Arizona sports betting is now live! Its launch in September 2021 coincided with the onset of the 2021 NFL season and ensured that the new industry would hit the ground running. There is no shortage of great sportsbook options available in the Grand Canyon State, and more are on the way.
Needless to say, the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Suns are hot-ticket items for online sportsbooks in Arizona. As it happens, Arizonans have the rare treat where they can wager at the stadium of the team that they came to watch. Sportsbooks opened at Chase Field and Footprint Center, with another in the works at State Farm Stadium.
So, if you live in Arizona or are visiting and are a fan of point spreads, moneylines, futures, totals, and prop bets, you’re in luck. There could be as many as 20 different online sportsbooks ultimately available at your fingertips, plus a deluge of welcome bonuses and sign-up offers.
Best online sports betting apps in Arizona
Is Arizona sports betting legal?
Yes. Sports betting is completely legal in Arizona. The first sportsbooks opened their doors, either physically or virtually, in September 2021. According to the law, 10 professional sports teams and 10 Native American tribes in the state are permitted to secure sports betting licenses, which allow for both live and online operations.
The pair of laws that made sports betting a reality in Arizona (HB2772 and SB1797) also legalized daily fantasy sports (which began in August 2021), keno, and an additional lottery game. If you have a question about whether or not a particular sportsbook is legal in Arizona, check with the Arizona Department of Gaming. Its website has references to all locations and sportsbooks that are approved for service in the Grand Canyon State.
Online sports betting apps in Arizona
There are already quite a few big names waiting for the curtains to rise on legal betting in the state and a handful that have launched. The 10 tribal licenses and eight of the team licenses have been awarded, meaning we now know officially which sportsbook brands are coming to Arizona.
Tribal licenses (10 max):
- Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (SuperBook)
- Navajo Nation
- Quechan Tribe (Unibet, live)
- Tonto Apache Tribe (TwinSpires)
- Tohono O’odham Nation
- Hualapai Tribe (Golden Nugget)
- Ak-Chin Indian Community (Fubo Gaming)
- San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe (Digital Gaming)
- San Carlos Apache Tribe (WynnBet, live)
- Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (Betfred)
Team/organization licenses (10 max):
- Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM, live)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars, live)
- Phoenix Suns (FanDuel, live)
- Arizona Coyotes
- Phoenix Mercury (Bally Bet)
- TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings, live)
- Phoenix Speedway (Barstool, live)
- Arizona Rattlers (BetRivers)
Here’s a look at the top sportsbooks live in AZ right now, along with potential apps expected to launch in 2022.
DraftKings Sportsbook (live)
DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the top sportsbooks in the country. Its innovative site features a betting carousel that suggests wagers to you based upon your stated preferences and betting history. DraftKings operates in Arizona through a deal with TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open each year.
Caesars Sportsbook (live)
Caesars Sportsbook is the sportsbook arm of one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Due to Caesars Entertainment’s purchase of venerable sportsbook William Hill, the company’s sports betting profile has swelled to epic proportions. You can participate in the Caesars Rewards program and convert your earned points into perks and benefits at Caesars locations. Caesars Sportsbook is active in Arizona in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks and operates a retail sportsbook at Chase Field in Phoenix.
FanDuel Sportsbook (live)
FanDuel has long since grown beyond its daily fantasy sports roots. The site is a verifiable juggernaut of gambling and features one of the most reliable and easy-to-use sportsbook apps in the country. FanDuel Sportsbook is also home to some of the most generous and plentiful promotions that you will find, including numerous odds boosts and other spiffs to make betting a bit sweeter. FanDuel secured an agreement with the Phoenix Suns to offer service inside Arizona and has its retail operation open at the Footprint Center.
