If you ask 100 Americans in which state they would most like to take a vacation, Arizona will likely end up near the top of the list. Just imagine how much more fun it’ll be as one of the top sports betting destinations in the United States.
It might have taken the Grand Canyon State longer than other states to legalize sports wagering, but now that it has, it is fully embracing the industry while giving Arizona residents – and sports fans in particular – access to some of the best sports betting experiences in the nation.Read More. ↓
Suppose you’ve tried a sports betting app in Arizona. Maybe you liked it. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe you think there’s not much point in trying another. We’re here to tell you that there is. Every top sportsbook in Arizona has something great going for it – and it’s well worth your time to find out what that is.
Here’s a look at our top-rated online sportsbooks in Arizona.Read Less. ↑
Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.
Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app.
Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.
Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.
Just about everyone loves free stuff, and Arizonans are certainly no different. Arizona-based sportsbooks are clamoring to add new customers – and that’s great news for those of you looking to join the fray. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in AZ:
Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet.
Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The free bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.
Tier Statuses are as follows:
Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier Credits
Platinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier Credits
Diamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier Credits
Seven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)
Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000.
If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
BetMGM has an average sign-up bonus for Arizonans, offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. It’s a bump up from the lowly $600 they were offering for a while.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those. While that’s admirable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. They word it differently by calling it a “2-for-1,” but Arizona residents know better: it’s a standard welcome bonus.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. While that’s commendable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
At DraftKings Arizona, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.
The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
Bally Bet Arizona has a pretty poor sign-up bonus compared to the industry standard. They offer two different bonuses. New users get a free $100 bet for signing up plus a $550 risk-free first bet. The risk-free bet can be used to wager on any event that doesn’t exceed +300 in odds.
You only get a bonus with the risk-free bet if your first bet is graded a loser, giving you some insurance. However, Bally’s limits the odds available for you to take advantage of, and the monetary value of $550 is severely below industry leaders.
BetRivers Arizona offers a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.
The deposit match at BetRivers AZ isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.
The silver lining of the WynnBET promo is that you only need to deposit $10 to get the maximum amount of the $200 bonus whether your qualifying bet wins, loses, or is a push. Most sportsbooks require a 100% deposit match to trigger a complete bonus, meaning you would have to deposit $1,000 to get $1,000 back, and in the case of a risk-free bet, you would only get a free bet or credit if your qualifying bet loses.
Unfortunately, WynnBET Arizona does complicate how you receive your free bets. The $200 is divided into four $50 bets. The first free bet will be released within 72 hours after the settlement of your first qualifying bet. The remaining three free bets will be released in a single installment every seven days until all free bets have been released.
(Note: Terms and conditions apply to all offers and bonuses.)
|Launch Date||Sept. 9, 2021|
|# of Betting Sites||18|
|Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|Online Casino||❌ No|
|Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|College Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|2022 Population (est.)||7.4 million|
|2021 Betting Handle||$1.74 billion|
|Online Tax Rate||10 percent|
|Retail Tax Rate||8 percent|
Where to start? Let’s go with BetMGM’s generous risk-free bet that comes with no minimum or maximum odds restrictions, unlike most competitors. Add in a strong selection of regular promos and contests, a user-friendly interface and one of the strongest brand reputations in the industry, and BetMGM is a winner.
Check out our BetMGM sportsbook review.
Hail to you, Emperor! If the fancy title – given to you by none other than Caesars brand ambassador J.B. Smoove – doesn’t reel you in, then how about a higher-than-average welcome bonus and one of the best loyalty programs in online sports betting? The ad campaign might seem kitschy, but this app is legit.
Check out our Caesars sportsbook review.
Think of FanDuel as a comfy pair of slippers; there might not be anything fancy about it, but it sure makes you feel at home. FanDuel employs one of the best user interfaces in all of gaming (thanks to years of fine-tuning its DFS product), and endears itself to casual users in particular through regular free bets.
Check out our FanDuel sportsbook review.
Give credit to Barstool for understanding that sports betting is a shared experience. No book taps into the dynamic as well as the Dave Portnoy-founded operator, which leverages the popularity of its edgy brand and bombastic personalities. It might not be for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a look
Check out our Barstool sportsbook review.
