⭐ AZ Online Gambling 2022
The Grand Canyon State legalized retail and online sports betting in April 2021 with HB 2772. The law also confirmed the legal status of Daily Fantasy Sports and Keno. However, there have been no talks of legalizing online casino gambling or online poker as of now. With close proximity to Nevada and 23 tribal casinos, AZ residents will have to settle for land-based casinos for a while.
- The state of Arizona was a surprise and welcome addition to the growing tribe of online sports betting states in the US.
- Post-PASPA, it was believed that iGaming and online sports betting would arrive in the state sooner or later. What was unexpected is that the process was back on track after getting derailed as negotiations between Gov Ducey and tribals continued for some time.
- Not much progress happened with Arizona gaming legislation discussions because tribal operator casinos were opposed to expansion of wagering opportunities for non-tribal interests. At the same time, the tribes wanted to negotiate because they also wanted to expand their gaming opportunities to include casino gaming like roulette and craps in existing facilities.
- Eventually, all stakeholders realized that it was beneficial for all parties that an agreement was reached. An elaborate signing ceremony happened on April 15, 2021.
Legal Gambling Options in Arizona
What is covered under legal gambling in the Grand Canyon State? Well, as per the Arizona Department of Gaming regulations, the following gambling activities are legal in the state:
- Sports betting beginning September 9th, 2021
- Retail, land-based Tribal casinos
- Lottery (both in-state and multi-state)
- Horse betting
- Off-track betting
- Keno online
- DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports)
- Charity gambling (house based, bingo, raffles)
⭐ Arizona Sports Betting Sites
The Arizona Department of Gaming will grant 20 AZ sportsbooks licenses in the state. 10 licenses will be granted to operators partnering with professional sports franchises or stadiums and 10 licenses to operators partnering with tribal casinos. Over ten betting operators are present in the state which went live on September 9th. Read on to find out what sports and events are available for legal gambling on the internet for Arizona sports betting.
|Arizona Sports Betting Site||LAND-BASED PARTNER||New Player Bonus|
|BetMGM Arizona||Arizona Cardinals (NFL) & Gila River Hotels & Casinos||$1,000 Risk Free Bet|
|DraftKings||Waste Management Open / PGA Tour||$1,000 Deposit Bonus|
|FanDuel||Phoenix Suns||$1,000 Risk Free|
|Caesars||Arizona Diamondbacks /Ak-Chin Indian Community||$1,100 Risk free bet|
|WynnBET AZ||San Carlos Apache Tribe||$1,000 Risk Free|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Phoenix Raceway||$1,000 Risk Free|
|Unibet||Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation||$250 Risk Free|
|BetRivers AZ||Indoor Football League s Arizona Rattlers||$250 deposit match|
|Bally Bet||Phoenix Mercury||TBD|
|SaharaBets AZ||Arizona Coyotes||$10 Free Bet + Las Vegas Trip Launch Offer with free bets|
|Betfred||Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation||$3,000 welcome bonus (3 parts)|
|Betway||San Juan Southern Palute Tribe||$250 Risk Free Bet|
|Fubo Sportsbook||Ak-Chin Indian Community||30 days of free Fubo TV + $1K risk free bet|
|Golden Nugget||Hualapai Tribe||TBD|
|SuperBook||Fort Mojave Indian Tribe||100% up to $750 deposit match|
|Hard Rock Arizona||Navajo Gaming||3 risk free bets up to $100|
While the ADG announced 18 license winners, only 15 Arizona sportsbooks partners are known until late August 2021. PointsBet, MaximBet and BlueBet are some of the biggest ommissions so far. PointsBET had partnered with Yavapi-Apache Nation. Sports bettors can soon start claiming risk free bets or bet on Arizona Diamondbacks on legal sportsbook apps in Arizona.