BetMGM Sportsbook (live)
BetMGM Sportsbook is the product of a joint venture between gambling giants MGM Resorts International and Entain. The sportsbook has proven to be one of the more aggressive and active in expanding its US presence during the past few years. One thing that stands out about BetMGM is its Edit My Bet feature, which takes the ubiquitous Cash Out option and adds more options, such as the ability to add, remove, or swap parts of open bets. You can even increase your stake if you wish. BetMGM actually has two partnerships in Arizona as the result of a tripart deal with the Arizona Cardinals and the Gila River tribe. BetMGM has retail books at all three Gila River locations and the Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
BetRivers Sportsbook (live)
BetRivers has gone from being a name to watch in sports betting circles to one that has started making noise. The app looks great and works well with all the features that are common for US sportsbook apps. BetRivers sportsbook is also a fan of building loyalty with its iRush Rewards program for users. Rush Street signed a deal with the Arizona Rattlers and launched in October 2021.
WynnBet Sportsbook (live)
Wynn Sportsbook partnered with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the operators of the Apache Gold Casino in San Carlos and Apache Sky Casino in Winkelman. The WynnBet AZ app is a simple and easy-to-use app that comes with a soft selection of ongoing or daily promos. It’s serviceable, but don’t expect a lot of frills here. What WynnBet does excel at is its betting markets and live betting. Expect to find WynnBet kiosks at the tribal casinos, too.
Unibet Sportsbook (live)
Unibet is a big deal in global gambling circles, and its reach across the US continues to expand. The Unibet sports betting app in AZ is on the basic side, but still a solid spot for those not too concerned with bells and whistles. Its parent company, Kindred, has a deal with the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation.
TwinSpires Sportsbook (live)
Churchill Downs Inc. brought its TwinSpires app to Arizona just a few days after the official state launch. TwinSpires is probably more well-known for its horse betting connections, but even so, the app comes equipped with all the bells and whistles plus a selection of odds boosts and an easy-to-use but fairly simplistic software. TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona has a deal with the Tonto Apache Tribe.
Other AZ betting apps expected to launch in 2021
Bally Bet Sportsbook
Bally Bet is the online arm of the Bally’s Corporation and is already live in nearby Colorado as well as Iowa. The app runs on Bet.Works software and is a serviceable app with a flair for live betting. It found a partner in the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team.
Betfred comes to Arizona with 50 years of experience in European betting markets. Already active in other legal states, the app has gained a reputation for being easy to use and packed with a slate of parlay features. BetFred Arizona partnered with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
How to start betting online in Arizona
You’ll be able to get started with online betting in AZ quickly and easily as state law includes a provision for mobile registration. There won’t be any need to visit a brick-and-mortar sportsbook to do so. When creating an account online, here is the info you’ll likely need to provide, according to the ADG:
- Legal name
- Date of birth
- Social security number or the last four digits
- An account number or username
- Residential address
- Telephone number
To register to play, you must be 21 or older. The sportsbook will verify this during the sign-up process. If it has any trouble with that or with verifying your identity, then you will need to provide relevant documents.
There’s no residency requirement for playing, but you’ll need to be located within state lines in order to use Arizona sites and apps. To verify that you are where you say you are, operators use geolocation tracking, which is built into the platform software. If you bet using a web browser, you will be asked to download the geolocation software to your computer.
Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to perform all of the same functions that you can at a retail sportsbook, such as funding your account, checking the lines, and placing bets. Sites and apps from top sportsbooks are generally very user-friendly.
How licensing works in Arizona
Following the governor’s signature, the Arizona Department of Gaming oversees the new industry. Here’s what we know for now.
- The bill allows for 20 licenses in total: 10 for tribal operators in Arizona and the rest for the state’s pro sports teams.
- Licenses cover retail and online Tribes that operate multiple gambling locations can operate multiple retail sportsbooks under one license.
- The legislative fiscal note projects $154.4 million in annual taxable revenue at market maturity while using an 8% minimum tax.
- The Senate fiscal note projects $34.2 million in annual general fund revenue by 2024.
The laws (HB2772 and SB1797) also greenlight daily fantasy sports, keno, and a mobile draw game. The slew of available licenses and overall potential of the market will translate into a very competitive landscape for Arizona sports betting. That’s great news for consumers, as multiple sportsbooks jockeying for position will result in solid bonus and promotional offerings as they vie for attention.
