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Current Status of Legal Sports Betting in Arizona

With 16 federally-recognized Indian tribes operating 24 casinos throughout the state of Arizona, it’s surprising that it took so long to legalize sports betting -- especially considering the massive presence of both professional and collegiate sports teams in the Grand Canyon State.

Of course, that all changed for the better on April 15, 2021 when Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2772 into law. For a state that borders Las Vegas to the southeast, it was a major step in the right direction and should prove to be a massive source of revenue for Arizona.

As of right now, the Arizona Department of Gaming is working on promulgating and releasing a set of rules and regulations for the state -- and its Arizona tribes -- to follow as we inch closer to an official launch of sports betting. At that point, sportsbook operators will start being licensed.

Updated Timeline for Arizona Sports Betting

Sports betting has been a hot topic in Arizona for a long time -- dating back to 2018 when Senator Sonny Borelli first announced an interest in bringing it to the Grand Canyon State. Things started to heat up two years later, which paved the way for where we are now.

Let’s take a look at the timeline of events from February 2020 up until where we sit as of June 2024:

The journey isn’t over and there are still a few steps that need to be completed before Arizona residents can place a wager on their favorite sports. The good news is we’ve come a long way and the end is near. Before you know it, Arizona will be booming with legal sports betting!

Arizona Sports Betting Bill Tracker  

Arizona Sports Betting Bills That Brought Us Here

It hasn’t been easy for those in support of sports betting in Arizona. In fact, Arizona has seen a variety of bills introduced by both the House of Representatives and Senate over the past few years. It all started when Senator Sonny Borelli announced interest in legalizing it in 2018.

Here’s a look at the bills that were introduced over the past few years:

SB 1158 - a 2019 bill that would have legalized sports betting via kiosks or similar devices inside bars and liquor-serving establishments, but it died in committee.

SB 1525 - a 2020 bill that would’ve prohibited mobile betting, but allowed Arizona’s 24 tribes to offer it via retail sportsbooks and kiosks. Unfortunately, it never made it through.

SB 1797 - a 2021 bill that paved the way for where we are now. It was the Senate counterpart to the bill that was eventually signed into law.

HB 2772 - a 2021 bill that was officially signed into law on April 15, 2021 by Governor Doug Ducey. It legalized sports betting, keno, and fantasy sports in Arizona.

As you can see, the road to legalizing sports betting in Arizona hasn’t been as straightforward as other states in the US. With that said, the important thing is that we made it and Arizona residents will soon be able to place wagers on their favorite professional and collegiate sports.

When Will Sports Betting Officially Launch?

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, an official launch date of September 9th, 2021 has been set -- just in time for the start of the 2021-22 NFL season. That’s not to say it’s guaranteed to be launched on that date, but they are working tirelessly to make it happen.

With the set of rules that were released on July 2, there will be an 8% tax rate on wagers made through retail sportsbooks and a 10% tax rate on wagers made via mobile. A license fee will initially cost $850,000 and can be obtained via sponsorships with teams and Arizona tribes.

Arizona Professional Sports Teams SportsBook Partnerships  

Professional Sports League Partnerships

So far, several sports teams and arenas have partnered with sportsbooks to allow for a variety of options to Arizona residents. The Arizona Department of Gaming will approve no more than 20 sports betting licenses.

Here’s a list of some of the sportsbooks that have partnered with professional sports franchises:

  • Phoenix Suns - partnering with FanDuel.
  • Waste Management Phoenix Open - partnering with DraftKings.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks - partnering with Caesars.
  • Phoenix Mercury - partnering with Bally’s Corp.
  • Arizona Cardinals - partnering with Gila River Casino.
  • Phoenix Raceway - partnering with Barstool Sportsbook.
 

In addition to professional sports franchises, there are several tribal casinos that have already partnered with sportsbook operators:

  • Quechan Tribe - partnering with Kindred Group.
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation - partnering with PointsBet.
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe - partnering with WynnBet.

That’s a total of 9 sportsbook operators that are in line to receive a license to operate in the state of Arizona, which means there are no more than 11 still to be handed out.

What About Horse Racing?

Horse racing is legal in the state of Arizona and has been since 1935. There are three race tracks located in the Grand Canyon State, as well as two county fairs that offer horse racing bets. You can also find off-track betting parlors in bars and restaurants around Arizona.

What About Daily Fantasy Sports?

Up until 2021, daily fantasy sports operated in a grey area in Arizona -- much like most states. The good news is HB 2772 officially legalized daily fantasy sports, which cleared that grey area up. That means sites like DraftKings and FanDuel will finally be available to Arizona residents!