Arizona Online Sports Betting Laws
Arizona passed legislation to legalize sports betting in April 2021 and the Grand Canyon State expects to go live with sports betting on September 9th.
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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.
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Is Sports Betting Legal in Arizona?
Yes, Arizona has passed legislation to authorize and regulate sports betting in the state and expects to have live sports wagering launched on September 9.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Arizona?
Yes, the framework for sports betting in Arizona provides for both retail and online sportsbooks.
How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in Arizona?
You need to be at least 21 years old to be able to place a sports bet in Arizona.
2021 proved to be the year for sports betting to be legalized in Arizona. Prior to the recent legislation, little progress had been made previously in the years following the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018.
Bills were introduced in the state House and Senate in 2019 by Rep. Steve Pierce and Sen. Sonny Borrelli respectively, but neither bill picked up any momentum.
Undeterred, Pierce and Borrelli launched fresh legislation in 2020. While the Senate bill never made it out of committee, the House bill made it through but was never brought up on the House floor.
This all changed in April 2021 with the passage of HB 2772.
This bill provides for both retail and online sportsbooks, with 20 licenses split between the professional sports teams and the tribal casinos.
There are 22 recognized tribes in Arizona and 16 of them organize the 24 casinos located across the state. Crucially, tribal representatives spoke in favor of legalizing Arizona sports betting during hearings on recent bills.
As far as the sports teams/organizations, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, and Waste Management Phoenix Open have paired up with sports betting providers to provide sportsbooks. It is expected that the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, and Phoenix International Raceway will partner up with sportsbook operators for licenses as well.
The application fees for sports betting licenses include a $100,000 application fee, a $750,000 license fee, and $150,000 annual renewal fee. The tax rate will be 8% for in-person wagers and 10% for online/mobile bets. "
Arizona law allows for commercial racetrack permittees to petition the Arizona Racing Commission to open Off-Track Betting Locations (OTBs). With more than 60 OTB locations, which are typically placed in bars and restaurants across the state, Arizonians have a convenient way to wager on horse and dog racing without ever having to visit the racetrack. Wagers placed at OTBs are treated the same as if they were placed at the racetrack.
Yes. The IRS has ruled that winnings from all forms of gambling should be declared as taxable income on your annual return.
The legality, or otherwise, of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is a question that has been asked in many states over the last decade. In Arizona, however, the law is unequivocal. DFS is seen as a form of sports betting and, as such, was completely illegal in the Grand Canyon State until the recent sports betting legislation was passed in 2021, which also legalized daily fantasy sports.
This is great news for DFS fans across the state, with top NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA teams to support, plus a booming college sports scene, there is never any shortage of games to play on.
Arizona’s NFL team holds a special place in the history of America’s most popular sport. The Cardinals are the oldest continuously run pro football team in the US, with a history dating back to 1898. They’ve been based in Arizona since 1988. Along with three college teams in Division I of the NCAA, the Cardinals ensure football is a big deal here.
With more than 20 casinos across Arizona, there is already an awareness of the importance of responsible gambling.
While sports betting is a fun pastime for the vast majority of bettors, for a small number of people it can lead to addiction issues.
There are several bodies in the state that work to ensure gambling is conducted responsibly and that help is at hand for anybody who suffers problems:
The Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling offers a wealth of information and support, including a local helpline.
The Arizona Department of Gaming also delivers treatment, access to counselors and help with self-exclusion.
The National Council on Problem Gambling is a US-wide body with a local presence, giving links to state resources, as well as a confidential 24-hour helpline and text support.
PASPA is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, opening the way for states to permit sports betting within its borders.
Bills are introduced in the state House and Senate to legalize sports betting, but neither picks up serious momentum.
The legislators behind the 2019 bills reintroduce their legislation but, while the House bill passes, again there is little momentum behind the drive for legalization.
The Arizona legislature passes bill HB 2772, and the bill is signed into law by the governor. Live sports betting is set to launch in the fall of 2021.
At the moment there is nowhere within state lines where you can enjoy Arizona sports betting, however that will be changing soon with retail and online wagering expected to be launched this fall. With up to 10 of the sportsbook licenses reserved for the state’s tribal casinos, it is assured that retail locations will be at some of the 24 casinos run by tribes in the state.
A full list of those casinos, and a map, can be found here.
The other 10 licenses are reserved for Arizona sports teams and organizations, and thus other retail sportsbooks are likely to be located at the facilities such as those for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, and Phoenix International Raceway.
To date, the only forms of remote gambling that are allowed in Arizona are on horse racing and on the state lottery. However, general sports betting apps are expected to launch in late 2021.
Not yet, but online betting is on its way to Arizona. Online/mobile licenses are expected to be issued along with retail sportsbook licenses this fall.
Not yet. DraftKIngs is one of the principal suppliers of Daily Fantasy Sports across the US, but DFS has been specifically outlawed in Arizona until this year’s legalization. It is likely that DraftKings will be among those vying for one of the state’s online licenses.