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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 Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

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.

She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).

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.

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Daily Fantasy Sports in Arizona

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.

Top Sports to Bet on in Arizona

Sports fans among the population of 7.2 million have plenty of top-level teams to cheer for – and to bet on.

Football

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.

Responsible Gaming in Arizona

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:

Timeline of Sports Betting in Arizona

2018

PASPA is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, opening the way for states to permit sports betting within its borders.

2019

Bills are introduced in the state House and Senate to legalize sports betting, but neither picks up serious momentum.

2020

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.

2021

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.

Where Can You Bet in Arizona?

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.

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