Arizona online sportsbook bonuses and free bet offers
Welcome bonuses are a great way to try out a new site, and it’s important to learn how each type of bonus works. Some bonuses are available for new and existing customers, too. So, what’s in it for you? Here’s a closer look at four common bonuses you’ll find when you download an Arizona sports betting app.
- Free bets: Sometimes called no deposit bonuses, these free funds come in the form of site credits. It requires no effort on your part other than to sign up at the sportsbook. Any winnings are yours to keep.
- Deposit match: Sportsbooks will match your first deposit up to a set amount, sometimes by as much as 100%. You might see these written as 100% up to $500.
- Risk free bets: You might see these noted as insurance bets, but some books allow you to place your first bet risk free. If your bet loses, you’ll be refunded the bet in site credit. These are common sign-up offers.
- Odds boosts: Legal sports betting sites almost always have this option, but they are hard to find, too. More often than not, odds boosts are not lumped with other bonuses and promotions. Odds boosts involve the sportsbook increasing the payouts on selected bets, usually for a specific event or local game of interest, in order to promote the event.
Sports betting partnerships in Arizona
As legal sports betting continues to expand across the US, sportsbooks lean on various strategies to make inroads in new markets. One recent trend that has emerged has been pro teams and leagues pairing with sportsbooks. Things have already gotten underway in Arizona, with several partnerships and deals.
- Arizona Cardinals — Gila River Hotels & Casinos: Official hotel and casino partner.
- Phoenix Suns — FanDuel: Sports betting partnership.
- PGA Tour — DraftKings: Retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale and other marketing opportunities.
- Suns/Phoenix Mercury — Gila River Hotels & Casinos: Amenities and tie-ins across both organizations.
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Caesars: Sports betting partnership
Futures and prop betting in Arizona
Pregame bets such as moneyline betting, point spreads and totals generate lots of action at online sportsbooks, but they’re not the only ways to wager. Among the other options, futures and props are two of the most popular.
Futures are wagers that require a long-term perspective. These are bets on results that won’t happen until down the road, such as the winner of a league championship or an individual player award. Here are some top markets for futures betting:
- Super Bowl
- NBA Finals
- World Series
- Stanley Cup
- College Football Playoff
- March Madness
- Golf majors
- Tennis Grand Slams
- Daytona 500
Odds for the top futures will come out in each sport’s offseason. They’re active markets in which the odds will move in response to things like betting action, injury news and what happens on the field. Additional futures market wagers include team win totals for the regular season, conference and division winners and individual award winners.
The ultimate goal of a futures bet is to make the right call so that you can cash in at the end, but there’s another strategy component involved. You’ll want to find your choices at the best possible prices by line shopping, which means comparing the odds at multiple books.
Prop betting is available for individual games and events, but you’ll also find some that revolve around an entire campaign. Examples in the latter category include the NFL player with the most rushing yards or the baseball player to win the National League batting title.
For individual games, you can find the available props by clicking on the individual listing. As a general rule, the more popular the sport, the more props that you’ll find available. Many props revolve around individual player performances:
- How many combined passing and rushing yards for Kyler Murray — over/under 289.5?
- Total points for Phil Kessel — over/under 1.5?
- Who will have more points plus assists — Devin Booker or Kawhi Leonard?
As in our examples, there are props with two choices that will have odds on both sides. There are also multiple-choice props, such as the player to score the first touchdown in an NFL game, which will have odds for all possible selections.
Live betting at Arizona sportsbooks
Live betting, which has evolved into one of the most popular ways to wager at online sportsbook apps.
Live betting refers to wagers you can place in real-time after the action has gotten underway. Also known as in-game betting, it’s a fast-moving market. The exact offerings and odds will vary based on what’s going on, but here are some examples of what you’ll see.
- Will the Coyotes score a goal on this power play — yes/no?
- Which side will have more rushing yards in the first half — Cardinals or Cowboys?
- How many innings will Madison Bumgarner last — over/under 5?
