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Arizona Sports Betting

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Arizona State Guide

Also known as The Grand Canyon State, Arizona’s nickname describes one of the most exceptional natural features of the world and yet, it is not the only attraction Arizona has to offer.

There is an active gambling industry existent in the state that brings in plenty of revenue other than offering locals cut-throat entertainment. With the addition of Arizona now offering online sports betting the sky is the limit.

Nearly all the 22 tribes in Arizona signed compacts with the state decades ago, allowing them to operate tribal casinos on the over 20 million acres of tribal reservation land that is under their jurisdiction.

Here is a guide on sports betting in Arizona, taking a look at what’s available and what we expect in the near feature.
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FAQ

  • When will sports betting be legal in Arizona

  • What sportsbooks are avaialable in Arizona?

  • Why should you be betting on sports in AZ!

  • How long has Arizona Online Sports Betting been live?

Sports Betting Apps in Arizona

Unlike many other states Arizona will offer a wide range of sportsbook apps from the get go. The Arizona Department of Gaming have done a great job in approving sportsbooks license applications which will cater for a highly competitive legal sports betting scene in Arizona with many great customer offers up for grabs. 

We are currently looking at over a dozen of Arizona sportsbook apps that are likely to go live in 2021. These AZ sports betting apps range from the big brand such as Caesars, FanDuel, BetMGM to more local Arizona sportsbooks such as BlueBet, MaximBet and so forth. 

Below is the current complete list of Arizona sports betting apps - their partners, software providers, venues and expected launch dates:

SportsbookLicense PartnerSportsbook ProviderRetail PartnerLaunch ETA
Bally BetPhoenix MercuryBet.WorksFootprint CenterFall 2021
Barstool NASCARKambiPhoenix RacewaySeptember 2021
BetfredFort McDowell Yavapai NationBetfred SportsWe-Ko-Pa Casino ResortFall 2021
BetMGMArizona Cardinals / Gila River TribeEntainState Farm Stadium / Gila River casinosSeptember 2021
BetRiversArizona RattlersKambiFootprint CenterFall 2021
BlueBetColorado River Indian TribesBlueBetBlueWater Resort & CasinoFall 2021
CaesarsArizona DiamondbacksScientific GamesChase FieldSeptember 2021
DraftKingsTPC ScottsdaleSBTechTPC ScottsdaleSeptember 2021
FanDuelPhoenix SunsFlutter / IGTFootprint CenterSeptember 2021
MaximBetWhite Mountain ApacheCarousel GroupHon-Dah Resort CasinoFall 2021
PointsBet Yavapai-Pache NationPointsBetCliff Castle CasinoFall 2021
SolSportsPascua Yaqui TribeN/ACasino Del SolFall 2021
TwinSpiresTonto Apache TribeGANMazatzal Hotel & CasinoFall 2021
UnibetFot Yuma-Quechan TribeKambiParadise CasinoSeptember 2021
WynnBet San Carlos Apache TribeScientific GamesApache Gold, Apache Sky casinosFall 2021

Sports Teams to Bet on in Arizona

We would never advise anyone to bet with your heart. We recommend betting with your head and not get too emotional about your sports betting. But fact remains that betting on your local Arizona sports teams is more fun and sometimes also better as you are more likely to know more about your favorite teams and therefore also make more educated decisions when betting on sports teams in Arizona.

Let's take a look at what professional sports teams there are to bet on in Arizona: 

Sports TeamLeagueCityStadiumSports Betting Partnerships
Arizona Diamondbacks MLBPhoenixChase FieldCaesars
Phoenix SunsNBAPhoenixTalking Stick Resort ArenaFanDuel
Arizona CardinalsNFLPhoenixState Farm StadiumBetMGM
Arizona CoyotesNHLGlendaleGila River ArenaN/A
Phoenix MercuryWNBAPhoenixTalking Stick Resort ArenaBally Bet

Professional sports teams in Arizona are allowed to get involved in sportsbook partnership deals and the largest AZ pro teams, apart from Arizona Coyotes, are already taken. 

