Arizona Sports Betting in 2021

Last updated: Nov. 24, 2021

Legal sports betting launched in Arizona on Sept. 9, 2021, merely hours before the opening kickoff of the NFL season.

Arizona's sports gambling legislation accounts for mobile and retail sports betting, making the Grand Canyon State a player to watch in the United States betting market.

This page will keep you updated with all the latest developments in Arizona sports betting.

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Online betting in the Grand Canyon State
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    Population: 7.2 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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    Online sports betting: Yes

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    Retail sportsbooks: Yes

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    Sports betting revenue: N/A

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Is sports betting legal in Arizona?

Yes. Sports betting legalization became a reality in Arizona on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Arizona residents and visitors can legally place mobile wagers and visit retail sportsbook outlets.

Gov. Doug Ducey had signed the state’s sports wagering bill (HB 2772) into law in April 2021, authorizing both online wagering and in-person or retail sportsbooks. 

Seven sportsbooks were approved to launch immediately, and operators are finalizing partnerships with Arizona-based sports teams and tribal casinos. There are 20 sports betting licenses available in AZ. Follow our U.S. legal tracker to stay informed on each state's sports betting progress.

Timeline of sports betting in Arizona

Arizona sports betting became legal on April 15, 2021. Gov. Doug Ducey’s successful negotiations with Arizona’s Native American tribes pushed the state’s sports gambling bill across the finish line.

This pact set the stage for online and retail sportsbooks to commence operations in the Grand Canyon State on Sept. 9, 2021.

Review this timeline which summarizes the path to legal sports betting in Arizona.

  • May 2018: SCOTUS overturns the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), opening the door for states to set their own sports betting laws.

  • Jan. 2019: Sen. Sonny Borrelli and two other lawmakers push for legalized sports gambling by introducing SB 1158. This would allow tribes to offer sports betting on and off of their reservations.

  • Feb. 2020: Sen. Borrelli and Rep. Steve Pierce make a second attempt to introduce sports betting to Arizona with SB 1525.

  • March 2021: The Arizona House of Representatives approves HB 2772 — a bipartisan bill that would allow sports gambling to take place online, in professional sporting venues, and in tribal casinos.

  • April 2021: Gov. Doug Ducey signs HB 2772 into law. Both online and retail sports betting is legalized in AZ.

  • June 2021: The Arizona Department of Gaming declares that legal sports betting will launch on Sep 9, 2021.

  • Aug. 2021: The Arizona Department of Gaming announced 18 recipients of legal wagering licenses, paving the way for legal in-state betting to commence before the start of the NFL regular season.

  • Sept. 2021: Arizona launched legal sports betting when seven sportsbooks went online at 12:01 a.m. Mountain Standard Time time on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

  • Nov. 2021: BetMGM opens retail sportsbooks at three Gila River casinos — Vee Quiva, Wild Horse Pass, and Lone Butte.

  • Nov. 18, 2021: SolSports, Tucson's first retail sportsbook, opened its doors to the public at Casino Del Sol.

  • Nov. 23, 2021: Betfred Sports, in conjunction with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, inaugurated eight self-service kiosks at the We-Ko-Pa Casino resort.  

Who can bet on sports in Arizona?

Adults 21 years of age and older are permitted to place sports bets anywhere in the state of Arizona. Residents and visitors have the option of placing both online and physical wagers.

Here's a brief overview of everything you'll need to know before placing your first wager.

21plus Legal age

Arizona sports bettors must be at least 21 years of age to partake in any legal form of gambling.

bank Retail sportsbooks

Retail sportsbooks will open in and around pro sports facilities in Arizona. FanDuel Sportsbook has already opened its doors at Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns. Up to 10 tribal casinos will feature physical locations as well.

21plus Mobile betting

Mobile sports betting is available in the Grand Canyon State. Players can enjoy a fully online experience from anywhere in the state. The Arizona Department of Gaming regulates sports betting activities in Arizona.

21plus Remote registration

Remote registration is operational for Arizona sports bettors. AZ sportsbooks allow players to register, deposit funds, and place bets from anywhere in-state.

globe Within state borders

Both online platforms and retail locations require Arizona sports bettors to have both feet on the ground in the Grand Canyon State. Specifically, online providers use geofencing software to pinpoint the exact location of those looking to place a bet at an in-state sportsbook.

If you’ve wandered into Nevada, for example, you’ll no longer be able to place a bet with an Arizona sportsbook.

