Arizona sports betting enthusiasts may now rejoice! All state-licensed athletic wagers became legal as of September 9th. The Grand Canyon State had to overcome several major obstacles, one of which threatened to completely suspend sports betting operations the week before opening.
The RunDown on AZ Sports Betting
HB2772, signed by Governor Doug Ducey, authorized sports betting for mobile and online operators as well as retail locations. The sports betting legislation was written with few restrictions, only prohibiting betting on injuries or penalties, NCAA props, and youth athletics.
Besides those three restrictions, all bets are virtually fair-game. Because the state’s gaming providers and Gaming Commission only had four months to get ready for kick-off, many of the state’s sportsbooks have yet to open.
However, we have compiled a list of both online and in-person sportsbook locations that have opened and/or will open soon.
State-Licensed Online Betting Sites Arizona
- Barstool Sportsbook
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
In-Person Betting Locations Open Now
- Caesars Sportsbook retail location at Chase field soft-opened with 5 kiosks
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center
Retail Betting To Open By 2022
- BetMGM will partner with Gila River Casinos to open in-person betting locations at the Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva casinos.
- Barstool Sportsbook is set to open a retail location in 2022 at the Phoenix Raceway
- Caesars Sportsbook is working on renovations to Chase Field’s Game 7 Grill. The area will be turned into a betting lounge and is expected to finish construction in early 2022.
Sportsbook Selections Still To Grow
There is an ample number of selections available to Arizona sports bettors and that list will only grow. Most of the state’s tribal sportsbooks have yet to open.
Nonetheless, tribal casinos will now be allowed to host craps and baccarat games, an exclusive feature many are likely to implement as soon as possible.
For now, it seems that commercial sportsbooks are reigning supreme in Arizona. These sportsbooks are taking advantage of the spotlight and rolling out big money promos to entice potential bettors.
Beware the Bonuses
If you are a seasoned sports bettor, you already know the caveat of the promo: rollovers. A novice bettor may be drawn in by the allure of a $100 bonus and miss the catchline.
Rollovers are often attached to most sportsbook promos and are aimed at keeping a bettor tied to a certain website for an extended period. If you place $100 on a bet and earn a $100 promo, you’ll have to wager $1000 with the sportsbook to withdraw your winnings.
For someone with a lot of cash to spare and a passion for sports betting, this may seem like a great deal. However, some want to try sports betting for fun. A rollover defeats that purpose.
If you live in Arizona, go ahead and place some small wagers on these platforms. It will be neat to explore a budding industry in its first few days. Just beware of the bonus.