Arizona Sports Betting
Arizona is now part of an elite club, joining a quickly growing roster of states in legalizing sports betting both online and in retail casino environments. The Arizona State Senate approved the sports betting bill by a 23-6 margin on April 12, 2021 and the bill was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey in record time just three days later. Remarkably, the state’s gaming commission had online sports betting live and ready to kick off on Sept. 9, just in time for NFL action!
This page gives you all the information you need to know about Arizona sports betting. This includes which major sportsbooks are live, those that are to come, who can play, banking options, etc. – we’ll cover the works.
Arizona Online Sports Betting Offers
Arizona Sports Betting Law
Who Is Eligible?
Before we get into the layout of the Arizona betting landscape, let’s take a look at who can place bets legally. There are three main stipulations to determine eligibility and they are:
- Age: Just as in any retail casino setting, you must be at least 21 years of age. This will be verified at registration.
- Location: In order to place a bet at a legal online sportsbook, you must be located within the borders of Arizona. Residency is not required, and you can register from anywhere, but your location will be checked before bets can be processed. This means if you are visiting Arizona, and plan on placing a few bets while you are in town, you can register from home, deposit from home, but can not place a bet until you have set foot in the state.
- Exclusion lists: If you have been excluded from any retail casino or online sportsbook, whether it is self-imposed or casino-mandated, you will not be able to participate.
Licenses and Oversight
When Arizona sports betting gets started there could be as many as 40 online sportsbooks in play, as there will be 20 licenses up for grabs and each license entitles the owner to have up to two skins. This will break down into two categories, and each category is given 10 licenses each. The first category will be federally recognized tribes that are located in the state of Arizona. The second group is comprised of professional sports teams, franchise, or their associated facilities.
Each Arizona sports betting license comes with both retail and online capabilities. Licensed casinos will be able to offer retail sports betting, as expected. A somewhat new development in the industry, AZ sports franchises will also are allowed to offer sports betting on-site at their respective stadium and at one off site location nearby. Plus, each license also includes the ability to offer up to two online skins as well.
The online skin is where it gets fun, as this opens the door to all the major players in the industry such as FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and more. With the new rules that were proposed in early July 2021, each licensee gets up to two online skins, which means that we should see plenty of familiar names, along with some newcomers in the US market. We get into more detail on who may be coming and when later on this page.
The law includes a few stipulations that have become somewhat standard in the industry such as no college sports prop betting, but does allow for betting on in-state college sports. For example, you can bet on Arizona State moneyline or spread, but not on an individual player performance such as yardage or pass completions. As of now, betting on awards such as the Heisman or NBA MVP are all in play as well.
All oversite is from the Arizona Department of Gaming and they will throughly test all retail and online sportsbooks for integrity, banking options, fair odds, and more. The Arizona Department of Gaming will also set all the applicable fees, tax rates and more. Since we are still in the early going, these numbers have not been determined at this time.
The proposed licenses and fees associated are as follows:
- $750,000 initial license fee with a $100,000 application fee and a $150,000 annual renewal fee.
- 10% tax rate for online sports betting and 8% tax rate for retail sports betting.
- OTB and horse tracks who only offer retail betting will have a $25,000 fee for initial license, $5000 application fee and $5000 annual renewal fee.
BetMGM is on a mission to be among the elite online sportsbook providers in the US, and we must say, they are well on their way. Already live in a number of states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and more, BetMGM has plenty to offer the newly minted Arizona sports betting market.
BetMGM has been rumored to have inked a deal with the Gila River Indian Community who operates three casino in the state. Since the details of this partnership are not public, we do not know if they will be offering their retail services as well, but BetMGM should be one of the first online sportsbooks to go live to your smartphone when AZ gets going.
What US sports betting market would be complete without having FanDuel enter the ring? FanDuel has made it a habit of being not only one of the first to go live, and also one of the top online sportsbook options in every state that has passed betting legislation. FanDuel offers customers a slew of promotions, competitive odds, and a class leading mobile app.
