Arizona legalized sports betting with the passages of Senate Bill 1797 and House Bill 2772, which were sent to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk for his signature on April 13, 2021. Gov. Ducey signed the historic bill on April 15.
However, no legal sports betting outlets are currently available. Lawmakers are shooting for early September for mobile sports betting, and most retail sportsbook venues need to receive licenses before taking bets. Regulators will also need to hammer out the sports betting rules.
Up to 20 licenses are available for mobile betting apps. Commercial entities like professional sports teams can apply for up to 10 licenses to operate mobile betting and in-person retail sportsbooks. Bettors could see retail sportsbooks and various venues throughout the state, including:
- Phoenix Suns Arena
- Chase Field (Phoenix)
- TPC Scottsdale
- State Farm Stadium (Glendale)
- Gila River Arena (Glendale)
- Phoenix Raceway (Avondale)
Tribal entities can apply for an additional 10 licenses to operate mobile betting. In addition to these mobile betting licenses, tribes can accept in-person wagers on their lands under the Arizona Gaming Compact, which is separate from the mobile betting bill enacted in April 2021.
While we don’t know precisely what online sports betting platforms are coming to Arizona, we have a good idea based on existing partnerships.
At a minimum, you can expect the following online sportsbooks in Arizona:
- William Hill
All of the above platforms have announced or will soon announce partnerships with tribal casinos or professional sports venues.
DraftKings partnered with the PGA Tour to bring a retail sportsbook to TPC Scottsdale, home of the Phoenix Open. Arizona also legalized daily fantasy sports (DFS), so the DraftKings Sportsbook app and DraftKings DFS will both launch in the state soon as well.
The DraftKings Sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale likely won’t open until 2022. But when it does, it will be accessible without needing to pay for a round of golf. The sports bar atmosphere will include a full drink and food menu and walls of TVs.
The DraftKings Sportsbook app is currently available in most states with legal online sports betting. The welcome bonus is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000.
FanDuel partnered with the Phoenix Suns to bring a retail sportsbook to Phoenix Suns Arena. While the FanDuel Sportsbook will be inside the Arena, the 6,500 square foot facility will be open every day, all year round, not just when games are played during basketball season.
Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group CMO, said, “We’re excited to open a luxury sportsbook within Phoenix Suns Arena, as the beginning of a long-term and innovative collaboration that will have a lasting impact on the state.”
The partnership also means the FanDuel Sportsbook app and the FanDuel DFS platform are coming to Arizona as well. The FanDuel Sportsbook offers a risk-free bet of up to $1,000 to new members.
BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona
BetMGM is rumored to have a partnership in the works with the Gila River Indian Community, which owns the Gila River Hotels & Casinos. The three locations include:
- Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
- Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
- Lone Butte Casino
Because this is still a rumor, we do not have specific details on the retail BetMGM sportsbooks coming to one or all three of those locations.
BetMGM has a world-famous sportsbook location inside the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. The BetMGM app is also available in most states with legal online sports betting. New members at BetMGM Arizona will receive a risk-free bet of up to $600.
William Hill Sportsbook Arizona
William Hill is rumored to have a partnership with Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino. But this would have been a safe bet anyway given the fact that Caesars Entertainment owns both Harrah’s and William Hill.
Like BetMGM, William Hill is a renowned sports betting operator of the Las Vegas Strip. But the company’s roots are in the UK, where it’s one of the oldest continuously operating sportsbooks.
Based on the brand launching in other states, the William Hill Arizona welcome bonus will likely be a risk-free bet up to $2,021. This has been its standard initial signup offer.
Existing Sportsbook Partnerships In Arizona
|Online Sports Betting App||Arizona Partner|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||TPC Scottsdale|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Phoenix Suns Arena|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||Gila River Hotels & Casinos|
|William Hill||Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino|
How Will Online Sports Betting Work In Arizona?
The rules and regulations for Arizona online sports betting are still in the works. But based on the situation in other states, we can make some safe assumptions.