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All gambling winnings are taxed in Arizona. The federal tax rate of 24% applies here, as does an Arizona marginal tax rate that can range anywhere from 2.59 - 4.50%. Larger winnings — typically $5,000 or more — will result in taxes withheld automatically.

 

The pros and cons of Arizona sports betting

Arizona crossed the legalization finish line, bringing regulated mobile and retail sports betting to the state. Partnerships have formed, and Arizonans have ample options to place sports wagers online and in person.

Arizona sports betting
Pros
  • Mobile betting
  • Competitive market
  • Sportsbooks located in professional sports venues
Cons
  • No college prop bets
  • No esports betting

How to start betting in Arizona

Players have the option to partake in online or retail sports betting. Bettors can place wagers from the comfort of their own homes, at a bar with friends, a casino, or a professional sports venue.

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Select a sportsbook

Choose the sportsbook(s) that best suits your betting needs. Consider registration bonuses, betting lines, and the ease of depositing and withdrawing your hard-earned cash.

It’s also a good idea to double-check the terms and conditions associated with each sportsbook to ensure you fully understand where your money is going.

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Register online

Like other states with legalized mobile betting, the online registration process in Arizona is straightforward. Enter some personal information, confirm your identity, and you’ll be set to place your inaugural sports bet.

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Claim a bonus

Arizona sportsbooks offer up enticing promotions to new sports bettors. The Grand Canyon State is proving to be a competitive market, and players will be rewarded for choosing particular online sportsbooks. 

Typical bonuses include risk-free bets, deposit matches, and no-deposit bonuses. 

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Deposit funds

Depositing cash into a new sportsbook account is a breeze for Arizona sports bettors. Sportsbooks accept PayPal, credit/debit, bank transfers, PayNearMe, and more.

It’s also important to keep an eye on bank and transaction fees associated with each payment method.

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Choose your bet types

Arizona offers all of the most popular bet types. Bettors are able to play the moneyline, place an Over/Under bet, or try to beat the spread. Other wagers like parlays, teasers, and live bets are available too.

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Start betting

With Arizona sports betting in full swing, it is a good idea to become familiar with the popular bet types you’ll be able to make online or in person.

It’s strongly recommended you shop around for the most favorable odds. Arizona sportsbooks do not offer identical odds, so don’t leave any money on the table by jumping at the first betting line you encounter.

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Withdraw funds

While deposits are typically available immediately, it may take a bit longer to receive the cash withdrawn from a sportsbook account. 

It’s also recommended players identify any fees that accompany a withdrawal from an online sportsbook.

odds icon Reading the odds 

American odds are the default option to show you betting odds in Arizona. Favorites will be shown with a minus (-) sign and Underdogs will be followed by a plus (+) sign. The number next to a favorite will indicate the amount of money you’ll have to offer up if you’d like to win $100. For example, -130 odds tell you that $130 is the cost of doing business for a chance to come away with $100 in profit.

Underdog odds tell you the opposite. The number found next to the plus (+) sign is the amount you’ll win if you place a successful $100 bet. For example, +150 odds indicate a $100 bet would net you $150 in winnings.

Underdogs are always a bigger risk as they are not expected to win. The payout, however, could be substantial.

If you prefer to view odds as fractions or decimals, check out our odds converter. It allows you to cycle between American, Decimal, and Fractional odds.

 

What you can't bet on in Arizona

Nearly all types of sports bets are fair game in Arizona. One exception, however, is college prop bets. Like many other states to legalize and regulate sports betting, you cannot place wagers on the individual performance of college athletes.

Money Icon Politics

Bets may not be placed on political events in Arizona or any other U.S. state.

Money Icon Entertainment award ceremonies

Arizonans may not place wagers on celebrity and pop-culture events, such as the Oscars and Academy Awards.

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Arizona has yet to legalize esports betting. No mention of esports was made when Gov. Ducey signed HB 2772 into law.

What about Arizona college sports?

Arizonans can bet on their favorite college squads, including wagers on in-state college teams like the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils. Unfortunately, prop bets on college players are not allowed.

Legal sportsbooks in Arizona

At the time of publishing, nine sportsbooks are live and accepting online wagers. Additionally, in-person betting is permissible through partnerships with professional sports organizations and tribal casinos in Arizona. The following list of online and offline betting options will be updated on a regular basis. 