FanDuel has partnered with the Phoenix Suns which gives them access to the Phoenix Suns Arena, located in downtown Phoenix. According to the letter of the law, FanDuel will be able to open a retail sportsbook in the stadium and another retail sportsbook adjacent to the stadium, in addition to their industry-leading online sports betting options.
DraftKings expanded on their top rated DFS site to the world of online sports betting in New Jersey back in August of 2018. Since then, they have become a staple in just about every state to go live with sports betting, launching their product in more than a dozen markets.
DraftKings has partnered with TPC Scottsdale, home of the Phoenix Open, one of the most electrifying events on the PGA Tour. The famous grandstands on 16 that holds 20,000 spectators has had its fair share of legendary moments including Tiger Woods epic hole-in-one back in 1997. It is expected that there will be a retail sportsbook on site and one within walking distance to the famous stadium course.
Utilizing the William Hill tech, Caesars Sportsbook is primed for success in Arizona. The product is as sharp as ever after undergoing an intense rebrand from Will Hill -> Caesars in August 2021.
Caesar’s Entertainment heads up operations at Harrah’s Ak-Chin, in partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community. When sports betting goes live in Arizona, expect both a retail Caesars Sportsbook presence on site and an online sportsbook for all your bets on the go.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be partnering with Caesars for Arizona sports betting as well. The deal, made public in early May, will run for 10 years and encompass both online and retail betting. Caesars Sports will be the online sportsbook and retail brand. Keep an eye out for a flashy new retail sportsbook at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Kindred, the parent company of international sports betting superstar, Unibet, has struck up a deal with the Quechen Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in order to bring their product to Arizona. The deal is set for 10 years, with language to easily extend past that timeline. Unibet will be the sports betting provider for both in-person betting and their online sportsbook brand, and if iGaming such as slots or table games are ever legalized, Unibet will provide those services as well.
Who Else Might Be Coming to Arizona?
With the potential of up to 40 online sportsbooks, and only a handful of concrete partnerships locked up, we can take our best educated guesses as to who else will be joining the party. Other potential sportsbooks include:
These are the most likely options that will be coming to Arizona, but there is sure to be others locking up deals in the near future. Be sure to check back often for updates.
Arizona Sportsbook Bonuses
Online sportsbooks typically offer welcome packages as a form of advertising and can help you build a solid bankroll right from the start. Arizona sportsbooks will offer their own promotions to excite new users. Welcome packages that are typically offered include:
- Risk-free bets: This is the most popular welcome offer, and lets you place your first bet “risk-free”. This means that after you register a new account, make your first deposit, you can then place your first bet with a bit of insurance, where if it comes up as a loss, you will be refunded either in the form of a free bet or site credit.
- No deposit bonus: Typically, a no-deposit bonus will be a free bet or site credit and range from $10-$50 depending on the site. This offer will be waiting for you in your account after successfully registering your account.
- First deposit bonus: Some online sportsbooks will offer to match your first deposit up to a certain amount, but they do come with some wagering requirements. For example, if an online sportsbook offers you a 100% deposit bonus up to $500 with 1x wagering, and you deposit $500, your bankroll will instantly double to $1000. You will need to play through the $500 bonus before being able to withdraw the funds.
Arizona Betting Options
There does not seem to be many restrictions on what types of bets you can place once sports betting goes live in Arizona, aside from the fairly standard college prop betting restrictions. All of your favorite bet types such as moneyline, totals, spreads, futures, teasers and more will be available.
- Moneyline: The most basic bet placed on who is going to win.
- Spreads: Bookmakers will level the playing field by giving or taking points. For example, if the Suns are -9.5, they would have to win by 10 or more points in order to win the bet.
- Totals: Also referred to as Over/Under bets, you are betting on the total amount of points to be scored in a particular game. For example, if the total is set at 45.5, an over bet would win with 46 points or more total points scored in the match.
- Parlays: Combining multiple bets into one with increased odds. All legs of the parlay must win in order to win the parlay.
- Futures: Betting on outcomes that take place in the future such as eventual Super Bowl winner or NBA MVP.