Arizona Sports Betting Markets
So, what are your bet options in the copper state? The term ‘market’ here refers to types of possible bets on various sports. Once there is a game, the online sportsbook in the state will have all possible betting options for you. From the super bowl to a game of Diamondbacks, you can bet on possible outcomes. Live, in-game betting will also be possible. Moneyline, Futures, Over/under, Parlays, Proposition bets, Spread, live betting will be some of your options. You can also expect a lot of odds boosts and other sportsbook promotions in the state for online betting.
⭐ Top AZ Sportsbooks
AZ gambling space is inundated by online and retail sportsbooks since the launch which coincided with the NFL 2021 season. If you want to gamble on your favorite leagues, sports, or teams, then AZ sportsbooks and mobile apps offer you tons of options. We list here some of the most important online betting sites which are live in Arizona. A number of AZ licensed sportsbooks like Bally Bet, Golden Nugget, and a few others are yet to go live.
1. BetMGM AZ
MGM Sportsbook was among the first to launch in the state. It also had a pre-launch offer for sports bettors. The brand BetMGM is quite reputed across the US sports betting market. BetMGM Arizona sportsbook welcome bonus is a $1,000 risk-free first bet. Use the bonus code BONUSMGM to claim the offer.
Minimum deposit requirement at BetMGM is $10. Currently, it also has NFL weekend prize offer for players and it lasts till the end of the NFL season. In Arizona it has partnered with Gila Rivers Hotel and Casino. Arizona Cardinals has also partnered with BetMGM.
BetMGM has all the usual sportsbook bets that you can think of. Plus you get ongoing sportsbook promotions, loyalty program along with the BetMGM trust. It is among the best betting sites in Arizona that you can think of.
2. DraftKings AZ
DraftKings in Arizona was also among the early movers. DFS was not legal in the state earlier and both DFS and online betting became legal on September 9th. Gambling operators like DraftKings and FanDuel have a fairly good chance of attracting more new customers in the state.
DraftKings bonus in the state is not so big or impressive. You get only 20% deposit match up to $1,000. Along with the wagering requirement of 25x, the welcome offer pales in comparison to risk free bet offers of BetMGM or WynnBET.
The positive thing is that it is a low deposit betting site; you only need to deposit a minimum of $5. There is no promo code or offer code needed for it. Just click our exclusive link and the welcome offer is yours once your make your player profile on the site.
3. FanDuel AZ
FanDuel is among the biggest names in online sports industry. In the copper state, they offer a $1,000 risk-free bet for new sports bettors. They have partnered with Phoenix Suns. FanDuel has all the bet types for bettors, including but not limited to, Moneylines, Props, Spread, Parlays or Futures. You do not need any code to claim their welcome offer.
4. Caesars AZ
Caesars online sportsbook in Arizona gives a huge $1,100 first betting insurance for new gamblers. The Caesars AZ bonus code is FINDERCZR. You get it when your initial wager loses all the way up to $1,100. Caesars has partnered with Arizona Diamondbacks in the state.
⭐ Arizona Online Casinos
Arizona does not have legal online casinos. The new tribal compact and state law that legalized Arizona betting does not include real money online casinos. Like many other states, Arizona considers all gambling is illegal until or unless defined by a new law or statute.
Land Based Casinos
However, if you want to play table games, slot machines, or poker in Arizona, you have plenty of opportunities. Arizona casinos have 23 tribal casinos offering casino games, and slot machines. Some Arizona casinos even have poker rooms.
