhere in the US) maintain an office inside the US and are American entities in part. Unlicensed apps are housed in other countries, and their presence in a US sports betting market without any of the other elements listed above is a sign that everything is not aboveboard.
The reason that it is important for you to know what kind of site you’re using is due to security and integrity concerns that plague unlicensed sportsbooks. These apps are owned and operated by entities that you cannot guarantee to be legitimate. There have also been instances of American players finding themselves unable to withdraw their money from these sites. It’s even possible that you might be at risk of identity theft.
So, make sure that before you even sign up, you’re using a site that has passed through the process mandated by the Arizona government. Otherwise, you’ll be risking far more than the few dollars you put on the moneyline.
Obviously, online sportsbooks are going to be available no matter where you are in the Grand Canyon State. As long as the apps’ geolocation verification software can pinpoint your location inside the state lines, you’ll be good to go. However, if you prefer to place wagers at brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, there should be plenty to choose from across the state, including at sports venues and tribal casinos.
Arizona law designates professional sports teams in the state as eligible for sports betting licenses. The language of the law also extends eligibility to sports facilities that host PGA Tour events and any promoter that hosts a NASCAR race. So, here are the teams and facilities where you will see a sportsbook appear in Arizona (and their sports betting partners):
It should be noted that it is unclear if the Coyotes intend to open a retail sportsbook at Gila River Arena. The City of Glendale informed the NHL franchise that it would not renew the Coyotes’ operating agreement, meaning the 2021-22 season would be the team’s last in the arena.
The second main group of retail sportsbook operators in Arizona will be tribal groups. Arizona law has allotted 10 licenses for the 22 tribal groups in the state to launch mobile sportsbooks. However, compacts stipulate that any tribe with a Class III gaming compact can open retail sportsbooks on tribal land. With that in mind, here are the 10 tribes that received licenses to launch mobile betting (with sports betting partners).
Obviously, we are sure that you will see sportsbooks in the larger casinos in Arizona, like Talking Stick and Casino del Sol. They will also pop up in areas with heavy traffic, particularly near California so as to take advantage of Californians who want to place a wager.
Finally, there are 10 licenses that other locations in the state might be able to use. Limited event wagering operators must be racing venues in good standing with the state and must have a partnership with one of the 20 “event wagering operators” above in order to receive a sportsbook license. The license for these locations is retail-only, and the locations cannot be within five miles of another sportsbook in the state.
Unfortunately, there have been no announcements about partnerships or planned locations that qualify under the law. Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Rillito Park Race Track in Tucson, and Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley are probably the most likely candidates, as they do not seem to violate the five-mile rule and are the most logical locations. As more details emerge about these satellite sportsbooks, we will be able to tell you where to go.
As the launch date for Arizona sports betting has recently passed, the options for Arizona players have become more clear, too. In a nutshell, here’s how AZ sports betting will work:
In addition, the law allows for “limited event wagering operators” to use up to 10 licenses of their own. These locations are specifically racetracks and off-track betting locations in the state. They can only be retail locations, and they must partner with one of the 20 license holders above. So, in theory, there might be as many as 50 ways you could place a bet in Arizona.
The license fees and tax rates are still not known but should be released by the ADG in a matter of days. As soon as we know what the rates are, we will let you know.
Yes. Online sports betting is now legal and active in Arizona as of Sept. 9, 2021. The options became legitimate as the result of HB 2772, an April 2021 law that gave in-state professional sports teams and some in-state tribes the right to open sportsbooks. Six mobile betting apps launched Sept. 9:
Yes. The bill signed by Ducey allows for legal betting on any of the professional teams in Arizona, including: Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Arizona Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and Phoenix Suns (NBA). To boot, bettors will be able to wager on the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, among other in-state colleges. However, individual prop bets involving any collegiate event are prohibited.
21. Similar to states that have launched or legalized sports betting across the country, the minimum sports betting age in Arizona is 21.
It’s generally not a good idea, nor is it legal. These sites operate illegally and do so without adhering to regulatory standards. In addition, they offer no consumer protection. So, for example, if you visit your offshore account to see the funds you have stored there and it’s suddenly empty, there is no legal recourse for you to retrieve those funds.
It is safer to play and bet on a licensed Arizona online sportsbook. The Arizona Department of Gaming lists all active legal apps on its website. Plus, most sites will feature the ADG logo or the state seal somewhere on their app.
Yes. The bill that legalized sports betting also green-lit daily fantasy sports in AZ. The state set the minimum age to participate at 21 years old. Sites launched Aug. 28, 2021, just a few weeks before legal sportsbooks hit the market.
The legalization of sports betting is not a new subject in Arizona. In 2019, Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Rep. Steve Pierce proposed legislation to green-light regulated wagering.
The House bill called for the legalization of sports betting at tribal casinos, racetracks, and “additional wagering facilities.” Tribes, though, did not support such a measure. Meanwhile, the Senate proposal gave tribal casinos exclusivity, limiting sports betting to those properties while authorizing tribes to set up self-service kiosks at bars throughout the state. Like the House version, this Senate bill did not call for mobile wagering. And like the House bill, the Senate proposal gained no momentum and petered out.
In 2020, Borrelli and Pierce were back at it, reintroducing their bills in hopes of different outcomes. Unfortunately for the Senate proposal, many wondered about the federal legality regarding the tribes’ rights to operate kiosks at off-reservation sites. The measure did not get past two readings.
On the flip side, the House bill just barely passed through the House Appropriations Committee before advancing through the House Rules Committee a month later. However, the proposal never made it to the House floor.
A bill finally crossed the finish line within the first few months of 2021. The House advanced HB2772 and was forwarded on to the Senate, which was considering its own version of the bill. On April 12, 2021, with both pieces of legislation in its possession, the Senate ultimately decided to vote on the House proposal and passed it with a 23-6 vote to meet the required two-thirds majority.
Three days later, Gov. Doug Ducey, long a supporter of legislation to legalize sports betting, signed off on the bill (which also legalized daily fantasy sports) and an updated tribal compact.