Arizona is only a few months away from being a full-service sports betting state. Both online operators and tribal casino owners in the Grand Canyon State are champing at the bit to provide Arizonans with the ability to wager on their favorite sporting events. In addition, the law that is enabling sports betting in Arizona allows professional sports teams and select sports venues in the state to operate sportsbooks onsite.
There are still some bits of the new industry that remain in flux at this time. However, sports betting in Arizona is due to launch in September 2021. The launch will coincide with the first day of the NFL season, and you should have plenty of time to place a wager on the Cardinals. You will also have about a month’s worth of Diamondbacks games to bet, too, and the Phoenix Suns will begin their 2021-22 campaign in October.
So, it’s a great time to be a fan of point spreads, moneylines, and prop bets if you live in or visit Arizona. Here’s all the latest about sports betting in the Grand Canyon State.
Updated: July 23, 2021
The application process for sports betting in Arizona will begin Monday.
Just two days after the Arizona Department of Gaming released its final set of draft rules for the industry, the ADG noted during its Friday meeting that it will start accepting applications to offer legal wagering on July 26.
With stakeholders targeting a launch date of Sept. 9, the opening day of the 2021 NFL season, regulators would need to be quick about reviewing and approving applications. Indeed, that appears to be the case.
Within its last draft, the ADG noted that a 10-day application window will precede a minimum of five days spent by the regulatory body to deem and notify applicants as “initially qualified” for licensing. Should the number of applications exceed available licenses, the ADG will use another eight days to make those determinations.
All told, those initial qualification notices could arrive by Aug. 13.
If rules are approved Friday, the sports betting application process could open July 26. The ADG could issue licenses by mid-August.
Details about a future Barstool Sportsbook at Phoenix Raceway are firing on all cylinders after Penn National reached a deal with NASCAR.
Pending regulatory approval, PointsBet could join the Arizona sports betting market thanks to a deal with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel.
The timeline to launch AZ sports betting was released by the ADG in April, shortly after the bill was signed into law.
Sept. 9, 2021. Assuming that there are no unforeseen hiccups in the next few months, the first sports bets in Arizona history will occur on the exact same day as the opening kickoff for the 2021 NFL season. The timing is not an accident, as the football games are the biggest draw for American sports bettors and most sportsbook launches occur around the beginning of a new season.
We don’t know for sure which sportsbook apps are coming to Arizona. However, given Arizona’s large population and opportunity (particularly with no-sports-betting California to the west), we can safely assume that every major sports betting provider in the country has the Grand Canyon State circled as a target. Some have even begun to reach partnerships with in-state sports teams or have been quite vocal about their support for Arizona online sports betting. So, with that in mind, here are some sportsbook apps that we are reasonably confident will appear in Arizona when sports betting launches.
|Caesars Entertainment||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Phoenix Suns|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||TPC Scottsdale|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Phoenix Raceway|
Arizona launch chance: CERTAIN
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, if not the world. Its 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. DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona is certain to come to the state as soon as possible due to its partnership with TPC Scottsdale and its history of being first-to-market (or close to it) in other states.
Arizona launch chance: CERTAIN
Whatever DraftKings does, FanDuel does, too. Sometimes, FanDuel convincingly outperforms its perennial DFS rival. The FanDuel app’s clean, simple design and its constant revolving platform of great bonuses has propelled it into the conversation about the best American online sportsbook available. Thanks to a deal with the Phoenix Suns and a proclivity for early debuts in new states, the launch of FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona is only a matter of time.
Arizona launch chance: CERTAIN
Caesars Entertainment is one of the top casino companies in the world and has locations spread across the globe. The Caesars Sports app is serviceable and easy to use, thanks to a merger with the venerable sportsbook brand William Hill. A deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks means that the company is in Arizona for the long haul, so don’t be surprised by a Caesars Sportsbook in Arizona shortly after sports betting begins in the Grand Canyon State.
Arizona launch chance: CERTAIN
Bally Bet is an unlikely member of the group of sportsbooks certain to enter Arizona in the near future. However, a Bally’s launch is assured after the announcement of 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 will be the third state for the fairly new sportsbook app.
Arizona launch chance: CERTAIN
Thanks to a deal with gaming giant Penn National, the Barstool Sports brand is now the public face of sports betting for what is 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, as a deal between Penn Interactive, a subsidiary of Penn National, and NASCAR announced a market access deal that makes Barstool the exclusive sportsbook at Phoenix Raceway.