Free-to-play is always really popular – and this is where DraftKings shines, as it offers the most au gratis contests and pools in the industry. But there’s something for the hard-core players as well: DraftKings offers “micro-betting”, enabling bettors to wager on something as granular as the outcome of a pitch or at-bat.
Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.
Wynn’s small-but accessible welcome bonus is decent for new players who want a taste of what the Vegas-based operator has to offer. But it doesn’t really measure up with the industry standard – and with no other part of the app really standing out, what you’re left with is a ho-hum welcome and not much else.
Check out our WynnBET sportsbook review.
A dollar-for-dollar deposit match with a 1x rollover requirement isn’t that bad; if only BetRivers offered more than a $250 max. And it will leave you wanting in other areas as well – most notably, with a below-average interface and a sparse selection of ongoing promos and contests.
Check out our BetRivers sportsbook review.
We’re going to pull this one straight from the review: “Bally Bet has a loyalty rewards program. Unfortunately, it is a horrible program rivaling the value of spending $50 at an arcade to get enough tickets to afford a 10-cent eraser.” So maybe don’t expect much in the loyalty rewards department at Bally Bet.
Check out our Bally Bet sportsbook review.
Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options available to you in Arizona. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Arizona. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.
Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Arizonans come in one of two forms:
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
Most states saw the Supreme Court’s May 2018 decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection as the starter’s pistol in the race to create legal sports betting landscapes. But sadly, Arizona didn’t even leave the starting blocks.
It took a couple of years and some delicate negotiating with the state’s local tribes – which effectively had a monopoly on gaming in Arizona – to come up with a bill that would satisfy everyone. And despite one lawmaker trying to pull a fast one on the tribes, both sides eventually came to an accord, setting the stage for legal sports betting.
Here’s a look at Arizona’s somewhat brief sports betting history:
While states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey wasted no time putting the pieces in place for legal sports wagering, Arizona had an uphill climb. Tribal casinos had major sway over any piece of gambling legislation introduced, and weren’t about to give up their market share to commercial operators.
Fortunately for the Arizona government, the tribal casinos were unanimously in need of something the state could provide. They sought expansion – both in terms of overall retail space and with regard to the number of casino games they offered.
Once the state agreed to allow previously prohibited games like craps and roulette, the tribal casinos yielded, agreeing to an even 20-license split between the tribal casinos and Arizona’s professional sports teams.
While the foundation for a sports betting bill was in place, the sailing wasn’t exactly smooth from there. Senator Dave Gowan introduced a rival bill that attempted to include something called “historical horse racing.” Its resemblance to traditional slots incensed the tribal casinos, forcing the state into further negotiations.
State Senator T.J. Shope continued working with tribal casino representatives and the appropriations committee. The “historical horse racing” component was removed, and the resulting bill was sent to a vote by the Arizona state senate. HB 2772 was approved by a 23-6 margin, and Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law three days later.
Less than five months later, on Sept. 9, Arizona sports betting finally went live.
Following a wildly successful 2021 in which Arizona took in a whopping $1.74 billion in handle, the next wave of sportsbook operators came knocking. SaharaBets joined the fray in January, with Bally Bet, Betway and Hard Rock all making their debuts the following month.
Meanwhile, the handle kept rolling in even as the calendar flipped. Arizona established a new monthly handle record with $563.7 million in January, and followed that up with an impressive $491.6 million showing in February.
Like most states, Arizona’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Arizona Department of Gambling manages the state’s self-exclusion program, which allows players to impose a self-ban on all gambling activity with a specific sportsbook. Players can also set deposit and bet limits of their choosing.
Visit the Arizona Department of Gambling site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Arizona bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Arizona is prohibited:
There’s an awful lot to do in Arizona – so you have to tip your cap to those loyal fans who choose to attend sporting events over golfing, sunning or sightseeing.
Arizona’s four major professional sports teams don’t have a lot of championship history between them, but that hasn’t stopped fans from flooding the turnstiles. And the state’s sports betting providers are keen to this as they clamor for exposure in Arizona’s major stadiums and arenas.
Here’s a look at the sports betting partnership situations with Arizona’s four major pro sports teams:
BetMGM likes to go big – and it’s doing just that in Arizona, partnering with the Cardinals to build the NFL’s first sportsbook. The two-story venue, which is expected to open ahead of the 2022 season, will feature 38 televisions, 25 betting kiosks and a capacity of around 500 and will be located adjacent to State Farm Stadium.
