With sports betting apps live in Arizona, it won’t be long before sports fans will be able to visit some of the best Arizona sportsbooks to place a bet in person. Luckily, some locations do have kiosks and betting windows already available.
After a legislative session filled with potential roadblocks and delays, the House and Senate both voted to legalize sports wagering and Gov. Doug Ducey finalized the legalization in April 2021. Sports betting is now officially live.
This page will break down everything you need to know about retail sports betting in Arizona.
Live Sportsbooks In Arizona
At the moment, there aren’t many live and operating retail sportsbooks in Arizona. Currently the only retail sportsbook open is FanDuel at the Footprint Center. Betting windows are available at Chase Field until the Caesars sportsbook opens.
As a result of 18 sportsbook licenses awarded, we expect more than a dozen legal sportsbooks to be up and running as early as 2022. But note that no official start or launch dates have been announced for these retail sportsbooks. Sometimes it takes longer for retail sportsbooks to launch as they need to be built, either inside a tribal casino or at a professional sports stadium.
Current Live Retail Sportsbooks
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center: 201 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
- Caesars betting windows at Chase Field: 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
For the latest on retail sportsbooks in Arizona, check out our guides:
Arizona Sportsbook Partnerships for Retail & Online
The list of local tribes and sports franchises that received a license from the Arizona Department of Gaming has been released. A total of fifteen of these have partnerships with sportsbooks. The other three, including the Arizona Coyotes, have yet to announce a sportsbook partnership.
The following sportsbooks are live or will be live soon:
- Bally Bet
- Barstool Sportsbooks*
- Fubo Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget
- SuperBook Sports
*Sportsbook apps that are currently live
It is still unclear which sportsbooks will be launching retail sportsbooks, but the following are expected to open a retail sportsbook in the near future:
Arizona Sports Venues with Sportsbooks
- Chase Field (Caesars) (Betting windows available now)
- The Footprint Center (FanDuel) – Now Open
- Phoenix Raceway (Barstool Sportsbook)
- State Farm Stadium (BetMGM)
- TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings)
- Lone Butte in Chandler (BetMGM)
- Vee Quiva in Laveen (BetMGM)
- Wild Horse Pass in Chandler (BetMGM)
- Tonto Apache Tribe’s Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson (TwinSpires)
- Paradise Casino in Yuma (Unibet)
- Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos (WynnBET)
- Apache Sky Casino in Winkelman (WynnBET)
- Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Fort McDowell (Betfred)
Legal Sports Betting In Arizona
Legal sports betting has been a long time coming for Arizona residents. However, this gambling activity was finally legalized on April 15, 2021, when Gov. Doug Ducey signed HB 2772. This bill and its Senate companion, SB 1797, set out legal rules and restrictions for Arizona’s future sports betting industry.
Furthermore, these bills were accompanied by an Arizona tribal compact, negotiating a settlement between the Native American tribes in the state and the official state government. The US Department of Interior approved the compact, paving the way for betting in Arizona.
Retail sportsbooks are allowed to open at racing arenas or sports venues, such as the Phoenix Raceway (home of some of the most popular NASCAR and IndyCar races), and at Native American casinos. Arizona does not have any commercial retail casinos.
Online sportsbooks are available as well. Practically all types of sports wagers are offered on these apps, including wagers on college games and college bowl games (even those involving in-state collegiate teams). There’s one minor restriction; Arizona sports bettors are not allowed to place prop bets on collegiate sporting events no matter which teams are involved.
Overall, however, Arizona’s future legal sports betting industry is looking to be deep and varied.
The Types Of Bets Taken At Sportsbooks In Arizona
Now that mobile and retail sportsbooks are currently launching in Arizona, bettors can place a wide variety of bets with only one limitation (mentioned above).
Moneyline bets are the most common type of wager you can place on a sportsbook. These wagers involve betting on which team will win a match, plain and simple. Potential payouts/odds are a little higher for the underdog and are represented by a “+” symbol while payouts/odds for the favorite team to win are usually lower and are represented by a “-“ symbol.
Futures bets at Arizona sportsbooks involve wagering on future events, such as the outcomes of tournaments or World Series. These bets are popular for major league championships, like March Madness bets, Super Bowl bets, or MLB World Series bets.
Prop or proposition bets are a popular wager type, especially for casual sports wagerers. With proposition bets, you don’t have to bet on which team will win a given match or how many points they will score.