Arizona's online and mobile sportsbooks

Online sportsbook operator

Mobile app

Odds provider

Online casino

Partner

Retail venue

Barstool

Yes

Kambi

No

NASCAR

Phoenix Raceway

Betfred

Yes

OpenBet

No

N/A

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

BetMGM

Yes

Entain

No

Arizona Cardinals / Gila River Tribe

State Farm Stadium / Gila River casinos

BetRivers

Yes

Kambi

No

Arizona Rattlers

Footprint Center

Caesars

Yes

Caesars

No

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field

DraftKings

Yes

SBTech

No

TPC Scottsdale

TPC Scottsdale

FanDuel

Yes

IGT

No

Phoenix Suns

Footprint Center

TwinSpires

Yes

Kambi

No

Tonto Apache Tribe

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Unibet

Yes

Kambi

No

Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe

Paradise Casino

WynnBET

Yes

Scientific Games

No

San Carlos Apache Tribe

Apache Gold / Apache Sky

Land-based Arizona sportsbooks

Some of the following retail sportsbooks are not up and running just yet, but the venues have been confirmed. We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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Venue

Odds provider

Launch date

Barstool Sportsbook

Phoenix Raceway Kambi TBD

BetMGM

Wild Horse Pass Casino BetMGM Nov. 11, 2021

BetMGM

Lone Butte Casino BetMGM Nov. 13, 2021

BetMGM

Vee Quiva BetMGM Nov. 5, 2021

Caesars

Chase Field Caesars Early 2022

SolSports

Casino Del Sol Scientific Games Nov. 18, 2021

DraftKings

TPC Scottsdale SBTech Early 2022

FanDuel

Footprint Center

Flutter Sept. 9, 2021

Kindred Group (Unibet)

Paradise Casino

Kambi TBD

TwinSpires

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Kambi Sept. 15, 2021

WynnBET

Apache Gold Casino Resort

GAN TBD

Home team advantage: Arizona sports

Sports allegiances in Arizona run deep, but it's important to put your fandom aside when placing sports bets in the Grand Canyon State. Always do your research before placing a wager on any team in any league. Check out our how to bet guides for basic tips and advanced strategies.

NHL
Arizona Coyotes
NBA
Phoenix Suns
NFL
Arizona Cardinals
MLB
Arizona Diamondbacks

Other types of gambling

Arizona is home to 24 tribal casinos and three horse racetracks, so there are plenty of ways for gamblers to stay occupied outside of betting on sports. 

However, other than online horse race betting, there are no legal options for Arizonans to place bets remotely. 

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Arizonans have plenty of options when it comes to casino gambling, with two dozen tribal casinos strewn all across the Grand Canyon state. Casinos are also set to offer an ever-growing library of games following the signing of HB 2772.

In addition to the usual table games and slots, casinos will soon offer craps, roulette, and baccarat. Betting limits are expected to increase here as well.

Online casinos are illegal in Arizona, but sweepstakes model websites allow players to play slots for real cash prizes. Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots are among the most popular options.

poker Poker

Poker players can find over 160 tables in Arizona. Online poker, however, is illegal in the Grand Canyon State.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

The Arizona Department of Racing regulates horse racing in AZ. Arizona has three race tracks — Arizona Downs, Turf Paradise, and Rillito Park — and bettors can wager on horse races in person, at an OTB (off-track betting site), or online with TVG, TwinSpires, or BetAmerica.

Horse and jockey Daily fantasy sports

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) were legalized when Gov. Ducey signed Arizona’s sports betting bill in April 2021. DFS launched on Aug. 28, 2021, with the following licensed operators: DraftKings, FanDuel, FFPC, Yahoo, Fantasy Sports Shark, and Underdog Sports.

Responsible gaming in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Gaming has made plenty of resources available to Arizonans who’ve suffered from gambling addiction. These resources include self-assessment quizzes, treatment and counseling, and the option to voluntarily exclude oneself from gambling at any of the state’s tribal casinos.

With the arrival of sports betting this fall, sportsbooks will be required to provide options to limit amounts deposited, wagered, and lost. Players will also have the option to self-exclude from online and in-person sports gambling.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

Arizona is one of many states to legalize sports betting in the U.S. The following states also offer regulated online and/or in-person sports wagering: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, TennesseeVirginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Sportsbooks to avoid in Arizona

Offshore sportsbooks should be avoided at all costs. These websites are illegal and do not follow any state rules or regulations. It's strongly recommended you keep your hard-earned cash away from these online operators.

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  • Allegations of withdrawal issues
  • No license information available on site
  • Poor customer service
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  • Multiple reports of slow payments
  • Allegations of non-payments
  • Risk of account closure simply for winning bets
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  • Reports of confiscated winnings
  • Slow customer support response times

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