- Prop bets: Props are any bets that involve individual player or team performances such as total assists by Chris Paul or receptions by DeAndre Hopkins.
- Live inplay betting: Online sportsbooks have the ability to allow betting even after the game starts. Constantly updating lines based on the action on the field. Live betting allows you to make all your standard wagers all the way down to if the next shot will be a 3 or 2 pointer.
Available Betting Markets
Arizona has not hammered out the final details of what betting markets will be made available, but there are also no real sports restrictions in the law either. The main topic that would be up for debate will likely be betting on non-sporting events such as award shows and sports drafts. Award show and draft betting is allowed in a few select states, but is more of an extra perk rather than a staple of the betting industry.
That being said, the sky is the limit for each sportsbook to offer betting on the classics like NFL, MLB and NBA but also more niche sports like table tennis, cricket and darts. The availability of different markets will vary site to site but will include:
- Auto Racing
- Table Tennis
- …and more
Arizona Sportsbook Banking Options
One of the most compelling arguments to legalize online sports betting in the US was keeping Americans money safe and secure. Offshore sites were our only option for many years, but it was always a crapshoot if your withdrawals were ever going to hit your bank account. Those days are over now as every banking method is rigorously tested for smooth, fast and secure transfers in and out of your account.
Similar to making a purchase on Amazon or any other online retailer, you will recognize most of the banking options available to you and they include but are not limited to:
- PayPal: You probably already have a PayPal account and can make deposits and withdraw your winnings direct to your eWallet.
- Credit/Debit cards: Almost every online sportsbook will accept Visa and Mastercard with some site accepting Discover. This is a deposit-only method.
- ACH/eCheck: You can use your bank account and routing number to link your checking account, similar to how a paper check would work.
- PayNearMe: This deposit-only method can be chosen directly in the cashier and you will be issued a barcode that can be taken to any 7-11, Family Dollar or CVS. Bring cash and the barcode and the money will be in your online account within 15 minutes.
- Play+ Prepaid Card: Each site will offer their own Play+ Card and you can sign up in seconds direct from the cashier. Loading funds on to the prepaid card can be done instantly using a credit card or bank account. The physical card will arrive in the mail in about two weeks and can be used anywhere Discover is accepted or cash can be withdrawn at any ATM.
- Cash at the counter: Deposits and withdrawals can be made directly to the retail casinos cage, or affiliated retail sportsbook. Be sure to bring your ID and any associated account information.
- Online banking: With participating banks, you can use your billpay feature for quick and secure deposits and withdrawals.
Arizona Sports Betting Timeline
Gambling has been around in Arizona since the 1980s at tribal casinos throughout the state. When the supreme court overturned PASPA, a federal law that banned sports betting outside of select states, back in 2018, it seemed like only a matter of time before Arizona joined the growing list of states to get on board.
After much debate, the State of Arizona and the local tribes finally agreed on allowing the tribes to expand their gaming options if sports betting could be offered by non-tribal brands. The final tally was 10 tribal licenses and 10 sports franchise licenses and the bill moved quickly through committee and eventually found its way to Governor Ducey’s desk where he wasted no time signing the bill into law.
While there are still a lot of details to be hammered out, we have seen that the Arizona government can move quickly to get stuff done, which leads us to believe that we could see the first bets taken before the Cardinals kickoff in the Fall of 2021.
Is sports betting legal in Arizona?
Yes! Thanks to a law passed in early 2021, sports betting is now legal in the State of Arizona. It’s not live though, so you’ll have to wait a little longer to place a legal wager.
How old do I have to be to place a sports bet in Arizona?
The legal minimum age to place a bet in Arizona is 21 years of age.
Is online sports betting legal in Arizona?
Yes! Both retail and online sports betting is legal in Arizona.
Is mobile registration for an online sportsbook account in Arizona available?
Yes! you can sign up for your online sportsbook from the comfort of your home via your computer or mobile device.
Is my money safe at Arizona online sportsbooks?
Yes! All sites are rigorously tested by the state government. They are safe, and so is your money.