Arizona launch chance: CERTAIN
BetMGM is the 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. While BetMGM does not have an existing relationship in Arizona yet, the company is a mainstay in most sports betting states and launch BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona through a deal with either a professional sports team or tribal entity. The company has already voiced its opinion about the direction that sports betting should take in Arizona.
Arizona launch chance: POSSIBLE
Australian sportsbook PointsBet is a unique fixture in the sports betting world due to its signature product. Points betting takes the standard spread bet and adds a twist that can mean big wins (and losses). PointsBet has made a big splash in the US and the company has often been at the forefront of launches in several states. That could include Arizona, especially after the operator partnered with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation. With limited licenses available for tribes in the state, PointsBet’s launch depends on how regulators determine which tribes should receive licensing. PointsBet does have an existing partnership with NBC, which makes PointsBet Arizona an attractive option.
Arizona launch chance: POSSIBLE
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 seemed inevitable that WynnBet Sportsbook AZ would be part of the sports betting family in Arizona before too long. Indeed, Wynn Resorts partnered with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, giving WynnBet an avenue to the AZ betting industry should regulators deem the tribe worthy of a license.
Arizona launch chance: POSSIBLE
Unibet is a well-known casino and sportsbook brand in Europe that has been trying to breakthrough in the US for quite some time. Now, thanks to a deal with the Fort Yuma – Quechan Tribe, it might do so in Arizona and (hopefully) California. The deal allows for online sports betting, retail sportsbooks on tribal lands in both states (due to the reservation straddling the border), and iGaming, should it ever become legal in either place. However, even though Unibet’s deal with the tribe is active, we cannot estimate that its debut in the Grand Canyon State is a foregone conclusion because of the structure of Arizona’s sports betting law. Since only 10 of the state’s 22 tribes will receive sports betting licenses, we simply don’t know if the Quechans will be able to expand their offerings. Stay tuned.
The rules for Arizona sports betting are still not finalized, but the procedure for getting started on Arizona sportsbook apps will almost certainly be the same that it is elsewhere. In addition, the rules that have been published in what is, more or less, their final form include several requirements regarding the account creation process. So, we have a reasonably clear picture of what you’ll need to do to get started on an Arizona sportsbook app. We will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.
The first thing to do will be to find a sportsbook you like from our links above (once they’re active). 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. The Arizona Department of Gaming has indicated that you will have to provide the following information:
You’ll also have to verify your identity with the sportsbook, so don’t be surprised if you have to submit a picture of your ID or passport. If you wrote down any bonus codes, look for an optional space to enter it, and take care not to make any typos or capitalization errors.
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.
One last thing to mention is that it appears the ADG is not permitting the use of credit cards to fund your account. Debit cards should work, though. This element of the rules could change or be allowed on a case-by-case basis.
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, the placement of all 30 books, particularly with regard to the tribal and racetrack/OTB locations, is still up in the air. We do have some idea about the locations, so here’s what we know right now.
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 most likely venues and/or associated sports teams where you will see a sportsbook appear in Arizona:
The Diamondbacks, Suns, and TPC Scottsdale have each partnered with a sportsbook company already. So, sportsbooks at Chase Field, Phoenix Suns Arena, and the golf course are pretty much guaranteed at this point.
There are several minor league teams in Arizona that could conceivably make a play for one of the remaining licenses. Unfortunately for them, though, it seems more likely that the ADG would hold the remaining licenses in reserve so that they could issue them to bigger names in the sports world, should they decide to come to Arizona. The only team in this group that might have a decent chance would be the USL Championship’s Phoenix Rising, which has appeared in recent discussions as a potential expansion team for Major League Soccer.
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 open sportsbooks. Our guess is that preference will go to tribes with lands near major metropolitan areas and/or multiple locations in the state. With that in mind, here are the most likely tribal groups to receive a sportsbook license and open retail sportsbooks.
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. However, we are not guaranteeing very many of the names listed above, and there will almost certainly be a tribe we did not list that will receive a license. This group should give you a pretty good idea where you’ll be able to place a bet in AZ, though.
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 approaches, the options for Arizona players will be 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. Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on HB2772 in April 2021 that authorized state-regulated sports betting online and at retail sportsbooks located at professional teams and select venues as well as at tribal casinos. Online sports betting is scheduled to launch in September 2021.
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.
Similar to states that have launched or legalized sports betting across the country, it is likely Arizona will set the minimum age to bet at 21 years old.
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.
Yes. The bill that legalized sports betting also green-lit daily fantasy sports. The state set the minimum age to participate at 21 years old. Sites should be launching in Arizona before the end of 2021.
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.