They say in Arizona any boredom you might have will evaporate in the heat.
Since 2021, AZ residents sure hope their sports betting streaks can be as hot as the statewide heat. In the first six months, bettors generated a handle of $2.8 billion wagered. Since legislation to make sports gambling legal was passed in the capital Phoenix, the state has moved very quickly in this space.
Phoenix is the largest city with about 1.6 million people. They are home to three major sports teams, the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals. Glendale is home to the NHL team Phoenix Coyotes. AZ also has four Division 1 teams. Arizona, Arizona State, Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona.
The Grand Canyon State may not have as many in-state teams to support as others across the country, but they have fully embraced sports gambling. They are Top 10 in money wagered to this point proving they’re a good partner for any sportsbook.
Yes, gambling is legal in Arizona. Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2772 to legalize sports betting across the state. This was a historical partnering achievement by legislators and Native American tribes to partner in this effort.
With everyone working together, AZ got their operations up and running quickly. After legalizing in April 2021, the first online and retail sportsbooks were launched on September 9th, 2021. Currently there are around 12 brick-and-mortar locations and 18 online sportsbooks. Arizona has also partnered with multiple of their professional sports teams, including the first ever in-arena sportsbooks in the United States.
Arizona does not offer online casino games or poker for real money.