While located physically close to Nevada, the home of sports betting in the United States, Arizona has not taken the same liberal approach to gaming within its borders. That is until recently, as lawmakers in The Copper State voted to legalize retail and online sports betting in April 2021 with the first wagers coming a few months later in the fall.
Arizona sports betting laws could allow up to 40 sportsbooks to operate within the state, meaning there will be plenty of competition that should lead to better odds and generous promotions.
As well as professional sports like the NFL and MLB, Arizona also permits college sports betting, which is great for local fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Arizona Wildcats.
Sports betting in Arizona was something that many fans had been wanting for a long time. The path to legalizing it wasn’t all plain sailing but the state legislature finally passed HB 2772, its bill for permitting retail and mobile sports betting, on April 12, 2021.
Arizona’s Governor, Doug Ducey, signed the bill into law three days later, though this wasn’t the end of the story.
Before Arizona sports betting could begin, the state’s Department of Gaming needed to finalize its sports betting rules and begin issuing licenses.
In June 2021, the state’s Department of Gaming announced that it was targeting September 9, 2021, as the date for Arizona sports betting to be launched. This would ensure that football fans could begin enjoying sports betting in Arizona from the beginning of the new NFL season.
In late July 2021, the state released the final draft of its rules and regulations for sports betting in Arizona. Among the many details that we learned from this document, it stated that Arizona sports betting sites could begin accepting registrations on August 28, 2021, ahead of the September 9 launch.
This early registration will allow sportsbooks to be ready and for fans to sort out any identification checks before the NFL season begins.
When online sports betting in Arizona does launch, be sure to check out our picks and parlays section to see all the latest insights from our expert handicappers.
Sports betting in Arizona will begin on September 9, 2021, with several companies expected to launch on day 1. The final draft of Arizona’s sports betting rules and regulations states that up to 40 different sportsbooks could be allowed to operate in the state. Of course, this upper limit won’t be reached immediately, but it means that Arizona sports betting customers can expect plenty of competition that should hopefully lead to better odds and more generous bonuses.
FanDuel is one of the biggest sportsbook brands in the country, thanks in part to offering daily fantasy sports to much of the country even before sports betting was legalized in most states.
FanDuel is already available in most states where sports betting is legal, so it should come as no surprise that it is also launching an Arizona sports betting site through its local casino partner, the Phoenix Suns Arena.
DraftKings is another big sportsbook brand here in the US. Like FanDuel, the company began by offering daily fantasy sports but has since branched out into sports betting too.
DraftKings is often one of the first sportsbooks to launch whenever a state legalizes them and it will be no different for sports betting in Arizona. The company has a great website and mobile app and offers a broad range of markets, making it a fan favorite.
DraftKings’ Arizona sports betting app will be operated in partnership with its local casino partner, TPC Scottsdale.
Ahead of the launch of sports betting in Arizona, sportsbooks will be able to accept registrations from August 28, ahead of the September 9 launch. As we’ve seen in other states, we expect these Arizona sports betting websites to have pre-registration promotions that are very generous.
Some of the best Arizona sports betting promotions are likely to be:
● 20% deposit match up to $1,000 from DraftKings
● $1,000 risk-free bet from FanDuel
● $600 risk-free bet from BetMGM
● 2 risk-free bets worth up to $2,000 from PointsBet
If you’d like to see the sports betting promotions offered in states like New Jersey, check out of New Jersey free bets section. While the promotions offered by Arizona sports betting sites may not be identical, it is likely they will be very similar.
When Arizona sports betting launches, there will be several great apps available for Arizonans to use. Two of the best will be those from FanDuel and DraftKings. These companies have spent years developing their apps and have created one of the best mobile sports betting experiences on the market.
All major US and international sports will be available to place wagers on when Arizona sports betting launches in September 2021. This will include:
● The Olympics
● Aussie Rules
● Formula 1
While some states have opted to not allow wagers to be placed on college sports, Arizona’s sports betting rules will allow for fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Arizona Wildcats to bet on their games.
There are some restrictions though. Prop bets on the performance of individual players will not be allowed on collegiate sports, but wagers will be allowed on an individual’s season-long performance.
Until sports betting in Arizona goes live in September 2021, you cannot currently place wagers on sports games in the state.
Daily fantasy sports have not been legal in Arizona, though the sports betting bill that was passed in April 2021 also contains provisions to legalize fantasy sports. It is expected that daily fantasy sports from companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo will launch in the state around the same like as sports betting sites.
Horse racing betting is the only form of sport that was already legal in Arizona. Two of the best places to go to play the ponies in Arizona are TVG and Twinspires. A list of all their latest offers are available above.
While sports betting in Arizona has been legalized by the passing of the law in April 2021, it doesn’t contain provisions for online casinos. In fact, there doesn’t look like any real appetite among Arizona lawmakers to make casino games or poker legal to play online.
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