Here are the types of bets you’ll be able to place at Arizona’s online sportsbooks:
- Moneyline/Straight Bets
- Points Spread
- Prop Bets
- Live Betting/In-Game Betting
- Totals (Over/Under)
In all states with legal online sports betting, you can bet on the following type of games:
- Major league sports
- Individual professional sports (golf, tennis, MMA, etc)
- Other domestic professional sports
- Professional international sports
- College sports
However, many states put restrictions on college sports betting. In Illinois and New Jersey, you can’t bet on in-state college teams. For example, you can’t bet on the Fighting Illini if you’re betting in Illinois.
Some states, such as Iowa, restrict in-game prop bets on all college sports.
Arizona Teams Popular Among Sports Bettors
The 2023 Super Bowl will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, home of the Arizona Cardinals. All the sports betting apps and sportsbook locations will be open by then, including one inside State Farm Stadium. That will be an enormous day for Arizona sports bettors.
On that note, here are the professional sports teams in Arizona, all of which will most likely host retail sportsbooks on-site:
- NFL’s Arizona Cardinals (State Farm Stadium)
- MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field)
- NBA’s Phoenix Suns (Phoenix Suns Arena)
- WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury (Phoenix Suns Arena)
- NHL’s Arizona Coyotes (Gila River Arena)
An MLS stadium is being built in Tempe for Phoenix Rising FC, which is trying to join the MLS. That stadium will likely also house a retail sportsbook if that happens.
The Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale hosts biannual NASCAR races, and the TPC Scottsdale hosts the Phoenix Open, a stop on the PGA Tour. Both places will have in-house sportsbooks, and their events will inspire tons of betting action.
If Arizona regulators allow betting on in-state college schools, the following teams will also be highly popular options, particularly for NCAA football and basketball betting:
- Arizona Wildcats
- Arizona State Sun Devils
- Grand Canyon Antelopes
- Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
All but Grand Canyon have both football and basketball programs.
Bonus And Promotions Coming To Arizona
One of the best parts of online sports betting is all the bonus offers. Here are some of the Arizona sportsbook bonuses that you can look forward to:
- Deposit Bonuses: Some sportsbooks will match deposits by a certain percentage up to a maximum amount. For example, BetRivers Sportsbook offers a 100% deposit bonus up to $250.
- Risk-Free Bets: New members at a sportsbook can usually place their first bet risk-free up to a maximum amount. For example, FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona will offer a risk-free bet up to $1,000 to new members.
- First Bet Match: Rather than refund your first bet if it loses like with the risk-free bet, some sportsbooks offer a bet match on your first wager. Win or lose, the sportsbook will match the wager by the same amount.
- Odds Boosters: All the best online sportsbooks offer odds boosters on a variety of lines every single day. FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and William Hill all offer lucrative odds boosters, including for Arizona teams.
Should You Bet At Illegal Sites In The Meantime?
It’s a bad idea to bet at illegal sports betting sites. These sites are breaking Arizona law, which means they’re already operating under sketchy circumstances. A site that is untethered bylaws isn’t automatically untrustworthy, but it’s not exactly the best jumping-off point.
The real issue with illegal betting sites is the fact that they’re notorious for selling personal information, refusing payouts, and disappearing – along with the money in everyone’s accounts.
These sites hide ridiculous terms and conditions. For example, a deposit bonus usually comes with 30x playthrough requirements. That means a $100 deposit with a 100% bonus would require you to bet $3,000 before you can withdraw winnings.
These sites will also say you have to bet the amount you deposit before you can withdraw. So if you deposit $100, place a $10 bet, and go to withdraw, they’ll only let you withdraw the payout from the $10 bet.
The withdrawal minimum is also usually $100 or more, which can be a dealbreaker for low-budget bettors.
To make matters worse, these illegal sites usually take advantage of the fact that their bettors are based in a US state with no legal betting option. That means they can jack up the vig (the fee sportsbooks charge for accepting bets) without worrying too much about competition.
At legal US sportsbooks, the standard vig is 5% or less. At illegal sportsbooks, the vig can be 10% or more.