|Apache Gold Casino Resort||777 Geronimo Springs Blvd, San Carlos, AZ 85550||San Carlos Apache Tribe||Yes|
|Apache Sky Casino||777 Apache Sky Blvd. Winkelman, AZ 85192||San Carlos Apache Tribe||Yes|
|Blue Water Resort & Casino||11300 Resort Dr, Parker AZ 85344||Colorado River Indian Tribes (C.R.I.T.)||No|
|Buckys Casino||1500 AZ-69, Prescott AZ 86301||Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe||Yes|
|Casino Arizona||524 N 92nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85256||Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community||Yes|
|Casino Del Sol||5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, Az 85757||Pascua Yaqui Tribe||Yes|
|Casino of the Sun||7406 S Camino De Oeste, Tucson, AZ 85746||Pascua Yaqui Tribe||Yes|
|Cliff Castle Casino Hotel||555 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322||Yavapai-Apache Nation||Yes|
|Cocopah Casino||15318 S Avenue B, Somerton, AZ 85350||Cocopah Indian Tribe||No|
|Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel||7350 S. Nogales Hwy, Tucson, AZ 85756||Tohono O odham Nation||Yes|
|Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment||1100 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629||Tohono O odham Nation||No|
|Desert Diamond Casino||9431 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305||Tohono O odham Nation||Yes|
|Desert Diamond Casino||Hwy. 86, Mile Post 55, Why, AZ 85321||Tohono O odham Nation||No|
|Harrahs Ak-Chin Casino||15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85139||Ak-Chin Indian Community||Yes|
|Hon Dah Casino||777 AZ-260, Pinetop, AZ 85935||White Mountain Apache Tribe (W.M.A.T.)||Yes|
|Lone Butte Casino||1077 S Kyrene Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226||Gila River Indian Community||Yes|
|Mazatzal Casino||Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541||Tonto Apache Tribe||No|
|Paradise Casino||450 Quechan Dr, Yuma, AZ 85364||Quechan Indian Tribe||No|
|Spirit Mountain Casino||8555 AZ-95, Mohave Valley, AZ 86440||Fort Mojave Indian Tribe||Yes|
|Talking Stick Resort||9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256||Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community||Yes|
|Twin Arrows Casino||22181 Resort Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004||Navajo Nation||Yes|
|Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino||15091 South Komatke Lane, Laveen Village, AZ 85339||Gila River Indian Community||Yes|
|We-Ko-Pa Casino||10438 WeKoPa Way, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264||Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation||Yes|
|Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino||5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226||Gila River Indian Community||Yes|
|Yavapai Gaming Center||1505 AZ-69, Prescott, AZ 86303||Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe||No|
Tribal Land and Casinos in Arizona
The Grand Canyon State has more tribal land compared to any other state in America. About 27 per cent of Arizona’s land base is tribal lands. That is more than 20 million acres of land.
- As per the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) data, 16 Tribes operate 24 class III casinos in AZ.
- 6 Tribes do not have casinos. But they have slot machine rights leasted to other tribes with casinos.
- The organization ‘Arizona Indian Gaming Association’ promotes Tribal Gaming to benefit Tribes and all of Arizona state. Arizona Indian Gaming Association represents the eight tribes of Indian people living on reservations in Arizona.
- Tribal Gaming has generated over $1 billion in total revenues to Arizona since 2002. The shared revenue for the ‘Arizona Benefits Funds’ helps education, health and community welfare in the state.
Games at AZ Casinos
AZ gamblers have access to various casino games at land based legal casinos run on Tribal lands. Arizona gamblers can now play craps, roulette and baccarat at capital city Phoenix-area casinos. This became possible after update of the tribal casino agreements with the state administration. Earlier only card games like Blackjack and Poker were available at tribal casinos.
Arizona tribes and AZ state reached a deal to allow off-reservation sports betting in exchange for new table games and tribal licensed sportsbooks. Wild Horse Pass casino AZ, for example, recently opened an area with six mini-baccarat tables, six blackjack tables and one roulette wheel in its high-limit area (minimum bet of $25). Arizona gaming rules allow for maximum bets of $100,000 on blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat table games. AZ poker rooms are all run by tribal casinos.
- Craps (dice game)
- Sic bo (tai sai)
- Baccarat table game
- Jackpot poker
- Slots (casino slots)
- Pai Gow (double-hand poker, domino game)
- Dealer controlled electronic table games
- Blackjack table game
Avoid Offshore Casinos
You may be tempted to play at online casinos not based and regulated in the USA. However, you will be well-advised to avoid all such casinos in Arizona internet space which are not regulated by local laws. Such casinos which may show in a Google search are not regulated or approved for operation in America. There is no guarantee that your money or bonus claim is safe with such gambling sites. Also, there is no legal method for appeal and complaint against them.