There will also be updated lines based on what’s happening in the game, so you can use live betting as an opportunity to hedge your initial positions or double down. The top online sportsbooks in Arizona will have sections dedicated to current live betting offerings.
Arizona sports teams to bet on
Arizona is a huge market for legal sports betting. The fact that the state is a hotbed for sports certainly enhances the appeal. All four of the major pro leagues have representatives in the state.
- NFL: Arizona Cardinals
- NBA: Phoenix Suns
- MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks
- NHL: Arizona Coyotes
For the above, there are plenty of pregame bets to consider for all four teams, including moneyline, spreads and totals. You can also dive into the futures market for additional opportunities, and explore what’s available with props and live betting for each contest.
The PGA Tour also makes regular stops in Arizona at TPC Scottsdale, while NASCAR does the same at the Phoenix Raceway. The WNBA is represented by the Phoenix Mercury, while there has been a push for Phoenix Rising FC to be an MLS expansion club.
You can bet on college sports in Arizona with the exception of prop bets. Fans of the University of Arizona and Arizona State football and basketball teams will be able to bet on those contests, and the same holds true for the top smaller programs in the state.
If local action is your thing, you have plenty of options to consider in Arizona. For those who like to expand their horizons, the same applies as online sportsbooks consistently offer games and events to wager on.
What’s legal and illegal to bet on in Arizona?
Legal sports betting in Arizona open the doors to many possibilities for fans in the state. If you’re the type who prefers to stick to major sports like the NFL or NBA, you’ll have plenty of wagering opportunities.
For those who like to go deeper down the bench of offerings, you’ll find a list that begins with Australian rules football and includes many sports in the niche category. Not all options will be available at every book, but the top ones generally offer a wide selection.
On bet types, all of the major options will be available. Here are the more popular wagers you’ll come across:
One notable restriction has to do with college sports. You can bet on the outcome of college football and basketball games, but Arizona prohibits proposition bets on college athletes. For other restricted items, the state mirrors other legal states.
- No betting on entertainment-related events like reality TV.
- No wagering on high school sports.
- Those with professional ties to a sport can’t bet on those competitions.
The introduction of legal sports betting has been a game-changer for many states. We fully expect more of the same here. Users will have lots of options to consider, including where they wish to take their business.
Where to bet on sports in Arizona
Arizona sports betting law calls for 20 licenses to be available for retail and online betting. It’s an even split of 10 apiece for tribal casinos and professional sports organizations. For the latter, stadium or event sites that can host at least 10,000 fans are eligible.
The state allows retail sportsbooks within a five-block radius of those venues using what is known as a “limited event wagering” license. Here are the stadium and event locations to host a sportsbook based on approved licenses.
- State Farm Stadium in Glendale: home of the Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM)
- Chase Field in Phoenix: home of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars)
- Footprint Center in Phoenix: home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers (FanDuel, Bally Bet, BetRivers)
- TPC Scottsdale: host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (DraftKings)
- Phoenix Raceway in Avondale: host for NASCAR races (Barstool)
After the 2021-22 season, the Gila River Arena in Glendale will no longer be the home of the Arizona Coyotes. However, the Coyotes are the only major sports team without a sportsbook partner but they do have a license. It is unclear where a retail sportsbook would be built at this time.
On the casino side, there are 25 across the state, each operated by one of 16 Native American tribes. However, there are 22 federally recognized tribes in the state. As such, the 10 tribal licenses can go to any of the 22 tribes for mobile betting. The state-tribe compacts, however, clarify that any tribe with a Class III gaming compact can open retail books on tribal land. With that in mind, here are the 10 most likely casinos to open a retail sportsbook:
- Apache Gold Casino Resort, San Carlos
- Casino Arizona, Scottsdale
- Casino del Sol, Tucson
- Desert Diamond Casino, Why
- Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Maricopa
- Paradise Casino, Yuma
- Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale
- Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Flagstaff
- We-Ko-Pa Casino, Fort McDowell
- Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler
There’s a lot of potential here for sportsbooks, and that will extend into solid offerings for sports bettors. For now, we must play the waiting game.