How Can You Be Sure Legal Online Sportsbooks In Arizona Are Fair?
Regulated By The Arizona Department Of Gaming
The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) will review each sports betting applicant and approve licenses only to those that exhibit the highest levels of safety and security.
The state regulator will establish a standard for all sportsbooks to follow. This includes housing all player funds in a separate bank account that the company cannot use for expenses.
The ADG will also audit and regulate the sports betting apps on an ongoing basis to ensure everything remains above board.
Partnered With Local Organizations
All online sportsbooks will be partnered with an existing name in Arizona sports or betting. Local bettors will be familiar with these organizations, providing peace of mind that doesn’t exist with illegal sites.
For example, the FanDuel Sportsbook isn’t just a standalone app. It will be available through a partnership with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. The reputations of both companies will be on the line when FanDuel Arizona launches, further instilling confidence in the safety and security of the platform.
Legal Online Sportsbooks Already Boast Stellar Reputations
Arizona sports bettors are no doubt sick of waiting for the launch of legal sportsbooks. However, that comes with the advantage of knowing exactly what to expect from these operators.
Reviews around the internet will help you identify which one is the best for your style of betting and budget. And these apps have had the time to mature into intuitive, player-friendly platforms.
So while online sports betting has been a long time coming, you now have all the resources you need to make the most informed decisions.
Available In The App Store And Google Play Store
Illegal sports betting sites can’t offer an iOS app because the App Store doesn’t list illegal betting sites. Illegal sites can offer an Android app for download directly from the site, but that’s a risky endeavor. Illegal sites are a likely culprit for offering a Trojan horse app that can infect your device.
Google Play just recently started allowing legal online sports betting apps. Up until the beginning of 2021, Android users had to download the apps directly from the websites, even for legal platforms.
Accepts Major Payment Methods
You can usually deposit and withdraw using PayPal and online bank transfers at sports betting sites. These options are unlikely to come with fees, and they’re an option for both funding your account and cashing out.
Arizona sports betting apps will eventually have retail sportsbook locations as well. That normally means you can fund your online account and withdraw winnings in cash at the betting window of the retail location or partnering casino.
Pro tip: Arizona bettors should avoid using credit cards for deposits at an online sportsbook. The transaction is often considered a cash advance, which most likely has a $10 minimum fee.
Arizona Sports Betting FAQs
September 2021. The most likely date for the launch of Arizona online sports betting is early September, just in time for NFL season, which kicks off on September 9, 2021. Arizona’s retail sportsbooks will need to be built, so they will likely open months after the launch of online sportsbooks.
Arizona’s sports betting rules and regulations are still in the works. But you will be able to bet on all major league sports, individual professional sports like golf and MMA, and international sports like European soccer. College betting will also likely be an option, but many states restrict betting on in-state college teams, which may be the case in Arizona.
Arizona online sportsbooks will include DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and William Hill at a minimum. But the state can authorize up to 20 sports betting sites and apps, so you’ll likely see other major online sportsbooks like BetRivers, PointsBet, FOX Bet, and TwinSpires. Partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks, and we will update this page accordingly.
Yes, net winnings for the year are subject to Arizona income tax as well as federal income tax. The Arizona state income tax rate ranges from 2.59% to 4.50%. The federal tax on gambling winnings is 24%. For example, net winnings of $1,000 would be taxed between $25.90 and $45 by Arizona and an additional $240 from the federal government.
Ten Native American casinos and ten professional sports venues can receive a license to launch a sports betting app.
Not yet, but it will be soon. DraftKings has a partnership with TPC Scottsdale, home of the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open. Through the partnership, DraftKings will open a retail sportsbook in TPC Scottsdale and launch its online products. The most likely launch for the DraftKings Sportsbook app and DraftKings DFS platform is September 2021.
Not yet, but the FanDuel Sportsbook app should be available by September 2021. FanDuel and Phoenix Suns formed a partnership to open a retail sportsbook inside the arena in 2022, but the FanDuel Sportsbook and FanDuel daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps should launch long before the physical Phoenix Suns Arena sportsbook.