⭐ Other Legal Gambling Options in Arizona
In addition to legal sports betting and land based gambling at tribes’ casinos, there are some other forms of legal online gaming as well in Arizona.
Daily Fantasy Sports
HB 2772 also confirmed the legality of DFS contests in Arizona. Operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel will be able to offer their daily fantasy sports platforms alongside their legal sports betting apps. However, the fate of smaller operators, such as Monkey Knife Fight or Yahoo! Sports remains unclear, although the Arizona Department of Gaming has not set an upper limit for the number of DFS licenses in the state.
One interesting addition to legalizing sports betting and DFS was legalizing state-wide online keno as well. Arizona residents can now play Keno electrically from anywhere within the state. No plans for launching online keno have been published yet though.
Horse Racing & Betting
Horse racing betting is available through designated horse racing platforms such as TVG or TwinSpires. In addition, residents can bet on horses at off-track-betting parlors or at one of the three tracks located within the state. Horse racing is also available at county fairs.
Parimutuel wagering has been legal in Arizona since the mid-1930s. The state has 3 racetracks and two county fairs for racing. Turf Paradise in Phoenix is a popular destination lasting over many months. In fact, Arizona is one of the few states in the US that offers a year-round racing circuit.
- Arizona Department of Racing regulates the horse racing industry.
- Off-track wagering parlors are sometimes located in bars and restaurants in AZ.
- Rillito Park in Arizona is considered the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing.
- Online horse wagering is allowed in Arizona state through gambling sites like TwinSpires and TVG.
The state of Arizona has two county fairs where you can enjoy live racing. Santa Cruz County is located southwest of Tucson, Arizona. It runs a two-day meet on the first weekend of May. Cochise County also runs a two-day live racing meet in Douglas, Arizona. It is a community located on the Arizona-Mexico border.
Online Lottery Draw Games
Arizonians have always been able to participate in state and interstate lotteries. With the new tribal compact, they are now able to participate in lottery draw games online as well. These games have not yet been launched and no live date is set yet.
Arizona Lottery Commission website lists all lottery details for Arizonans including but not limited to:
- Lottery jackpot alert
- Winning numbers
- Draw games (Powerball, Mega Millions, The Pick, Triple Twist, Fantasy 5, Pick 3, Quickcard)
- Fast Play
- AZ Players Club mobile app
- Beneficiaries of AZ lottery gambling sales
- Lottery retailers
- Prize claim information
- Lottery events and promotions
⭐ AZ Rules and Regulations
As with all states, Arizona imposes regulations on gambling. In order to take part in any sort of online gaming, you must be located within Arizona state lines. Furthermore, you need to abide by the following age limits.
|AZ Internet Gambling Event||Age Limit (years)|
|Legal Sports Betting||21+|
|Daily Fantasy Sports||21+|
Unlike some other states, Arizona does not restrict betting on in-state college teams, which is great news, as you can bet on the Wildcats men’s basketball team. However, you can’t place prop bets on college events or athletes. Furthermore, bets on esports, injuries, penalties, and high school events are prohibited. Despite the limitations, you have plenty of legal sports betting opportunities.
Anything you win from gambling in the state attracts a 24% federal tax rate. AZ state tax ranges from 2.59% to 4.50%. Your state tax rate will be higher if your income is higher and so on.
Road to legal Arizona sports betting
The signing of Sports BEtting Bill 2772 and amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts has made sports betting legal in the state. It directs the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) to adopt rules and act as the regulator and enforcement body for event wagering and fantasy sports.
- Arizona sports betting endeavours have come a long way from being in negotiations to finalization and execution. There have been turbulent times during the evolution of legislation when even a typo almost derailed the development.
- Legal sports betting legislation was first introduced in 2019. But it could not garner enough support and faced pressure and opposition from the tribes in the copper state.
- In the post-PASPA era, it was believed that Arizona sports betting legislation would see the light of the day sooner than later. Established tribal casinos, in particular, were initially cold to the idea of regulated sports betting on the internet competing for the gambling revenue in the state.