You instead wager on whether a specific event will occur. Prop bets can be flexible and unique for this reason. For example, some prop bets might involve wagering on:
- Whether a baseball player will score a home run
- Whether a basketball player will score a three-pointer
- Whether a football player will make a touchdown
However, while prop bets are allowed for all sports at Arizona sportsbooks, you can’t place prop bets on any college games. This is just a minor downside as other states with legal sports betting industries, like New Jersey, have banned collegiate sports wagering entirely.
Spread bets involve “betting the spread” or betting that an underdog team will lose by less than a given amount of points or win a game, or by betting that a favorite team will win the game by more than a certain number of points.
Over/under bets involve betting on how many points will be scored in a single game between both teams. Bettors can wager that there will be more or less than the set amount of points given by the betting line.
Most Arizona sportsbooks allow you to place parlay bets. These are sequential bets that involve multiple successive wagers. If you want to win a parlay bet, you have to win every leg of the bet (get multiple wagers right in a row).
Arizona Sports Betting Guide
Arizona’s sports betting industry is expected be excel since the official launch. Here are some of the major things to keep in mind when preparing your bets.
Arizona Sports Betting Timeline
The first real legislation set to legalize sports wagering in Arizona came in 2019. However, there was significant opposition from Native American tribes in the state, which stalled progress on a prospective bill.
Discussion on sports wagering came to a standstill until the coronavirus pandemic. When this occurred, Arizona lost a ton of state revenue (as did many other states), but Arizona was particularly affected since travel and tourism have historically been big revenue sources for the state government.
As a result, various state leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey decided to look for new potential revenue streams. Sports wagering gained new importance as a result.
Sports betting legislation was nonetheless stuck in committee discussions until March 2021, when renewed legislative pushes brought sports wagering legalization to the forefront of debates. Eventually, both HB 2772 and SB 1797 were passed by Gov. Doug Ducey on April 15, 2021.
Furthermore, the Arizona tribes and state government reached a new compact in May 2021, removing the last bit of legislative roadblocks in the way to sports wagering legalization.
State regulators announced which sportsbooks would be coming to Arizona in August and sports betting officially launched just in time for football season.
3 Most Popular Sports For Sports Bettors In Arizona
Arizona has several major professional sports franchises that call it home. The most popular sports in Arizona by far are baseball, basketball, and football, with the latter being especially important for Arizona residents.
Arizona’s MLB team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, was established in 1998. The Phoenix Suns, Arizona’s NBA team, was founded in 1968. The Arizona Cardinals, the state’s NFL team, has called Arizona home since 1988. Each of these sports teams has its own collection of fans and a dedicated sporting arena where they play their home games.
Each of these major arenas will host a retail sportsbook. Depending on the sportsbook you choose to download, you may be able to enjoy special promotions or bonus betting opportunities during a given team’s major sports season.
3 Best Online Sports Betting Apps in Arizona
While there are only less than a dozen live online sports betting apps in Arizona at this time, we do know that other several top dogs will eventually launch in the state.
DraftKings and FanDuel are two of the best mobile sports betting apps in the industry, bar none. Both of these are live in Arizona.
DraftKings and FanDuel both provide phenomenal betting markets, player-friendly odds, and excellent opening bonuses that can provide new players with site credit or risk-free bet coverage. Both of these apps also have excellent interfaces and regular promotions to drive engaging wagers throughout most sports seasons.
BetMGM also joins Arizona’s sports wagering industry. It is another big player in the online sports betting scene. It includes a generous opening bonus, an excellent app optimized for mobile use, and live or in-play betting for all of its users.
You can rest assured that these three options will be excellent choices whether you are a beginner or experienced sports wagerer.
Arizona Retail Sports Betting FAQs
You can place sports bets from anywhere in the state using a mobile app or at a retail sports betting location, many of which will be found at sports arenas or Native American casinos.
Sports betting is now live, just in time for the NFL season.
Not yet. But many of the Native American casinos in the state plan on having least one retail sportsbook location up and running over the next few years.
Once the retail sportsbooks are constructed, you’ll have to be 21 or older to enter and place wagers.
Yes. There is a federal tax rate of 24 percent on winning over $600 and and the Arizona tax rate ranges from 2.59 percent to 4.50 percent.
Yes. Arizona doesn’t limit in-game betting at its retail sportsbook locations.
Yes. In fact, you can already bet on horse racing at specified racetracks dotting the state.
Yes. DraftKings has partnered with TPC Scottsdale and the PGA Tour and was one of the first sportsbooks to launch in Arizona.