Caesars and The Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

This is a long-term partnership and is set at a minimum of 10 years. Caesars will open a branded retail sportsbook inside the Chase Field arena and provide top-class betting for Diamondback fans. The partnership also grants Caesars AZ sportsbook access to online sports betting in Arizona. 

Caesars is one of the fastest-growing sportsbooks in the US and through the merge, with William Hill, they increased their US online sports betting reach significantly. 

FanDuel and The Phoenix Suns (NBA)

The Talking Stick Resort Arena will be home to FanDuels Arizona retail sportsbook. The deal was one of the first between a pro-Arizona sports team and an online sportsbook and will give FanDuel a great platform to keep growing their brand. 

BetMGM and The Arizona Cardinals (NFL)

Not only have BetMGM secured one of the most lucrative sport teams deals in the Grand Canyon state, but they have also doubled down and secured a deal with the Gila River Tribe. BetMGM is one of the most ambitious sportsbooks in the US and has really proven that they are up for the challenge of taking on the fight for No 1 sportsbook in every state they access. We see no reason why BetMGM Arizona will be different. 

Bally Bet and The Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)

Bally Bet and Phoenix Mercury is the first deal of its kind. It's the first time a Women's pro team partners with a sportsbook. Great news US sports and even better, Bally Bet and The Mercury have set a 15-year deal. We hope to see more partnerships between sportsbooks and US women's sports teams. The deal is rumoured to be worth a whopping $66 million.

Brief History of Sports Betting in Arizona

For decades, one of the most popular forms of gambling in the state of Arizona was greyhound and horse racing. Betting on the runners was legal since the 1950s, and the Arizona Racing Commission was even formed in 1958 for the proper regulation of the activity.

Parimutuel betting was the order of the day, and off-track betting was later introduced as well. To further advance the racing industry, in 2014, Janice Brewer, the then Governor of Arizona signed a bill that allowed ADW (Advanced Deposit Wagering) into law. Locals could now place wagers from the comfort of their homes without having to go to the stables.

Back to off-track betting, Arizona has one of the largest numbers of OTB facilities in the USA. Players can place wagers on the ponies from a range of locations, including hotels, restaurants, sports bars, and even bowling alleys.

What is the Current State of Sports Betting in Arizona?

Thanks to Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts with the local Native American tribes, tribal gaming holds a monopoly over gambling products in the state. Even after the Professional and Amateur Act of 1992 was repealed by the Supreme Court on May 14, 2018, very little progress has been made to expand the sports betting industry in the state.

However, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for sports fans after a bill was introduced to legalize sports betting but only on tribal land in January of 2019. SB1158 if passed, would give every federally recognized Indian tribe with a tribal-state gaming compact authority to operate sports betting kiosks. This meant that tribal casinos would be the only entities that would be allowed to open sportsbooks to the residents of Arizona.

Unfortunately, up until January 2020, the bill is yet to bear fruition because only one tribe out of the 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes support the bill. Most of the tribes are adamant about supporting the bill because they feel that legalizing sports betting will water down the casino revenue that they are already enjoying. However this changed in 2021 and legal and licensed online sports betting in Arizona is now a reality on top the pre-existing land-based tribal casinos. 

Interactive Sports Betting in Arizona

Because the ability to place wagers online did not exist by the time of signing state-tribal compacts on tribal gaming, interactive gambling remained a grey area as it did in many other states as well. Thankfully, pari-mutuel online betting on horse and greyhound races was allowed on sites like BetAmerica, TVG and Twinspires. However, there was a time around the 2010s when the online horse and greyhound racing platforms left Arizona, but they came back in January 2015.

Online sports betting is now allowed in the state of Arizona. After tough negotiations the state have authorized the same provided sports betting online that it occurs on tribal land.

Land-Based Casinos in Arizona

Arizona is host to several Tribal Casinos, 25 to be exact. So far only a few of these have partnered up with online sports betting app and from an outside perspective the Tribal Casinos might end up loosing revenues with such intense Arizona online gambling presence. Their lucky wild card is still that online casino is not yet legal and is not planned to become legalized anytime soon.