Facilities like the one FanDuel Sportsbook has built at the Footprint Center are Exhibit A for why sports venues continue prioritizing betting lounges. The 7,400-square-foot facility saw an average of 2,000 patrons per Suns home game during the 2021-22 NBA season, while attendance on an NFL gameday grew by an average of 121 percent.
Chase Field is already one of the quirkiest stadiums in the majors (center-field pool, anyone?) Now, it’s on the verge of becoming the mecca of area bettors and visitors alike. Caesars is building a 20,000-square-foot, two-level sports lounge that will feature unprecedented betting space and a Guy Fieri restaurant, among other amenities.
While Arizona’s other three pro sports franchises are moving headlong into the sports betting space, the Coyotes have other concerns – specifically, whether they’re still going to be in Arizona in the future. Still, the Coyotes have made their own splash in the sports betting industry, with team majority owner Alex Meurelo launching an app through Sahara Bets – owned, not coincidentally, by Meruelo Gaming LLC.
While Arizona’s larger centers – Phoenix in particular – host the largest betting lounges in the state, there’s still plenty of wagering fun to be had elsewhere. Eight different cities and towns outside the Greater Phoenix Area offer full sportsbooks, giving just about anyone living in the state reasonable access to a brick-and-mortar experience.
Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in Arizona:
Chase Field (Caesars Sportsbook, 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ, 85004)
Desert Diamond Casino Sahuarita (Desert Diamond Sportsbook, 1100 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629)
Desert Diamond Casino West Valley (Desert Diamond Sportsbook, 9431 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ, 85305)
Footprint Center (FanDuel Sportsbook, 201 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ, 85004)
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino (Caesars Sportsbook, 15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ, 85139)
Lone Butte Casino (BetMGM Sportsbook, 1077 S Kyrene Rd, Chandler, AZ, 85226)
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino (TwinSpires Sportsbook, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ, 85541)
Paradise Casino (Unibet Sportsbook, 450 Quechan Dr, Yuma, AZ, 85364)
Phoenix Raceway (Barstool Sportsbook, 125 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ, 85323)
Vee Quiva (BetMGM Sportsbook, 15091 S Komatke Ln, Laveen Village, AZ, 85339)
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort (BetFred, 10438 Wekopa Way, Fort McDowell, AZ, 85264)
Wild Horse Pass Casino (BetMGM Sportsbook, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ, 85226)
Putting legalized sports betting in place in time for the start of the 2021 NFL and NCAA football seasons was critical for Arizona – and it happened just in the nick of time. That resulted in a spectacular opening stretch for the state, which took in just under $2.8 billion over its first six months of operation.
The state was certainly pleased with the results as well, taking in more than $8.5 million in taxes over that six-month period.
Here’s a look at Arizona’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2021:
Despite its proximity to Nevada – and more specifically, Las Vegas – Arizona forged quite an impressive path to a 10-figure handle while also taking in more than $226 million in revenue on an 8.1 percent hold over the course of its first NFL season.
Retail sportsbook wagers are taxed at eight percent, while online bets come with a 10 percent tax rate.
Yes! Sports betting officially began in Arizona at 12:01 am on Sept. 9, 2022, with seven sportsbooks available to take online wagers.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in Arizona, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever Arizona-based sports venue you’re in at that time.
Check out our list of the top-rated Arizona sportsbooks above!
You can wager on any Arizona-based pro sports team, as long as sportsbooks are offering odds. You’re also permitted to bet on Arizona-based collegiate teams, though betting on college player props is prohibited.
Unfortunately, sports betting legislation in Arizona did not include an esports provision, preventing that arm of sports wagering from becoming legal.
Arizona comes in as the 14th-most populous state in America with just over 7.6 million people (2022 estimate). It’s also the fourth-fastest growing state in the U.S., having seen a 19.3-percent increase in population since the 2010 census.
The Arizona Department of Gambling has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including directions for self-exclusion, treatment and counseling, and even a quick self-assessment quiz.
The addition of Hard Rock Sportsbook in April 2022 marked the last of the anticipated sportsbook launches. And while there might very well be more in the future, Arizona’s sports betting picture is likely solidified for now in terms of operators.