- The situation rapidly changed in times of the global crisis. Travel and tourism was hit, state revenue went down, and unemployment rose.
- Governor Doug Ducey and other leaders and tribal casino operators were eager to have more revenue streams in the Grand Canyon State.
- Legal, regulated online sports betting in Arizona was an idea whose time had come. Keeping in with the general sports betting industry growth in various US states, Arizona had to legalize online betting sooner or later.
- The sports betting bill signing ceremony took place on 15 April 2021 in the Heard Museum, Central Phoenix. Apart from Gov. Doug Ducey, it was attended by the leaders of Arizona tribes who signed the new compacts.
- The tribal casinos in Arizona have been limited in their gambling offerings so far. They will now make quite a jump and would be able to offer Las Vegas style gambling for Arizonans.
- Arizona gambling laws will allow popular teams like the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals to run sports betting operations at their respective venues. They will also be able to offer betting at a retail location in a quarter mile and online.
- There was some debate on why the lucrative licenses were being given to pro sports teams only (and not to small businesses and other bidders). It was argued that pro sports teams were chosen as they have deep, long-term ties to the state of Arizona. Outside bidders for the licenses would not have those ties to the Grand Canyon State.
- The enabling Arizona legislation allows for 20 betting licenses in the state. 10 of these are reserved for Arizona Tribes, and 10 are reserved for an “owner of an Arizona professional sports team or franchise, operator of a sports facility that hosts an annual tournament on the PGA Tour, the promoter of a national association for stock car auto racing national touring race in Arizona or the owner’s, operator’s or promoter’s designee.”
⭐ Arizona Department of Gaming
AZ Betting sites are supervised by the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) regulations.
- House Bill 2772 and amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts mandate the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) to adopt rules and act as the primary regulator and enforcement body for event wagering and daily fantasy sports.
- All online gambling operators are required to maintain a geofencing system to ensure the physical location of the players in Arizona. A geolocation check is to be made to ensure that it is an authorized session of play. Out-of-Arizona real-money online gambling will be blocked by law.
- An independent test laboratory will certify that all event wagering online gambling systems complies with all technical standards in the state Act. From responsible gaming, self-exclusion to online security and reporting requirements, online gambling operators have to follow the word of the law.
ADG was established by the state legislature in 1995. It is the regulatory agency of the state for tribal gaming, racing and pari-mutuel or simulcast wagering, and unarmed combat sports. It also supports education and treatment initiatives for people and families affected by problem gambling in the copper state. All sports betting licenses, online sports betting launch, and operators are vetted by the Arizona Department of Gaming. They also have a 24-hour confidential helpline 1-800-NEXT-STEP for responsible gaming where problem gamers can call and seek counsel.
Responsible Gaming in Arizona
Arizona Department of Gaming runs a 24/7 help for problem gamblers ‘Arizona Division of Problem Gambling’ located at 1110 W. Washington St. Suite #450 Phoenix, Arizona 85007. ADG has a dedicated website for it.
- The Arizona Lottery is another agency which had a Please Play Responsibly Program since 1998 and a Problem Gambling Program since 2000. The Arizona Lottery and the Department of Gaming collaborate for all problem gamblign programs in the state.
- The Division of Problem Gambling has two kinds of Self-Exclusions for Arizonans: Casino self-exclusionand Online Event Wagering & Fantasy Sports (EWFS) self-exclusion (valid for mobile platforms and licensed facilities).
- Are online casinos legal in Arizona?
No, HB 2772 did not have any mention of real money online casinos. If you want to play casino games or slot machines, you need to head out to one of the 23 tribal casinos in the state.
- Is online poker legal in AZ?
No, the state's new tribal compact had no mention of online poker, and it remains illegal. There are no plans to currently change this. Those looking to play poker can head to one of Arizona's 23 land based casinos.
- What is the legal gambling age in Arizona?
The legal gambling age is 21 years for online and retail sports betting, DFS and casino games. The gambling age is 18 years for online keno, lottery, and pari-mutuel horse wagering.