Below is a full list of retail casinos in Arizona:

CasinoCityOpenedTribal Organization
Apache Gold Casino ResortSan Carlos1994San Carlos Apache
Apache Sky CasinoDudleyville2017San Carlos Apache
BlueWater Resort and CasinoParker1999Colorado River Indian Tribes
Bucky's CasinoPrescott1995Yavapai-Prescott
Casino ArizonaScottsdale1998Salt River Pima–Maricopa
Casino del SolTucson2011Pascua Yaqui
Casino of the SunTucson1994Pascua Yaqui
Cliff Castle CasinoCamp Verde1995Yavapai-Apache
Cocopah Resort CasinoSomerton1993Cocopah
Desert Diamond CasinoWhy1999Tohono O'odham
Desert Diamond Casino, SahuaritaSahuarita2001San Xavier
Desert Diamond Casino–West ValleyGlendale2015Tohono O'odham Nation
Desert Diamond Hotel & CasinoTucson1993San Xavier
Fort McDowell CasinoFountain Hills1992Fort McDowell Yavapai
Harrah's Ak-Chin CasinoMaricopa1994Ak-Chin
Hon-Dah Resort CasinoPinetop-Lakeside1993White Mountain Apache
Lone Butte CasinoChandler1994Gila River Indian Community
Mazatzal CasinoPayson1993Tonto Apache
Paradise CasinoYuma1996Quechan
Spirit Mountain CasinoMohave Valley1995Mohave
Talking Stick ResortScottsdale2010Salt River Pima–Maricopa
Twin Arrows Casino ResortFlagstaff2013Navajo
Vee Quiva Hotel & CasinoLaveen1997Gila River Indian Community
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & CasinoChandler1995Gila River Indian Community
Yavapai CasinoPrescott1992Yavapai-Prescott

Daily Fantasy Sports Betting

The legalization of daily fantasy sports is a trend that’s been adapted in a couple of states across America.  The laws that prohibit daily fantasy sports betting in most cases define the sports contests to be under the description of games of chance. This, however, has been overturned in many states, and betting on daily fantasy sports contests has been legalized under the argument that they are actually game of skill, not of chance.

In the same fashion, State Bill 1515 was introduced by Senator Adam Driggs in February 2016 in a bid to legalize these contests in Arizona. But then, because of the tribal compacts in existence in Arizona; however, there was conflict will the Native Tribes based on how the bill was worded. Discussions were to be held by the assemblymen to further debate on and revise the bill but since then, there hasn’t been any mention of the bill to date. Offshore operators are also cautious and most don’t offer daily fantasy sports betting to Arizonians as the penalty might be too steep.

Summary of Betting in Arizona

Commercial land-based sports betting CasinosNot Allowed
Tribal land-based casinos sports bettingAllowed
Interactive Gambling (including sports betting, horse racing and greyhoung racing)Allowed only on pari-mutuel betting on horse, greyhound racing and sports betting
Daily Fantasy Sports ContestsProhibited
Horse & Dog Race WageringPari-mutuel, OTB, ADW 
Legal Gambling AgeSports betting, Horse, Greyhound Racing: 21+
Regulatory BodiesArizona Department of Gaming
Key LegislationArizona State Code and Revised Statues

What Does the Future Hold For Sports Betting in Arizona?

With Arizoan, being a newcomer on the online sports betting scene, there’s still a lot of room for the sports betting industry to prosper in the state as there are already sports betting products legalized so far. Now that the state offers both retail and mobile sports betting the opportunities are close to endless. 

If the state would have decided to wait out the tribal compacts until 2022, sports betting in Arizona would have continued to lag behind but with the recent approval Arizona can soon be on par with states where sports betting have been legal for some time now. 

The tribes tried to fight back to maintain their monopoly over the gambling industry but commercial sports betting win this battle and are now offering their services in The Grand Canyon State.

Moreover, the fact that offshore operators are limiting their sportsbook services to residents of Arizona might have influenced the state to change its laws on gambling. All in all, The Copper State has always had a thriving gambling industry and it can only get better from here on out especially after the PASPA repeal.